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Greatest royal style icon: Princess Diana or Kate Middleton?

The late Princess Diana is one of the great style icons of all time. But some say the fashion influence of Diana's daughter-in-law Kate Middleton is even greater. Diana was dramatic: dressed by renowned designers, she wore bright colors, bold prints, and amazing jewels. Kate's fashion choices lean more proletarian; her habit of re-wearing dresses and sporting outfits from retailers like Zara makes some royal watchers clutch their pearls in shock. Who's the real royal style icon? 👸🏼 👩🏻

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Author Margaret Atwood sniffed at the idea of Kate being a fashion icon, and Joan Walsh dubbed her look "unambitious and bland." Diana was much more of a risk taker, and fashion aficionados say that quality is what makes her a true style icon.

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But TIME notes that Kate often takes cues from her late mother-in-law, and many Britons admire her down-to-earth, off-the-rack choices. They say Kate's style is much more populist and attainable.

While Kate's taste in silhouettes skews more conservative than Diana's...she shares Di's innate elegance.
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Many appreciate the fact that Kate regularly wears British designers like Jenny Packham, Alice Temperley and Alexander McQueen, and she doesn't spend nearly what Diana spent on clothes. Why is wearing something twice a faux pas?

"She is frugal, for a royal, subbing her wardrobe with cheap and cheerful pieces she picks up on the high street. Kate is a renowned repeater and regularly reinvents fave frocks, coats and shoes for weddings, race meets and poppy planting....And then there is the Kate effect, and the small fact that no matter what she wears, it sells out immediately, and reportedly brings about $1.5 billion into the British economy."
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But critics say bouncy hair and nude nylons do not a style icon make. Unlike her daughter-in-law, Diana pushed the boundaries, took chances, and dressed for herself.

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People are still talking about Princess Diana's fashion choices decades after her death. Royals weren't supposed to be fashionable: that was considered nouveau riche. But the world watched and applauded Diana's fashion evolution, as she ditched her corduroy and tweeds for vivid color, bold cuts, and short skirts.

Perhaps her most striking fashion choice? Not wearing gloves to visit hospitals, as all of her royal predecessors had done. Sure, it looks a little White Savior today, but in the early '80s, it meant a great deal to people who were suffering from HIV/AIDS.

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But for many young people, the Duchess of Cambridge's fashion choices are much more relatable and modern.

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Kate does rock a casual look better than just about anyone. 

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