Can we take a collective second and talk about Fergie. Perhaps it’s the combination of eighties fashion staging a comeback and her daughter, Princess Eugenie’s impending wedding, but it’s come to our attention that Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, was a total Betty.
At the peak of her exposure, Ferguson was thrown into the fashion limelight alongside Princess Diana. Sadly, history hasn’t treated Prince Andrew’s ex-wife with the same sartorial reappraisal that the People’s Princess has enjoyed. In fact, there’s been some miscommunication along the way and if anything Fergie’s personal style has been overlooked. But, a scroll through Pinterest and a search of the picture archives and you’ll see she was the royal family’s unsung hero.
For starters, she could wield a waist belt better than Gok Wan. Even, at one point, adding it to a rather on-trend aviator suit. When not amongst the clouds she evoked a styling trick most recently spotted at Christian Dior’s spring summer 19 catwalk by cinching it around a blazer.
On the topic of blazers, note the Prince of Wales checked jacket she teamed with a white skirt. If you’d told us that was an outfit straight out of Jeanne Damas’ wardrobe, we wouldn’t be surprised. As with the double-breasted blazer, polka dots were a key component of Fergie’s 80s and 90s wardrobe. They were scattered over maxi skirts (akin to the kind found at Gucci), painted over pussy-bow dresses (see: MSGM) and even leggings.
When it came to dressing up, Fergie could pull off a taffeta ball gown better than the cast of Dynasty. Personally, we’re very impressed by how the Duchess of York integrated her favourite accessory, the waist belt, and her preferred print, polka dots, into one glorious evening look.
To take a walk through Fergie’s fashion history have a thumb through our top Sarah Ferguson ensembles..
Jumpsuits may have hit boiling point for autumn winter 18, but it's Sarah Ferguson who styled hers best back in '87 with the addition of a chunky belt.
7th May 1987