Princess Eugenie Swears By 5 Style Rules That Are Ideal For Post-Lockdown Dressing

From headbands to '90s accessories.

Princess Eugenie wearing a green dress at Royal Ascot

by Natalie Hammond |

If you've spent as much time poring over pictures of the royal family as we have, you get to know their signatures pretty quickly. The Queen always carries a patent handbag from Launer; Kate Middleton loves a spot of literal dressing. But when it comes to Princess Eugenie, she actually has five style rules she sticks religiously to. Without further ado, here's what you might have noticed about her wardrobe.

1) Always Wear Headbands Over Hats

For the first picture she posted of her baby boy August, Princess Eugenie chose to wear one of her signatures: a padded velvet headband. And while she has been known to dabble with fascinators and pillboxes, she seems to be siding with Amanda Gorman, famous for her bright red Prada headband at Inauguration Day, in thinking that this accessory is surely the way forward in fashion land.

2) If In Doubt, Choose Florals

Princess Eugenie wearing a floral dress
Princess Eugenie in 2019 ©Getty

Nine times out of 10, Princess Eugenie chooses florals for formal public appearances, whether it's a summery dress (like the flippy-skirted number she wore to a service at St George's Chapel) or something a little more fitted (like her cap-sleeved engagement photo dress).

3) Always Opt For A Cinch-Waist Silhouette

Princess Eugenie at 2019's Royal Ascot
Princess Eugenie at Royal Ascot ©Getty

The princess almost always opts for a silhouette that cinches the waist, whether it's this forest green dress she wore to Royal Ascot, or her wedding dress designed by Peter Pilotto.

Princess Eugenie on her wedding day in October 2018
Princess Eugenie wearing her wedding dress by Peter Pilotto ©Getty

4) Try A '60s Silhouette

Princess Eugenie wearing a duck egg blue dress
Princess Eugenie at the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ©Getty

At Meghan Markle's wedding, Princess Eugenie wore a tweed shift dress in a delicate duck egg blue, accessorising with a cream pillbox hat and pumps from Valentino. It might have been a side-step from her usual floral style, but we happened to love its subtly '60s vibe.

5) But Don't Forget Your Favourite '90s Accessories

Posting this adorable #flashback, Princess Eugenie proved she knew all about arm candy back in the '90s, accessorising her lime green suit with a cute shoulder bag that looks suspiciously like what all the supermodel-influencers are carrying circa now. 'Bea and I are laughing hysterically after contemplating what on earth was in our handbags that day going to church...' she wrote on Instagram.

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SEE: All The Times Kate Middleton Practised Literal Dressing

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This Catherine Walker coat, complete with a bow at the neck, couldn't have been more festive for last year's carol concert at Westminster Abbey.

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For last year's visit to Scotland, Kate packed some modern tartan in the form of this trench from Holland & Cooper.

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The emerald green jacket (a double-breasted number from Zara) was an easy spot for St Patrick's Day, but how many eagle-eyed followers noticed that she was also wearing a necklace with a teeny shamrock pendant from Daniella Draper?

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To celebrate Burns Night, and bring a traditional feast of haggis, neeps and tatties to workers at NHS Tayside, Kate Middleton appeared via video wearing a tartan dress from Emilia Wickstead.

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In honour of what would've been the start of finals weekend at Wimbledon, Kate surprised a group of young tennis players with a video call with Andy Murray. For the call, Kate wore the HVN's Tennis Long Maria Dress, which features a pattern of little tennis players.

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Earlier this year, the Cambridges and their three young children joined the rest of the nation in the weekly Clap For Our Carers outside their home in Norfolk. Kate, William, George, Charlotte and Louis all wore outfits in tones of blue in honour of the NHS.

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For her very first in-person event following lockdown, Kate Middleton visited the Fakenham Garden Centre, arriving in a simple outfit that looked perfect for a day of weeding and planting.

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In December 2019, Kate joined families and children who are supported by the charity Family Action at Peterley Manor Farm in a very festive red puffer jacket and green jumper combo.

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Kate loves a floral print and won't let a visit to a garden centre or flower show go unmarked, from the 'Back to Nature' festival at RHS Garden Wisley (left) to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (middle) to the White Garden at Kensington Palace (right).

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While on a royal tour of Ireland with Prince William in 2019, Kate made sure to pay tribute to the colour most associated with the country: green. Our favourite? The stunning Vampire's Wife dress she wore in Dublin.

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Speaking of green...Kate almost always attends a St Patrick's Day parade each year and she always, always wears green to celebrate.

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While on a royal tour of Poland in 2017, Kate paid homage to the country with her wardrobe twice. First, she wore a white dress with red accessories to honour the Polish flag. Then, she wore a dress by Polish designer Gosia Baczynska.

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Over the years, while attending events involving sailing or boating, Kate has capitalised on the nautical theme wearing white-and-navy stripes with golden accessories.

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The royals love Wimbledon and Kate is no exception. Having attended many, many times over the years, you can bet Kate will show off her tennis whites at the tournament at least once every year.

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In 2017, the Cambridges and their children arrived on the royal tour of Germany wearing different shades of cornflower blue, the colour of the country's national flower.

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Kate and William went on a royal tour to Pakistan in late 2019 and this is where Kate's passion for diplomatic dressing shone the brightest. Wearing outfits designed by Pakistani designers and wearing traditional Pakistani-style dresses, Kate certainly made a mark on this tour.

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Kate also showed her love for diplomatic dressing while on a royal tour of India and Bhutan, wearing dresses by local designers that featured traditional motifs.

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While in Canada with Prince William, Kate went to the rodeo, where she dressed for the occasion with a white cowboy hat. Later in the trip, she wore a red hat featuring maple leaves that look very similar to the Canadian flag.

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