In a recent survey conducted by Hello! magazine, Denmark’s Crown Princess was voted the world’s most stylish royal. The stakes were high with competition being the popular Duchess of Cambridge who came second and Queen Rania of Jordan who came third.
So what makes Mary the most stylish dresser of all?
Princess Mary style reflects a genuine and passionate interest in the international fashion scene, in choosing pieces from local Danish designers to attending some of the leading designer’s fashion shows during the annual Copehagen fashion weeks often with her personal stylist, Anja Camilla Alajdi.
Mary is a master at transformation: from an average Danish woman riding her bicycle along Copenhagen’s cobblestone streets for an evening out to an international style icon. In December, 2004 the Crown Princess spoke to Vogue where she said, “It is important that I look smart and elegant and appropratly dressed for every occasion. I’m still developing my style to fit in with my new role.” During the 9 years since that interview, there is no doubt that the Princess has clearly defined what works for her in both style and wardrobe. But through each phase, one factor never changes: her inner glow that makes each ensemble look natural, relevant and completely individual.
What characteristics make Mary’s style stand out as an icon for so many women?
Understated elegance. Mary understands that great style emerges from dressing simply and avoiding unnecessary adornments. Mary’s simple style often reflects a well-known look with the addition of a small personal detail to enhance it and make it her own. Often paring a simple linen shift dress that is close to being out-of-date with a beautiful cashmere top lifts the look from plain to chic. With help from her stylist, Mary has managed to strike a clear style by combining elements such as a coloured belt tied at the waist, pointy shoes and wide-brimmed hats. These are all small elements which creates an icon: the ability to make people recognise a style through small, personal detail to enhance it and make it her own.
Expensive with the common. Whilst Mary maintains her unpretentious charm her wardrobe has bestowed touches of the unattainable. Mixing exclusive pieces with common accessories, Mary has created a clever and subtle mix of everyday fashion with regal eminence that makes her a style icon for women everywhere.
Inspiring design. The poll showed that 68% of respondents found Princess Mary’s style ‘inspiring’ and much like the Dutchess of Cambridge there are several style blogs that are purely dedicated to tracking her her every sartorial move, providing information on what she wears and where to get it. (See links below)
Experimental style. There is no doubt Mary loves to mix and match fashion. Over the years Mary has shown us how to combine a ladylike look with the latest fashion trends. Not afraid to experiment with bold colours, prints and different styles, Mary has often displayed a sense of adventure when it comes to fashion.
Pairing is crucial. A key element in Princess Mary’s put-together look is the key element that she keeps her assessories minimal and pair with each other. This look, from her visit in Washington is a perfect example: handbag, heels and hat are all perfectly matching. This provides the look to be ‘pulled-together’ from head to toe. When wearing lighter colours, pair accessories in more earthy tones. Wearing darker colours gives one the opportunity to experiment a little more.
Know your style. Knowing your style is knowing yourself – your character and your personality. What are your natural colours and advantages? Time and time again Mary has proved that she knows exactly who she is and is able to focus and enhance precisely what she wishes to enhance.
The final touches. As a natural innovator of royal fashion, Mary has remained faithful to wearing a hat when on royal duty. Often assisted by her fravourite milliner, Susanne Juul, Mary has created a collection of stylish hats that resemble her modern yet elegant wardrobe. One particular characteristic of Mary’s style, as previously mentioned, is her way of carrying through a complete look. She always shows perfect attention to detail from head to toe and a hat adds the finishing touch. Unfortunately, the general use of hats is a dying fashion but Mary understands that nothing gives more style and a touch of pizazz to an outfit than a beautiful headdress.
1. Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark – 68 per cent
2. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge – 67 per cent
3. Queen Rania of Jordan – 61 per cent
4. Letizia, Princess of Asturias – 59 per cent
5. Madeleine, Princess of Sweden – 56 per cent
6. Charlene, Princess of Monaco – 52 per cent
7. Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden – 47 per cent
8. Zara Philips – 45 per cent
9. Queen Maxima of the Netherlands – 38 per cent
10. Mette-Marit, Crown Princess of Norway – 33 per cent
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