The poll is closed and the winner is in. The community is all about Horrocks!
Welcome to the Hofdame Hall of Fame, where we all weigh in on iconic looks of our favorite royals. We are changing it up a bit this week by reaching back into history and stepping away from evening wear. Let’s all weigh in on Princess Margaret and her day wear. For purposes of this very loosely defined activity, we are calling anything worn during the day, daywear.
I will say, for me, it was a pleasant and glamorous look back. Pearls, gloves and hats galore! Margaret’s heyday was definitely the fifties, when the tight-waisted and full skirted silhouette really flattered her incredible figure.
Our first place winner is this lovely lightly patterned dress with an inset at the neckline and full skirt. She wore this on at least two occasions in the early fifties, the wedding of Angela Dowding and a trip to Ascot. It was full of interesting detail, incredibly flattering to her figure, and accessorized to perfection.
A very, very close second – in fact it was neck and neck – was this Horrocks dress, which she wore during her East African tour in 1956. Again, the fitted bodice and the full skirt were intensely flattering. That hat was a delight! The pattern was also a nice nod to the region without being in the least bit of a costume. And she looks neat as a bandbox, unruffled, and cool.
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Princess Margaret selected 1 out of 20 zebras on her visit of a game farm at Arusha, East Africa, which was to be gifted to Prince Charles and Princess Anne. The Governor of Tanganyika, Sir Edward Twinning, caused a roar of laughter when he asked, “…and to what address shall I send them, Madam?”, to which the the Princess replied, “Home!” | | By Life Magazine, 1956
Three coat entries tied for third. At the top, the full skirted coat with a button waistline detail worn in 1956, to Westminster Abbey is both fashionable and demure enough for the event. The middle photo was taken in 1949 when a very young Margaret wore a fur trimmed coat of extreme snazzy-ness to visit the youth in Bristol. The bottom photo shows a glamourous Margo visiting the House of Dior.