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Ever since The Crown, period, there’s been a resurgence in prim and proper trends led by Princess Diana’s wardrobe. This week, we felt it was high time we paid tribute to our favourite one of all, the courteous cardigan.

Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown

It was November 2016 when Season 1 of The Crown was released, and ever since, a slew of retro trends have been infiltrating our wardrobes. We’ve seen the return of pie-crust collars, oversized Pilgrim collars and massive puff sleeves. We’ve channeled Princess Margaret, Princess Anne and The Queen, but, as Emma Corrin made her debut as Lady Di in The Crown Series 4, it was the knits that really appealed to our new, low-key lockdown wardrobes.

And it’s thanks to The Crown, that some of the greatest knits to feature in Princess Diana’s wardrobe have been revived. There was the iconic bright red Warm & Wonderful sheep jumper which she wore shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles – it featured a lone black sheep amongst a heard of white sheep – and there was the I’m A Luxury jumper which she was also photographed in on a number of occasions. Both have now been reissued and are currently available at

Emma Corrin in The Crown Wearing the Warm & Wonderful Sheep Jumper

But it’s the floral knit Emma Corrin was photographed in – as Diana on her second date with Charles – which really spoke to our inner goody two shoes. It looked so cosy, feminine and perfect for brightening up a grey day – of which we seem to have many of at this time of year. It also seems there’s something about librarian chic that works with working from home.

There are plenty of options available, too. Some iterations are preppy, some come with the aforementioned collars, and some are smattered with all kinds of embroideries and embellishments. They work really well with jeans and a t-shirt and the fact they are quite prissy, makes you feel totally put-together. They are officially our new knitwear hero.

It’s rumoured The Crown researchers and costume department travelled far and wide, ransacking vintage shops, archives and antique fairs for their knits. You’ll have no such costume drama. Our task of hunting down this season’s award-winning cardigans was slightly easier. Here, we’ve rounded up our top 10 cardigans for you to tap into.


"Princess Diana managed to pull off novelty cashmere jumpers and cosy cardigans like no other. This appliqué Zara number will definitely get you in the mood for binge watching a few episodes of The Crown this weekend."

Floral Crochet Cardigan, £49.99 at

"Blow the budget on this pretty pink cardigan from Miu Miu's Pre-Fall '20 collection, inspired by Miuccia Prada's life in the '60s and early '70s. It's made from the softest Italian wool and appliquéd with a tartan ribbon tied into a bow. It definitely gets our Royal seal of approval."



Miu Miu Cardigan, £890 at

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