At first glance, Queen Letizia of Spain’s holiday wardrobe looks like the standard fodder of any royal. Appropriate dress lengths, flattering silhouettes and inoffensive prints accessorised with impressively toned triceps.
What marks the Spanish queen out is her ability to master ‘regal realism’ – she gives classic pieces polish, conforming to court dress codes when required, while offering a sense that she’d probably rather be in her signature espadrilles.
This is a royal who knows what it is to do a day’s work (she previously led a career as a successful journalist, covering heavyweight stories such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the Iraq war in 2003), but understands the need to look pulled-together while doing so. Her fashion persona delivers poise and glamour combined with approachability – the real sweet spot of royal style.
This summer, Queen Letizia has chosen pieces that many middle-class working mothers may already have in their wardrobe – a striped maxi or a wrap dress – but has given them an aspirational sleekness. There is elegance, but also a relaxed, low-key edge that feels right-for-now.
We want our royal women to be modern, human yet regal and impeccably dressed. It’s a tough, near impossible balancing act, but Letizia manages it. Here, we look at what we can learn from her holiday wardrobe and how we can bring the same laidback finesse to our own look: