The Best Athleisure To Rock During “Princess Diana Weather”

By Carly Brechner | September 21, 2022
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If it feels like the Royal family has taken over your life for the past week, you’re not alone. I’ve been thinking a lot about the monarchy, too, but for an entirely different reason: because it’s Princess Diana weather.

What is that you might ask? It’s the time during September when the weather is the perfect mix of not too hot but not too cold, ideal to rock the late Princess’ favorite look of biker shorts and an oversized crewneck. The look has made its way to social media platforms as more and more people are opting to make a simple and comfy outfit look stylish just like Princess Diana did.

So if you’re looking to channel Lady Di this fall, here are the best crewnecks and biker shorts you can buy.

Buy $50
price as of time of posting

If you want to look cute while trying to save democracy, then this Betches crewneck is perfect for you. It’s soft, it’s cozy, and it’s the perfect statement that, unlike the government, you actually care about people’s rights. To make things even better, 20% of proceeds from the sweatshirt are donated to EMILY’s List, an organization dedicated to electing pro-choice and Democratic women to office. 

In case you’re wondering how to pretend to care about football season, all you need to do is wear this crewneck. Fake it ’til you make it, right? I have no idea how football works or who the teams are, but at least I know how to dress. This is an Abercrombie favorite, since it’s a comfortable yet reasonably priced sweatshirt. Don’t worry, there is no need to break the bank to rep something you literally don’t care about—I mean, after all, I just hope both teams have fun, right?

Buy $199
price as of time of posting

If you’re looking for a sporty look with a stylish twist, then this Anine Bing crewneck is perfect. Anine Bing has been a cool girl go-to lately with tons of celebrities including Meghan Markle and Chrissy Teigen seen wearing the brand’s signature sweatshirts. This crewneck says that you’re totally on top of trends while not being too over the top. I own one, and I absolutely love its distressed outside and lightweight yet soft inside. I never take it off and neither will you.

There has been a major resurgence of the preppy style in fashion recently, and no brand does it better than Polo Ralph Lauren, naturally. This vintage crewneck will pair perfectly with biker shorts and give the British royal’s favorite outfit an American look. Princess Di and Ralph Lauren were friends, though, it’s just chef’s kiss.

I’m convinced that everyone has owned a Champion sweatshirt at some point in their lives. Graphic sweatshirts aren’t for everyone, so Champion is the perfect alternative. They are soft, comfortable, and come in literally every color. If you want to recreate Princess Diana’s look in a more simple way without breaking the bank, Champion is your new best friend.

Buy $35
price as of time of posting

I’ve owned a few pairs of these biker shorts and I absolutely love them. They are super lightweight and never itch, so they are the perfect pair of bikers for hot summer days. The front crossover is adorable and looks great on everyone. If wearing a more cropped sweatshirt or top is your vibe, then these are the perfect shorts for you. 

The Girlfriend Collective is a go-to if you’re trying to stay sustainable while looking stylish. The company uses 100% recyclable packing, makes its clothing from recycled materials, and guarantees safe and healthy conditions for all of its workers. They offer different styles of cute bike shorts in a wide range of sizes and lengths, too. We should all be more like the Girlfriend Collective. 

SET Active is all the rage right now. These shorts come in a variety of fabrics and colors, so you can rock the Barbiecore or coastal grandmother aesthetics all from the same site. All of the colors also come with a variety of corresponding sports bra styles to ensure that you are coordinated underneath a cute crewneck. 

Athleta just never fails. It’s my favorite activewear brand and I’ve loved every item I’ve owned. More so than any other athleisure brand I’ve owned, Athleta’s clothes are always long-lasting and of great quality. These shorts are designed for and suitable for everyone. That said, if you’re looking to dress like Princess Diana in a thicker and more compressing fabric, I would definitely choose these.

Buy $20
price as of time of posting

Whenever I make my thirty-minute turned two-hour Target trips, I always make sure to stop and check out their workout wear. For a great price, Target makes cute and practical athleisure, so I have no doubt their bike shorts are a must-have. To make things even better, they have pockets—we love a pocket moment. When you’re on a hot girl walk and need somewhere to slip your phone, headphones, or keys, you will wish you were in these Target biker shorts.

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