Margaret Thatcher : The Style Of The Iron Lady

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The world will remember Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister who died today at age 87, as the tough-as-nails “Iron Lady.” But for us fashion lovers, she will also be remembered for her signature style, which rarely varied over the course of her political career.

Thatcher was known for her conservative skirt suits, which she paired with a variety of silky blouses. “I’m always safe in it,” she once said of her classic ensemble. She was fond of pearls, wearing them as earrings, necklaces or brooches.

But her most famous accessory of all was her black leather handbag. Thatcher had many versions, including a boxy Asprey style that was auctioned off for $39,800 at Christie’s in 2011. (The then-prime minster reportedly brought the Asprey bag to several key state meetings in the 1980s, including sit-downs with Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev.)

–   text by huffingtonpost.com

December 1951  With husband Denis on their wedding day at Wesley's Chapel in London.

December 1951 With husband Denis on their wedding day at Wesley’s Chapel in London.

April 1968  Arriving at the Dorchester Hotel for an event.

April 1968 Arriving at the Dorchester Hotel for an event.

October 1959  Receiving a telegraph at her Farnborough home following her election as MP.

October 1959 Receiving a telegraph at her Farnborough home following her election as MP.

October 1970  At the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool with Roger Mountford.

October 1970 At the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool with Roger Mountford.

June 1975  Wearing a European flag jumper to attend a pro-market rally.

June 1975 Wearing a European flag jumper to attend a pro-market rally.

July 1970  Sitting on the Conservative front bench during the state opening of Parliament in her role as Secretary Of State For Education.

July 1970 Sitting on the Conservative front bench during the state opening of Parliament in her role as Secretary Of State For Education.

1979  At Westminister Abbey with husband Denis wearing a signature pussy bow blouse.

1979 At Westminister Abbey with husband Denis wearing a signature pussy bow blouse.

October 1988  Meeting designer Zandra Rhodes in London.

October 1988 Meeting designer Zandra Rhodes in London.

April 10 1992  Leaving London's Claridge's Hotel following an event.

April 10 1992 Leaving London’s Claridge’s Hotel following an event.

October 26 1982  In a button-front red dress and pearls while on an official visit to China. Photo By Rex Features

October 26 1982 In a button-front red dress and pearls while on an official visit to China. Photo By Rex Features

May 1979  Arriving at 10 Downing Street with husband Denis after being named the country's first female Prime Minister.

May 1979 Arriving at 10 Downing Street with husband Denis after being named the country’s first female Prime Minister.

November 1986  At Camp David - the country retreat of the President of the United States - with Ronald Reagan. Photo By Rex Features

November 1986 At Camp David – the country retreat of the President of the United States – with Ronald Reagan. Photo By Rex Features

November 28 1990  Leaving 10 Downing Street for the last time with husband Denis. Photo By PA Photos

November 28 1990 Leaving 10 Downing Street for the last time with husband Denis. Photo By PA Photos

November 15 1990  At her 10 Downing Street desk wearing signature pearls and a purple houndstooth jacket. Photo By PA Photos

November 15 1990 At her 10 Downing Street desk wearing signature pearls and a purple houndstooth jacket. Photo By PA Photos

May 6 1994  Dressed in monochrome at the official opening of Waterloo International Station in London.

May 6 1994 Dressed in monochrome at the official opening of Waterloo International Station in London.

November 1 2010  Returning to her London home after two weeks in hospital with 'flu. Photo By PA Photos

November 1 2010 Returning to her London home after two weeks in hospital with ‘flu. Photo By PA Photos

October 13 2012  In a powder blue coat on her 87th birthday with son Mark and his wife Sarah. Photo By Rex Features

October 13 2012 In a powder blue coat on her 87th birthday with son Mark and his wife Sarah. Photo By Rex Features

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6 comments

  1. The Lady had Style that went beyond the outer layer, She was a classy lady who spoke her mind. I admire that in anyone. thanks for checking out my blog, hope you enjoyed the stories.

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