When you think of the Queen's style, Elizabeth II's rainbow-colored coat dresses might be the first things that come to mind. However, the 46-year-old Queen of Spain is much more — shall we say — up to date. Look no further than Queen Letizia of Spain's style for the perfect holiday outfit inspiration.
Even the most royal-obsessed might not recognize Letizia Oritz Rocasolano's name. A former journalist, she married into Spanish royalty in 2004 and instantly became quite possibly the best-dressed Queen of our time. Her personal style is elegant yet timeless, and she isn't afraid to test out the latest trends, either. Take, for example, her recent appearance at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia on Nov. 7, when she sported a sleek sleeveless, V-neck jumpsuit, or the floral-print coat dress she wore on Armed Forces Day earlier in the spring. It's safe to say that Letizia gives "dressing like a queen" a whole new meaning.
From glittery skirts to velvet trousers and tartan sweaters, the trendsetter's outfits are the only inspiration you need for putting together your own holiday party ensembles this season. Ahead, three Queen Letizia-inspired combinations that are fit for royalty (literally).
Metallic & Menswear
On Nov. 12, the royal paired a pretty, pleated maxi skirt in sparkly metallic gold with a long menswear-inspired wool coat. Her ultra-sleek suede ankle boots peeked out below the hem of her skirt and she carried a simple black clutch with gold embellishments. The look balanced super feminine pieces with contrasting menswear, a formula that you can apply to your glitzy New Year's Eve ensemble with an oversized blazer or coat.
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Velvet & Leather
The fashion-forward outfit Letizia wore to Valladolid's SEMINCI Film Festival in Oct. is proof that she's the most stylish Queen. She paired the trendiest velvet wide-leg trousers with a sophisticated leather jacket that zipped up the front and tied around the waist for added definition. Her soft velvet bottoms softened the look of edgy leather, leaving the commoners to wonder why nobody had thought of that combination before.
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Queen Letizia loves her tartan sweater so much she's worn it to more than one publicized event. On the most recent occasion, in Sept., she paired her favorite boxy wide-checked knit with the classiest off-white wide-leg trousers and pointed-toe pumps. A winter-ready sweater like this is versatile — you can dress it up with a maxi skirt or dress it down with a pair of jeans — but the Queen's white pants are super on-trend.