Ready, set, go: Describe a royal's style in one word. If classic (or some iteration of said term) was the first to come to mind, you're definitely on the right track. Both the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex tend to gravitate toward inherently elegant staples that withstand time and trends. The Queen of Spain follows a similar approach, too. But although classic is the name of the style game for these royals, that doesn't mean they're entirely opposed to trying of-the-moment fashion crazes. Case in point: Queen Letizia's snakeskin dress — a frock that offers an elegant way to wear the animal-print trend that just won't quit.
One-toned ensembles, fun, floral-print frocks, and refined closet staples like crisp white button-downs and sleek black trousers have become a regular part of the Queen's wardrobe. That's why the fashion-obsessed were in for quite a surprise on Oct. 8, when the royal forwent her usual (traditional) style sensibilities in favor of something that was very au courant.
On Tues., Queen Letizia of Spain tended to her duties, making an appearance at the Zarzuela Palace to host several audiences. As per usual, she looked utterly ravishing, commanding all the attention in a python-print button-down dress that a) hit on one of 2019's biggest pattern trends and b) was right in line with the frock silhouette that's been cropping up everywhere: a shirt dress. That's another style home run for Letizia.
The frock lands mid-calf, has long sleeves, an indistinct waist belt, and a flowy, flouncy skirt that effortlessly swayed as she walked around the room. She anchored the look with her favorite camel-colored shoes: a pair of Carolina Herrera suede sling back pumps.
The royal's shirt dress is from affordable retailer, Massimo Dutti — and even though you're going to wish it was still in stock, it's no longer available. Luckily, however, there are plenty of lookalikes to pick from.
If you're craving some fun in your wardrobe, consider adding a snakeskin dress like Letizia's to your lineup. Shop styles similar to hers, below.