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Margaret Thatcher: the style of the Iron Lady

A great gallery on the style of the Iron Lady by the brilliant blog Citizens of Fashion…


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.)

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