How the Danish Queen’s Most Iconic Dresses Can Inform Your Outfits for a Night Out

There are several reasons why Danish people watch the Queen’s speech every year. For one, it’s a good way to get the lowdown on the year’s events, and hear it summed up in the elegant and straightforward manner that Queen Margrethe is known for. But also, for the fashion-conscious amongst us, it’s a great way to get some tips for our next night out!

Compared to every other royal around the world, Queen Margrethe is an out-and-out fashion icon. Ever since she was proclaimed Queen in 1972, she has presented herself to the nation in the most stunning – and sometimes outlandish – outfits that really capture the imagination. The Queen’s speech 2023 is be a prime opportunity to see this, having always worn the most beautiful, appropriate outfits to see out the year and bring in the new.

Below are some of the best outfits that the Danish Queen has worn, and how her iconic fashion sense can inform your outfits for a girl’s night out in 2024.

Don’t Care What Anybody Thinks

Whenever Queen Margrethe attends an event, she manages to outshine everybody. Take her Jorgen Bender gown that she wore during the Japanese state dinner in 1998, or her bright golden Mogens Eriksen Elizabethan dress that she wore during her Japanese state visit in 2004. Unlike other royal families – such as the infamous UK monarchy – Queen Margrethe is not afraid to be different, and she doesn’t care what anybody thinks. This is especially important when you are trying to demonstrate personality.

Personality In Ideas

If you’re struggling to work out what to wear during a night out, take a leaf from Queen Margrethe’s book. In every one of her dresses, there is a distinct nod to her as a person and her family history. Take the Bender dress she wore for a photo shoot in 1973 – a yellow-silk brocade gown with a fur jacket, which she said was inspired by a painting of an old relative, Catherine the Great. She makes sure that her personality – and her history – shines out, and by doing so, she makes sure her clothing is indicative of her personality and style.

Floral is Always King

If you want more specific advice about what to wear during a night out, we’d say you can’t go wrong with floral dresses. Queen Margrethe certainly doesn’t. Even in 2023, you will often see Her Majesty rocking events with floral-inspired clothing, and who can forget the outlandish multi-coloured floral raincoat that she wore during the Ringsted horse ceremony in 2017? With these outfits, Queen Margrethe manages to make flowery dresses regal, elegant, and fun, all at the same time. If she can do it, you can do it too!

Keeping Things Chic

One word that has often been used to describe Queen Margrethe’s fashion sense is “chic”. This is especially true in the summer, where she can often be spotted wearing crisp, cotton dresses that radiate an almost 60’s style coolness. Along with these exuberant cotton dresses, she perfectly matches them with gorgeous pendants, including a brooch in the form of a – you guessed it – floral bouquet. All of them match her dress exquisitely, so make sure you put the effort into creating cohesion and forming a relationship between your own jewellery and the dress itself.

The Right Clothing for the Right Occasion

Queen Margrethe also proves that you need to have an instinct about this kind of thing. Whether you’re changing an outfit from day to night, going to a luxurious, special occasion, or attending a played-down party, you need an instinct to find the appropriate dress and make sure it matches the tone. Queen Margrethe always manages to find that tone, mastering the art of syncing with a specific occasion while also giving her outfits her own unique spin. This is difficult, especially for a Queen, who needs to wear the right thing for an official photo shoot and then choose an outfit for meeting locals, attending a garden party, or going to a Victorian-esque ball! But if Queen Margrethe can do it, you can do it too.

Anabel Cooper

Anabel is a graduate of King’s College London and upon graduating, she set out on a journey to inspire and empower women through her words. Besides working as a digital marketing expert, Anabel is a freelance copywriter.