Iron Lady Style: Why Women Want to Look Like Margaret Thatcher

Everyone wants to look confident. But it doesn’t come instantly. Sometimes even people owning huge companies and lucky ones who hit a jackpot at lack confidence. Are you one of these people? Then fashion tips from Margaret Thatcher will be helpful.

Power Dressing

As Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher created a peculiar uniform called “power dressing,” or “power suits.”

It was a unique style, combining the austerity that allowed Margaret to hold power in her hands and the femininity that set her apart from male politicians in classic suits.

Thatcher was most often seen in a jacket and skirt, complete with massive earrings, a string of pearls, or a brightly colored scarf around her neck. The understated but elegant suits made her “her own” among politicians and aristocrats, but they also conveyed that she was not on a par with them.

Business Outfits

It’s impossible to imagine the image of the “Iron Lady” without a classic straight-cut suit with a skirt below the knee. At the direction of her personal stylist, she appeared at official events only in such toilets.

The jacket had to sit strictly on the figure and emphasize the line of her shoulders. The skirt could be straight or pleated, but always covering the knees. The coat was exclusively of straight cut. The colors were canary, gray-yellow, blue, green and lilac.

Thatcher most often wore Aquascutum suits. It’s a native British brand, a favorite of Winston Churchill and Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

A Flowing Dress

Thatcher had an elaborate image of a conservative politician at the helm of power. But that didn’t stop her from appearing in public from time to time in a flowing floor-length dress.

Although the cut of the outfit remained laconic and understated, the colors could amaze with rich hues and whimsical prints. The Iron Lady was no stranger to floral dresses.

Favorite Color

The Iron Lady’s favorite was blue, the traditional color of the Conservative Party of Great Britain.

Interestingly, out of love for it, young Thatcher even refused the usual attributes of the bride, appearing at her own wedding in a dress of blue velvet.


The main accessories Thatcher would never part with were a string of pearls and large stud earrings.  From the 50s onwards, she wore them with them on, sometimes in combination with massive rings and bracelets.

Numerous stylists of the “Iron Lady” advised her to wear pearls less often, but Margaret valued the jewelry, which was a gift from her husband, and was in no hurry to heed the advice of others. Eventually pearls became her trademark and won the love of women all over the world.

Handbag With a Short Handle

The austere rectangular black handbag that Thatcher carried for some thirty years was sold at auction for $40,000 after her death.

Remarkably, Thatcher was the only minister who was allowed to put the bag on the table during parliamentary sessions.

Tall Styling

Until 1979 Thatcher didn’t worry too much about her hair. But since her appointment as Prime Minister everything changed: the trademark of the “Iron Lady” became a high hairstyle, which was half-jokingly called a “lion’s mane” because of the lush volume.

Thatcher herself declared that she was ready to sleep for an hour and a half – if only her hair wouldn’t be damaged and would last the whole day.

Brooches That Could Talk

Another constant companion of the “Iron Lady” – a brooch, which she fastened to the lapel of her jacket. And if the bag couldn’t tell the mood of the Prime Minister, the brooch could.

The cheetah suggested that she shouldn’t expect a smile today, and the orchid allowed us to hope for softness and warmth.

A Role Model

The Iron Lady’s style became a reference point for many notable followers. It was inspired by influential women like Hillary Clinton and Melania Trump.

The prime minister actually formed a recognizable personal brand long before entrepreneurs, Influencers and politicians started talking about its importance. A string of pearls, a tall hairdo, a bow blouse and a black bag became her constant companions.

Thatcher herself genuinely admired the style and way of life of Queen Elizabeth II, sometimes even borrowing details of clothing and accessories. At one point, even the press began to confuse these two great women with each other.