Queen Letizia in a printed Pedro del Hierro shirtdress: gorgeous or meh?

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain attend National Offering to the Apostle Santiago

Lord, Queen Letizia of Spain is just impossibly chic. I don’t think her style or vibe could ever be described as “twee” or “childish” or “cutesy.” So it is with these photos! They were in the church of San Martin Pinairo, in Santiago de Compostela, on Saturday. Queen Letizia and King Felipe have been touring their country for the past few weeks, checking in the nation’s pulse now that Spain seems to have gotten through the worst of the pandemic. While Spain had a big drop-off in cases for a few months, they’ve had a spike in cases the past few weeks. Nothing like the moron maskless MAGA spike here in America, obviously, but there are enough new cases in Spain that many European pandemic specialists are raising the alarm of a second wave.

All of which makes Letizia and Felipe’s national tour kind of moot, in my opinion. The whole reason they’re traveling through their country is to let everyone know that it’s fine and they can go outside and spend money and support Spanish businesses. But… if there’s a second wave coming, another round of shutdowns could happen too. And plus, the spike in cases is probably *because* the country has taken steps to reopen.

Still, all of that is above my paygrade. I’m just here to talk about how much I love Letizia’s printed dress. This is by Pedro del Hierro and it’s GORGEOUS. I love the simplicity of a shirtdress which isn’t drowning in gaudy buttons. I love the chic print. I love her Carolina Herrera pumps. I love that she wore a mask the whole time even though it sort of clashed with the dress.

King Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia of Spain attend National Offering to the Apostle Santiago

A few days before this stop, Letizia and Felipe went to the Merida Theater Festival with their daughters. Letizia wore a Poète ensemble with Macarena Shoes espadrille wedges and Adolfo Domínguez bucket bag. The wedges are not ideal, but she makes them work (because everything is so lovely and Spanish). I like this dress although the neck is too high, but the printed shirtdress is still my fave.

Spanish Royals visit  the Roman Museum and the Roman theater in Merida, Spain

Spanish Royals visit  the Roman Museum and the Roman theater in Merida, Spain

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    oh, I love that shirtdress!! That’s gorgeous. The black dress is fine – I like it – but I love the shirtdress.

  2. KBeth says:

    I don’t love the print but she can make anything work.

  3. tempest prognosticator says:

    My favorite royal, style wise.

  4. Lightpurple says:

    The black dress, is she wearing something under it? It looks like there are to necklines happening, the printed black one, which is low enough that cleavage would be showing and then a solid, higher black with no print?

    Letizia has great taste and much of what she wears is appropriate for a work environment. I would wear that shirtdress to work in a second. The black one, I would have to put a jacket or cardigan over it and it would just be for “in the office with no clients” but it is workable.

    • Ana says:

      I think she had the black dress altered so the neckline would sit higher…you know protocol blah
      Otherwise I love the black dress. The shirt dress is occasion appropriate, she looks elegant and the shoes are perfect.

  5. Mina_Esq says:

    I love this dress. It’s right up my alley. I probably would have added a gold cuff or orange leather bracelet, and maybe a rattan clutch.

    • Roo says:

      Nice! Will you please style me? I’m just a bit above basic. 😄

      • Mina_Esq says:

        Roo: I wish. It’s my secret dream. Basics are important! If you have the basics down, you just need some fun accessories. Jeans and T-shirt? Add a multicolored medium heel sandals and wide rimmed sunglasses. Basic black dress? Add a leopard print headband and stack some bracelets. White linen jumpsuit? Do honey brown pumps. Sigh :)

    • Prayer Warrior says:

      whoa, you are good….I’m off to buy me a leopard print headband for my basic black dress…..I have been wearing a basic black headband buy your idea inspires me to go for something FUN

  6. josephine says:

    Both the shape and pattern of the dress read too 80′s for my taste, but she looks lovely anyway. But most importantly this family seems to rock the face mask a lot, and I really applaud that. The more it seems normal to wear the mask, the better, and it’s great that they use their stage to show that wearing a mask is the right thing to do for now.

    • Mina_Esq says:

      Josephine: the 80s are back! I’ve been getting matching scrunchies with every face mask order:)

      • josephine says:

        Oh, I know. It’s just so hard for me to love the return of the 80′s. But I do love shirt dresses, and hers is a bit more modern that the shirt dress of the 80′s. It’s just that this one is a little dowdy in my opinion, and I wish that the pattern were more bold. I see ferns (even though I know they’re not) instead of interesting botanical print.

    • lucy2 says:

      Very 80s to me too. I don’t personally love it, but she makes everything look good and stylish, without being fussy.

      I do like the other dress better, though I’m wondering if it was changed to be more modest, because the neckline is a bit odd.

    • Lizzie says:

      I don’t see it as 80′s. I see it as a classic and could picture Lucy wearing it in the 50′s on I Love Lucy. I love the dress and the fabric.

    • Northstar says:

      All of you who are saying these outfits are very 80′s – could you elucidate? What makes them 80′s style? I honestly can’t see it.

      • Prayer Warrior says:

        I think it’s the big loose sleeves and the shirt dress itself. The blouse-y top and the flowing skirt with wider belt…remember, in the 80′s big was in…though thankfully she didn’t go with oversized shoulders…I mean damn, we looked ridiculous, looking back..


    Love both outfits! The shirt dress is so effortlessly chic and for once I don’t mind the beige shoes, they make it look polished. I am a big fan of people still dressing nicely during the pandemic. I’ve been teased a little by friends and family for wearing sundresses and earrings and block heels to the pharmacy. But I’m also wearing a mask, so who cares! It makes me feel good to look good. And I don’t get on their case and say they look “sloppy” or whatever.

  8. Mei says:

    The shirt dress is lovely! It would also work in Kate’s wardrobe for some of her more garden-themed outings, but it may have too few buttons to for acceptance. The black dress has some kind of black lace added to the neckline? Which makes for an even weirder neckline imo. But the dress print is nice!

    I have no problem with the wedges, but it seems like it’s a problem here whenever anyone them. Personally they are very comfortable especially if on more uneven ground or standing around for a long time so they seem sensible to me.

    • Darla says:

      I absolutely LOVE espadrilles and do not get the hate for them at all. To each their own!

    • Becks1 says:

      I hate espadrilles lol – these are okay-ish, they work with the outfit and the season, but in general I hate them. Its just a personal fashion quirk of mine, ha.

  9. Cupcake says:

    Beautiful as always! I love that she looks gorgeous and sexy and mature but not matronly. She’s my style inspiration!

  10. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    I like the print but not the sleeves- they look …sloppy? They are too much with the collar.

  11. JEM says:

    She is so chic and beautiful. And he’s a silver fox!

    • Lizzie says:

      Agree JEM. She could give a masterclass in Chic Queenwear. She does every level so well, causal, dressy-casual and full on dressy. So glad she wears a mask!

  12. Flying Fish says:

    I never liked print clothing, my Mother loved a good print. However, I am beginning to see the light when it comes to prints.
    The printed dress is lovely, something is off about the sleeves though.
    The black dress is lovely as well.

    She is a woman who owns her style and not trying to be something she is not.

  13. Sarah says:

    I love the dress but I’m a sucker for anything with a leaf/tropical print.

  14. One thing I truly don’t like about those disposable marks is they’re made for people with large faces, aka men. For a woman with an angular face it nearly covers her entire face to the eyes! Guidelines say face coverings are most effective when they’re snug and fitted properly.

  15. Swan Lake says:

    She’s beautiful even with the mask!

  16. candy says:

    OMG she is seriously the best dressed royal.

  17. L4frimaire says:

    She looks really good. Always chic. She needs to get some cloth masks made in some colors or prints to match her wardrobe more.

  18. Jen says:

    She’s my favorite royal style wise.

  19. MsIam says:

    I like the shirt dress the best. The print is nice and summery and it looks nice. Not loving the black dress though. It’s that filmy camisole fabric piece at the neckline. It doesn’t go with the dress and looks like it was added on later. She should have had the straps altered or worn something different if she felt the neckline was too low cut.