Queen Maxima was mastering monochrome style long before it was all over your Pinterest feed. The Dutch royal is an expert at curating the perfect color-coordinated outfits, and I’ve most definitely used her as monochrome fashion inspiration on more than one occasion.
With that being said, the mom of three’s style is incredibly underrated and just as deserving of the headlines of royal counterparts from across the way like Queen Letizia and the Duchess of Cambridge. What makes her stand out — beside the fact that she’s a royal — is that she’s unafraid to wear unique patterns, bold colors, and unexpected jewelry (i.e., her snake earrings from October 2020). I don’t know about you, but I’m desperate to look inside her wardrobe, which is complete with high-end fashion from Italian fashion house Valentino, Dutch designer Jan Taminiau, and British label Seren London.
Queen Maxima’s been mastering the art of monochrome fashion long before she became the first queen consort of the Netherlands in April 2013. Nearly two decades ago, she was photographed in a chic and sophisticated gold pantsuit that we wouldn’t be surprised to see a celeb wear on the red carpet today. She even wore all royal blue (from her jewels to her gown) to her and her husband’s inauguration ceremony in 2013.
Keep scrolling to check out some of Queen Maxima’s all-time best monochrome style moments. They might just inspire your next outfit.
Serving up a seriously chic dose of fall outfit inspiration, the queen wore a paisley print Altuzarra midi dress and red Gianvito Rossi boots for a visit to the National General Practitioners Association. She matched her footwear to her wide belt and handbag.
It’s hard to decide what part of this red-hot outfit we’re most obsessed with: her open back dress from Massimo Dutti or her bold snake earrings. Clearly, these Gianvito Rossi boots are getting good use this fall.
Wearing all-ivory, the royal paid a surprise visit to a supermarket in Nijmegen. She paired the look with tan and gold accessories which included espadrilles, a clutch, and gold earrings.
For a family portrait in honor of King Willem-Alexander’s birthday, Queen Maxima donned a floral jumpsuit from the British label Seren London, which she paired with bright red heels, a wide white belt, and green earrings.
For an event in Utrecht, Queen Maxima stood out in a yellow blazer and pants from — drumroll, please — Zara. She accessorized the ‘fit with black heels, a matching handbag, and Cartier hoop earrings.
I’d happily get my hands on this entire burgundy outfit, but I’m particularly enamored of her high-waisted leather trousers.
This is undoubtedly one of the royal’s most iconic looks of all time. She debuted this navy blue and beige look by Dutch designer Jan Taminiau on the second day of her China visit in 2018.
On a state visit to Luxembourg, the queen wowed in a glamorous red Valentino number. She’s a big fan of the designer, who also designed her wedding dress in 2002.
This stunning ensemble is another custom design by Jan Taminiau. She wore the custom gown for her and her husband’s inauguration in April 2013. The rich, bold color of her gown and matching cape is hard to look away from.
Proving that she’s been a monochrome expert for nearly two decades, the Argentinian-born queen looked sleek and sophisticated in an all-gold ensemble in 2003.