Ever since Meghan Markle became ‘an item’ with Prince Harry, she has turned into a style icon. I personally loved watching her in her role as an actor in Suits, but have become even more enamoured with her as the Duchess of Sussex now that she has married her prince.
She had loads of style before she became a member of the Royals, but since then, she has continued to be even more glamorous – if that’s possible!
I’ve noticed though that her style is changing slightly. Some of her dresses are longer than she might previously have worn, and her style has become a bit more conservative (I think), but still very chic.
We don’t all have the deep pockets of a royal, nor do we have the luxury of a stylist to provide us with many choices and help guide us. However, we do have access to the internet and a raft of amazing online retailers who offer up alternatives.
The white dress that Megan wore in Sydney for her first official engagement at Admiralty House during the couple’s recent visit was called the “Blessed Shift Dress”, by Karen Gee (an Australian designer), and it retails at around $1800. Believe it or not, it completely sold out within 24 hours! In fact, it crashed the Karen Gee website.
I think stark white in a fitted shift is extremely hard to carry off, unless you have the perfect figure and a great suntan.
I suggest we go for a similar style, but as a classic navy shift, such as this one from Mango. Later in the day, for the trip to Taronga Zoo, Meghan added a fabulous and classic camel trench over her white dress. This would work equally as well over our navy shift. The Australian designer of her trench coat is Martin Grant, and I think his price would be in excess of $2000. A much more affordable choice, and still a lovely shaped trench, is this one from the Iconic, or even this one if you would prefer more of an investment piece.
Meghan’s trip to Dubbo saw her adopt a much more relaxed style of dressing – black jeans from Australian company Outland Denim. Its ethos is to help vulnerable women who have been exploited and it has set up a factory in Cambodia where it uses ethically and organically sourced materials. If you can afford the $199.90 these jeans cost Meghan, then you are helping the women who work for this brand to lead a healthy and humane lifestyle.
For most of us, the price will be too much, so I suggest that this black denim jean from Cotton On may fit the bill. Meghan had teamed her jeans with an oversized blazer from the Serena Williams Collection along with a great white shirt (not unlike this one) and some cool ankle boots from J. Crew, which, due to the ‘Markle magic’ also sold out. This pair of black suede boots looks just as good and were on sale at the time of writing.
Meghan is minimalist with her jewellery, wearing petite earrings, a simple bangle and, of course, the mandatory sunglasses, ballet flats (when the need arises) or the classic heeled pump. These really cute earrings from Nordstrom are a more affordable version of Meghan’s. All these pieces remain really good staples for Meghan to draw on and use over and over again.
Are you a royal fashion follower? Do you observe and buy or just observe?