If you’ve been paying attention, Meghan Markle has been modifying her style gradually. She is slowly solidifying her signature look, which she began with her wedding dress. She’s been making some exciting additions and fashion statements along the way, and we’ve been following her evolution closely.
Since she became Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s style has been reminiscent of her wedding gown: boat-necked sleek silk pearl-coloured with three-quarter sleeves, fitted at the waist and flowing into a floor-length A-line skirt, paired with pointed satin heels and topped off with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara and a cascading train.
Here is how her style has evolved in only a couple of weeks:
In the heat of the British summer on July 5, Meghan stunned in a Gen Z yellow Brandon Maxwell dress. The boat-necked, sleeveless sheath dress is a sunny ray in Meghan’s otherwise subdued wardrobe. Word on the street is in order to avoid clashing with the Queen’s colourful skirt suits, Meghan’s palette is kept neutral. However, the Queen’s absence at the Commonwealth reception allowed the Duchess to show us how dashing she looks in a brighter hue. Meghan’s look was paired with nude Manolo Blahniks (an apparent fave of hers).
In a custom monochrome look by Ralph Lauren, Meghan obviously topped the ‘fashionably cool aunty’ list at the christening of her nephew Prince Louis on July 9. The completely olive green outfit was another colour addition to Meghan’s spectrum. Signed off with a boat neck and Manolo Blahniks, the Stephen Jones hat elevated her excellence.
At the Royal Air Force Centenary Service at Westminster Abbey, which took place the day before Prince Louis’ christening, Meghan served us a throwback look like only Dior can do to nourish our fashion souls. In regal navy blue, Meghan posted up in a boat-necked, cinched, sleeved and knee-length dress, also topped with a matching custom Stephen Jones hat.
Meghan was ready to put her best foot forward from the moment she stepped off the plane at Dublin airport on July 10. Her Givenchy crew neck and pencil skirt combo was an evergreen nod to the Emerald Isle (clever). She accessorised with a tan Strathberry midi tote and tan Paul Andrew heels that complemented her look. Meghan embodied everything I imagine ‘smart casual’ to be.
That evening, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a summer garden party at Glencairn, the residence of the British ambassador to Ireland. Meghan’s dress was by Emilia Wickstead. Yes, the same Emilia Wickstead who allegedly claimed that Meghan’s Givenchy wedding dress was a copy of one of her own designs.
This little black number was the first time Meghan had worn the designer since the month before her wedding (when she wore a two-piece cropped jacket and pencil skirt set to an Anzac Day memorial service), and what a perfect piece for a summer’s eve: sleeveless, contouring her body with the A-line skirt draping from her cinched waist.
The controversy is evidently water under the bridge – and thankfully, because Meghan and Emilia Wickstead are an aesthetically pleasing partnership.
Wearing a grey boat-necked look with black accessories, Meghan and Harry visited the Irish President and First Lady of Ireland at their official residence Áras an Uachtaráin on July 11. The sheath Roland Mouret dress had a single ruffled detail in the front. Meghan wore a similar looking dress from the designer when she had tea with her mother, Doria Ragland, and the Queen, the day before her wedding.
By now it’s safe to say that a boat-neck, long-sleeved knee-length dress in a soft tone is the Duchess’s signature look.
Right as she was becoming predictable, Meghan wore a black Givenchy power suit with a white shirt for the Gaelic Sports Festival later that day. The cropped blazer and ankle-baring trousers gave the suit a modern feel. Paired with pointed heels, Meghan looked trendy and elegant.
In support of her friend Serena Williams, Meghan, a long-time Wimbledon attendee, was in the Royal Box for the ladies’ singles final on July 14 with her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton. Meghan wore a blue striped Ralph Lauren shirt with white culottes, topped off with a chic fedora.
Her choice of designer could be attributed to the fact that two years ago, as guest of Ralph Lauren at the Wimbledon, the fashion house’s publicist Violet von Westenholz set up Prince Harry and Meghan on the blind date that sparked their fairytale romance.
In a British fashion staple, Meghan wore a sleeveless trench coat to a preview of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on July 17. The blush pink coat by Nonie, a Canadian fashion house, was an ultra-modern addition to her wardrobe and a fun yet chic spin to wearing a trench coat in summer.
We cannot wait to see how the Duchess’s style continues to evolve with the assistance of her stylist, Jessica Mulroney.