Meghan Markle has taken the world by storm, and not just because she’s engaged to Prince Harry. Of course, that doesn’t hurt. Much like her soon-to-be sister-in-law Kate Middleton, Markle’s fashion choices are of central discussion. Balancing the modesty of British royalty with the trends of today is no easy feat, but Markle has proven she’s up to the challenge. Not only that, but she also far exceeds public expectations, and even creates her own trends worthy of imitation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, fans looking to emulate Markle’s fashion have already crashed websites and depleted inventory in mere moments. Do Markle’s outfits truly merit the frenzy they cause? There’s only one way find out — and that’s to see for yourself.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first appeared in public together at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Both Harry and Markle decided to go with casual outfits for the event. Markle’s intentionally ripped jeans, a fun-yet-untraditional choice for the future Duchess of Cambridge, looked great paired with a white loose-fitting collared shirt. Vogue reported that it was fittingly called “The Husband,” and, whether Markle chose the shirt for its name or not, fans enjoyed speculating about the play on words.
To tie the casual-chic look together, Markle opted for these gorgeous British brand Finlay & Co sunglasses (that also happen to slightly match Harry’s) pictured here, making this outfit both chic and practical for an outdoor sporting event.
That amazing hunter green dress
When Harry and Markle sat down with BBC for their first official interview as an engaged couple, two things were apparent — how in love they are and how gorgeous Markle’s hunter green dress was! So gorgeous, indeed, that it sold out soon after the interview aired.
The knee-length sleeveless dress by P.A.R.O.S.H. features a bow detail on the side of the waist and falls to the knee. As of December 2017, the hunter green color hasn’t been restocked, but two other colors, both listed as “The Meghan,” are available. The company’s site is written in Italian, but a quick google translation to English shows all varieties of the “The Meghan” dress are 93% wool, making any one a great choice for winter.
Harry and Markle posed for engagement photos outside of Kensington Palace and fans were, quite rightfully, focused on Markle’s glamorous engagement ring. However, it didn’t take long after the pictures began surfacing online for people to notice something else — Markle’s legs. More specifically, Markle’s bare legs.
If you’re thinking, ‘So what?’, it’s important to remember whose family she’s marrying into. The Cut explains, “[T]he royal family seems to enforce a strict, unspoken pantyhose policy. Everyone wears them. Except for Markle, apparently.” Even Duchess Kate Middleton doesn’t dare go bare.
The Cut continued, “Perhaps as the spotlight shifts towards Markle and away from Middleton, the panty hose pendulum will swing the other way as well. Markle’s choice to not wear panty hose suggests the same thing as her easygoing demeanor in her post-engagement interview… Meghan Markle is real; what you see is what you get.”
While the Queen may prefer the Royal women to wear pantyhose, there is something to be said for being authentic, even if it means revealing those au naturale limbs.
Totes for every occassion
During her first public appearance with then-boyfriend Prince Harry, Markle was photographed clutching a large Everlane Day Market Tote. Refinery29 reported that, like most other items worn by Markle, the cognac-colored bag sold out after fans discovered the brand. According to Everlane.com, it will return on January 4 for only $165, which is a steal for Italian leather!
Of course, that’s not Markle’s one-and-only bag. In hand for Markle’s first official outing with Harry was a gorgeous Strathberry tote. Glamour describes the “bordeaux leather exterior” and the “peacock-blue fold and vanilla handle held in place by a gold crossbar” — a beautiful bag, no doubt.
Glamour also reports, “[The] bag sold out in 11 minutes. Eleven! The bag, by the way, goes for £495, or $667 at today’s exchange rate.” Clearly, Markle isn’t the only one loving tote bags.
Pleasing the Queen
Markle may have forewent the Queen’s unspoken recommendation of wearing pantyhose, but that doesn’t mean she disrespects the royal dress code. Markle has actually made some pretty big changes to her wardrobe, while still maintaining her sense of style.
Since dating Prince Harry, Markle has traded in her shorts and short skirts for dresses and skirts with longer hemlines. We don’t know if Markle misses her previous leggy style, but she looks equally stunning in midi skirts, like this cotton khaki-colored one by Joseph, which, as of December 2017, is on sale for $626.