It’s not every day you marry a prince, and even rarer to have a natural, infallible style. Meghan Markle a.k.a. the Duchess of Sussex’s wardrobe fosters a modern approach – eclectic and down-to-earth. Royally unconventional and simple yet effortlessly cool, the Duchess manages to merge her Cali-casual roots with her new British elite status, favoring brands such as Barbour, a personal favorite of the Queen’s, Givenchy, Aquazzura, and Canadian brands like Erdem and Aritzia. You don’t have to hop over the pond to shop her chicest looks.
By Faith Hope Consolo
For her first public appearance as “Aunt Meghan,” the royal wore an olive green Ralph Lauren dress with matching shoes and clutch bag, as well as a hat by milliner Stephen Jones to Prince Louis’ christening.
Pretty in Pink
Pink dress by Prada to the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards ceremony held at Buckingham Palace with a Prada bag and a pair of black heels by Aquazzura.
Not so Mellow Yellow
Meghan was a ray of sunshine, stepping out in a royal yellow sleeveless Brandon Maxwell midi dress which had a boat neck reminiscent of her Givenchy wedding dress. Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pump in Beige Suede.
Accessories are Key
Meghan wore an off-white collared shirt dress from her go-to designer Givenchy, accessorized with a Givenchy black belt, Givenchy black satin clutch with jewelry clasp, Balcenciaga pumps, Birks Pétale yellow gold and diamond stud earrings and a Philip Treacy hat to her first Royal Ascot.
Master the Neutral Tone
For her first appearance as the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan wore a silk crepe pencil dress by Goat for with Vanessa Tugendhaft earrings, and a bespoke hat by Philip Treacy. Silk Clutch by Wilbur and Gussie and nappa leather pumps by Tamara Mellon.
Neat in Navy
Navy blue Roland Mouret dress and gray suede Manolo Blahnik pumps to her arrival at Cliveden House.
During her visit to Ireland, she wore a stunning taupe Roland Mouret dress, a version of which she first wore on the night before her wedding, Paul Andrew heels and Fendi handbag.
Two-Tone on Trend
During a visit to Birmingham, England on International Women’s Day, Meghan stepped out in a J.Crew navy wrap coat with white trim, Alexander Wang cigarette pants, an AllSaints turtleneck, and Manolo Blahnik pumps. She polished off her coordinated look with a leather Altuzarra saddlebag.
Give Your Daily Uniform an Accessory Upgrade
For a surprise visit to Belfast, Meghan wore a beige Mackage coat, cream Victoria Beckham cashmere sweater, Greta Constantine green skirt, and accessorized with fun Jimmy Choo velvet pumps in Fire, and a cognac Charlotte Elizabeth bag.
For a women’s empowerment reception, Markle chose a sleek, all-black Black Halo Jackie O ensemble, Gucci ‘Dionysus’ Suede Super Mini Bag and Aquazzura ‘Milano’ black pumps.
The Tailored Black Pant Suit
Continuing on that same trip to Ireland, Meghan Markel showed she is wearing the pants. Fitted black suit by Givenchy and white tee by Lavender Hill. She coordinated the outfit with a gold buckle Givenchy belt, carrying a Givenchy clutch bag and a pair of black Sarah Flint stilettos.
The newlywed attended Wimbledon in a classic blue-striped button-down shirt and crisp white wide-leg trousers from Ralph Lauren, ‘Ghianda’ Saddle Bag in Navy Grain Leather by Altuzarra, and Maison Michel Ivory Straw ‘VIRGINIE’ Hat.
Denim can be Royal too
At the Sentebale Polo Match in Windsor, the Duchess pulled off a perfect laid-back look in a denimesque dress from Carolina Herrera, J. Crew clutch, Aquazurra stilettos and Tom Ford sunglasses.
A Monochrome Moment
Donning a perfect sundress by Altuzarra, a chic pinafore belted dress draped with a sharp-shouldered black blazer by Camilla and Marc; ‘Paramour’ Suede Heels by Tamara Mellon and Oroton ‘Avalon’ Zip Top Crossbody Bag, Meghan revealed that she can navigate through dressing in a heatwave.
The Duchess of Sussex continues to be the fashionista we knew her to be since her days on Suits. Now a member of the royal family, she has a penchant for polished, classic, elegant looks with solid block colors, clean lines and designer accessories, influencing retail sales and selling out items almost instantaneously. The newest royal has us captivated by her bold yet graceful style with fashion onlookers waiting to see what’s next.
Onto the next important order of royal business: Happy Shopping!
ABOUT FAITH HOPE CONSOLO
Faith Hope Consolo is chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Division in New York. Respected worldwide as the ‘Queen of Retail,’ Consolo’s forecast on shopping and retail landscapes are heeded by designers, global brands, start-up boutiques, property owners and municipalities around the world. She has her finger on the pulse of the retail scene in New York City and the world’s greatest urban and suburban streets to shopping and lifestyle centers. An expert in trend-spotting, Consolo is the source for industry notables and neophytes. Her extensive client base includes top-tier fashion, jewelry and beauty names as Alexis Bittar, Bond No. 9, CADAR, Ferragamo, Fresh, Robert Clergerie and Yves Saint Laurent.