MEGHAN MARKLE: The Style That Captivated A Prince

The soon-to-be duchess is already queen of style.

Whether you’re an avid Royal Watcher or a colonial rebel with no interest in what the Queen and her scions are up to, it’s hard to not root for young love. Harry the Rebel Prince–whose mother enraptured the world with her beauty and activism until she was abruptly taken from us–has found his Rebel Princess. And, yes, she’s a commoner and  an American and a divorcee and in show business and biracial. But even Her Majesty was willing to overlook the aspects of Meghan Markle’s background that are inconsistent with royal tradition. Perhaps she didn’t want to make the same mistake with her grandson Harry that she made with her son Charles. Or perhaps there’s just something about young love–the optimism, the hope, the exhilaration of it all–that’s powerful enough to thaw even the most frigid hearts among us.

Harry has said that he knew Meghan was “the one” from the very first time they met. We can only speculate that he was smitten by her kindness, sense of humor, and commitment to social causes when they met on a blind date back in July of 2016. And surely, he took note of her elegant fashion sense and natural beauty. She may not be of royal ancestry, but Meghan has the look of a princess. Considering the fact that her life with Harry will consist mainly of representing the British crown in various capacities, the look is an obvious asset. The Rebel Prince and his American Princess may be a little unconventional, but they are urbane, gregarious, socially adept and totally committed to making a positive impact on the world around them. What could be more stylish or regal than that?


Beauty

Meghan once said that her beauty routine takes all of about five minutes. Sigh. But does have her favorite beauty potions, such as the Charlotte Tilbury nude lipstick “Very Victoria” that she is rumored to have worn in her engagement photos. The shade was inspired by designer Victoria Beckham, and features a patented formula that creates the appearance of fuller kissable lips.

Charlotte Tillbury
Matte Revolution Lipstick, Very Victoria
$34, bergdorfgoodman.com

When Meghan isn’t preparing for a formal event, she prefers to avoid foundation, and let her natural freckles shine through a sheer, tinted moisturizer such as Chantecaille’s “Just Skin” or Laura Mercier’s Illuminating moisturizer.

Chantecaille
Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer
$72, bergdorfgoodman.com

Laura Mercier
Tinted Illuminizing Moisturizer
$45, bergdorfgoodman.com

Meghan prefers nude lipstick and sheer foundation, but she always likes her lashes to be dramatic and well-defined. Dior’s Pump ‘N’ Volume adds length and thickness, and never clumps or binds.

Meghan accents her eyes with a micro-thin line of chocolate brown or kohl black pencil. Tom Ford’s High Definition eye-liners offer both precision and staying power, perfect for achieving every look from a subtle outline like Meghan’s, to a dramatic cat’s eye.

Tom Ford
High Definition Eyeliner
$43, bergdorfgoodman.com

Dior
Pump N Volume Mascara
$29.50, bergdorfgoodman.com


Street Style

Meghan seems to have mastered the art of street style long before the paparazzi began following her around. She has yet to appear disheveled or unpolished in any snapshots, perhaps it is because she was a professional actress with a considerable social media following long before she became the royal betrothed. Her Instagram was deleted earlier this year, following the official announcement of her engagement to Harry. But fret not, the Instagram shut-down just means no more public selfies. The princess will surely continue to be photographed by both official royal photographers and unofficial interlopers. We just don’t know when we’ll see Ms. Markle again in ripped skinny jeans and a boyfriend blazer. But we’ll always have our memories.

Shop the style:

Frame
Le Color Distressed Skinny Jeans
$199, saksfifthavenue.com

Avec Les Filles
Boyfriend Blazer
$138, macys.com

In addition to skinny jeans, Meghan’s other go-to is a short suit, and who could blame her? A lifetime of yoga has kept her admirably fit. Outside of the most conservative office settings, a shorts suit is a great summer wardrobe addition. The blazer makes it professional, and the shorts make it sporty.


Shop the style:

FRAME
Striped Linen Blazer, $375, saksfifthavenue.com
Striped Linen Shorts, $230, saksfifthavenue.com

Roger Vivier
Pilgrim de Jour Small Tote Bag
$2,250, net-a-porter.com

J. Crew
Eniko Seersucker Blazer, $178, nordstrom.com
Eniko Seersucker Shorts, $59.50, nordstrom.com

Prada
Metallic Textured-Leather Pumps
$675, net-a-porter.com


Formal Style

A month before their nuptials, Meghan and Harry attended an event at the invitation of the British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, in support of women in the Commonwealth. Meghan looked smashing in an asymmetric sheath dress from Black Halo, available off-the-rack at Bloomingdales.

Shop the style:

Black Halo
Belted Sheath Dress
$375, bloomingdales.com

Aquazzura
Milano Cutout Suede Pumps
$750, net-a-porter.com


Later that week, on a night out to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, Meghan and Harry were positively regal in midnight blue outfits. Hers was a cape dress from Stella McCartney, available at Bergdorf Goodman. The Naeem Khan clutch in plexi and brass that Meghan was holding has been sold out everywhere, courtesy of the soon-to-be Princess’s Midas Touch.

Shop the style:

Stella McCartney
Crewneck Cape-Front Short Dress
$1,625, neimanmarcus.com


Fashionista Style

From time to time, Meghan likes to mix it up with a more edgy style, but she never gets too crazy. In 2014, she walked the red carpet at the Herve Leger show during New York Fashion Week, decked out in a studded leather jacket and a fitted dress with a peek-a-boo bustline. It was early into Meghan’s life as a television actress, but even then, she got the style right. The sweetness of a white dress tamps down the badassery of a leather jacket. Like when Sandy from Grease wore Danny’s leather moto. We were hard-pressed to find a studded black jacket off-the-rack from Herve Leger this season, but we love the Guara jacket from Iro.Jeans and the fit-and-flare grommeted dress from Boss.

Shop the style:

IRO.JEANS
Guara Studded Leather Moto Jacket
$1,596, bloomingdales.com

Boss
Henryke Grommet-trimmed Fit-and-Flare Dress
$495, bloomingdales.com

Isabel Marant
Plesky Asymmetric Ruffle Pump
$825, nordstrom.com

She might not be able to walk out of Buckingham Palace in a low-cut metallic leather dress like this number from her friend, fashion designer Mischa Nonoo, but it certainly was fun while it lasted. Perhaps a sequined shift with a more conservative neckline like this Portia Sheath from Hobbs London would be more fitting for a Princess.

Shop the style:

Hobbs London
Portia Sequin Sheath Dress
$375, bloomingdales.com

Sophia Webster
Rosita Satin & Perplex Mules
$495, net-a-porter.com

Charlotte Olympia
Transparent Perplex Pandora Classic Clutch
$615, ssense.com

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