Since her engagement in November 2017, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has made a statement with her preppy fashion, shaking up the Royal Family’s traditional rules of conformity.
Opting for darker tones, higher hemlines, and formal pantsuits, the Duchess is definitely making her mark by pushing the traditional limits and making a statement all on her own through mixing high street and designer pieces, while also throwing in much of her style from her acting days.
While she is tormented by the press and so-called ‘protocol police’ for ‘disrespecting’ the Royal Family with her fashion choices, Meghan has continued to make the best-dressed lists in fashion magazines.
Read on to get a closer look at her outfits – and see how you can pull off a royal look without the massive price tag.
1. Keep it all monochromatic
A staunch feminist, it made sense for Meghan to be out and about and on a panel celebrating International Women’s Day in 2019 at King’s College, London. The event, set up by the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, featured many other feminist activists discussing the issues facing women today worldwide.
The Duchess opted for a black and white printed dress, a black blazer and black stilettos – a perfect monochromatic look for the workday!
2. Or go for something all-white
At a special performance at the Natural History Museum for Wider Earth, a new theatre production that supports their work on forest conservation, Meghan decided to go more casual than formal.
A cream-colored turtleneck dress, a white coat and a pop of color in matching olive green stilettos and clutch bag. It looks comfortable but also very elegant – perfect for an evening at the theatre.
3. Soft gray never fails anyone
In their first joint engagement of 2018, Meghan and Harry visited the Reprezent 107.3FM radio station in Brixton, London. It is the only radio station to be completely run by under-25s. For the event, Meghan opted for a long-line coat to fend off the January chill, a black sweater, and wide-leg black trousers with button details in the hips and waist.
4. Rock a statement coat
One of Meghan’s first solo projects was working with survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire. The Hubb Community Kitchen was set up as a place for the survivors to go, and Meghan has been privately volunteering since before her engagement. To raise funds, a cookbook was released, for which Meghan provided the forward in a show of support.
For the launch event on the grounds of Kensington Palace, Meghan arrived with her mother Doria Ragland and Prince Harry. She’s wearing a pleated black skirt, a sleeveless black turtle neck, and a bright blue coat for a pop of color.
5. Pair a bulky jacket with some skinny jeans
During the state visit to Morocco, Meghan and Harry visited the Moroccan Federation of Equestrian Sports to learn more about the ways in which the organization supports children and young people with learning disabilities. For the visit, Meghan wore a striped jumper, a khaki parka jacket, ankle boots, and skinny jeans: a smoothly comfortable, chic, and casual look.
6. Business casual, but make it fashion
On International Women’s Day 2018, Meghan visited the city of Birmingham with Harry as they enjoyed a day of events from meeting female STEM students to visiting apprentices under the Coach Core program, a charity that is a part of the royal foundation.
Meghan kept it casual in a navy coat with white accents, a white polo-neck jumper, cropped black trousers, and black court shoes – a casual but cool look.
7. Pointed heels always seal the deal
Joining her soon to be in-laws and husband, Meghan sat alongside Kate, William, and Harry at The Royal Foundation Forum – a charitable foundation set up in 2009 for Princes William and Harry to take forward their charitable ambitions.
This was Meghan’s first time as a Patron with the Royal Foundation, and she took the opportunity to speak about her focus on female empowerment and raising awareness for women’s rights.
8. Keep the pop of color to one piece
On day 5 of their Pacific Tour, (and a year after they made their first public appearance together at the 2017 Invictus Games), Meghan and Harry were kicking off the games, created by Prince Harry himself for wounded veterans, down under.
Sporting a casual look, Meghan wore an official Invictus Games black shirt, black skinny jeans and slingbacks and brightening the look with an eye-catching white blazer.
9. Casual outings call for simple outfits
During the royal tour, Meghan, unfortunately, was forced to miss the first two engagements at Fraser Island due to severe storms and the rough terrain required to cross to get to the island.
Instead, Meghan joined Harry the following day for a walkabout on the beach. She was all smiles as she rocked a floaty linen maxi dress with a thigh-high slit and brown sandals as she greeted the people of Fraser Island.
10. Make a striped piece the star of the show
Joining her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, and cheering her best friend, Serena Williams, in the Wimbledon Women’s Final, Meghan did not come to play! Her sleek striped shirt and white wide-leg trousers were the ultimate tennis watching outfit.