Since becoming the Duchess of Sussex on May 19th, Meghan Markle has stepped out in public looking elegant some fifteen times. Each new outfit makes international headlines and prompts debate.
Meghan wears the GOAT Flavia Dress, a Bespoke Philip Treacy Hat, a Wilbur & Gussie Silk Oyster Clutch, Tamara Mellon Siren Heels, and the Vanessa Tugendhaft Idylle Rose Earrings.
On Tuesday May 22nd for her first public appearance since her wedding day, she attends the Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration with her new hubbie. She wears pale stockings that match her dress and the internet goes bonkers because they don’t match her skin color. She was previously known to skip stockings which went against royal etiquette. Her “dreadful” stockings on May 22nd prompt people to ask if she’s changed now that she is married and officially a royal.
The Duchess of Sussex has an adorable giggle fit when Harry is distracted by a bumble bee during his speech.
Don’t worry, the Duchess of Sussex continues to buck royal traditions.
On May 25th, it is announced that she will be given a coat of arms directly. This is a pure break from royal tradition as typically a father would be the one to receive it. It is decided that it will go to Meghan following the drama with her father leading up to the wedding.
Meghan works closely with the College of Arms throughout the design which will signify her rank and identity. According to People Magazine the blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield symbolize the sunshine of Meghan’s native Los Angeles. The three quills represent “communication and the power of words”. These are a possible nod to her career as an actress, her blog ‘The Tig’ and her humanitarian work. The white songbird also symbolizes communication. Beneath the shield on the grass are golden poppies, California's state flower, and wintersweet, which actually grows at Kensington Palace, just outside their home at Nottingham Cottage.
On Saturday June 9th, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at Buckingham Palace by horse-drawn carriage to attend the Trooping the Color Ceremony.
Meghan wears a Bespoke dress by Carolina Herrera and a Philip Treacy hat.
Like on her wedding day, she wears a boat neck, or bateau neck, peach-colored dress. Is this a look we’ll be seeing more on Meghan? Very likely as it keeps coming back and is a classic look that is “a little bit sexier” than a regular collar. Meghan continues to assert her personal style.
On June 14th, she attends her first public outing without her husband. She accompanies the Queen North of London to Cheshire to open the Mersey Gateway Bridge.
Meghan selects a neutral-colored Givenchy dress, black belt and bag. The Queen is known to wear bright colors so that her many fans can spot her from far away. Meghan loves a good neutral dress and has since her days on ‘Suits’. As she told Glamour in 2017 "I like monochromatic and tonal dressing and I don't generally wear prints.”
Meghan avoids a potential faux pas by asking the Queen her preference regarding who should exit the train first, to which The Queen replies “You go first”. The Duchess is learning how to avoid any awkward moments and their body language seems to indicate that they have a close bond. Some say that Meghan is wearing a neutral color to allow the Queen to shine. Meghan was later spotted with the cape of the dress removed to reveal a completely different top to the dress. The dress actually has a boat neck collar and short sleeves beneath the removable cape.
The Duchess in an Oscar de la Renta dress, Aquazzura heels, and a Carolina Herrera clutch.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex then attend Harry’s cousin’s wedding. Celia McCorquodale, the daughter of Lady Sarah McCorquodale (the late Princess Diana‘s sister) and George Woodhouse were married on June 16th. Meghan wore an Oscar de la Renta dress and a fascinator by the inexpensive iconic British brand Marks & Spencer’s which retails for less than 30 pounds!
Many said the dress was “too big” on her, but the style of the dress is meant to be flowy and loose.
The Duchess of Sussex wears a white Givenchy dress and belt with a Philip Treacy hat.
June 19th marked the official two-month wedding anniversary for the power couple and coincidentally, the Duchess wears white with black details to her Royal Ascot debut. The dress has a beautiful flower pattern around the waist reminiscent of her flower-filled wedding day.
Close-up of Givenchy dress and belt.
International media asks why Meghan wears shoes that are a size or two too large? Most likely in order to avoid blisters from potentially swollen feet!
On June 26th, the Duchess of Sussex attends The Queen's Young Leaders reception at Buckingham Palace in a custom Prada dress (with a boat neck) and Aquazzura Deneuve Black Suede heels.
Meghan gives her feet a break in flats at more casual events. Meghan watches Harry play polo on June 30th with pal Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian at the Audi Polo Challenge in Ascot England.
Meghan wears two pieces we’ve seen before. Her Panama hat from Madewell and her Sarah Flint “Grear” sandals. This never before seen dress in a classic cut for Meghan is the Shoshanna “Ashland” Dress.
She wears the hat again for another day of watching polo in Chanel flats and cigarette pants.
Meghan always favored bright colors and stuns in this yellow dress by Brandon Maxwell (an American designer who styles Lady Gaga) on July 5th at the ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception at Marlborough House in London.
Meghan wears the canary yellow dress with shoes we’ve seen her in before, her Manolo Blahnik suede pumps.
On July 9th The Duchess of Sussex looks ultra glam in an olive-green dress by Ralph Lauren and fascinator by Stephen Jones for the christening of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace in London. She also wears her wedding earrings by Cartier for this family event.
The Duchess then goes 50’s glam on July 10th for the Westminster Abbey RAF service
in this Bespoke Dior dress with her signature…you guessed it… boat neck collar. Her clutch and heels are also by Dior. The “swirl” fascinator is by Stephen Jones.
For the royal couple’s trip to Ireland, it’s four fresh new looks in two days.
Meghan arrives in green, of course, in a Givenchy blouse and skirt. She carries a Strathberry tote. The first time she wore this bag brand, the tote sold out in 11 minutes. This time her suede pumps are by Paul Andrew.
She then switches into a black Emilia Wickstead designed dress and Aquazzura Deneuve pumps for a garden party.
To meet the President of Ireland the next day, she wears a dress by Roland Mouret, who you’ll remember also designed the dress she wore the night before her wedding. She pairs it with a Fendi Peekaboo Essentials bag and Paul Andrew pumps.
Meghan then switches into a pantsuit by Givenchy, a look that Meghan loves.
The couple share an adorable moment with a toddler that makes headlines when the child pulls Meghan’s hair and Harry pretends to “scold” her.
Meghan and sister-in-law Kate attend Wimbledon on July 14th in support of Serena Williams. The Duchess of Sussex wears a Ralph Lauren blouse and wide-leg white pants. Meghan wears her signature “messy bun”. This makes people happy and reassured that Meghan’s style is in tact.
On July 17th The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Nelson Mandela Exhibition at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Meghan wears the Canadian designer House of Nonie’s trench dress, a signature look for Meghan that shows off her trim figure and impressive yoga arms. She wears Dior pumps and a clutch by Mulberry. She also wears the “messy bun” we love.
While she may have replaced denim shirts and leather pants with stockings and fascinators, at heart, this style icon hasn’t changed. She has simply evolved into her new role.
I could live with her purse collection, couldn’t you?
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