Inside Meghan Markle’s Style Evolution
It’s been quite a journey since Meghan Markle married Prince Harry in 2018, and amid the ups and downs of royal life, the Duchess of Sussex’s style has evolved in a major way.
Markle became a Hollywood star when she appeared in the legal drama “Suits” from 2011 to 2018, and back then her wardrobe mostly consisted of fun mini dresses, moto jackets and jeans while she lived in Toronto.
Her look changed drastically when she married into the Royal Family, with the newly created Duchess adding more demure looks, hats and even tights to her wardrobe as she adjusted to life in the Kingdom -United.
And after she and Prince Harry stepped down from their royal duties in 2021 and moved to California, Markle’s wardrobe changed again; these days, the Duchess almost exclusively wears high-end designers like Carolina Herrera and Dior for public appearances.
From her acting days to her new life in Montecito, we take a look at the Duchess of Sussex’s style evolution.
The era of “suits”
In the 2010s, Markle starred in “Suits,” frequently attending events and red carpet parties in colorful, form-fitting cocktail looks — a far cry from the neutral hues and baggier silhouettes she sports today. today. She also wasn’t afraid to show some skin, whether via a strapless dress or an ab-baring crop top. One thing that has stayed the same over the years? His love of a jacket or coat slung over the shoulder.
When the Californian first started dating Prince Harry, she stuck to her laid-back style, even wearing distressed jeans for her first public appearance with the prince at the 2017 Invictus Games. Once their engagement was announced, we saw Markle in more fitted tops and modest silhouettes, like the long camel skirt and black turtleneck she wore with a long wool coat for her inaugural royal engagement in November 2017.
The wedding dress Markle chose to become the Duchess of Sussex, designed by then-Givenchy director Clare Waight Keller, surprised many royal fans with its simplicity. And throughout her time in England, she’s maintained clean silhouettes and a mostly beige, black, navy and white palette – with a few pops of color along the way to keep things interesting.
Former Meghan’s distressed jeans have been replaced by midi skirts and party dresses, but every once in a while we’ve caught a glimpse of her past style, like when she wore a striped jumper and black jeans to visit an equestrian club in Morocco or a Madewell denim jacket on the Sussex tour of South Africa.
Dress like Diana
Over the years, we’ve seen the Duchess sport a few Diana-inspired outfits, but she wore two outfits during her first pregnancy that particularly resembled her late mother-in-law’s appearance.
In January 2019, she sported a purple and red combo that reminded fans of two of Diana’s striking outfits from the 1980s, pairing a red Sentaler coat with an Aritizia midi dress. Two months later, Markle wore a custom green Erdem coat with black beads that looked a lot like the one Princess Diana chose during her pregnancy with Prince William in 1982.
In March 2020, the Sussexes left the UK for a new life in America. Although it was rare to spot the Duchess once the couple moved to California for good, we saw elements of her past style return as Markle volunteered and made special appearances during the height of the pandemic in 2020, dressed in casual basics like shorts, jeans and chambray shirts.
After the pandemic restrictions were lifted, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made more public appearances – and Markle recently wore stunning designer outfits from brands like Dior, Givenchy, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel. She also frequently wears pants, unlike her palace days, when she mostly stuck to dresses and skirts.
Whether it was a $1,290 cashmere turtleneck from The Row for a trip to New York in 2021 or the head-to-toe Dior look she wore to a church service during Jubilee Platinum, Markle has been living her best life lately — and wearing the designer duds to prove it.