Since Meghan Markle’s arrival on the royal scene—and on Prince Harry’s arm—in October 2017, she has consistently delivered a masterclass on how to dress for the spotlight. Yes, even under the watchful eye of the entire world…and her grandmother-in-law, the Queen of England. Casual.
But after approximately two years of fawning over each and every outfit Markle has worn in public, I began to wonder: How easy would it be to replicate her seemingly attainable looks in my day to day?
After all, Markle is a duchess who likely has the best designers in the world on speed dial. I, on the other hand, am a married mom of a 16-month-old with a personal style that falls somewhere between Madewell and Ann Taylor. I make every effort to leave my apartment looking put together, but there are plenty of days when the city (and, quite frankly, the humidity) gets the best of me. And—let’s be real—when sneakers are so in vogue, why would this working mom wear heels?
It then spiraled into more questions, like: Could I pull off the poise and polish of Meghan Markle as I waltz from the A train to my midtown office? How about while summoning an Uber for a moms’ night out or weaving around strangers while pushing my son in a stroller en route to his weekly music class? I was about to find out.
Together, with the help of PureWow’s fashion editor, we did a deep dive into the best of Markle’s looks. The only rule? Each of the outfits we chose had to have a detail that was signature to Markle but felt like a sartorial risk for me. With that in mind, we reached out to Rent the Runway, which we worked closely with to source similar pieces to replicate what Markle wore.
Could I live life—or at least dress—like the Duchess of Sussex? The proof (and style lessons) learned is below.