Leave it to the Duchess of Sussex to proudly rock the most daring hue of the year: sunny yellow. The bold pop of color made a royal statement as she joined Prince Harry for a reception last July for the Commonwealth Youth Challenge. I, however, wore a similar iteration for a casual Monday at the office. I must admit, going sleeveless felt pretty daring on a chillier-than-typical spring day, but so did wearing three-inch heels. (FYI, most of my coworkers proudly champion designer sneakers as part of their office uniform.) I felt extremely corporate as I shuffled between meetings and filed stories on deadline at my desk. I also had to wear Spanx for the whole day…and we know how uncomfortable that can be.
My Takeaway: While I loved the vibrant color and tea length (which was surprisingly flattering on someone who’s five foot two), I felt self-conscious, especially at the office, with totally exposed arms. Kudos to Markle for pulling this off with a zillion cameras capturing her from every side. But when I met a friend later for dinner and a concert (on a weeknight, yes!), this dress didn’t need any accessories to make a statement and I loved how low-effort that felt. As a result, I’d wear it again. To the office? Sure, as long as I had a jacket on hand.
Get the look: Rachel Roy Collection dress (via Rent the Runway); M. Gemi pumps ($278)