Electric Blue Is the New Royal Blue—and We Have Meghan Markle to Thank
Meghan Markle sure knows how to make a royal exit entrance. By now, everyone has surely seen the shot of the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry arriving at the Endeavor Fund Awards in London this past March. The duo was carrying out their final official duties as senior members of the royal family, and the Duchess of Sussex was an absolute vision in electric blue.
Wait, you might be thinking, isn’t the typical dress code for British royalty, ahem, royal blue? You’re not wrong. The origin of royal blue—defined as a strong, bright color that’s lighter than navy but also has twinges of red or purple—actually dates back to the 1700s when the color was dreamed up as part of a competition to make a dress for Queen Charlotte, according to the design site Canva.com. At the time, King George III was seeking a shade worthy enough to be worn by royalty. When Charlotte first appeared in the color, it was clear: Royal blue was it.
The shade has proven longevity, too, evolving to become brighter and brighter over the years. Queen Elizabeth has worn it (in fact, it’s often interchangeably called “queen blue” or “imperial blue” in her honor), but so did Princess Diana, who loved it not just in dress or coat form but opted to wear it as eyeliner, too. Even Kate Middleton has continued the royal blue tradition. (Remember her engagement dress?)
Still, Meghan’s form-fitting midi by Victoria Beckham is the perfect example of her ability to put a modern twist on a regal classic. So, how can you introduce electric blue into your own wardrobe? Just shop the five cool-tone options below, all of which we could totally see Meghan wearing.
Halston Heritage Jumpsuit
A layered—and figure-flattering—take on Meghan’s electric blue ensemble.
Avec Les Filles Raincoat
Who doesn’t love wearing a vibrant color on a rainy, dreary day?
Or you could opt for a look that feels more balanced, like this color-blocked one-piece. (Summer is coming, after all.)
The Victoria Beckham number worn by Meghan has since sold out. But this sheath-inspired style from Boss, which nips in at the waist, isn’t too far off.