From a neutral-nail-polish-only protocol to a strict pantyhose rule, royal style isn’t exactly what we’d call free-spirited. So how do Meg, Kate and the rest of the noble set get away with wearing (gasp!) jeans? Here are five tried-and-true denim outfit formulas that make the cut—and how to recreate each.
*This* Is How You Wear Denim Like a Royal
Ripped Skinnies + White Button-front + Tortoiseshell Frames
Proof that ripped skinnies can be sophisticated. Meghan elevates them by wearing a crisp white button-front on top, complete with a French tuck and chic sunglasses for the perfect Sunday outfit.
Get the look: Free People Skinnies ($78); Lafayette 148 New York Shirt ($348); Ray-Ban Sunglasses ($200)
Skinnies + Stripes + Wedges
Take a cue from Kate and pair your darkest skinny jeans with laid-back stripes and a crisp blazer. Wedges add an extra layer of sophistication, but you could easily swap them for casual flats or trendy ankle boots.
Get the look: Paige Jeans ($149); J.Crew T-Shirt ($33); Cole Haan Wedges ($180)
Boyfriend Jeans + Trench Coat + Loafers
If you thought cuffed boyfriend jeans weren’t, well, royal enough for the Royals, Lady Violet Manners is here to prove you wrong. She shows us how it’s done by upping the polish with a long trench and leather loafers.
Get the look: Rag & Bone Jeans ($135); London Fog Trench Coat ($198); Gravati Loafers ($295)
Denim Dress + Heels + Clutch
Think outside of the jeans box and switch things up like Meghan by wearing denim head to toe as a belted midi dress. The dark wash keeps it sleek and regal, and the contrasting accessories are a stylish finishing touch.
Get the look: Gal Meets Glam Collection Dress ($83); Jessica Simpson Shoes ($53); Rebecca Minkoff Clutch ($98)
Gray Jeans + Red Coat + Knee-high Boots
All of fall’s trends rolled into one look (in the most tasteful way ever, might we add). Gray denim brings a little edge to the duchess’s preppy red coat and knee-high boot combo.
Get the look: Wit & Wisdom Jeans ($68); 1901 Blazer ($95); Treasure & Bond Boots ($140)