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Move Over, Mini Bags: Meghan Markle Gave the Royal Stamp of Approval to This New Accessory

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Wide-leg trousers, monochromatic outfits and Rothy's flats: These are a few of the Duchess of Sussex's favorite things. And now she's getting in on the hottest accessory trend for fall via two consecutive appearances last week. Instead of toting a tiny top-handle bag à la sis-in-law Kate Middleton, or rocking her late mother-in-law's favorite Dior Lady D-Lite purse like she did nearly a year ago at Global Citizen Live in Central Park, Meghan Markle opted for two different—but equally on-trend—oversized leather clutches during her and husband Prince Harry's quick return to the Big Apple. Take a look.

For A Double Date At Locanda Verde

Although the main reason for their return to NYC was Prince Harry's touching UN speech in honor of Nelson Mandela Day, the couple made time for a bit of fun. For a date night out to Tribeca's Locanda Verde with two friends, Meghan rocked a stunning two-tone jumpsuit by Gabriela Hearst (delightfully reminiscent of the Duchess of Cambridge's Top Gun 2 premiere look) and carried a woven Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Leather Pouch in a darkish red shade called Yoke/Truffle.

And A Working Lunch At The Crosby Street Hotel

And earlier that day, when meeting Gloria Steinem for a lunch date (as one does...) at the British-themed Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, the Duchess opted for another clamshell-shaped clutch, this time a beaded leather bag from female-founded and LA-based Cult Gaia. The daytime-appropriate look—navy Bermuda shorts and white button-down—felt instantly elevated with the coordinating accessories of the chestnut-brown carry-all, suede pumps and leather belt.

And Meghan's not the only one trading impossibly small micro-bags for roomier, slouchier pouches: Parisian it-girls are also opting for the sleeker tucked-under-arm look of the ruched leather clutch. So, say au revoir to the doll-sized satchel we can barely stuff our phones into, and say hello to the royally-approved accessory trend everyone will be wearing this fall. Here, four styles you can snag for yourself.

Mansur Gavriel

1. Mansur Gavriel

Loeffler Randall

2. Loeffler Randall


3. Rafe


4. Asos

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Roberta Fiorito

Senior Editor, Branded Content + Cohost, Royally Obsessed Podcast

In her 8 years at Gallery Media Group, Roberta has written about fashion, beauty, news, trends and the royal family. She is currently Senior Editor of Branded Content at...
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