When you look at fairly recent photos of Meghan Markle (we’re talking pre-pandemic), you see a woman one can only assume was born looking so effortlessly elegant and camera-ready. But after doing a little research, we discovered that her ensembles weren't always so enviable. And now, even after stepping down as a senior member of the royal fam, her style continued to evolve. Join us, won't you, on a trip down Markle's sartorial memory lane.

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2006

Proof that when it came to mid-2000s fashion, none of us were spared.

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2007

Just a year later, Markle was out here looking like the most popular girl at the '07 Beta Spring Formal.

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2012

Maybe she thought the saying went, Dress for the table at Lavo you want not the USA Network Upfront you have.

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2012

Ruched bodycon, check. Rolled-sleeved blazer, check. Commuter flats...sure.

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2013

Then on the opposite end of the spectrum we have this saucy librarian cosplay.

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2014

Now we're talking. Meg's getting warmer with this professional (but not too buttoned-up) blouse-and-pencil-skirt combo.

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2015

This ballet-inspired number says, OK, it's 2015—I've gotta start nailing this style thing if I want any sort of chance at bagging a prince.

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2016

Romantic without being twee, this pretty lace number is the sartorial embodiment of a garden party.

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2016

Oh, hello, Ms. Markle. Might we say this is our favorite silhouette on you.

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2017

For one of her first outings with her future husband, Markle kept it casual in a loose button-down, ripped jeans and a $165 Everlane tote. (Side note: R.I.P. this look for you, girl.)

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2017

Then, for their first photos as an engaged couple, the future Mrs. Prince Harry stood out in a belted white coat from the Canadian brand Line the Label that unsurprisingly sold out within minutes.

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2017

Speaking of belted coats, Markle wore another one alongside her betrothed and his fam—this time coordinating it with a hat that's vaguely reminiscent of an acorn (guess you're officially British now?) and a scene-stealing Chloé bag.

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2018

The only thing wrong with this navy cape dress is that there aren't any better photos of it.

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2018

And an encore for a new way to style them.

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2018

Another day, another luxurious belted coat in a soothing neutral color. If it ain't broke...

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2019

During a visit to Windsor Castle for a roundtable discussion about gender equality, Markle stepped out in a red-on-red ensemble, featuring one of our favorite pieces in her closet, a lambskin BOSS pencil skirt (also seen on the Queen of Spain).

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2019

And who can forget when she sported her trench dress to the University of Johannesburg during her tour of South Africa? (Also, her signature Stuart Weitzman pumps.)

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2019

You can’t go wrong with a jean jacket, white button down and black jeans.

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2020

At one of her last events as a senior member of the royal fam, Markle opted for this stunning cerulean blue figure-flattering shift dress with short sleeves and a banded waist by Victoria Beckham.

2020

From the comfort of her own home, the duchess sported a brown silk top with black cropped trousers and black heels giving a new meaning to causal-chic.

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2021

This Armani dress will go down in history.

2021

Towards the end of her hubby’s promo video for his mental health special, Markle showed off her WFH ensemble in a T-shirt with the phrase “Raising the Future” written across the front.

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