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When you look at current photos of Meghan Markle, 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. Ahead of her May 15 nuptials to Prince Harry, join us, won't you, on a trip down Markle's sartorial memory lane.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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And an encore for a new way to style them.

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

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