Meghan Markle's Fashion Transformation: From Ruched Miniskirts to Belted Overcoats
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.
Proof that when it came to mid-2000s fashion, none of us were spared.
Just a year later, Markle was out here looking like the most popular girl at the '07 Beta Spring Formal.
Maybe she thought the saying went, Dress for the table at Lavo you want not the USA Network Upfront you have.
Ruched bodycon, check. Rolled-sleeved blazer, check. Commuter flats...sure.
Then on the opposite end of the spectrum we have this saucy librarian cosplay.
Now we're talking. Meg's getting warmer with this professional (but not too buttoned-up) blouse-and-pencil-skirt combo.
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.
Romantic without being twee, this pretty lace number is the sartorial embodiment of a garden party.
Oh, hello, Ms. Markle. Might we say this is our favorite silhouette on you.
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.)
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.
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.
The only thing wrong with this navy cape dress is that there aren't any better photos of it.
And an encore for a new way to style them.
Another day, another luxurious belted coat in a soothing neutral color. If it ain't broke...
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.)
You can’t go wrong with a jean jacket, white button down and black jeans.
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.
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.
This Armani dress will go down in history.
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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