As Julia Roberts famously said in Pretty Woman, “I want the fairytale.” It’s a sentiment a young Meghan Markle – the California girl who went from small-screen star to royal bride when an English prince swept her off her feet – no doubt related to. And an outing for the Duchess of Sussex in Santa Barbara over the weekend suggests Vivian Ward’s post-makeover wardrobe made quite an impression on her, too.
The Duchess turned out to support her husband Prince Harry, a keen polo player, at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club, where his Los Padres team took home the Lisle Nixon Memorial trophy on Sunday, and her chosen outfit had more than a dash of Pretty Woman about it. Her breezy blouse with tie-front detail featured a polka-dot print – just like the dress Vivian wears to stomp the divots in the classic rom-com.
Meghan added high-waisted tailored shorts like those that were central to Julia’s ’90s power wardrobe in the film, once she’d relieved the boutiques of Rodeo Drive of much of their stock. Black Aquazzura heels, the requisite hat, and movie-star Valentino shades completed the Duchess’s retro look.
Post-makeover Julia loved a polka dot print. Photo: Getty
Meghan’s crisp white shorts, cinched with a black belt for added polish, are by Khaite, a New York brand that keeps cropping up in her wardrobe. She paired founder Cate Holstein’s off-the-shoulder bodysuit with tailored black trousers to join Prince Harry on stage at the Invictus Games in The Hague earlier this year. Khaite is typical of the labels that Meghan – who relied on Emilia Wickstead dresses and Givenchy formalwear as a working royal living in the UK – now gravitates towards as a mum-of-two living a private (though no less high-profile) life with her young family in Montecito.
These days, her style leans easy, minimalist and neutral, with a luxe touch. Think: cashmere separates by The Row and Loro Piana suiting for business trips to New York, Chanel ballet flats to pose for a relaxed family portrait, and swathes of taupe Ralph Lauren for a visit to the British Embassy in the Netherlands.
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk
Another day at the Invictus Games, another great look from Meghan Markle.
On April 17, the Duchess of Sussex was photographed chatting with members of the Canadian team during the IGF reception, wearing a beautiful white Valentino dress with thin floral cutouts across the shoulders and neckline. She paired the look with a bold red lip and wore her hair down and parted to one side. Prince Harry attended the event in a tan suit.
Over the weekend Markle reportedly spoke with one competitor’s wife about their children’s similar names. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have two children: two-year-old Archie and 10-month-old Lilibet Diana. Archie’s full name is Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
Sherry McBain, a nursing officer in the Royal Air Force, told the P.A. news agency that Markle bonded with her wife, Mandy, who attended a book reading at the Invictus Games with their son, Harrison. The Duchess reportedly confided that she and Prince Harry had trouble choosing which name should come first, but ultimately opted to make Harrison their son’s middle name.
Meghan Markle speaks to Team Canada on day two of the Invictus Games. Photo: Getty
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the IGF reception on April 17, 2022. Photo: Getty
White seems to be an ongoing theme for Meghan Markle this week. For her first appearance in The Hague on April 15, the Duchess nailed the oversized suit look in an all-white Valentino ensemble. She then opted for a white off-the-shoulder top to attend the event’s opening ceremony on April 16. For the trifecta, Markle donned a belted Brandon Maxwell coat while watching a volleyball match with Prince Harry on April 17.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on day two of the Invictus Games. Photo: Getty
Ahead of the Invictus Games, an international sporting event founded by the Duke of Sussex for wounded service members, the couple paid a visit to Queen Elizabeth, marking their first joint trip to the U.K. since moving to California in 2020. A spokesperson for the couple confirmed that the couple saw the queen at Windsor Castle, where she’s been staying since her COVID-19 diagnosis in February. The Invictus Games began on April 16 and will run until April 22.
Originally published in Glamour.com
Meghan Markle, over the years, has challenged quite a few royal dressing rules. And since the Duchess of Sussex and husband Prince Harry stepped back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family, the former has found herself experimenting even more with her sartorial picks. Back in November 2021, the Duchess dazzled in a strappy scarlet Carolina Herrera number, and has also favored smart pantsuits on more than one occasion—the most recent being that slouchy Loro Piana set in a deep shade of plum.
This weekend, Markle took over our social media feeds once more in a noteworthy look. Seen attending the 2022 NAACP Image Awards with husband Prince Harry, the Duchess opted for a bold blue one-shoulder gown, which came with aquamarine paneling along its edges for a summery seaside spin. The asymmetrical, body-skimming gown also featured a thigh-high slit and multi-hued train that added to its playful look. To complete her look, Markle opted for beautifully sculpted side-swept waves, a soft bronzed-out beauty look, and for accessories, Alexis Bittar earrings, and Aquazzura heels. Check out the full look below.
Both Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spotlighted Black designers with their outfits
What makes Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wardrobe choices so significant this time around was the fact that the royal couple spotlighted Black designers with their picks. While Markle’s blue gown was designed by Christopher John Rogers, Prince Harry wore a classic black suit by Ozwald Boateng. The duo graciously accepted the the President’s Award—an honor given to those who have shown a dedication to public service—in the presence of Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland.
If you have a special evening coming up, and would like to try something different, a vibrant one-shoulder gown like Meghan Markle’s may be just the ticket. A piece like this promises to stand out in a sea of all-black ensembles, and can easily be re-worn come summer.
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