5 style lessons we can learn from Meghan Markle
Her fashion journey, from starring in "Suits" to sporting suits
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It’s been four years since Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, dazzling the world with her custom Givenchy wedding dress. She continued to bring the same blend of sophistication and individuality to her wardrobe while a member of the royal family, regularly pushing the boundaries of traditional dressing. These days, following her and Prince Harry’s exit from royal life, she still mixes her designer duds with high-end street brands and more affordable pieces—often paired with her signature messy bun, of course.
Although everything she wears tends to fly off the shelves, you can find several Markle-worn styles still available to shop. Give your closet the royal treatment with these duchess-loved designs.
Shop versatile pieces from J.Crew
Markle is famously a fan of J.Crew, like her husband Harry, who owns the brand’s Ludlow suit in several shades. She regularly sports styles from the company, including the High-Rise Toothpick Jeans, which she wore during a 2018 visit to New Zealand. Unlike most pieces Markle steps out in, the charcoal denim pants are still available to purchase. They come in women’s waist sizes 23 to 37, as well as in women’s petite and tall waist sizes 23 to 32. Dress up your denim with a blazer, as Markle did, or pair with a plain white T-shirt to keep things more casual.
Another of Markle’s go-tos from J.Crew? The Juliette collarless sweater blazer, which she wore to the U.S. Open in 2019. The style does double duty as both a lounge-worthy sweater and a light jacket for warding off a chill. It comes in khaki, gray, and black in women’s sizes XXS to 3X. Reviewers also rave over the royal-approved style, with one calling it a “rare gem.” Perhaps “crown jewel” would be more fitting?
- Get the High-Rise Toothpick Jeans at J.Crew for $75
- Get the Julliette collarless sweater blazer at J.Crew for $158
Don delicate jewelry
While most pieces in Markle’s jewelry box will run you over $1,000, she’s also selected some slightly more affordable accessories. She’s been spotted wearing Brooklyn-based jewelry brand Catbird’s Threadbare Ring, a tiny design with a tinier price tag than many of Markle’s rings. When we gave Catbird’s signature stackable designs a try, we loved mixing and matching the delicate, versatile jewelry.
Markle also pairs precious pieces—including her engagement ring, which features diamonds from her late mother-in-law Princess Diana’s collection—with jewelry from London-based “demi-fine” jewelry brand Missoma. If you heart Markle’s style, try the heart-engraved Open Heart Signet ring, which is made of gold-plated vermeil.
Treat your feet to some comfy sneakers
Perhaps following in the sneaker-clad footsteps of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Sussex is also a fan of French sneaker brand Veja. The sustainable shoes—which our tester called comfortable and versatile—are available at Nordstrom in all white or with tan or pink accents in unisex shoe sizes 5 to 10.
While dating Prince Harry, Markle was also known to rock Reeboks for casual outings. Perhaps she’ll return to the retro style now that she’s living in California. You can snag the unisex sneakers she sported during her courtship in shoe sizes ranging from men’s size 6/women’s size 10 to a men’s size 15/women’s size 16.5.
- Get the Veja Esplar Sneaker at Nordstrom for $130 to $140
- Get the Reebok Classic Leather Shoes at Reebok for $85
Try a trendy tote
When it comes to chic, effortless style, Markle regularly has it in the bag—even when it comes to, well, bags. Markle has worn several of Madewell’s millennial-loved styles over the years, including the brand’s Canvas Transport Tote. For easy carrying, the bag features handles as well as a detachable side strap made of Italian leather. Try Markle’s exact olive-colored canvas carryall, or shop the same design in black or tan.
Markle also regularly totes bags from Everlane, the brand known for claiming “radical transparency” in its ethical standards. While her exact styles are no longer sold, the brand’s Cactus Leather Hobo has a similar leather-like look. The plant-based leather bag has a convenient inner pocket and comes in tan, black, and green.
- Get the Women’s Canvas Medium Transport Tote at Madewell for $98
- Get the Cactus Leather Hobo at Everlane for $150
Finish your look with casual footwear
When Markle isn’t wearing sky-high stilettos fit for a princess, she’s been known to step out in flats from Rothys. She’s clearly a fan of the recycled-material brand, as she also once wore one of its face masks while dropping son Archie off at school. The Duchess of Sussex owns at least two pairs of the company’s sustainable pointed-toe flats, dubbed The Point, which come in 16 colors year round in addition to special seasonal shades. Be aware, however, that the shoes might have a break-in period, as they did for our tester. Shop them in women’s shoe sizes 5 to 13.
If you’re looking to start off summer on the right foot—and with some fun footwear—consider one of Markle’s favorite wedges. She’s worn Spanish brand Castañar’s Carina espadrille wedges on multiple occasions, often pairing them with flowy, colorful dresses. The classic design, which is made of jute and canvas, ties in a bow at the heel. They’re available in sizes IT35 to IT41, which the brand says convert to US women’s shoe sizes 5 to 11.
- Get The Point shoes at Rothys for $145
- Get the Castañer Carina 80 canvas wedge espadrilles at Net-a-Porter for $135
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