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Fashion Meghan Markle's Style Evolution: From Tinseltown Tease To Royal Style Icon

Meghan Markle's Style Evolution: From Tinseltown Tease To Royal Style Icon

Meghan Markle's Style Evolution: From Tinseltown Tease To Royal Style Icon
By Tania Jayatilaka
By Tania Jayatilaka
January 22, 2020

As the Duchess of Sussex begins the transition to a new phase in her royal life, we revisit several style snapshots from her time as a radiant television star to becoming the world’s most talked-about member of the British royal family

February 2012

Photo: Diane von Furstenberg
Photo: Diane von Furstenberg

A #throwback to simpler times, Meghan Markle turned up at USA Network and The Moth's "A More Perfect Union: Stories of Prejudice and Power" event in California, donning nude pumps and a lacy Diane von Furstenberg blue dress.

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December 2016

Photo: @sarahraffertydaily/Instagram
Photo: @sarahraffertydaily/Instagram

Caught in a light moment with her Suits co-star Sarah Rafferty, Meghan sported a youthful off-shoulder bodycon cocktail dress, a perfect match for her super-slim figure.   

 

 

June 2017

At the height of her success with USA Networks' hit series Suits, Meghan donned a wonderfully feminine floral-printed dress and posed with her co-stars at the 2017 ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, for a table reading of the show's pilot episode. 

Does this make you want to binge-watch the first few seasons of Suits on Netflix? While we miss the days when Meghan played the ambitious paralegal Rachel Zane, it's comforting to know that her city-slicker office garb makes a comeback when she became Duchess of Sussex.

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December 2017

Photo: Hugo Boss
Photo: Hugo Boss

Christmas of '17 saw Meghan arm-in-arm with her royal beau while dressed in a sleek nude-toned ensemble comprising a Sentaler camel coat over her Tay velvet dress, paired with a Philip Treacy felt hat.    

April 2018

Photo: Stella McCartney
Photo: Stella McCartney

Enter 2018: A life-changing year for the soon-to-be Duchess of Sussex. Attending the Queen's birthday party in London with fiancé Prince Harry, the former actress wore a gorgeous Stella McCartney caped dress in blue, complete with matching Manolo Blahnik BB pumps and a Zodiac clutch bag by Naeem Khan Armory.    

May 2018

Photo: @kensingtonroyal/Instagram
Photo: @kensingtonroyal/Instagram

Did she look nervous? We didn't think so. On the eve of her wedding, Meghan waved to the cameras alongside mum Doria Ragland, dressed in a regal-looking Roland Mouret navy dress and nude stiletto pumps. 

In her dreamy boat-neck Givenchy wedding gown, Meghan Markle wedded her prince in a beautiful Windsor ceremony watched by millions of adoring fans across the globe. 

Related: The Evolution Of Royal Bridal Gowns & How Meghan Markle Shook It Up 

June 2018

Photo: Givenchy
Photo: Givenchy

Speaking of Givenchy, how cute was this custom-made Givenchy Haute Couture dress and Cross3 bag worn by Meghan on her first official day of royal engagements, here with Queen Elizabeth II?   

July 2018

Photo: @kensingtonroyal/Instagram
Photo: @kensingtonroyal/Instagram

While on a royal tour to Dublin with Prince Harry, the Duchess of Sussex donned a chic A-line dress and belt by Emilia Wickstead, an elegant yet pared down summer look for the garden party setting.   

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August 2018

Photo: Club Monaco
Photo: Club Monaco

Fronting an eye-catching Shoanah dress from Canadian clothing label Club Monaco, Meghan attended a function in Surrey hand-in-hand with Prince Harry.  

October 2018

Photo: @emiliawickstead/Instagram
Photo: @emiliawickstead/Instagram

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex turned up in their finest at ANZAC Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park as part of their 16-day royal tour. For the occasion, Meghan wore the Camila Dress by Emilia Wickstead.     

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Photo: Oscar de la Renta
Photo: Oscar de la Renta

While still on her royal tour in Australia, Meghan turned heads with an Oscar de la Renta white tulle gown with laser-cut seagull prints. Simple yet sophisticated – Meghan's forte when it comes to dressing up.  

Photo: Hugo Boss
Photo: Hugo Boss

Is this a throwback to her Suits days? Spotted at Sussex, Meghan paired an Other Stories green blouse with a sleek Hugo Boss green leather pencil skirt and nude pumps.  

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November 2018

Photo: @sussexroyal/Instagram
Photo: @sussexroyal/Instagram

At a Halloween-themed affair in New Zealand, Meghan sported a classy white blazer dress by ethical New Zealand label Maggie Marilyn, opting to style her wavy locks up in a classic messy bun.     

January 2019

Photo: Sentaler
Photo: Sentaler

Let it not be said that the Duchess of Sussex doesn't dabble in colour-blocking from time to time, as seen in this gorgeous Sentaler wide collar wrap coat in red, paired with a purple dress from ARITIZIA's Babaton collection.  

 

Photo: @kensingtonroyal/Instagram
Photo: @kensingtonroyal/Instagram

During her visit to the National Theatre, Meghan's awe-inspiring maternity style caught onlookers by surprise. She wore a fitting pink Brandon Maxwell dress and blazer, paired with Aquazzura Matilde pumps and a white Carolina Herrera clutch.      

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March 2019

Photo: @kensingtonroyal/Instagram
Photo: @kensingtonroyal/Instagram
 

International Women's Day 2019 saw the Duchess of Sussex at King's College in London wearing a smart black and white patterned dress by REISS, complemented by an Alexander McQueen blazer and Manolo Blahnik pumps.

April 2019

At the premiere of Cirque du Soleil: Totem at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Meghan wore a show-stopping shimmery gown by Roland Mouret.    

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May 2019

Photo: @sussexroyal/Instagram
Photo: @sussexroyal/Instagram

To welcome the birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor on May 7, 2019, the Duchess of Sussex donned a trench-inspired white dress by British designer Grace Wales Bonner for her first official appearance with her newborn alongside hubby Prince Harry. 

July 2019

Photo: @sussexroyal/Instagram
Photo: @sussexroyal/Instagram

Fittingly, Meghan's first red carpet appearance after the birth of her son was simply breathtaking. At the Lion King premiere, she wore a Jason Wu mesh panel dress together with black Aquazzura pumps and a Gucci embellished satin Broadway clutch.    

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September 2019

Affirming her affinity for the white collar work shirt, Meghan worked in tandem with her favourite designer Misha Nonoo as well as several other entities on the Smart Set capsule collection of stylish and classic workplace pieces for the fashionable modern-day female.

  

October 2019

Photo: Hugo Boss
Photo: Hugo Boss

Back to her pre-baby figure in a flash, Meghan yet again sported a pencil skirt in dark red lambskin from Boss for The Queens Commonwealth Trust roundtable discussion at Windsor Castle.   

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While on tour in South Africa, this cheerful Veronica Beard Cary Dress worn by Meghan made for an appropriate globe-trotting outfit. Whatever the future holds for her, there's no denying that this 21st-century style icon will keep turning heads as she forges her own path as a royal.    

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