In Meghan Mode

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive in Ireland for their FIRST TRIP ABROAD since the royal wedding, Penny McCormick analyses MEGHAN MARKLE‘s singular style in TEN OUTFITS


Modish Meghan is not afraid of experimenting with designers and rather than playing it safe, like her sister-in-law, Catherine, the new Duchess of Sussex’s trousseau includes designs from Dior, Givenchy, Stella McCartney and Prada.


We know Meghan has a strong personality which is reflected in what is becoming a singular style. She favours form-fitting sheath dresses and pencil skirts – their simplicity implies a no fuss, business approach to royal duties and shows off a body honed by yoga and Pilates.


The boat neck has become another signature look as has the halterneck – both lend themselves to statement earrings (from Cartier) and up-dos, which make Meghan sparkle.


Meghan’s style muses (apparently) are Audrey Hepburn and the late Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, as well of course as Diana, Princess of Wales. She has been adept at keeping her legions of American fans happy by wearing designers such as Ralph Lauren, J Crew and Brandon Maxwell (the yellow sheath dress above) while also showing her love of couture. For Canadian fans, she’s worn Sentaler, Mackage and Smythe.


While she’s no stranger to sunhats – we like Meghan’s daring when it comes to formal hatwear. Irish milliner Philip Treacy has clearly been busy creating styles as has Stephen Jones, whose fascinator was perfect atop the Dior ensemble she wore yesterday.


As for accessories, it’s great to see the Duchess carrying a proper bag rather than evening clutches to day events. Her Fendi Peekaboo and Strathberry totes were winning looks, while for heels she has worn Aquazurra, Prada, Manolo Blahnik and Chanel.


Meghan has perhaps learned from the Duchess of Cambridge that less high street and more high fashion is what ardent royal fans prefer on their princesses.


All told, Meghan’s walk-in wardrobe at Kensington Palace has more than a few items we’d like to borrow. We can’t wait to see her her royal work wear evolve …


Perhaps on her next visit to Ireland, the Duchess of Sussex will wear an Irish designer. Umit Kutluk’s designs fit her aesthetic perfectly as would a Louise Kennedy “Kennedy” tote …


Penny McCormick

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