Joining the royal family has called for a lot of changes in Meghan Markle’s life and wardrobe. Gone are the days when she could run errands in a pair of yoga pants and sneakers. Now, the royal has to ensure that she always looks presentable and represents the royal family’s “smart” style — no matter what she’s up to.
Ahead, we take a look at some of the major changes Meghan Markle has made to her wardrobe — including the one thing she would have never done before agreeing to marry Prince Harry (page 5) — to fit in with the royal family.
1. She stopped wearing ripped jeans
Meghan Markle famously broke royal family style rules when she attended the 2017 Invictus Games with then-boyfriend Prince Harry. Because she wasn’t a member of the royal family at the time, she did not have to follow the queen’s strict dress code policies.
At the UK Team Trials for the 2018 Invictus Games, Meghan wore jeans, but she opted for a dressier, bootcut style.
Next: Did she learn this style technique from the queen?
2. She carries small handbags
Before becoming a member of royalty, Meghan could be spotted carrying large tote bags and schlepping her yoga mat through the streets of Toronto. While she still prefers to carry her belongings — not all royals do! — she has downsized from large totes to small, trendy handbags.
Fun fact: The queen prefers to carry a small handbag, too.
Next: Her shoe styles have evolved, too.
3. Pumps are her go-to shoe style
Speaking of Meghan’s pre-royal life in Toronto, the royal used to be seen in a lot more sneakers, boots, and flats. Now, she mostly sticks to pumps and high-heeled boots.
Next: She’s no longer allowed to wear this.
4. She wears longer dresses
Meghan Markle’s red carpet looks from her days as an actress show she used to wear more revealing clothing — including short dresses and transparent fabrics. Since joining the royal family, she has transformed her wardrobe with more conservative pieces, including longer dresses and modest silhouettes.
Next: One of the biggest changes she’s made to her wardrobe
5. She wears hats on special occasions
Before joining the royal family, Meghan most likely didn’t wear hats or fascinators to formal events. But, on Christmas 2017, she stepped out in her first-ever hat. Since then, she’s donned a variety of hat styles for services marking holidays, including Commonwealth Day and Anzac Day.
Next: She’s also taken note of the royal family’s beauty rules.
6. She wears neutral nail polish
Prior to becoming a royal, Meghan may have worn colored nail polish. But since her engagement announcement, she followed suit with the queen’s strict no colorful nail polish rule. Instead, she’s stuck to neutrals, such as pale pink and nude.
Next: She takes this beauty rule seriously.
7. She styles her hair differently
Since joining the royal family, Meghan has sported two different hairstyles: a “messy” bun and a perfect blowout with loose waves. And although she may have styled her hair in similar ways prior to her life as a royal, she has ensured that both of her go-to looks have a more put-together appeal than before.
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