When it comes to her wardrobe, Meghan Markle knows a thing or two about how to dress like a royal and stay true to her personal style. She prefers pieces that are trendy, yet sophisticated — i.e., queen-approved — and doesn’t rely on bright colors or patterns to make a bold statement. Instead, she relies on simple fabrics and neutral colors to create a lasting impression.
1. Know what works
As the newest member of the royal family, Meghan Markle has to wear a hat to all formal daytime events. That said, she has already found a style that works for her. So far, Markle has been spotted in two similar styles — a white beret on Commonwealth Day and a round Philip Treacy cap on Christmas day — that compliment her facial structure.
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2. Color coordinate
The royal family loves to color coordinate their looks — and Meghan Markle is no exception. While attending a Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, the Markle was spotted in a navy and white ensemble that not only looked great on its own, but coordinated with Kate Middleton’s all navy look, too.
In addition to coordinating outfits, the future sister-in-laws wore (somewhat) matching shoes! At first glance, Markle’s Manolo Blahnik pumps looks identical to Middleton’s Gianvito Rossi pumps.
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3. Commit to a theme
When visiting Scotland, plaid is a must. While on a royal visit to Edinburgh, Scotland, Meghan Markle paid tribute to the country in a double-breasted plaid Burberry coat. Keeping with the green theme, she accessorized with a Strathberry Mini East West Crossbody Bag in “Bottle Green.”
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4. Choose flattering silhouettes
Black trousers have become a staple in Meghan Markle’s royal wardrobe — especially ones with flattering silhouettes, such as the Veronica Beard Adley Pants she wore on a tour of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The high waist and floor-length wide legs create an elongated and slimming effect.
To add to the look — and the flattering appeal — Markle styled her wide-leg trousers with a black turtleneck sweater, tucked in to accentuate her waistline.
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5. Show some skin
It may be against royal style rules to show skin, but Meghan Markle found a modest way to do so while on a royal visit to Cardiff Castle. Pictured here in a plaid Off-The-Shoulder Jacket by Theory, Markle is clearly finding ways to combine her trendy style with the royal family’s “smart” dress code.
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6. Comfort is key
When you live in the city, comfort is key … even for royals. Meghan Markle often opts for trousers with knitted fabrics — like the plush AllSaints sweater she wore to an International Women’s Day engagement — for a chic take on comfortable style.
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7. A pop of color
Meghan Markle is known for wearing neutral colors. But, every once in awhile, she’ll add a pop of color in the most simple way. While visiting Cardiff Castle, Markle sported a figure-flattering Stella McCartney coat, Tabitha Simmons ankle boots, black dress pants, and a DeMellier London Mini Venice bag in “Forest Grain.”
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8. Stick to a color palette
Unlike the queen and Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle has a more neutral-colored wardrobe. For the most part, Markle wears a lot of navy, forest green, black, tan, and brown.
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