Ever since Meghan Markle joined the royal family, you may have noticed that she’s been wearing pink — and lots of it. The color stands out on Markle, particularly because she wasn’t exactly a frequent pink-wearer before marrying Prince Harry. She used to lean more toward darker hues and monochromatic looks, but she’s since completely switched over to delicate blush shades.
Apparently, Markle’s wardrobe transformation isn’t just because she has a newfound love for the color (though we’re definitely loving it on her). According to applied color psychology practitioner Karen Haller, Markle is wearing pink for practical reasons.
Haller explained to FEMAIL that the soft pink tones have a “calming effect” on those who wear them. “The number of high profile engagements Meghan has had since officially becoming a member of the royal family would no doubt be quite nerve wracking,” she pointed out.
“As the softer end of the pink spectrum is physically soothing, it’s the perfect antidote to calming those nerves and easing the pulse rate.”
Other experts would agree that light pink is an appropriate go-to color for the duchess, as it’s proven to be effective in a number of scenarios. According to Verywell Mind, “One shade known as ‘drunk-tank pink’ is sometimes used in prisons to calm inmates. Sports teams sometimes paint the opposing team’s locker room pink to keep the players passive and less energetic.”
On top of helping Markle relax, she may even be choosing to wear more pink to subconsciously send a message. “She’s subconsciously communicating through color that she’s clearly in love,” according to Haller.
“Soft pinks communicate the nurturing, compassionate, caring side of love,” she added. “I’m not at all surprised she is feeling this way given the body language between her and Prince Harry — and she is reflecting this in picking the softer pinks.”
Markle stepped out in a baby pink look just days after her May 19, 2018 wedding. While attending a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, she wore a gorgeous blush dress by Goat. She literally topped off the look with a dramatic hat by Philip Treacy. She wore her hair elegantly in a low bun, all while showing off her post-wedding glow.
The ensemble she wore to her Trooping the Colour debut became instantly iconic. Once again, she wore an all-pink look, including a hat by Philip Treacy. Her dress featured an off-the-shoulder design and button details, which was designed by Carolina Herrera. This time, she opted to wear her hair down in romantic waves.
On June 26, 2018, Markle attended the Queen’s Young Leaders Award reception at Buckingham Palace. She wore — you guessed it — yet another blush pink outfit. Her Prada dress was adorned with buttons and included a belt. Sitting by Prince Harry, she looked just as clam and in love as she did sophisticated.
Markle certainly isn’t the first royal to repeatedly wear these soft pink hues. In fact, Kate Middleton may have been giving her sister-in-law some pointers. She’s been seen in similar shades on a number of occasions. According to People, it’s possible that Markle modeled her Garden Party ensemble after Middleton’s look that she wore to the same annual affair — back in 2012.
In a very similar style, Middleton wore a pleated blush pink coat by Emilia Wickstead. She also paired the look with a matching pink hat, designed by Jane Corbett. Middleton wore nude pumps — as did Markle — and carried a clutch by LK Bennett.
Middleton and Markle certainly seem to be getting quite close, so we wouldn’t be surprised if the former has been sharing her tips for getting used to royal life.
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