40 Memorable Times Meghan Markle Turned Heads With Her Effortless Sense Of Style

Meghan Markle is a fashion icon, there’s no doubt about that. Even before she married Prince Harry she had a dazzling sense of style on red carpets. When she was a fully-fledged duchess, she brought new sensibilities to royal fashion, bending the rules and impressing her audience. And despite the fact she and her husband have stepped down from the royal family, she’s as well-dressed as she ever was.

40. Engagement photo outfit, November 2017

When Meghan did her engagement photos with Prince Harry, it marked everyone’s first glimpse of what her royal style might be like. And she didn’t disappoint. The bride-to-be wore a white coat dress from Line the Label, a Canadian brand. But the thing which drew the most attention was her new diamond ring, of course.

39. Bright red evening gown, March 2020

For one of her last appearances before stepping down as a working royal, Meghan wore a bold red Safiyaa dress at the 2020 Mountbatten Festival of Music event. It was clearly chosen to color-coordinate with Harry, who was wearing his scarlet Royal Marines dress uniform. Fans adored the look.

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38. Royal Air Force Anniversary dress, July 2018

In July 2018 Meghan and her new family members attended celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force. She chose a sensible but stylish Dior gown plus a matching hat by Stephen Jones. Vogue magazine noted that the dress was, “elegantly cut to reveal a sliver of skin along the collarbone.”

37. Black and white patterned dress, September 2019

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Meghan wore an attractive patterned dress from sustainable fashion brand Mayamiko when meeting children in Cape Town, South Africa. And it looked easy to move around in, which was handy seeing as she was taking part in a dance as well. But there was something in the ensemble the Queen would have disapproved of – the wedge heels! Reportedly Her Majesty hates them.

36. Green dress and gold jewelry, October 2018

While touring Fiji in 2018 Meghan wore a “peacock green” Jason Wu dress to a statue unveiling ceremony. It was a piece which would have put her back at least $1,695. Her shoes were Manolo Blahnik pumps which she had worn before, and her striking gold jewelry was from Pippa Small, a company which works to preserve areas of historic and cultural importance.

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35. Royal Ascot outfit, June 2018

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You’re guaranteed to see some pretty impressive outfits at Royal Ascot, as it’s a major event for the British aristocracy. Meghan wore a white Givenchy dress by Clare Waight Keller and a Philip Treacy hat when she attended in June 2018. The hat was called the “Wave” and it was an absolute showstopper.

34. Blue dress in Morocco, February 2019

If you’re invited to an audience with the King of Morocco, you’d better pull something very impressive out of your wardrobe. This was precisely what Meghan did. She wore a bespoke Carolina Herrera piece, the $2,990 Floral Printed Silk Chiffon Short Sleeve Gown. It had an elasticated waistband which helps when you’re pregnant, as Meghan was at the time.

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33. Black jumpsuit, September 2019

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The Duchess began undertaking solo engagements in September 2019. For the first of these, visiting a tech hub in Cape Town, Meghan wore a stylish black jumpsuit from her long-time fashion favorite Everlane. Perhaps a jumpsuit was an unusual choice for a royal, but she more than made it work.

32. Black Anzac Day dress, April 2018

Diplomacy via fashion is an important part of being a royal. And in 2018 Meghan was present for an Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey, which honors Australian and New Zealand army corps who died in the line of duty. So she wore a black dress designed by Emilia Wickstead, who is from New Zealand.

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31. Monochrome bow dress, September 2007

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Back in 2007 Meghan hadn’t even met Prince Harry yet, but she was beginning to make it as an actress. When she attended the Primary Action 2007 Golden Globe Suites that year she wore a stylish black and white dress with an eye-catching bow detail. It probably wouldn’t be appropriate for a royal, but she looked great in it.

30. White cape dress, June 2018

Whenever the Queen travels she wears very bright colors to ensure she stands out. So neons were off-limits to Meghan during her first engagement with her grandmother-in-law. Instead she wore a Givenchy dress by Clare Waight Keller, and it was a hit. And the online magazine Racked wrote, “Anything Markle wears is going to get a lot of attention, but this latest dress is particularly distinctive.”

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29. Yellow dress, July 2018

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Meghan doesn’t seem to wear yellow all that much, but it looks great on her. For the Commonwealth Youth Reception in July 2018 she wore a bright, sunny dress of that color from American brand Brandon Maxwell. And the company stated on Instagram that seeing the Duchess in the gown was a “proud moment for our team.”

28. Lion King premiere dress, July 2019

Meghan and Harry went to the premiere for the remake of The Lion King in 2019, and the Duchess was dressed up to the nines. She wore a $2,450 Jason Wu gown, the Mesh Panel Fit and Flare Dress. It featured sheer fabric around the top and a keyhole slit in the back – quite daring for a royal.

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27. White ensemble, October 2018

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When Meghan and Harry arrived in Fiji in October 2018, a welcoming ceremony was held for them. There the Duchess wore a white dress by Zimmermann and a matching white hat by Stephen Jones. As for jewelry, she wore pieces gifted to her by her in-laws – a pair of earrings from the Queen and a bracelet from Prince Charles.

26. Black suit, 2016

In 2016 – when Meghan was known to be Prince Harry’s girlfriend, but not yet his wife – she discussed her role in Suits for the AOL Build Series. And she wore a suit-like outfit of faux leather leggings and a blazer. So her love of sleek black ensembles appears to be something that’s lasted her whole career.

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25. Blue coat, September 2018

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Come 2018 Meghan lent a hand at a cookbook launch. However, this cookbook had been released to help people impacted by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. So for obvious reasons she didn’t wear anything too flashy. She wore a blue Smythe coat and a black skirt from her pal Misha Nonoo’s fashion brand.

24. Tulle bird dress, October 2018

The Duchess of Sussex pulled out all the stops when she attended the Australian Geographic Society Awards in October 2018. Meghan chose a beautiful, very princess-y tulle gown decorated all over with laser-cut black birds. Perhaps it was a nod to the theme of the awards – the importance of conservation.

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23. Blue shirtdress, September 2019

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Meghan brought back a familiar piece for her visit to a Cape Town museum in 2019. This was the blue “Cary” dress from Veronica Beard, first worn on her trip to Tonga the previous year. But this time she teamed it with a pair of porcelain earrings created by a designer from Cape Town itself, Nina Bosch.

22. Green dress and cape, March 2020

Perhaps her last chance to dress to impress in royal circles, Meghan attended the 2020 Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey with Harry. And she chose an attractive emerald green dress and cape from Emilia Wickstead, plus a bespoke hat from William Chambers. This was to be the last event the pair attended before stepping down as senior royals.

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21. Blazer and jeans, October 2018

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When Meghan attended a reception held by the Prime Minister of Australia, she opted for something sleek and by royal standards almost casual-looking. She wore a “Brea” double-breasted blazer from L’Agence over a black turtleneck, plus a pair of jeans. For footwear she chose Aquazzura Deneuve Bow Pumps, worth about $750. Maybe not so casual, then.

20. Grey coat, April 2018

Meghan attended two ANZAC Day services on April 25, 2018. For the one taking place at dawn she wore a simple, somber outfit which befitted the occasion. This was a “Pagoda” style coat from Smythe, which would have kept her warm during the early morning ceremony. She accessorized it with a black hat, a Gucci clutch and Sarah Flint Jay shoes.

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19. Beige coat dress, October 2019

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When she visited the University of Johannesburg, Meghan wore a style that seems to be a favorite with her. She had on a trench coat dress, this one the Double-Breasted Trench Dress in Khaki from Banana Republic. And she paired it with Stuart Weitzman “Legend” pumps in the same color.

18. White dress and black blazer, 2012

This outfit from 2012 shows the beginning of the Meghan style we know and love today. When she attended the HBO Luxury Lounge that year she wore a short white dress paired with, of course, her long-time favorite the black blazer. She accessorized with a Marc Jacobs bag and Tieks ballet flats.

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17. Enchanted Forest dress, February 2019

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Visiting Bristol in February 2019 Meghan wore a cozy-looking William Vintage coat – unsurprising, since it was snowing. But once she got inside she took it off to reveal an eye-catching Oscar de la Renta dress, the $1,245 “Enchanted Forest.” The unusual piece showcased colorful animals and flowers on black fabric.

16. Green dress and beige coat, October 2019

Sometimes there’s nothing like a wardrobe classic to brighten the mood. So when Meghan attended the WellChild Awards she put some of her older clothes back on display. These were the green P.A.R.O.S.H. dress she’d worn previously for her post-engagement TV interview back in November 2017, and the Sentaler wrap coat she’d used for Christmas that year. The coat is now sold under the name “The Meghan.”

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15. White wedding reception dress, May 2018

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Obviously Meghan’s wedding dress was the standout piece on her special day. But the dress she wore for the reception was just as stunning as well. It was designed by Stella McCartney, and according to a statement released by Kensington Palace it was, “a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe.”

14. Black coord, September 2013

Meghan attended the Herve Leger By Max Azria fashion show in September 2013. And she wore a black skirt and top combo which showed just a little bit of tummy. She probably couldn’t wear that outfit as a royal, but it’s clear that the former actress always adored black clothes which are a bit daring.

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13. Green striped dress, October 2018

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A bright and breezy one was pulled out of the wardrobe for Meghan during a royal trip to Tonga. She wore Martin Grant, a brand she often goes back to, for her meeting with Tonga’s Prime Minister in October 2018. It was a white and green striped dress with buttons and a belt. And it was pretty ideal seeing as she was pregnant with Archie at the time.

12. Purple ensemble, November 2018

Winter comfort and one-color style were on show when the Duchess visited the Hubb Community Kitchen in London. Meghan’s purple coat was the Club Monaco “Daylina” design and her matching dress was a “Sallyet” by the same brand. She also wore a stylish pair of Givenchy boots to top off the look.

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11. Silver minidress, November 2015

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Back in 2015 a pre-Harry Meghan wore a fun, sparkly silver minidress to the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York. And actually the dress was created by one of her best friends – designer Misha Nonoo. Reportedly, Nonoo was the woman who introduced Meghan to Prince Harry in the first place.

10. Green coat dress, October 2019

The sexy mom in Meghan seemed to come out when she visited ActionAid South Africa in 2019. However, this time she wore a brand no-one had seen her in before, Room 502. Room 502 is an ethical fashion brand, just the sort of company Meghan likes to support. The Duchess also wore a pair of earrings from a South African brand, Pichulik.

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9. Colorful coat, January 2019

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Sometimes Meghan will go all out with bright colors. And while visiting Birkenhead in 2019 she wore a purple dress from Canadian fashion house Aritzia, and a scarlet coat by Sentaler. What’s more she ensured her jewelry was from ethical sources: her earrings were handcrafted by the artists of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, which was co-founded by Prince Charles.

8. Sky blue dress, March 2020

Meghan chose an eye-catching blue dress by Victoria Beckham for the Endeavour Fund Awards in 2020. She and the designer have actually been friends for a long time, as have their husbands Prince Harry and David Beckham. It poured down with rain on the night, but Meghan’s dress was kept dry by Harry sweetly sharing his umbrella.

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7. Shirt and jeans, September 2017

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One of Meghan and Harry’s first public appearances together was at the Invictus Games in 2017. And Meghan, not a Duchess yet, wore something stylish but down-to-earth. She had on a white shirt and ripped jeans from the brand MOTHER. Some people shamed her online for wearing ripped jeans on a date – but we know who got the last laugh there.

6. Black sparkly top, November 2018

For her first ever appearance at the annual Royal Variety Performance, Meghan wore a sparkly party outfit. She had on the $1,149 Bicolour Strapless Bustier Top from Safiyaa, and the Gayeta Fishtail Skirt from the same brand. The weather may have been cold on the night, but Meghan still glowed.

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5. Patterned dress, December 2018

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Meghan wore subtle colors for her visit to Brinsworth House – one of the facilities funded by the Royal Variety Performance – in 2018. She started off the day in a maxi coat, but underneath she was wearing a patterned dress by Brock Collection. It looked lovely on her, though perhaps it wasn’t quite right for winter. Chilly!

4. Black dress, September 2018

The Duchess wore Givenchy when she opened the Royal Academy Oceania exhibition in September 2018. It was a black dress which combined wool crepe, velvet, and panels of sheer – Meghan really likes sheer! But most of the attention that day wasn’t on the dress, but the fact that Meghan closed her own car door. Scandalous!

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3. Pink flowery dress, October 2018

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On a visit to Suva, Fiji, Meghan chose something she didn’t normally wear – a flowy pink floral dress with colorful dangling bobbles. It was from the company Figue, and would have cost about $1,495. The Duchess also brought with her a clutch she’d bought from a local market.

2. White tuxedo dress, May 2019

Not long after having their first child Archie, Meghan and Harry introduced him to the wider world via a photoshoot. For the occasion Meghan got dressed up in a tuxedo dress by Grace Wales Bonner, plus Manolo Blahnik shoes. But it was Archie, not the outfit, which was the star of the show.

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1. Wedding dress, May 2018

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Meghan’s wedding dress will probably always be her most iconic outfit of all. The Duchess wore a white boat-neck dress designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, plus a long veil which featured flowers representing all the countries of the Commonwealth. And on her head was a diamond tiara lent to her by the Queen.

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