How does she do it? That’s what the women of the world have been asking since Meghan Markle became Britain’s next princess-in-waiting. The Los Angeles-born actress, feminist, philanthropist and all-round cool lady makes effortless style look easy – despite a very intense media spotlight. As she marries Prince Harry, we unpick the styling tricks that ensure she’s photo-ready every time.
By Tamara Abraham
Meghan Markle in Dannijo in the December 2017 issue of Elle France. Photography: Christian Blanchard.
She plays by the rules
Meghan has learned the royal style codes quickly. Modest midi-length dresses, tailored coats and bespoke millinery is the uniform seen on the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.
Already, she’s putting her own spin on it though. Meghan sticks to a muted palette of navy, black and cream, and a label line-up all her own: a mix of American, Canadian and British brands including Hugo Boss, Stella McCartney, Altuzarra, Victoria Beckham and Mackage.
She wears the trousers
Why more women don’t wear pants as eveningwear is beyond us. Meghan looked amazing at the Endeavour Awards in London in an Alexander McQueen suit with a Tuxe Bodywear blouse. For daytime occasions, we’ve seen her in wide-legged, floor-skimming pants by Burberry and Veronica Beard.
Meghan has mastered the royal style codes quickly, with midi-length dresses and tailored outerwear
A low bun = high impact
Meghan’s messy bun is a masterful style move. Compared to the bouncy waves so often seen on the world’s royals, a low, intentionally-loose bun looks instantly modern. It’s also understated – it says to the world, “I haven’t tried too hard,” whether she has made an effort or not. It’s unforgiving though. With this look, skin must be flawless and makeup understated. Meghan’s dewy no makeup makeup that lets her freckles shine through is perfect.
She rules the trenches
Meghan’s worn trench coat-inspired dresses on a couple of occasions, and they’ve been among our favorite looks. We loved the Altuzarra trench dress worn to the Commonwealth Youth Forum, and the Jason Wu black satin wrap dress with a trench-style collar for an appearance on British television alongside the Duchess of Cambridge.
That (cross)body language
The Queen carry her classic Launer bag on her wrist, but Meghan favors a small, boxy crossbody. The shape of the bag is formal enough for royal engagements, but by wearing it on a long strap across her body, Megan’s look is instantly more youthful — plus her hands are free for those endless meet-and-greet sessions.
She loves a statement ear
Like us, Meghan is fond of a bold earring, and while she now has her pick of the British royals’ fine jewelry collection, she occasionally wears more irreverent, bohemian pieces or contemporary designs like our Swarovski crystal ear jackets.