Channel Your Inner Duchess

Channel Your Inner Duchess

Luxurious castles. Grand estates. Royal engagements. For most of us, these words merely describe the stuff of fairy tales. For Meghan Markle, however, these magnificent concepts depict a new way of life. It’s no wonder this American-born member of the British royal family has become an international obsession. From her lavish wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry to regular high-profile outings, we can’t seem to get enough of the new Duchess of Sussex.

While Meghan’s extravagant lifestyle is simply unattainable for the millions of people who follow her every step, her impeccable style is not. Even without a royal budget, it may be easier than you think to dress like a duchess.

Here are a few key pieces that are reminiscent of some of Meghan’s best looks since joining the royal family.

Dare to bare
When it comes to shoulder-baring silhouettes, Meghan has mastered the trend. From the iconic Givenchy gown she wore on her wedding day to the custom Carolina Herrera dress she appeared in at her first Trooping of the Colour ceremony in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday, the Duchess of Sussex has shown that she is not afraid to show a little skin.

Whether you prefer a bateau neckline or a portrait collar, there are many ways to display your shoulders with complete class and elegance. Opt for a style with cap sleeves and a sheath silhouette, or choose a floor-sweeping number with a ruffled effect.

Let your sleeves do the talking
In addition to baring her shoulders, Meghan has been spotted wearing tailored pieces with elbow-length sleeves on countless occasions. For instance, during an overseas trip to Dublin, she wore a deep green ensemble featuring an elbow-sleeve blouse by Givenchy.

A great way to incorporate the classic elbow sleeve into your own wardrobe, while introducing a modern twist, is to choose tailored pieces with feminine prints or detailing.

One more reason to love the LBD
As if you didn’t already have enough reasons to love the little black dress, here’s another: the LBD is part of Meghan’s wardrobe repertoire. She recently wore a stunning Judith & Charles tuxedo dress to a gala performance of Hamilton in London.

You can easily replicate this timeless look with a design that suits your own style persona. From plunging V-necklines to delicate pearl trims, there are boundless options from which you can choose.

Layer on the style
From the white wrap coat by Line the Label that she appeared in to publicly announce her engagement to Prince Harry to the royal blue Smythe design she recently wore to celebrate the launch of her charity cookbook – Together: Our Community Cookbook – it’s clear that chic outerwear is a staple in Meghan’s wardrobe.

You too can stay warm and look glamorous in pieces that are equally stylish and functional by choosing cashmere blends and statement collars, guaranteed to fulfill your cold-weather fashion needs.

Accessorize like a royal
Finish off your look with royal flair without spending a royal fortune. You may not be able to get your hands on diamond earrings by Paris-based jeweller Vanessa Tugendhaft or a beret by milliner Stephen Jones, but you can find pieces that share a certain likeness. A crystal pin with a floral design or a classic wool beret may be all you need to channel the duchess within you.

With an upcoming royal tour on the horizon, we’ll soon be able to witness more exciting fashion moments for Meghan, as she travels the world with her prince charming this fall. This means there will be countless new opportunities for us to mimic her already iconic style. After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little royal inspiration.

Written by Sarah Sussman

Born and raised in the city of endless festivals and world-famous gastronomy, Sarah considers herself a true Montrealer. From the undeniably genius blend of squeaky cheese curds, fries and gravy to the breathtakingly beautiful European-inspired architecture, it’s easy for this city girl to find plenty to love in the place she is proud to call home. When she is not enjoying time with her family and seriously contemplating whether to order sushi or pizza while at home with her husband and kids, Sarah is likely pushing herself to the limit through intense boxing workouts and trying her very hardest not to jaywalk.

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