Ever since Meghan Markle announced her engagement to Prince Harry, there’s been non-stop discussion about her wardrobe choices. And for good reason – with every royal appearance, we’ve come to expect impeccably styled outfits as she champions big fashion names like Burberry, as well as up-and-coming labels such as Wales Bonner. She shops on the high street, as well as using her platform to champion environmentally conscious labels like Maggie Marilyn and Stella McCartney.
It’s this variety that has helped cement the duchess’ status as one of the most influential women in fashion right now. From her sleek and elegant Givenchy dresses to the laid-back denim looks she sports off-duty, the duchess has nailed the fine balance between demure and daring. We’re rounded up 10 of her go-to brands right here.
The Duchess of Sussex is often seen wearing trainers, tailored coats and dresses by one of her favourite sustainable labels, Stella McCartney. But it was the bias-cut, halter-neck evening gown she wore on her wedding day to Prince Harry that proved her real love for the label. It is now available as part of the designer’s debut bridal collection.
Having protested against animal cruelty and unethical production since day one, Stella McCartney was one of the first high-profile conscious designers – long before it became the zeitgeist. Thanks to innovative recycling methods, the designer is now known for her luxe faux fur and vegan leather, that looks just as good as the real thing.
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Always attuned to the new and progressive, Meghan chose to wear emerging London label Wales Bonner at her first public appearance post-childbirth. Posing for photographs inside Windsor Castle with Harry and her two-day-old son, the duchess looked chic in the sleeveless trench dress, which she paired with nude Manolo Blahnik pumps.
Central Saint Martins graduate Grace Wales Bonner launched her menswear line back in 2014, exploring her mixed-race heritage and notions of gender through her collections. Her androgynous embellished tailoring and impeccably-cut flares had women queueing up to buy long before her women’s line had even launched (it did, finally, in 2018).
Ever since designing Meghan’s now iconic wedding gown, Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy has worked closely with the Duchess of Sussex time and time again, creating custom pieces for her that nod to the house’s 1950s heyday. Meghan even presented Waight Keller with the Womenswear Designer of the Year award at the 2019 Fashion Awards.
Burberry is a quintessentially British brand, and Meghan embraced it wholeheartedly when she moved to England. On a visit to Scotland in 2018, she nodded to the country’s heritage in a tartan wool coat by the house and, later on in the year, was spotted in its signature trench coat on a trip to New Zealand.
The Duchess of Sussex has championed Uruguayan label Gabriela Hearst on a number of occasions since becoming a member of the royal family, carrying the Nina bag in two different colourways, as well as wearing a chic black dress by the brand as she met the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden on the royal tour. The fashion-forward label is further proof of the duchess’ ability to push the style boundaries.
Carolina Herrera’s ladylike silhouettes are fit for a princess. The designer was responsible for that blush off-the-shoulder two-piece Meghan wore to the Queen’s birthday parade, the 1950s-inspired full-skirted denim number she wore to the polo and, most recently, the floor-sweeping bohemian blue gown she chose to meet King of Morocco.
When she’s not wearing Manolos, Meghan is often seen in another of her favourite footwear brands, Aquazzura. The duchess quietly eschews the royals’ favourite nude court shoe for pairs with ankle cuffs, cross-over straps, lace-up ties and embellished detailing. Her preferred styles? The Matilde and the Denueve (she has each in several colours). To say thanks for her loyalty, founder Edgardo Osorio made her a custom design for her wedding day and gave each flower girl a pair of initialled Mary Jane pumps.