Shop a Meghan Markle-Inspired Capsule Wardrobe—Without the Royal Price Tag
Your definitive style guide to simplifying your wardrobe and looking like a royal...for much, much less.
Before entering the royal family, Meghan Markle's style fit her California roots. Nowadays, however, she's left behind a little bit of her footloose, fancy free vibe for a more sophisticated edge. (Ripped jeans paired with a white tee don't exactly scream Duchess.) Although she has traded boho for Burberry, Markle has never lost her effortless look.
Those of us without royal titles may not be able to afford the labels Meghan dons casually, but fortunately, many of her most beloved looks are easier to recreate than you think. In fact, much of her style transformation consists of elevated basics where mixing and matching are encouraged. (Hello, capsule wardrobe!) Shop our favorite Meghan Markle looks below for much, much less.
1 The Classic Striped Blouse
The striped oxford is a classic staple in any wardrobe, since it can be dressed up or down. While the Ralph Lauren top Meghan actually wore was near $590, plenty of more affordable options are out there.
To buy: AYR The Easy Linen Shirt ($135; shopbop.com)
Everlane The Relaxed Poplin Shirt ($55; everlane.com)
2 Black Skinny Jeans
3 The Traditional Trench
We love Meghan's traditional trench, but we aren't huge fans of the price tag. Every woman needs a versatile trench coat in her closet. A reliable coat in both the fall and spring, this staple withstands the test of time no matter what the trends look like.
To buy: ASOS Design Tall Classic Trench Coat ($79; asos.com)
4 The Black Suit
We can credit Meghan for reminding us how essential a black suit is to the wardrobe. Though not as common in many workplaces, a simple black suit guarantees elegance and sophistication for any gathering.
To buy: Express Notch Collar One Blazer ($128; express.com)
Express Mid Rise Stretch Skinny Pant ($80; express.com)
5 The Work Dress
Though office days are far behind her, the Duchess is still a great source for work wardrobe inspo. This versatile white dress is so easy to take from day to night with a simple lipstick and shoe change.
To buy: Macy's Kasper Sheath Dress ($79; macys.com)
Rag & Bone Brea Sleeveless Knit Dress ($297; saksfifthavenue.com)
6 The White Button Down
Meghan is the queen (er Duchess?) of separates, meaning copying royal style has never been easier. Plus, the basic white button down will never be out of fashion. All the more reason to shop. If the $185 button-down that Markle wore to her first public outing with Prince Harry isn't in your budget, try one of these.
To buy: Universal Thread Women's Long Sleeve Camden Button Down Shirt ($20; target.com)
J.Crew Slim Stretch Perfect Shirt ($70; jcrew.com)
7 The Little Black Dress
The LBD might be one of the most essential pieces of any capsule wardrobe, but it can be one of the most difficult to find. We love Meghan's sophisticated choice. With a high collar and longer hemline, this ultra elegant piece can fit almost any occasion.
To buy: Topshop Utility Midi Shirtdress ($85; nordstrom.com)
Ralph Lauren Fit & Flare Shirt Dress ($145; ralphlauren.com)
8 The Pencil Skirt
A pencil skirt fit for a princess (or Duchess, but you get the picture). We love when Meghan gives us a separates moment—she always delivers. Not only could you wear this pencil skirt with a simple blouse, you also could add a chunky sweater for a cozier look.
To buy: Eileen Fisher Midi Pencil Skirt ($109; neimanmarcus.com)
ASOS Design Tailored Pencil Skirt with OBI Tie ($45; asos.com)
9 The Summer Dress
When the weather gets warm, the ultimate go-to outfit is a comfy summer dress. Take a hint from Meghan's wardrobe, and find a versatile piece that makes a statement at a barbecue while being easy-breezy when running errands.
To buy: Free People Crepe Maxi Dress ($210; selfridges.com)
The Fifth Label Current Long Sleeve Midi Dress ($120; shopbop.com)