Your definitive style guide to simplifying your wardrobe and looking like a royal...for much, much less.

By Anneke Knot and Rachel Sylvester
Updated August 28, 2019
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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.

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Meghan Markle Striped Blouse
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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

Meghan Markle Wearing Black Skinny Jeans
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2 Black Skinny Jeans 

For most of us, black skinny jeans are a part of an everyday uniform, and we should all steal a bit of style inspo from Meghan's chic casual black jeans look.

To buy: Madewell Roadtripper Jeans in Bennett Black ($75; nordstrom.com

Everlane The High-Rise Skinny Jean ($68; everlane.com

Meghan Markle Trench Coat
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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

Calvin Klein Button Front Trench Coat ($178; bloomingdales.com

RELATED: 6 Classic Meghan Markle-Inspired Trench Coats

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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

Meghan Markle In a White Dress
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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

Meghan Markle Wearing White Button Down
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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

Meghan Markle Wearing a Black Dress
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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

Meghan Markle Wearing Pencil Skirt
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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

Meghan Markle Wearing a Red Summer Dress
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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