Meghan Markle, the actress who plays Rachel Zane on Suits and is will soon wed Prince Harry, is our new source for minimalist style inspiration. The star also used to run lifestyle blog The Tig, so we know she's more than just a fan of fashion. But recently we've noticed that her brand of chic and minimal looks is just what we might need for a wardrobe refresh. In fact, we'd go as far as saying that the star is set to be the UK equivalent of Olivia Palermo. True, she's not British, but that won't keep us from adopting her as our own. (Hey, the woman has good taste—what can we say?)
From elegant evening looks to more casual outfits, she's got girl-next-door style down, with a little bit of the Duchess of Cambridge thrown in (just check out the matching shoes) To help you see just what we mean, we've come up with 17 style rules Meghan Markle sticks to that we know you'll want to follow stat. Click through our gallery to see why Meghan Markle is the style inspo you've been looking for.
Style Notes: How do you dress when your boyfriend is a prince but you're not in the family? Wear a chic dress, but keep it fresh and young with a matching leather jacket draped over the shoulders.
Style Notes: Perhaps one of our favourite polished looks of Meghan Markle's is the white shirt–and–skinny jeans combo. Classic but with an edge, thanks to the ripped denim. 11/10.
Style Notes: An all-white outfit can be seriously stylish, particularly when a basic tee is paired with wide-leg trousers.
On Meghan Markle: Dolce & Gabbana dress
Style Notes: Matching your accessories to your dress isn't done much anymore. But your lipstick? That's what you want to go for.
Style Notes: Struggling for a minimal outfit? Fall back on your basic black skinnies or leather trousers, and add a black jacket.
Style Notes: A simple blazer and a pair of jeans is always a great idea.
Style Notes: You'll always need a little shift dress in the back of your wardrobe.
Style Notes: The reason this works is because it matches Meghan's skin tone perfectly.
On Meghan Markle: Peter Som dress and top
Style Notes: Want to invest in the crop-top trend? Take a tip from Meghan with this elegant take on the look.
Style Notes: Just because the California-born actress knows the warmer climes of L.A. doesn't mean she's unaware of how cold the UK can get. Here, she gives us all a lesson in dressing perfectly for the grey weather with a chic coat and scarf.
Style Notes: Now that Meghan's joining the royal family, she has to get used to wearing a decent hat or two. Seen here on Christmas Day attending a church service, she subtly matches her Philip Treacy hat with a chic Chloé bag and Stuart Weitzman boots.
On Meghan Markle: Amanda Wakeley Cream Sculpted Tailoring Coat (£895); Amanda Wakeley Springsteen Tailored Midi Dress (£495); Mulberry Darley Small Textured-Leather Shoulder Bag (£550); Manolo Blahnik BB 105 Suede Point Toe Pumps (£495).
Style Notes: Where better to glean some style advice from than your future sister-in-law? The Duchess of Cambridge has been lauded for her own stylish looks, so it makes sense that Meghan looks to her for some outfit inspiration. Just check out the matching shoes.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Elinor Block.