Dear Meghan, we're sorry the last 12 months has been such an emotional rollercoaster and for the fact that the British tabloids can such a royal (sorry) pain in the behind. However, on the plus side, now that you're no longer under the sartorial jurisdiction of your royal title, you're free to be a little more experimental with your fashion choices (the most important thing to come out of #Megxit, really). Talk about a silver lining…
Forget the nude tights, the prim two-pieces and the hats—so many hats—because it's time to reconnect with your pre-royal self (we haven't forgotten that kick-ass silver mini you wore to the Fashion Awards in 2015). Yep, we want to see more of that Meghan. So we took it upon ourselves to put together an edit of the five brands we would love to see you in in your new post-royal life.
We've offered up a brand to match every requirement you might need: sustainability, affordability, fashion credentials and red carpet–readiness. Really, all we want to say is that we're still Team Meghan, and we'll be cheering you on from afar.
The Fashion Credentials: Loewe
First and foremost, now that you're free from the politics of royal dressing, we want to see you experimenting with some more "fashion" brands. Of course, we don't expect you to instantly reach for the maximalist stylings of Marques'Almeida, but perhaps Loewe would be a good entry point. We're thinking slogan sweaters, wide-leg jeans and clean-cut leather jackets.
While you might be retreating from the public eye, you and Harry will undoubtedly want to continue to be conscious of your sustainability credentials (those private jets won't offset themselves). We recommend investing in a few pieces from Gabriela Hearst (her fashion week show was carbon-neutral, you know). They might be on the pricier side, but these are modern classics that will last for many seasons to come.
We have no doubt that you and Harry will be perfectly financially secure (even though you're no longer on the royal payroll), but even so, you might be looking to cut back in certain areas. We all know that you love a bit of yoga, and we think you'd look fab in Arket's chic yet affordable sportswear line, which will look just as good during class as it will for a post–workout smoothie.
The Vampire's Wife has been a red carpet favourite of countless fashion-savvy celebs, and in our opinion, it would be a perfect option for you in your post-royal life thanks to its on-trend yet figure-flattering prairie-style silhouettes. We can imagine the below gold number stealing the show with your signature Stuart Weitzman pumps.
We don't want to push you too far out of your comfort zone, so we wanted to include a good edit of basics in this lineup to cater to your busy, working mum lifestyle. Ninety Percent not only produces versatile, layerable staples (ideal for those cold Canadian winters), but it's also sustainable and shares 90% of its distributed profits between charitable causes. What more could you want?