All of Meghan Markle's Looks Before and After She Became a Royal

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has always favoured classic pieces with modern updates and silhouettes (before and after she became a member of the royal family). However, we're now watching her adapt her wardrobe for her new role, following protocol with nude tights and weights fixed in her hems.

However, she is putting her own spin on royal dressing, creating her own signature style that isn't simply a carbon copy of the duchess of Cambridge's distinctive aesthetic. She wore an off-the-shoulder dress to her first Trooping the Colour, has worn denim and carries crossbody bags instead of the usual stiff top-handle totes favoured by the queen. For more formal occasions, Meghan favours elegant, conservative workwear—including pencil skirts, pointed court shoes, large structured totes and trouser suits with a polished look that is reminiscent of Claire Underwood in House of Cards.

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Clare Waight Keller, Meghan's wedding-dress designer at Givenchy, is set to play a significant role in her public life: Meghan has already turned to her on numerous occasions since the wedding. She wore Givenchy for her trip to Cheshire with the queen, to  Ascot and to the Trooping of the Colour. Keep scrolling to see her best looks to date, and how her style has changed since becoming a duchess.

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Style Notes: To watch Harry play in the polo, Meghan wore a belted midi dress in a dark indigo denim by House of Herrera, paired with a £44 clutch bag by J. Crew. 

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Style Notes: For the opening of the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre, Meghan wore a sleeveless double-breasted trench coat dress that featured a belted waist and a flared skirt by Nonie. She paired it ith a matching blush clutch bag by Mulberry and neutral, pointed-toed court shoes by Dior. 

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Style Notes: On her visit to Ireland, Meghan wore a grey Roland Mouret dress with black courts and a Givenchy tote bag. 

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Style Notes: Meghan wears a forest green Givenchy pencil skirt with a matching top for her arrival in Ireland, and wore a handbag by one of her favourite labels, Strathberry. 

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Style Notes: Givenchy's logo belts are becoming a Meghan signature, and here she wore it with a black trouser suit in Ireland. 

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Style Notes: For Prince Louis' christening Meghan wore a curveball colour — khaki. She wore a fitted dress with a bateau neckline by Ralph Lauren. 

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Style Notes: This sleeveless yellow dress by Brandon Maxwell is one of Meghan's most-loved outfits since becoming a Duchess.

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Style Notes: At the Royal Ascot, Meghan wore a white button-front midi dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy with a black leather slim belt at the waist.

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Style Notes: For the Trooping of the Colour, Meghan wore a pale pink off-the-shoulder dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.

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Style Notes: On a solo trip with the queen to Cheshire, Meghan wore a classic Givenchy dress and black accessories.

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Style Notes: For her first royal engagement after the wedding, Meghan looked regal in a Goat dress and coordinating hat at a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

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Style Notes: Meghan shows that she's still going to wear modern silhouettes, wearing a striped button-front pinafore dress.

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On Meghan Markle: Amanda Wakeley Cream Sculpted Tailoring Coat (£895) and 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 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.

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Style Notes: Meghan sidestepped the anorak and opted for a classic mushroom-coloured trench paired with black flares.

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Style Notes: Meghan's colour palette here looks elegant and expensive—we love the mix of browns and forest greens.

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On Meghan Markle: Mackage coat; Wolford Colorado High-Neck Body (£140); Joseph skirt

Style Notes: Notice how the newly engaged couple have mirrored each other's outfits. From the blue coats to the black shoes, Harry's neutral scarf matches Meghan's skirt. Cute.

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On Meghan Markle: Sentaler Long Wide Collar Wrap Coat (£986, available for preorder); Chloé Small Pixie Bag (£1055); Stuart Weitzman The Highland Boot (£487)

Style Notes: Now that Meghan's joined 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.

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On Meghan Markle: Smythe Brando Coat (£731, available for preorder); Sarah Flint Tortoiseshell Heel Pumps (£480); Marks & Spencer jumper (sold out)

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.

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On Meghan Markle: Burberry coat; Strathberry East/West bag; Veronica Beard trousers

Style Notes: To pull a whole look together without just wearing black, Meghan knows that matching your accessories to your coat is a nice touch.

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On Meghan Markle: J.Crew coat; Alexander Wang trousers; All Saints jumper

Style Notes: The cropped trousers, white jumper and blue coat feel very European princess. Well played, Meghan.

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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.

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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.

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Style Notes: Want a stunning dress that will make an impact? Go bold; just make sure it's a classic cut.

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Style Notes: An all-white outfit can be seriously stylish, particularly when a basic tee is paired with wide-leg trousers.

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Style Notes: Matching your accessories to your dress isn't done much anymore. But your lipstick? That's what you want to go for.

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Style Notes: Struggling for a minimal outfit? Fall back on your basic black skinnies or leather trousers, and add a black jacket.

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Style Notes: A simple blazer and a pair of jeans is always a great idea.

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Style Notes: Block colours don't have to be boring. Opt for interesting necklines and hems such as this fishtail dress.

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Style Notes: You'll always need a little shift dress in the back of your wardrobe.

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Style Notes: The reason this works is because it matches Meghan's skin tone perfectly.

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Style Notes: Want to invest in the crop-top trend? Take a tip from Meghan with this elegant take on the look.

Up next, see one editor's Meghan Markle capsule wardrobe.