Meghan Markle's Date-Night Dress Isn't Just Beautiful—It's Loaded With Meaning

Umbrella: check. Water droplets capturing the flash of the cameras just so: check. Incredible dress: check, check, check! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped out in the rain on Tuesday to attend the 2022 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Awards in New York City, and, wow, they did so in style. I don't know about you, but after being in a relationship for a very, very long time, I can tell you my date nights have become significantly less glamorous over the years. So gazing on as Harry and Meghan enjoyed a midweek night out made for delightful and vicarious viewing. 



For the occasion, Markle wowed in a custom Louis Vuitton column dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline and long sleeves, which bore a subtle resemblance to her wedding dress silhouette. This dress, however, features elegant (and on-trend) draping to the waist and a perfectly positioned split to better showcase a shoe moment. Keeping things classic, Markle opted for a pair of timeless black patent pumps and a coordinating clutch, completing her ensemble with a sentimental touch: an aquamarine ring that once belonged to Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. With her hair slicked back into a low bun and her makeup as flawless as ever, this just might be one of her best looks to date. I have no notes. 



It would, however, be remiss of me not to mention that this is the first red carpet appearance the couple have made since the trailer of their new Netflix documentary, Harry & Meghan, was released, and with that comes the understanding that all eyes would be on them even more so than usual. We all know that Meghan Markle dresses with purpose; that every item she chooses to wear tells a unique story, so why would this night be any different? While white features regularly in Markle's wardrobe—she's a classicist at heart—choosing to wear it now could be symbolic. We all know the impact that colours can have on our moods and well-being; individual people will gravitate towards specific shades when, say, they want to feel empowered in a work meeting. In chromotherapy, also known as colour therapy, white is said to attract "positive spiritual energy and cultivates purity for the wearer," and wearing white is a statement of peacefulness. Perhaps this is the true message Meghan Markle wants us to take away from her ensemble; one which I support, particularly over the coming days. 

Still, I have to admit that Markle's outfit has me searching for a white dress of my own. Scroll on to see my edit of the best white dresses on the market that are as close to Markle's one-of-a-kind Louis Vuitton number as I can find. 

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Our editor in chief has this dress in green, and it's incredible in real life. 

The draping feels so in keeping with Markle's. 

I would love to have an excuse to wear this. Surely any Friday evening will suffice? 

The knitted fabrication presents the opportunity to carry this otherwise fancy dress into daytime territory.