Chronicling Meghan Markle's Essential Style Moments

From her first appearance alongside boyfriend Prince Harry in 2017 to the present day, we round up Meghan's fashion favorites.

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When it comes to Meghan Markle's style, she has a distinct aesthetic: timeless, often minimalist, a good mix of high and low. That said, Meghan has lived many lives in the six years since we knew she was romantically involved with Prince Harry: a girlfriend turned fiancée turned wife as a working member of the royal family living in often chilly London, and then as someone no longer employed by the Firm living in often sunny California.

As a working royal, Meghan's coat game was impeccable, her outfits often neutral and muted in color, and she loved boat necks. Now, post-Firm, Meghan's look is significantly more California casual, with an affinity for button-downs, denim, and, lately, sweater vests. Across the years (and a whole lot of change), Meghan has still managed to stay true to herself, forever preferring and donning mostly solids, keeping it monochrome, blazers, Aquazzura and Manolo Blahnik heels, wide-leg trousers, skinny jeans, and pencil skirts (to name a few). She effortlessly mixes high and low and has a style that, while luxury, also feels attainable.

The great part about Meghan's style is that, well, it never really goes out of style, so looks even as far back as six years ago can still easily work today. We opted to not include the most formal of her royal looks (fascinators not included here), and hope we've captured the essence of a woman who very obviously knows fashion, studies it, and wows in it.

Ivory Separates for World Mental Health Day Event in New York City, October 10, 2023

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Meghan Markle at World Mental Health Day event in New York City

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Three years after its formation in 2020, Harry and Meghan's Archewell Foundation hosted its first in-person event, comprised of a panel of parents who shared the commonality of a tragic loss connected to their child's social media use. Held in conjunction with World Mental Health Day, the couple traveled to New York City for the event, and Meghan chose ivory separates from Altuzarra.

Cuyana Trench Coat and Pants on the Final Day of the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 16, 2023

Meghan Markle on the last day of the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle on the last day of the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle on the last day of the Invictus Games

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For the final day of the Invictus Games, Meghan took part in medal ceremonies and read to a group of children in Dusseldorf.

Black Turtleneck Dress for a Reception at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 15, 2023

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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For the Team Canada reception at the Invictus Games, Meghan paired a black turtleneck dress from Totome with matching black Dior Essence pumps. This reception was especially important because the next iteration of the Games will be held in Canada in 2025, and the day was made extra special because it marked Harry's thirty-ninth birthday.

Ivory Blazer and Jumpsuit for Competition at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 15, 2023

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan wowed in an ivory Celine Blazer, a Zara jumpsuit, and YSL sandals to take part in a medal ceremony and watch the sitting volleyball competition at the Invictus Games. During competition, Harry was serenaded by the crowd for a very special occasion: his thirty-ninth birthday.

Denim Dress for Competition at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 15, 2023

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan opted for a denim shirtdress from Carolina Herrera to take in sitting volleyball competition at the Invictus Games; this isn't the first time Meghan wore a denim dress by Carolina Herrera, as she wore the style in 2018 at the Sentebale Polo Cup.

Sweater Vest and Jeans for Competition at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 14, 2023

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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To take in competition at the Invictus Games, Meghan went all-white in a cotton V-neck sweater vest from Polo Ralph Lauren, Frame skinny jeans, and black Aquazzura flats.

Monochromatic for NATO Meeting at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 14, 2023

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan attended a meeting with representatives from NATO wearing a blouse from L'Agence, camel Gabriela Hearst trousers, and Manolo Blahnik pumps.

Sweater Blazer for Competition at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 13, 2023

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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To watch wheelchair basketball competition at the Games, Meghan likely had no idea that the V-neck J. Crew sweater blazer she chose would crash the brand's website. She paired the bestselling piece with Staud shorts and Chanel flats.

Black on Black for Competition at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 13, 2023

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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To watch swimming competition at the Games, Meghan went with an all-black ensemble: a J. Crew sleeveless top, Frame skinny jeans, and Aquazzura pumps. Earlier in the day, for a stop at the Kids' Zone, Meghan added an ivory Celine blazer.

Shirtdress for Arrival at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf, September 12, 2023

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games

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Meghan arrived at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf wearing a black pleated shirtdress from Banana Republic; at a friends and family reception, she delivered off-the-cuff remarks alongside Harry, explaining why she arrived a few days late to the Games.

Pink Separates for a Lakers Game in Los Angeles, April 25, 2023

Meghan Markle at a Lakers game

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Meghan Markle at a Lakers game

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Meghan Markle at a Lakers game

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Meghan is known for going monochrome, which she did in a surprising pop of color (pink!) for a date night with Harry to a Lakers game. She wore head-to-toe Staud; both her jacket and shorts are from the brand. On her feet she wore her tried and true Aquazzura Purist 105 pumps in beige.

Halter Sweater and a Wide-Leg Pant for the Invictus Games One Year to Go Event in Dusseldorf, September 6, 2022

Meghan Markle in Dusseldorf

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Meghan cut an impressive figure alongside Harry in Dusseldorf, where they stopped by to mark the Invictus Games' One Year to Go event in preparation for the 2023 Games. For the event, Meghan wore a sleeveless halter sweater from Anine Bing and Brandon Maxwell trousers.

Head-to-Toe Crimson for the One Young World Summit in Manchester, September 5, 2022

Meghan Markle at the One Young World Summit

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Meghan Markle at the One Young World Summit

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To keynote the One Young World Summit in Manchester, Meghan wore an all-crimson ensemble from Another Tomorrow (a long-sleeved silk blouse and pleated trousers), and paired it with strappy heels from one of her favorite shoe brands, Aquazzura. This was Meghan's first speech in the U.K. since stepping back as a working member of the royal family in January 2020, and also marked she and Harry's first joint engagement in the U.K. since the step back.

Pencil Skirt and Matching Top for Nelson Mandela Day in New York City, July 18, 2022

Meghan Markle at the U.N.

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Meghan joined Harry as he addressed the United Nations in honor of Nelson Mandela Day wearing an all-black Givenchy patch pocket pencil skirt and top, identical to a green look she wore in Ireland four years prior in July 2018. She wore Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in black suede to complete the look.

Off-the-Shoulder Bodysuit for the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony in The Hague, April 16, 2022

Meghan Markle at the Invictus Games opening ceremony

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As she took the stage to give a speech at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Invictus Games, Meghan wore an off-the-shoulder bodysuit and black pants, both by Khaite.

Statement Jacket and Distressed Jeans for Invictus Games Competition in The Hague, April 16, 2022

Meghan Markle at the 2022 Invictus Games

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As the Invictus Games began in The Hague, Meghan wore a black Celine jacket and a pair of distressed Moussy jeans to the Jaguar Land Rover Challenge at Invictus Games Park.

Bold Pop of Color for the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, March 5, 2020

Meghan Markle at the Endeavour Fund Awards

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For one of her last engagements as a working member of the royal family Meghan, typically outfitted in neutrals, wore a bold pop of color to the Endeavour Fund Awards, wearing a turquoise Victoria Beckham dress and Manolo Blahnik BB pumps in navy suede.

Neutral Overcoat for a Visit to Canada House in London, January 7, 2020

Meghan Markle visiting Canada House

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For a visit to Canada House, Meghan wore a Reiss Sabel Wool Blend Overcoat over a turtleneck and skirt, paired with Jimmy Choo pumps. Little did we know that the next day, Harry and Meghan would announce their step back as working members of the royal family.

Solid Purple for the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony in London, October 22, 2019

Meghan Markle at the One Young World Summit opening ceremony

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Meghan paired a solid, bold color (purple Aritzia, in this case) with her ever-beloved Manolo Blanhniks for the One Young World Summit opening ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Sleeveless Trench Style Dress for the South African Royal Tour in Johannesburg, October 2, 2019

Meghan Markle in Johannesburg

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As she and Harry's tour of South Africa was drawing to a close, Meghan rewore a Nonie sleeveless trench style dress. She first wore the look in July 2018, to an opening of an exhibition on Nelson Mandela.

Casual Workwear for the Launch of The Smart Set in London, September 12, 2019

Meghan Markle launching The Smart Set

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Meghan launched her capsule collection, The Smart Set, for her first official visit after returning from maternity leave following the birth of Prince Archie on May 6. The capsule collection was launched to benefit Smart Works, one of Meghan's royal patronages at the time; she is wearing a Misha Nonoo shirt from the collection and Jigsaw trousers, also from the collection, alongside Manolo Blahnik pumps.