Just because she can do no wrong on the sartorial front right now let’s take a leaf out of Meghan Markle’s book once again. This time around it’s all about the casual shirt dress. The royal-to-be wore one during a European sojourn and that’s all the convincing we’ll need that its just the thing our summer wardrobes have been missing.
When it comes to the shirt dress think resort wear vibes with light fabrics such as linen and cotton a popular option as they’re perfect for the steamy weather we tend to have in Australia at this time of year. Also don’t be afraid to have fun with prints and colours which are ideal for everything from the beach to backyard BBQs. Accessorise a shirt dress with slides or sandals, even white sneakers if you want a sportier look. A great belt is also a welcome pairing with most styles of shirt dress and adds an element of interest to the look. When it comes to dressing during the warmer months it’s an easy and stylish option that’s ultra lightweight and comfortable to boot.
In case you’ve been living under a rock it’s been announced that actress Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are engaged. And while a royal wedding is indeed exciting, there’s also something else to look forward to: the outfit inspo. The princess-to-be has already managed to crash websites around the world with people clamouring to buy her engagement outfit. The white belted coat by Line the Label that she wore to the official photo call at Kensington Palace and bottle green dress by Italian label Parosh worn during her TV interview with Prince Harry, have not surprisingly, both sold out. And while we’ll no doubt see Meghan’s style evolve as she embraces her new life as a royal, there are some elements of her style that you can definitely steal for yourself right now…
A classic striped tee is a fave of Meghan’s and no wonder; it’s a print that works easily with everything from jeans to culottes, skirts and slacks, and adds a stylish touch to virtually any look.
Leather jackets are a wardrobe staple as they are so versatile. Nab one in a biker style a la Meghan and you’re guaranteed to wear it to death. Pop one on over everything from a dress to a tee and jeans and you’ll instantly add an edgy touch to your ensemble.
Meghan seems to favour a monochrome colour palette with black and white pieces featuring frequently in her wardrobe. And no wonder—it’s a classic combination that is always guaranteed to look polished.
The tan Sarah Flint bow flats she wore on her first public appearance with Prince Harry struck just the right balance between comfort and style. While the beige Aquazurra pumps she wore to the official engagement photo call were on trend while still remaining elegant. It’s a classic shoe style befitting a princess and I’m predicting will remain a constant in her wardrobe.
She has one of the best work wardrobes on television via her role as Rachel Zane on Suits so it’s no surprise that Meghan Markle’s real life wardrobe is equally as impressive. The actress and founder of lifestyle website The Tig favours feminine silhouettes with lots of wardrobe cameos from seriously stylish stilettos and form-fitting dresses. Bookmark the look above for those days when you’re wanting to elevate your casual wear to something a little more polished.
A simple black dress will get plenty of outings. It’s the ideal go-to option for those days when you just need to get out the door fast as it always looks chic with minimal effort. Plus it’s the perfect blank canvas for layering with everything from jackets to blazers.
For those who have always been a fan of a classic trench a modern take on it is to opt for a sleeveless version and treat as a layering piece in a similar fashion to a vest. Try it with jeans or leather leggings, the pairing is just perfect.
Lace-up pointed flats
I’ve been seeing plenty if incarnations of pointed lace-up flats from designer version to an inexpensive chain store find. If you’ve been considering buying a pair – do! Not only are they comfortable they are the ideal way to make an outfit look on trend. There are also plenty of budget-friendly options available that won’t break the bank.
A simple, black, top handle bag will forever be a wardrobe staple so be sure to buy one that you truly love and of a quality that will last. It will instantly pull your outfit together and when you’re carrying it around with you day in and day out it’s definitely one splurge that provides value for money.
Whether you’re hiding a big night or simply want to hide away from the world a pair of dark sunnies are a wardrobe necessity. A pair of classic black sunglasses are the type of shopping purchase that you won’t regret – you’ll come back to them time and time again.