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Meghan Markle is used to being in the spotlight, but her status as Prince Harry’s fiancee is making her a household name. As their relationship became more serious, the now-retired actress has joined the ranks of Kate and Pippa Middleton in becoming a royal fashion icon.
During Markle and Prince Harry’s first public outing together, she opted for a surprisingly casual outfit. Whether she’s rocking jeans or an evening gown, Markle never fails to leave us stunned. Here are 15 of Markle’s best style moments, including the outfit she wore when making things official with the prince (No. 5) and a rocking black dress with pin-straight hair (No. 10).
1. Epitome of cool
Meghan Markle looks trendy but chic in this suit. | Rachel Murray/Getty Images
We’re not sure if we’re more in awe of Markle’s outfit, toned legs, or confident pose. You can just tell Markle feels good in this suit, and we definitely don’t blame her.
She looks like the epitome of cool in her chambray shorts and blazer combo at a pARTy! Event in 2016. Her white button-down is simple, but her black stilettos give her a fashionable boost.
Next: An impressive leather jacket.
2. Rocker ready
Meghan Markle dons a stylish little white dress. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images
Who said a little white dress couldn’t look totally rocker ready?
At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in fall 2014, Markle’s draped studded leather jacket, metallic snakeskin heels, and slightly messy updo made her look edgy, but still couldn’t keep her from looking ultra feminine.
Next: Being fierce for a good cause.
3. Fierce for a good cause
Meghan Markle looks fierce in this black dress. | Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
As a VIP attendee at a black tie event, you better expect Markle to bring her A-game. She looked fierce in this black crochet cut-out dress, bejeweled drop earrings, and gold heels at the Novak Djokovic Foundation New York Gala in 2013.
The charity event and dinner, hosted by tennis player Novak Djokovic, raised $2.5 million for preschool programs in Siberia.
Next: A winter-ready look.
4. Queen of winter
Meghan Markle knows how to rock winter gear. | Mireya Acierto/Getty Images
Looking like the queen of winter, Markle looks cozy and chic during the MADE Fashion show in February 2015. Her fur Miu Miu coat is definitely the center of attention, but we love the colors she mixed into the ensemble.
Her icy blue Wes Gordon skirt with the gray tone of her shoes, along with stark white accents in her top and clutch, is an example of how to stay fashion forward — even when there’s snow on the ground.
Next: Game, set, and match.
5. Match made in heaven
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are one good-looking couple. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Markle and Prince Harry have finally attended a public event together, and people are going crazy over it. They held hands and stayed close to each other on Sept. 25 while attending a wheelchair tennis match at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, looking more in love than ever.
We can’t get over how chic Markle looks in such a casual outfit. Her white button-down by Misha Nonoo has just the right amount of slouch, and it pairs flawlessly with her ripped-at-the-knee jeans. Her brown Everlane tote bag and trendy tortoiseshell frames top off the look, but her lightly tousled hair is the perfect finishing touch.
Next: Is it hot in here or is it just Markle?
6. Bringing the heat
Meghan Markle looks stunning in bright colors. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ELLE
We’re starting to believe Markle is one of those lucky people who manage to look amazing in every color. Markle heated things up in the middle of January during ELLE’s 6th Annual Women in Television Dinner in 2016. Her burgundy dress with floral detail was made even more stylish with its high neckline.
We love Markle’s accessory choices, including strappy black heels, a metallic clutch, and glitzy earrings. She really makes the look pop with her matching red lip color.
Next: A suit-like build covered in silver.
7. A daring take on menswear
Meghan Markle shines in a glam, menswear-inspired outfit. | Andrew Toth/Getty Images
Markle was actually shining bright like a diamond at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in 2015. Her metallic silver dress perfectly meshes glamour and menswear into one. The suit-like build to the dress is emphasized with buttoned sleeves and front pockets.
Our favorite detail is the deep V neckline, which brings a huge wow factor to the overall look. Her see-through clutch, fun multi-finger ring, and smoky eyes made her look even more daring.
Next: Being laid back never looked so good.
8. Laid back in white
Meghan Markle stuns in a crisp white ensemble. | Robin Marchant/Getty Images
How could all eyes not be on Markle in this stunning look? She looks effortlessly chic in this all-white ensemble at NBC’s 2015 New York Summer Press Day. She seems to have the perfect laid-back attitude, which helps her pull off these flowy wide-leg pants.
Her white, knitted top looks slightly sporty, and her “I woke up like this” hair proves that she can wear pretty much anything and steal the show.
Next: A glitzy and glamorous look from head to toe.
9. Glitzy and glamorous
This glitzy blue dress is elegant and glamorous. | Angela Weiss/Getty Images
Markle was sparkling at ELLE’s Annual Women in Television Celebration in 2014. Her glitzy blue dress was elegant, but the shape makes it seem pretty comfortable.
She really glammed up the look with a teased updo, drop earrings, and fierce winged eyeliner. Her heels are trendy, but they tone down the look a bit with their darker hue.
Next: Merkle keeps it sleek with this little black dress.
10. Sleek style
Her colorful accessories pop against a black dress. | Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
It’s not often that we see Markle with pin-straight hair, but the sleek style complements this look. Markle rocked this curve-hugging dress at the UJA-Federation of New York’s Entertainment Division Signature Gala in 2015.
Our favorite part of the ensemble is her colorful footwear. The glitzy floral details adorning the seafoam green fabric stand out when paired with her plain black dress.
Next: Making a trendy statement
11. Making a trendy statement
Megan Markle makes a statement in this dress. | Monica Schipper/Getty Images
Markle definitely looks the part while attending the Misha Nonoo fashion show during fall 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Her midi-length dress with cutout details made a trendy statement, and we love that she stuck with the color scheme in her handbag and sparkly flats.
No matter which lip color she chose, it would have transformed the look. Her pick of light pink softened up her appearance, popping against the black.
Next: This blue dress screams royalty.
12. Statuesque beauty
Meghan Markle stuns in this gorgeous gown. | Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Markle appears statuesque in this gorgeous evening gown. She’s definitely glowing while attending the 2014 Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit.
The dark teal color makes her look royal, even prior to dating Prince Harry. The mermaid shape complements her body beautifully, and the fun neckline details give it a unique touch.
Next: We can’t get over her stylish clutch.
13. Fashion Week style
Meghan Markle fits right in at Fashion Week. | Mireya Acierto/Getty Images
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week has provided Markle numerous opportunities to show off her keen sense of style. She’s looking trendy at the 2015 Peter Som fashion show, rocking a striped, black-and-white crop top paired with a black midi-length skirt.
We can’t get over her stylish clutch, which includes a fashionable yet functional handle on the front. She went with nude heels in her signature pointed toe style to finish off the look.
Next: Nothing but perfection at the tailor.
14. Tailored to perfection
She is perfectly tailored in wide-leg trousers. | Robin Marchant/Getty Images
Markle attended the 2015 NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Upfront looking as chic as ever in New York City. Her wide-leg trousers are tailored to perfection and paired fabulously with black pointed-toe heels.
Her strapless top features some fun details, including sheer ruching overlaying strategically placed florals and a black bow tying the look together.
Next: Royal style tips.
15. Royal style tips
Meghan Markle looks fresh in a crochet dress. | Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images
Markle looked fresh and ready for spring in April 2016 at the Glamour and L’Oreal Paris Celebrate College Women Of The Year event. Her pale blue crochet dress is by Self-Portrait, which is a brand Pippa Middleton has been seen wearing. Have the two been sharing style tips, perhaps?
We love the midi length and teardrop detail of the dress, but we especially admire Markle’s pairing of illusion white pointed toe heels. She let her hair down and pushed it off to the side, which suited the look perfectly.
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