Meghan Markle dresses to impress

Posted on March 17 2021

The Duchess of Sussex, better known to most of us as Meghan Markle, is all over the news again following that interview she and Prince Harry did with Oprah. No doubt you’ve heard it all: the allegations of racism in the royal family, the details of Markle’s mental health battles, the claims she was bullied… 


It’s all very interesting, but we can’t help be a little distracted by Markle’s on-point sense of fashion. Even while spilling her guts on international television, she was impeccably dressed and groomed.  


In case you were wondering, the dress Markle chose for that headline-grabbing interview was a silk number from Armani, with a lotus-flower print on it. Rumour has it that she chose that dress because of the lotus flower, which symbolises rebirth and revival. The lotus seed can survive more than 1000 years without water and germinate hundreds of years later – a powerful symbol. 


Meghan Markle Armani Dress Oprah Interview

Credit: Vogue India


She teamed the dress with a pair of black Aquazzura pumps, Princess Diana's diamond tennis bracelet – another important symbol – and a Pippa Small necklace, Birks earrings and a Cartier Love bangle.


Markle certainly knows how to wear a dress. Here are a few other designer dresses we’ve loved her in.


At the wedding of fashion designer Misha Nonoo, Markle dazzled in a sheer black gown by Valentino with a V-neck cut and voluminous puff sleeves. That’s one way to distract attention from the bride!


Meghan Markle Valentino gown

Credit: Photo courtesy of Rex


For a more casual occasion – the Sydney to Wellington flight during their royal tour – she wowed in a burgundy Hugo Boss midi dress with a high neck and long sleeves. She was pregnant with Archie at the time, and it was the perfect dress to flatter her growing baby bump. She matched it with a pair of nude Aquazzura heels and delicate jewellery for a relaxed, first-class flight aesthetic. 


And, of course, we can’t discuss Meghan Markle in a dress without a mention of her wedding dresses – yes, both of them. The 2018 wedding was the nuptial event of the decade, and the bride walked up the aisle in a surprisingly simple Givenchy design, with a bateau neckline and three-quarter sleeves in a structured fabric.


Meghan Markle wedding dress

Credit: BBC News UK


For the reception, Markle changed into a more relaxed full-length white gown designed by Stella McCartney. Made with silk crepe de chine, it featured a high neck and a low scooped back, for an elegant and feminine silhouette.

Meghan Markle Stella McCartney Gown

Credits: Getty Images 

Now that Markle and her prince have distanced themselves from the royal family, we anticipate her style will shift away from a demure, royally restricted wardrobe back to her more relaxed North American fashion. We can’t wait to see more!


To add Markle-approved designer dresses to your own wardrobe, explore the range at Estro, the home of luxury fashion at outlet prices.


-By Hannah Warren

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