Following the craze of her first month as a royal, the Duchess of Sussex retreated to a relatively quiet August with Prince Harry. But after stepping back into the spotlight with a string of royal engagements this week, the duchess has proved her style cues have only gotten stronger. Today, Meghan Markle wore a blue Jason Wu dress to the 100 Days to Peace Gala in London — and it's a style that is bound to appear in the fashion set's closet by the end of this sentence.
Markle was joined by Prince Harry at Thursday's event, which raised funds for three charities that support military veterans and mental health: Help for Heroes, Combat Stress, and the Royal Foundation's Heads Together (which is spearheaded by Prince William and Kate Middleton).
In typical Markle fashion, the duchess wore a bespoke gown with a classic silhouette and clean lines. The midi-length dress paired perfectly with Markle's bright-blue Aquazzura pumps, which feature a delicate row of jewels against each heel.
The duchess traded out her signature wispy bun for the evening, opting instead for face-framing curls with bouncy, shiny texture. In Markle's right hand rested Prince Harry's, in the left, a satin clutch to complete the look.
This isn't the first time Markle's worn one of Jason Wu's designs — in February, she arrived to the Royal Foundation Forum in one of the designer's ready-to-wear wrap dresses. Unsurprisingly, the style promptly sold out.
"When somebody like Meghan wears something of mine, the brand is instantly exposed to every corner of the globe and all eyes are on her. It's really incredible," Wu has said of the the high-sell out rate attached to the duchess (otherwise known as The Meghan Markle Effect).
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Thursday's dress marks a change of pace for Markle of late — since resuming her royal engagements, the duchess has attended two events in suits. Markle attended a showing of Hamilton in London last week in a Judith & Charles blazer dress that immediately raised questions surrounding royal fashion protocol. But although royal women typically wear dresses and very rarely opt for bare legs, Meghan's decision to break away from tradition didn't bend any rules.
Despite the "backlash" from her blazer dress, Markle followed the outfit with an Altuzarra black pantsuit for the WellChild awards this week. The look felt fresh — and inherently Markle.
It's likely that Markle has been taking cues from Prince Harry's late mother, Princess Diana. Like Markle, Diana was known for her risk-taking wardrobe — whether she opted for hemlines that were considered too short for royal women or spent the weekend in oversized sweatshirts and bike shorts.
Although Markle and Prince Harry's next public engagement has yet to be announced, the duo will attend Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's wedding on October 12, followed by the couple's first royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Let the outfit predictions commence.