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Meghan Markle’s All-Black Outfit Proves Dark Hues Are Anything But Boring

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After a series of enviable (yet slightly uncharacteristic) light-colored looks, Meghan Markle's all-black outfit just broke the streak. Her royal highness looked as regal as ever in the pretty pleated dress and cape coat combination she wore to one of her patronages on Thurs. The duchess' monochromatic ensemble will breathe life back into your black-on-black style.

At six months pregnant, Markle has been on a roll with her charity visits lately. Kensington Palace announced earlier in the month that the royal had chosen four patronages and she's hasn't wasted any time to make her rounds. Now that she's made official visits to Smart Works, Mayhew, and the National Theatre (all within the past few weeks), it was time for the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) to have a turn.

Markle appeared at the University of London in an outfit that embodied elegance. While her other recent looks have been pretty, they've been rather low-key (lots of stretchy maternity dresses and the like). But on Thurs., the duchess got dressed up.

Her black dress featured a pleated high-low skirt and over it, she wore a dream-worthy cape coat by Givenchy. In fact, you might recognize the coat from her Remembrance Day outing on Nov. 11.

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To top it off, she sported nude Stuart Weitzman pumps and traded in her typical messy bun for a Cinderella-style topknot.

Lately, the mom-to-be has been having a moment with neutral nudes, beiges, and pale pinks. Just the day before, she wore a blush-colored Brandon Maxwell dress-and-blazer combo to the National Theatre. Before that, on Jan. 16, she chose an off-white maternity dress from H&M and paired it with a cream-colored coat.

These looks have been unusual for the former actor, who otherwise lives in dark hues. Her latest, however, is proof that the royal still loves an all-black outfit. While monochromatic black is an easy go-to look, it can get rather monotonous at times. Copy Markle and elevate your black-on-black ensembles with fun design elements (pleats, asymmetric hems, and unusual silhouettes, for instance). Here are a few of The Zoe Report's favorite combos.

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This long-sleeved frock combines comfort with minimalism, featuring a fun ruffled skirt.

The dress silhouette of this outer layer will elevate your looks like Markle's stunning cape coat.

This flouncy number has a pretty embroidered bodice and thin pleats à la Markle on the skirt.

Reach for this flowy coat with a cape-style back and military buttons on the front.

Similar to the duchess' faux two-piece dress, this layered frock features a short-sleeved top and flared skirt.

This sleek A-line funnel-neck layer will add elegance to any winter look.