Even though she has just about every designer imaginable at her fingertips now, Meghan Markle still can't pass up a bargain. The Duchess of Sussex unexpectedly stepped out to a meeting with the Association of Commonwealth Universities on Weds., keeping warm with the most stylish outer layer. You'll be glad to know that Meghan Markle's camel coat only costs $350 and is still available on Aritzia.
If you've learned anything from the females in the royal family, it's probably that it doesn't take a ton of money to be dress to the nines. Markle took a seat next to university leaders and other academics at King's College London, where she discussed the ways higher education can combat issues like human trafficking, gender equality, and climate change, according to an Instagram posted by Kensington Palace on Thurs. Her Royal Highness had that pregnancy glow as she mingled with international scholarship students. She sported an all-black, short-sleeved ensemble with a wool-cashmere blend coat draped over her shoulders.
The coat is by a brand that could be called the Canadian version of Zara, and one that Markle wears often: Aritzia. The super-structured layer is part of the brand's exclusive Wilfred line. It's made with wool and cashmere from Prato, Italy, features a concealed button closure, and has a super-tall rounded neckline. The coat comes in three different hues, including a subtle light-gray color and a rich brown, but the duchess opted for it in the most neutral, wear-with-everything beige. Its vegan suede lining helped keep the former Suits actor warm throughout the evening.
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Markle is a longtime fan of the brand, wearing it on casual days and to formal occasions just the same. In the past, she's worn a cream-colored funnel-neck sweater and also an olive-green trench by the brand during low-key days. She also wowed in an Aritzia burgundy, pleated dress during the Invictus Games opening ceremony and sported a classic white blazer to watch Prince Harry play polo in 2017.
In fact, Markle wears Aritzia so often that she has singlehandedly boosted the Vancouver-based label's earnings, Bloomberg reported in July. Everything the duchess wears sells out almost immediately — it's even been called "the Markle effect" — which is why Aritzia reportedly reached a 52-week high the summer after Markle married into the royal family.
Now, even since becoming a duchess herself, the 37-year-old seems to have maintained her loyalty to the affordable brand. When she's not sporting Aritzia, Markle is often balancing out her more expensive Aquazarra, Veronica Beard, and Ralph Lauren pieces with J.Crew, Mother denim, and Madewell.
Her equally stylish sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, is partial to a bargain, too. It isn't abnormal for the Duchess of Cambridge to sport Zara, Reiss, and Topshop, even to her most formal events (including her meeting with Barack and Michelle Obama in 2011).
And when the duchesses wear something budget-friendly, it often sells out within minutes, so you'd better head to Aritzia to snag that coat fast.