You probably already guessed that Meghan Markle's royal tour of Australia and New Zealand would be nothing short of a 16-day fashion show, and you were right. It's only the second day of the newlyweds' Southern Hemisphere circuit and the Duchess' outfits are already monopolizing headlines. This time, Meghan Markle's J.Crew boots are stealing the show.
A day after their Sydney debut and less than two days post-pregnancy announcement, the royal couple spent a rainy day in the Outback town of Dubbo, Australia. Markle hopped off the plane on Harry's arm wearing another stunning ensemble: a gray-and-plaid oversized blazer from Serena Williams' collection layered over a crisp Maison Kitsune button-up, paired with skinny Outland jeans. The Duchess of Sussex balanced out her designer pieces with a super-accessible J.Crew shoe. The $178 suede Sadie ankle boot is the wear-with-everything staple your wardrobe needs this season.
A dreary picnic in Dubbo's Victoria Park called for a more casual ensemble than the Duchess' formal looks from the previous day. She even did away with her signature low bun and wore her hair in a sleek, straight ponytail instead. On the first day of the tour, Markle wore a tailored white dress by Aussie designer Karen Gee to the iconic Sydney Opera House, then changed into an elegant olive-green full-length shirt dress by Brandon Maxwell for a reception at the official residence of Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove. She wore a pair of Princess Diana's butterfly earrings throughout the entire day as a touching tribute to her future baby's late grandmother.
Even though she's royalty now, the 37-year-old former Suits actor still sports her favorite everyday brands now and again. The Duchess still keeps her favorite Mother jeans in rotation and is a big fan of the affordable London-based jewelry brand, Missoma. She recently wore an & Other Stories blouse to her official visit to West Sussex and is a repeat wearer of Everlane and Aritzia, too.
And she's not the only royal who loves a budget-friendly brand. Kate Middleton has a reputation for wearing her old favorites — sometimes over and over again. The mom of three recently returned from maternity leave in a super-casual $200 Fjällräven jacket, paired with the same boots she's been wearing nonstop for 14 years.
Markle's booties are a more affordable option than Middleton's $623 Penelope Chilvers boots, though. You're going to need a pair of basic black booties like these J.Crew gems to pair with your everyday cold-weather outfits. You can tuck your skinny jeans into them like Markle does or wear them with your fall-floral maxis and an edgy leather jacket.
If you're eager to try out the season's bolder trends, pair them with flared burgundy corduroys instead. They can be dressed down for a casual office look or dressed up with an evening-ready dress. Markle's black suede booties truly go with everything. Snag Markle's exact outfit, below, before it sells out.