Although she very rarely strays from her go-to black, greens, and blues, the Duchess of Sussex just added a fiery new hue to her color palette. If red has never been in your repertoire either, prepare to take notes. Meghan Markle's red dress just goes to show that bold, bright hues are a welcomed change of pace.
Thurs. marked the 10th day of the royal couple's 16-day tour. After an eventful couple of days in Fiji — including Markle's first-of-many state dinners — the Duchess stepped onto their jet wearing an emerald Jason Wu frock and by the time it landed on the tiny Polynesian island of Nuku'alofa, Tonga, she had changed into a dazzling red dress.
By now, you've probably noticed that the Duchess usually sticks to neutrals and dark hues; however, Markle might have felt inspired by the Tongan flag when she slipped into this bright, long-sleeved number by British contemporary label Self-Portrait. The eye-catching midi dress features monochromatic floral embellishments, a belt around the waist, and pleats on the skirt. The Duchess carried a black leather clutch and paired the outfit with classic black pointed-toe heels. She wore her hair down with the slightest wave and minimal jewelry: only a pair of subtle stud earrings.
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The last time — and one of the only times — this mom-to-be wore red was the Preen dress she wore for her appearance on Today in July 2016, just two months after Prince Harry proposed. Now, the royal is sporting the same unexpected hue one week after announcing that the newlyweds are expecting a baby next year.
Markle is a known fan of the dress' designer, too. The first time she wore a Self-Portrait dress after being thrusted into the spotlight was the Nightshade Midi dress, featuring a black-collared, lace bodice and an A-line skirt, that she wore to the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace in 2017. It sold out within minutes.
Earlier this year, the former actor wore another Self-Portrait piece — an off-the-shoulder green, floral-print dress — to an Invictus Games Reception. Other fans of the brand include fellow royal Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, Lucy Hale, and Sophia Richie.
As Markle shows so well, a bold red might be the perfect hue for the holiday season. Ahead, shop the Zoe Report's favorite Markle-inspired red dresses.