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Meghan Markle’s Red Dress In Tonga Marks A New (& Welcomed) Color Palette For The Duchess


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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Red Embroidered Midi Dress



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.

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3/4 Sleeve Jackie Dress


Black Halo

This sophisticated frock screams Meghan Markle, with an elegant cowl neck, three-quarter sleeves, a skinny black belt, and pencil skirt.

Lace Top Midi Skater Dress



Featuring a frilly collar and transparent neckline, this scarlet skater dress has botanical crochet overlay and a flared skirt for a look like the Duchess'.

Floral Shift Dress



A lacy floral overlay gives this fiery dress even more flare. Throw a belt around the waist to create more shape, or add some edge to the look with a leather jacket.

New Caprina Long Sleeve Jersey A-Line Dress


Diane von Furstenberg

This is the simplest winter-ready mini dress. The bright-red number is perfectly tailored and features angled pockets at the hips for both fashion and function.

Crewneck Long Sleeve Tattoo Knit Body Con Dress



This bodycon Versace midi is form-hugging and features a subtle see-through knit pattern similar to the floral embellishments on Markle's dress.