The Duchess of Sussex is a rule-bender, at least when it comes to royal dress code. Since marrying Prince Harry, she's swapped her pantyhose for pantsuits time and again, and now, Meghan Markle's blue sheer skirt is her boldest look yet. The pleated midi she wore on the last day of her New Zealand tour was so perfect you won't even mind that it's see-through.
It's a wrap on the royals' 16-day tour and the Duchess went out with a bang. On their final appearance before taking a jet back to Kensington Palace, Markle mingled with the crowd in Rotorua dressed in the most elegant Givenchy cropped sweater and a bespoke skirt designed by Clare Waight-Keller for Givenchy.
The skirt matches her royal-blue top and features contrast black and light-blue pleats. It's flared at the upper thigh, but it's where the number hugs her frame that really caught some people's eyes. That's because the dress features sheer panels that left the Duchess slightly exposed around the hips. It's unclear whether Markle was aware of the transparency of the piece before debuting it in the sunlight. Accident or not, the sheer skirt looked incredibly chic (although, the Queen might disagree).
Who knew a see-through skirt could look so sophisticated? The mom-to-be wore the monochromatic ensemble well with navy suede pumps and her hair pulled back in her signature elegant low bun. The Duchess' outfits have been all the rage since the couple touched down in Sydney on Oct. 16, the day after announcing Markle's pregnancy. Other fashion highlights from the tour include the high-collar button-front dress she paired with a fascinator at Sydney's Anzac Memorial, not one but two striped beach-ready maxis, and who could forget the bird-print tulle gown she wore to the Australian Geographic Society Gala Awards in Tonga?
The sheer skirt is certainly among the most memorable of her tour looks. Fan of the translucent panels or not, you should add a pleated skirt to your fall wardrobe immediately. Markle's is proof that a flouncy midi paired with a sleek sweater is the simplest formula for creating an effortlessly stylish ensemble. You could pair a more casual number with a simple t-shirt and a pair of basic mules for an off-duty look, or dress one up like the Duchess with pumps and an overcoat for a work-ready outfit.
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