While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex kept a low profile this past year, Meghan Markle made use of her time in the spotlight with elegant ensembles. Tailored and refined, Markle has always been able to blend her sophisticated style with her signature Cali-girl flair.
A big year for Markle, the Duchess gave birth to her second child, daughter Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor in June and celebrated her 40th birthday in August. In March of this year, Oprah’s explosive interview with Meghan and Harry was released, causing a media frenzy. Making stops on The Ellen Show in a crisp white Oscar de la Renta blouse and speaking onstage for Global Citizen Live in New York, Markle has managed to feed our insatiable appetites for her trademark brand of smart and timeless attire.
From carrying the iconic Lady Dior bag, named in tribute to her late mother-in-law Lady Diana, to bold style statements in fire engine red Carolina Herrera, Meghan Markle’s brand of personal style is the stuff of the chicest fairy tales.
Here, GRAZIA examines Markle’s best ensembles from 2021, from pristinely tailored business casual to exemplary evening wear.
Meghan Markle wears Carolina Herrera to the Salute to Freedom Gala
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made their first red carpet appearance since leaving the British royal family at the 2021 Salute to Freedom Gala, hosted at NYC’s Intrepid Museum. For the event, Markle opted for a bright red Carolina Herrera number, looking as regal as ever.
Meghan Markle wears Valentino to Global Citizen Live
Speaking At Global Citizen Live in New York, Markle donned a cream Valentino mini shift dress. Replete with tonal floral embellishments scattering the hem, neckline and short sleeves, the Duchess epitomized semi-casual elegance.
Meghan Markle wears Loro Piana in New York
Did Meghan Markle invent the color red? While visiting New York City schools, Markle rocked a monochromatic burgundy suit, starring a reversible Loro Piana cashmere coat and matching Manolo Blahnik BB pumps.
Meghan Markle wears Emporio Armani in New York
On their sartorial tour of New York, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hit the observation deck of One World Trade with Meghan opting for a dark monochromatic ensemble, topped with a luxe Emporio Armani wool coat.
Meghan Markle wears Max Mara in New York
Valextra handbag in tow, Meghan was photographed visiting the UN in a camel colored Max Mara coat over a chic long sleeved black dress.
Meghan Markle wears monochromatic loungewear at home
Celebrating her 40th birthday, Markle released a video launching her 40×40 initiative in a creamy loungewear set paired with camel colored Manolo Blahnik pumps.
Meghan Markle wears Armani for her Oprah interview
Released in March, Meghan Markle donned an Armani dress for her and husband Harry’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey. Complete with a lotus flower motif, the flowing belted dress made room for the Duchess’ belly bump.