From hats to tights, 5 ways Meghan is taking fashion advice from the Queen

11th Jul 18 | Fashion

The Duchess of Sussex and the Queen are more similar than you might think, says Katie Wright.

Royal visit to Cheshire

It’s been a busy week so far for the royal family with Prince Louis’ christening on Monday at St James’s Palace and a series of Royal Air Force centenary celebrations today.

For royal fashion fans that meant two more opportunities to see the Duchess of Sussex in action and see how her style is evolving.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at a service at Westminster Abbey, London, to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.
(Steve Parsons/PA)

Today, Meghan chose a long-sleeved, A-line black dress by Dior (it had a boat neck very similar to her wedding gown), a Stephen Jones hat and nude high heels, continuing her preference for neutral colours, simple silhouettes and French designers.

While much has been made of comparisons between the 36-year-old and the Duchess of Cambridge, as time goes on we’re noticing more and more similarities between Meghan and the Queen in how they dress.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex arrive to visit Storyhouse Chester, where they will be taken on a tour of the building before unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening.
(Martin Rickett/PA)

It may not seem obvious at first, but there are a variety of ways it seems Meghan is taking after her grandmother-in-law, and they’ve become more obvious this week.

Here are five ways we think the Duchess of Sussex is following in the Queen’s fashion footsteps…

1. Hats

Meghan has truly embraced hats in her new role, commissioning several bespoke creations from master British milliner Stephen Jones. The Queen is rarely seen outdoors without a hat, usually in a colour that matches her outfit.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Sussex during day one of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
(John Walton/PA)

2. Colour

There’s a reason the Queen’s hats match her outfits – it’s apparently because she wants to be visible to the public when out on royal duty and bright colours help her achieve that.

While Meghan tends to prefer muted creams, beiges and, like today, black, at a recent reception at Marlborough House she chose a Brandon Maxwell shift dress in a distinctly Queen-like yellow.

The Duchess of Sussex during the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge reception at Marlborough House in London
(Yui Mok/PA)

3. Silhouette

The Queen has favoured a structured and demure silhouette for decades. And in possibly the clearest sign of adapting her style to suit the royal family, Meghan’s wedding gown certainly couldn’t be called skintight.

In fact, the less than body-conscious cut led some people to say it looked a bit too loose on the bride.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk down the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding.
(Ben Birchall/PA)

4. Gloves

White gloves are a mainstay of the Queen’s wardrobe, no matter what the weather, and while Meghan has yet to actually don any gloves (apart from leather ones in winter), at yesterday’s christening she was carrying a pair that matched her olive Ralph Lauren dress.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart after attending the christening of Prince Louis at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, London.
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

5. Tights

It’s been reported that, now she’s married to Prince Harry, Meghan has to adhere to a series of royal clothing decrees – first and foremost that tights should be worn at all events.

At her first official appearance after the wedding, Meghan’s supposedly flesh-coloured tights were deemed by many to be too pale for her skin tone, but she now seems to have found a better hosiery match.

The Duchess of Cornwall (left) the Duchess of Sussex at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in London which she is attending as her first royal engagement after being married.
(Dominic Lipinski/PA)

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