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6 Ways Meghan Markle’s Style Has Changed Since Her Engagement

Harper’s BAZAAR logo Harper’s BAZAAR 21/04/2018 Mahalia Chang

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Meghan Markle may not have made her full transition from commoner to royal just yet—her love of messy buns, eclectic jewellery and relaxed styling still holding strong—but that doesn't mean changes haven't been made.

Going from her pre-Prince Harry style, which consisted of put-together co-ords, slinky dresses and the occasional racy mini, Meghan has made some major style updates.

Forgoing sheer fabrics, tight cuts and oversized details, the future Duchess' style has been refined and polished in preparation for her royal career.

Here, all the stylistic changes Meghan has made, post-engagement.

The Classic Suit

a woman standing in front of a group of people posing for the camera: March, 2016; February, 2018. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd March, 2016; February, 2018.

Leggings to trousers

Unless exercising in private, royals don't tend to wear leggings, so Meghan has moved to a more respectable tailored trouser. This McQueen pair still keeps the slimline silhouette she favours, but pairs it with a higher crop, lengthening her legs.

Strappy heels to pumps

Even though there's nothing necessarily wrong with Meghan's nude Aquazzura heels, royal style rules generally ask that footwear be complementary, instead of statement-making. For her McQueen suit, Meghan wore simple Manolo Blahnik black suede pumps.

Red to glossy lip

Unless at a special nighttime event, bold lip colours are more or less avoided. For her post-engagement look, Meghan went for a more subdued style with a nude gloss.

The Wide Leg Trouser

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Super wide leg to tailored

While both outfits utilised a wide-leg trouser, Meghan's post-engagement look is much more refined. Her Veronica Beard pearl-detail trousers give a cleaner shape, without being overwhelming, or oversized as with her white pair.

Sheer top to high-neck sweater

For her all-white look, Meghan went with a slightly-sheer top which exposed her bra – something that definitely wouldn't fly in the royal realm. For her updated version, Meghan chose a well-fitting turtleneck sweater which helped to create a more tailored and streamlined silhouette.

Smoky eye to simple makeup

Likewise with red lips, smoky eyes are reserved for nighttime events. For a daytime engagement, Meghan chose instead a more simple iteration.

The Blue Draped Dress

Meghan Markle et al. on a sidewalk: May, 2016; February, 2018. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd May, 2016; February, 2018.

Lower to higher neckline

Attending an Instagram dinner wearing a blue draped dress, Meghan sported a dipping neckline. For her updated version, wearing a Jason Wu belted satin wrap dress, Meghan raised the neckline a bit, lessening the racy factor.

Higher to lower hemline

Doing the same with her hemline, Meghan lowered it to below the knee for her royal work event.

Strappy sandals to strappy pumps

Although strappy sandals definitely aren't forbidden in royal circles (Duchess Catherine has worn them multiple times), for daytime engagements, closed-toe shoes are preferred. Switching from her two-toned Sarah Flint heels to Aquazzura ankle-strapped pumps, Meghan made the ensemble a touch more work-appropriate.

The Coat And Skirt Ensemble

Meghan Markle et al. posing for the camera: March, 2016; March, 2018. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd March, 2016; March, 2018.

Higher to lower hemline

Although her navy blue Veronica Beard pencil skirt in 2016 was a respectable knee length, Meghan lengthened the silhouette slightly for her appearance in Belfast in March. Slightly less clingy, her emerald green Greta Constantine skirt tied in perfectly with her longer silhouette.

Bowler bag to top handle

Now that she doesn't have very much to carry around, Meghan has moved from a bowler bag worn on the crook of the elbow to a small top-handle carried in one hand. Royals, who are in the business of shaking hands and accepting flowers, generally either carry a clutch or a top handle bag.

Flashy fabrics to classic textures

For her pre-engagement look, Meghan wore both a clingy satin and a sheer knit blend, two fabric choices she has steered away from post-engagement. Choosing a microfiber knit skirt and a cashmere jumper, Meghan gave the ensemble a more elevated look with higher-end textiles.

The Turtleneck Sweater

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All black to a pop of white

Avoiding an all-black look—which royals don't wear often—Meghan brightened up her post-engagement look with a white cashmere turtleneck, which gave the look some levity.

Statement heels to classic pumps

Again veering away from statement heels—like her caged strappy heels in the pre-engagement look—to classic suede pumps, Meghan made the outfit more understated.

The Belted Coat

Meghan Markle et al. that are standing in the street: March, 2016; January, 2018. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd March, 2016; January, 2018.

Standard coat to luxe fabrics

For her pre-engagement appearance, Meghan chose a navy blue belted coat to complete her outfit—a classic wide-lapel coat. To elevate it for her royal engagement, Meghan picked a Stella McCartney tuxedo-style update, with a satin ribbon tie, which gave off a more luxurious feel.

Standout accessories to cohesive details

Ever since Meghan Markle announced her engagement to Prince Harry, her signature style has slowly but surely been turning more royal. We track all her fashion changes, post-engagement.: 6 Ways Meghan Markle’s Style Has Changed Since Her Engagement © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd 6 Ways Meghan Markle’s Style Has Changed Since Her Engagement

Instead of nude accessories—including the beige handbag and strappy heels—Meghan steered towards a pair of velvet Tabitha Simmons boots and a deep green DeMellier London bag, which provided a colour contrast without overstepping it.

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