For months, royal fans have waited to see Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton side by side. And the brunettes' Christmas outing did not disappoint. Their fabulous coats and add-ons were so on-point, and both stunners were beaming from ear to ear. But if there was a style winner it was definitely the Duchess.
Clad in a Miu Miu tartan peacoat, Tod's pumps, Cornelia James gloves, and a Mulberry clutch, the Duchess of Cambridge made it clear that she will not be overshadowed whether she's pregnant or not. Though the opaque black tights, gold buttons and fur hat were anything but modern, they oozed elegance and had timeless appeal.
Christmas, like the Oscars or Golden Globes, is a time to make a statement. Think bright colors, sleek silhouettes and fabulous fascinators. Meghan Markle's Sentaler coat, Stuart Weitzman boots, Philip Treacy hat, Chloe bag and Birks snowflake earrings were beyond fabulous. The neutral hues and long, slouchy silhouette were very of-the-moment and unquestionably chic. But her covet-worthy boots didn't scream royal. And the look was beige on beige on beige. Stunning? Yes. Big impact? No.
The Queen's orange coat, Camilla Parker Bowles' raspberry topper and Middleton's plaid jacket all had straight, structured lines and bold, in-your-face hues. Seeing Markle's beige-on-beige look next to the rich jewel tones had an interesting effect. For the first time since she and Harry announced their engagement, Markle looked like an outsider. And that might not have been an accident.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been carving their own path every step of the way. They held hands, giggled and wore less structured attire than Prince William and Kate Middleton did when they made their debut as an engaged couple. Harry has always been less formal than his older brother. And for good reason. Prince William is second in line to the throne, while Harry will be sixth in line when Middleton gives birth to her third child. That difference may not sound like a big deal to the average American. But it's a huge difference in the U.K.
Markle's fashion choices so far have all be on-point. And it's clear that she is now the one to watch. Yet she didn't quite look like a royal in her latest public outing.
As the months progress — and on their highly anticipated wedding day — it will be interesting to see if Markle finds a middle ground between modern and majestic. Will she continue to spotlight Canadian fashion brands? Will she go for minimalist looks as she has many times before?
Markle's white coat by the Canadian brand Line hit the perfect note. The shawl collar, unstructured belt and snowy hue marked a break from tradition, yet they made a strong, dynamic impact.
If Markle wants to find a new way to be a royal, the white topper is a great place to start. Crisp, modern and powerful.
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