You’ll Want to Read This If You Consider Meghan Markle Your Style Icon

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Take a moment to consider the fact that only two years ago, no one except fans of the hit TV series Suits actually knew who Meghan Markle was – then again, getting engaged to one of the world’s most eligible bachelors has a way of thrusting someone into the public spotlight, whether they like it or not.

Since Markle appeared on the international scene – a lovely, intelligent, and philanthropically compassionate person who happened to be an ideal match for Prince Harry –  the world has been obsessed. With her nuptials only days away, she is poised to become the “People’s Princess” in a way no one else has since the original owner of the moniker, Princess Diana of Wales. It must be so surreal to have the eyes of the world scrutinizing her every word, move, and item of clothing.

In fact, according to WWD, Markle is worth $212.2 million to the brands she wears when you add up sales, social media impressions, and overall public exposure. The media has dubbed this phenomenon the “Markle Effect”, but we prefer to call it the “Markle Sparkle”. To understand just how impactful the future royal’s fashion patronage is, we spoke to Scottish luxury accessories company Strathberry. When Markle was spotted on her first (official) royal walkabout in Nottingham with Prince Harry carrying a tri-colored Strathberry ‘Midi’ tote, sales shot through the stratosphere.

According to the brand, “Daily web traffic is consistently up 400 percent from daily average pre-Meghan Markle carrying her Strathberry bag. Sales to the US and on our US website are up over 200 to 300 percent, however, this is still held back as we are not fully stocked. We estimate sales this year will increase by up to 20 to 40 percent due to increased brand awareness.” The surge in interest was so huge that Strathberry is now managing 2,000 restock requests, stating, “Later this month, we will begin to restock in larger volumes. It has taken three months to get to this position as everything is handmade using the exact same materials as the Meghan Markle bag.”

Meghan Markle carrying a Strathberry bag | Photo: Courtesy of Getty Images

While Markle’s off-duty looks are more relaxed – centering on casual button-ups, denim, sandals or flats, and a chic tote – her on-the-job style is as enviable as it gets, which is why so many women are now counting Markle as their ultimate style inspiration. The real criteria of the “Meghan Markle-ness” of an outfit is as follows: is it polished, is it sophisticated, is it tailored perfectly, and can I meet a head of state in this look without embarrassing anyone when it comes to certain social mores (for example, Queen Elizabeth II apparently has a strict “no knees” policy, which is why Markle favors fitted, midi-length pencil skirts)?

Breaking down her looks is quite easy because she sticks to a trusted formula. When Markle isn’t wearing a tailored dress and pumps, she reaches for elegant trenches and wool coats worn over chic blouses and pencil skirts. Her jewelry is always minimal and refined, her footwear choices are typically practical, and she loves berets when it comes to the expected royal headgear.

As you might expect from a future royal, Markle is loyal to UK and Scottish fashion brands like Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Mackage, but she’s no snob. Like her future sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, Markle also favors affordable brands like Self-Portrait, Everlane, and Aritzia (although we’ve yet to note her wearing any high-street brands). If Meghan Markle is your ultimate style icon and you want a better sense of how to dress like the future royal, browse – and shop – some of her best looks in the gallery below.

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