What a week it has been for royal fashion fans.
Not only was Meghan Markle’s big guest editor role revealed, but it was also announced that she is partnering with a number of retailers on a workwear range. The capsule collection is in collaboration with brands such as Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Jigsaw, and Misha Nonoo, and will benefit the Smart Works charity, of which the duchess is a patron. “For each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to charity,” she stated. “Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”
Smart Works offers support to help vulnerable and unemployed women get back to work, including providing interview outfits. Markle visited the organization last year and was seen selecting items for an interviewee to wear. So what can we expect in terms of the clothing? Images haven’t been revealed yet, but given that the Duchess’ own style involves a lot of chic workwear classics (worn in a very modern way), we’ve got high hopes for the range and her contributions to it. We’ve even put together the five items that we’ll be keeping an eye out for!
Markle has a seemingly endless supply of trench coats in a variety of shapes, from classic straight cut to roomy swing style – a favorite during her her pregnancy. We wouldn’t be surprised if a lightweight beige trench made it into the collection.
Giving a smart edge to a cocktail frock, the blazer dress has become a Markle signature – and it’s ideal for work or play. She favors a sharp-shoulder, double-breasted style teamed with matching accessories.
This flattering silhouette is not only the ideal wardrobe staple for building your looks around, but Markle’s choice to wear it an unexpected shade of canary yellow makes it a modern take on a classic. We’d love to see a sheath dress as part of her collection, especially in a range of different colors.
A pencil skirt is a workwear classic, and the duchess has worn some gorgeous styles in the past, usually paired with a loose blouse and her favorite nude heels. Her green-leather Hugo Boss pencil skirt (pictured below) costs AED 1,611, but we’re hoping for a more affordable faux-leather version in the collection.
She may have a constant supply of new clothes, but Markle regularly goes back to her favorite shoes, many of them from Italian luxury brand Aquazzura. If footwear is included in the collection, we hope a pair of Aquazzura-inspired nude bow-back heels are on offer.