Glamour girl turned duchess: Meghan tones down
LONDON - AFP
It was a question that many asked ahead of the wedding: Would the chilled-out Los Angeles actress frequently seen in short skirts and sandals fit into the British royal family mold? Would the newly-minted Duchess of Sussex imitate the typically English conservative style associated with Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, wife of her brother-in-law Prince William?
Would Meghan, who turns 37 on Aug. 4, have to become demure?
"Since becoming a duchess, her style has had to evolve to befit her new royal role and she has dropped the effortless chic look in favor of a tailored and demure style, opting for French designers and neutral shades," she said.
Meghan, who starred in the hit US television legal drama "Suits" before giving up acting, told the website Outnet.com last year that she felt most comfortable in "jeans, cut-offs and flip-flops."
In one of her first public appearances alongside Harry in Toronto in September last year, she wore a pair of ripped jeans and a loose-fitting boyfriend shirt. It was less than a year ago but an age ago in terms of her personal fashion evolution.
Of the wedding day itself, McCartney said: "I think it was the last moment that she could reflect sort of the other side to her: the joy and the human within her."
Belonging to Britain's House of Windsor means representing the monarchy at closely-watched public events -- where any sign of fashion extravagance is duly noted.
At her first public engagement on May 22, three days after her wedding, Meghan wore a long pale pink dress by Goat, a British designer, along with a hat, a handbag and stockings.
She has shown signs of at least some originality, however.
"Meghan has occasionally pushed the boundaries of the royal dress code," said Vollman, pointing to a "daring" shoulder-baring sleeveless outfit by Carolina Herrera she wore at the Trooping of the Color military parade in June.
Meghan also frequently wears French designers such as Dior or Givenchy -- a sign that she will not only wear British designers.
"It's exciting following Meghan's style because you can never predict who or what she will wear for an event."
The Daily Mail newspaper said Meghan wore boat neck dresses in order to "respect protocol, while still looking 'a little sexy'." But the tabloid went on to say that her fashion choices had led to "friction" and were "barely tolerated by royal aides."
Harry himself, the report said, had stepped in to ask her not to wear a tuxedo suit on an upcoming royal visit.