Meghan Markle doesn’t need to follow archaic fashion rules.
During a visit to Loughborough University with Prince Harry on Monday, the Duchess of Sussex wore a chic, belted navy top by Oscar de la Renta and black pants by Altuzarra ― a color combination some style experts have deemed off limits.
But the contrast in colors can look sharp, especially when you wear an outfit like Meghan’s.
“You absolutely can” combine navy and black, Dean Handspiker, vice president of design at men’s suit company Indochino, said in an article HuffPost published in 2017. “But the look has to be intentional and perfectly polished.”
Combining a slim black turtleneck with a great-fitting navy blazer and black pants is smart and sophisticated, he said. “But, if you haven’t considered the details, and the fit and fabrics are out of style, then it will look like you got dressed in the dark.”
Meghan paired her look with black heels, which didn’t hinder her performance in some net ball drills during her meeting with Coach Core.
Coach Core is an apprenticeship program helps people aged 16 to 24 become sports coaches.
It’s Team Duke vs. Team Duchess as they join @WeAreCoachCoreUK apprentices for a netball shootout . pic.twitter.com/qFhzL2W3ac
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) September 24, 2018
The Duchess of Sussex is coming off of a busy week.
Last week, Kensington Palace unveiled a secret project she’s been working on ― a cookbook collaboration with women affected by the deadly 2017 Grenfell Tower fire in London. Meghan wrote the forward for the book.
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“I immediately felt connected to this community kitchen; it is a place for women to laugh, grieve, cry and cook together,” the former “Suits” actress wrote in a statement on The Royal Foundation’s website last week.
“Melding cultural identities under a shared roof, it creates a space to feel a sense of normalcy ― in its simplest form, the universal need to connect, nurture, and commune through food, through crisis or joy ― something we can all relate to.”
Meghan later in the week hosted an event to celebrate the launch of the cookbook. She brought along Harry and her mother, Doria Ragland, who flew over for the special launch.
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