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News flash: Meghan Markle’s fashion choices aren’t just stylish — they’re actually practical. Throughout the Sussexes’ ten-day tour of South Africa, the Duchess recycled some old favorites, but her newer outfits made a case for a sensible, work-friendly wardrobe.
Her latest fashion staple? The shirtdress.
Markle’s new pared-back look included styles from accessible brands like a $325 Staud shirtdress, which she paired with $100 Sam Edelman flats, and a button-up $148 Artizia number. With her various iterations of the classic style, the royal looked professional and polished every time she stepped out, showing just how versatile a shirtdress can be.
Depending on the occasion, the shirtdress is easily dressed up or down, and that’s just what the Duchess demonstrated. From sleek pumps for a dressy look to comfortable flats and simple jewelry for a casual approach, Markle proved the simple dress is a must-have for every closet. Plus, it’s an incredibly flattering look, especially if it’s a tie-waist style or comes with a belt to balance the silhouette.
If you’re lusting after the royal-approved shirtdress style, you’ll love these affordable options we found. Below, shop some of our favorite shirtdresses, all inspired by Meghan Markle’s favorites.
This lightweight midi style will take you from the office to date night thanks to design details including a modern spread collar, button-tab sleeves and a waist-defining belt. Pair it with simple flats for the workplace and then add a statement necklace and bold heels to take you into the evening.
Shop it: $85, nordstrom.com
For a bold pop of color and a sub-$30 price tag, this round-neck silhouette has you covered. Available in six different fall-friendly colors, the style features a belted waist and roll-up sleeves, making it the perfect workwear piece.
Shop it: $27, amazon.com
Go for a trendy, laid-back look with this style from one of Markle’s favorite brands. The collarless dress is made with breathable cotton and designed with roomy blouson sleeves, a flattering (and removable) wide belt and best of all, pockets.
Shop it: $78, everlane.com
Who doesn’t love a comfortable maxi dress? This shirtdress combines what we love about the breezy shape with tailored, menswear-inspired details. Layer a cozy knit sweater over it on cooler days or pair it with a leather jacket for a trendier look. Either way, we have a feeling you’ll wear this all season long.
Shop it: $93 (was $155), nordstrom.com
Meghan Markle paired a similar-looking button-front dress with a pair of bold flats. The v-neckline creates an elongating effect while the casual silhouette, which includes pockets and oversize buttons, makes it perfect for the weekend.
Shop it: $24, amazon.com
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