What could be better than meeting one of the world’s most influential women in fashion? How about having her as your stylist?! On the morning of Thursday, January 10, Meghan Markle stepped out in her first public appearance of 2019 and into a new role for Smart Works, one of the four patronages that she will endorse as part of her royal duties.
After a brief break for the holidays from public outings, Markle is officially back to work in London. As per usual, she kept things stylish as she appeared in the very first maternity dress, a classic little black dress that all mamas-to-be will covet.
Ahead of her appearance at London’s Smart Works, an organization that helps coach unemployed women to transition back to work, Kensington Palace revealed that the Duchess of Sussex will become a patron to four organizations that align with causes close to her heart: the arts, women’s rights, animal welfare, and access to education.
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The 37-year-old helped staffers of the organization dress women for upcoming interviews, as well as sat in on interview prep and coaching, with People reporting that she’d been to Smart Works “several times” before and after the royal wedding. Markle aided women in choosing interview clothes that would make them feel confident, as well as learning crucial interviewing skills as they prepare to enter back into the workforce.
For her new role, the former Suits star chose the Eliza Dress by Hatch ($218) and a camel colored Oscar de la Renta Cotton Twill Coat ($2,990), accessorized with the Felicity earrings by Kimai ($400) and animal print PVC pumps by Gianvito Rossi, one of Markle’s go-to shoe brands.
She also ditched her go-to messy updo for a polished bun, a look that she’s been opting for in recent months. And for all you expecting mamas out there, Markle’s dress is still available online… for now, that is.
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