How Meghan Markle's style has evolved, from her Hollywood days to her step back from the royal family

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A side-by-side of Meghan Markle in 2015 and 2022.
Meghan Markle's style has changed a lot since she became involved with Prince Harry.Daniel Zuchnik / Contributor / Max Mumby / Indigo / Contributor / Getty Images
  • Meghan Markle's style has changed a lot since she's been in the public eye.

  • She swapped daring red-carpet outfits for more conservative looks when she started dating Harry.

  • Markle shifted her style again after stepping back from the royal family, wearing more casual looks.

Markle dressed casually for one of her first public appearances at a Coach event in 2006, wearing a navy dress with spaghetti straps and a flowy skirt.

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Meghan Markle in 2006.Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan/Getty Images

Establishing her early red-carpet style, Markle attended a 2007 pre-Golden Globes event in a black-and-white dress that had a strapless neckline and oversized bow detailing on the bodice.

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Meghan Markle in 2007.Amy Tierney/WireImage for Primary Action

In 2011, Markle was still opting for short, form-fitting looks. She arrived at an InStyle event wearing a black minidress with a lace trim, which she paired with a cardigan.

Meghan Markle poses in a black outfit in front of a white backdrop.
Meghan Markle in 2011.Charley Gallay / Stringer / Getty Images

Markle rocked another lace look for a USA red carpet in 2012. The Diane von Furstenberg dress had semi-sheer sleeves and a scalloped hem.

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Meghan Markle in 2012.Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Markle seemed to start experimenting with color, wearing a strapless, tie-dye, maxi dress to a 2013 SAG Awards party.

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Meghan Markle in 2013.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Markle opted for a chic yet daring two-piece set that showed off her midriff at a 2014 fashion show.

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Meghan Markle in 2014.Michael N. Todaro / Contributor / Getty Images

Markle continued her streak of daring fashion at an NBC event in 2015. She wore a sheer white top that exposed her bra and wide-legged, white pants.

Meghan Markle in a sheer top and white pants in 2015.
Meghan Markle in 2015.Daniel Zuchnik / Contributor / Getty Images

Markle wore another bold look in March 2016. She made an appearance at AOL Studios wearing skin-tight black leather pants and a black blazer with no top underneath.

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Meghan Markle in March 2016.Brad Barket / Contributor / Getty Images

But in July of the same year, the month she met Prince Harry, Markle's style took on a more timeless look. During a trip to New York, Markle exuded glamour in a red midi dress with nude heels and sunglasses.

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Meghan Markle in July 2016.Ray Tamarra / Contributor / Getty Images

At her first public appearance with Prince Harry in September 2017, Markle seemed to straddle the line between her style as an actress and that of a royal. She paired a conservative button-up top with ripped jeans.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry laugh as they sit in folding chairs.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games.Karwai Tang / Contributor / Getty Images

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When the couple announced their engagement in October 2017, Markle looked demure in a green dress and white coat paired with pointed-toe heels.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in October 2017.Chris Jackson/Getty

Harry and Markle went to Nottingham shortly after their engagement in December, and Markle opted for a much more buttoned-up look than she wore in previous years. She paired a black turtleneck with a long tan skirt and black boots.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in December 2017.WPA Pool/Getty Images

As her wedding got closer, Markle more firmly established her chic, royal style. At the Commonwealth Day ceremony in March 2018, she wore a knee-length Amanda Wakeley dress with a structured white coat and a matching white beret from Stephen Jones.

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Meghan Markle in March 2018.Chris Jackson/Getty Images

For her royal wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018, the duchess wore an off-the-shoulder dress by Givenchy paired with a tiara that she borrowed from the Queen. It marked the first and only time Markle has worn one.

Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy dress on her wedding day.
Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy dress on her wedding day.Jane Barlow/Getty Images

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Markle wore a pink Carolina Herrera dress and matching hat for Trooping the Colour in June 2018, her first official engagement as a member of the royal family.

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Meghan Markle at Trooping the Colour in 2018.Anwar Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Markle maintained her conservative but chic style after she got pregnant with her son Archie. For instance, she wore a $2,000 Victoria Beckham dress and matching hat for a Commonwealth Day service with the royal family in March 2019.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in March 2019.Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images

Markle even looked stylish the day after giving birth, posing at Windsor Castle with Archie and Prince Harry in a white Grace Wales Bonner dress with button detailing in May 2019.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose with their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May 2019.Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their step back from royal duties in January 2020. For her final engagement as a working royal in March, Markle stood out in an emerald Emilia Wickstead cape dress.

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The Duchess of Sussex at the Commonwealth Day Service 2020.Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images

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The royal's style became more casual after her step back. In a video posted to Save the Children UK's Instagram account for her son Archie's birthday on May 6, 2020, she swapped out fascinators and dresses for a $114 J. Crew denim shirt and wore her hair in a messy bun.

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The Duchess of Sussex with her son Archie on his 1st birthday.Save The Children UK/Instagram

Markle chose a look that showed off her royal roots and California style for an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. She wore a silk Armani gown and styled her hair in a relaxed updo.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their interview with Oprah Winfrey.Harpo Productions/CBS/YouTube

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The duchess appeared to revert back to royal style for a visit to the UK, as she wore a cream coatdress and matching fascinator for a Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral in June 2022.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on June 3, 2022.AP Photo/Matt Dunham

But at a United Nations event just a month later in July, Markle again seemed to shift her style, rocking a fashion-forward ensemble. She paired a quarter-length black shirt with a black pencil skirt from Givenchy.

Meghan Markle wears a black outfit at a UN event.
Meghan Markle at the UN Nelson Mandela Prize award ceremony in 2022.AFP / Getty Images

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