Even though it’s not even October, Halloween is somehow already everywhere. Costume shops are popping up on every other corner, candy aisles are invading our local convenience store, and, just like that, the pressure is on to cook up the perfect costume. But we're of the mindset that now is not the time to shell out a lot of money on something that will be relegated to the back of your closet the other 364 days of the year. So why not take this opportunity to pretend to be, say, royalty? But we're not talking about the Disney variety (as cute as they are). Instead, we're trading in the ball gowns and tiaras for something — nay, someone — more relatable. Yes, we're talking about Meghan Markle.
The best part about channeling the Duchess of Sussex is that Markle wears brands you likely already own. No, not the bespoke Givenchy. We're talking about the loyalty she shows to retailers we shop, like J.Crew and Everlane. Even in the case of Smythe coat she loves so much (which is pricey!), the silhouette is one that can be easily be replicated. And that's the beauty of Markle's style — it's accessible, even when it isn't.
Dressing up as Meghan Markle is the perfect Halloween costume because you can re-wear the pieces to work on Monday. Ahead, we've gathered the Duchess of Sussex's tried-and-true items you can mix-and-match for October 31 and beyond. But remember: Whatever you choose to wear, just don't add wedges.
Everlane Jumpsuit in South Africa
We’ll start with the most recent “Meghan: she’s just like us!” moment, when she stepped out for a day of charitable meetings wearing an Everlane jumpsuit and oversized filigree earrings — both of which you should probably own if you don’t already.
Everlane Japanese GoWeave Essential Jumpsuit, $, available at Everlane
Kendra Scott Addie Filigree Drop Earrings, $, available at Kendra ScottPhoto: Samir Hussein/WireImage.
Valentino Gown at Misha Nonoo’s Wedding
It was kind of a big deal when Meghan and Harry showed up at their friend Misha Nonoo’s wedding — it’s widely reported that the LA-based fashion designer played matchmaker for the pair. We found a pretty good $19 riff on the Duchess’ glitzy $13,500 frock.
SheIn Mock-Neck Flounce Sleeve Frill Trim Star Mesh Dress, $, available at SheInPhoto: Claudio Peri/AP/Shutterstock.
(Almost) All-White Look at Wimbledon
Tennis whites, but make it fashion: Meghan’s Wimbledon look kept it classic without veering into sterile territory. A splash of painterly color added sophistication and style to an otherwise stark palette.
J.Crew Cotton Poplin Boyfriend Shirt, $, available at J.Crew
Mango Tie-dye Pleated Skirt, $, available at MangoPhoto: Karwai Tang/Getty Images.
Jason Wu Dress at “The Lion King” premiere
Whether the royal couple is giggling over the irony of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” as they walked the yellow carpet of the revised Disney classic’s premiere, you’ve got to admit that Meghan looked sleek and elegant in her Jason Wu frock and black stilettos — a look that you can channel with a few strategic purchases.
SheIn Keyhole Back Star Mesh Yoke Trim Flare Dress, $, available at SheIn
Chic Black Rhinestone Clutch, $, available at Amazon
Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps, $, available at Nordstrom Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images.
Navy Ensemble at Trooping The Colour
Meghan took her very first break from maternity leave, she stepped out in a navy ensemble, complete with tasteful fascinator.
Boohoo Cape Sleeve Bodycon Dress, $, available at Boohoo
A New Day Mixed Long Leather Tech Touch Gloves, $, available at Target
Fascinators by Charlie Beret Fascinator With Feather, $, available at EtsyPhoto: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images.
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