The Duchess of Sussex's Staud shirt dress just dropped on Net-a-Porter

Abigail Southan
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From Harper's BAZAAR

When the Duchess of Sussex toured South Africa with Harry back in September, all anyone could talk about was her impressive collection of shirt dresses.

Meghan wore four in total: a classic white chiffon style, the recycled blue Veronica Beard midi (previously spotted during her 2018 trip to Tonga), a mini military look and a floor-length khaki number that had fashion editors everywhere waiting for its release.

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The dress in question, a floor-grazing shirt style made from recycled nylon, is from up-and-coming bridge brand Staud. Meghan wore it with a headscarf and Sam Edelman pumps when visiting South Africa’s oldest Mosque, on day two of the royal tour.

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This dress is from Staud’s spring/summer 2020 collection, which showcased less than two weeks before Meghan travelled to South Africa – so, at the time, it was only available to pre-order. If you’ve let it slip your mind since then, we’ve got good news for you: the Millie dress just dropped on Net-a-Porter.

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SHOP NOW Millie dress, £290, Staud at Net-a-Porter

The olive-green nylon and utilitarian pockets on the Millie give it a practical feel, but the overall aesthetic is ladylike thanks to the elegant '50s-inspired shape. That means it can be easily elevated, with snakeskin accessories, heeled sandals and gold jewellery, or dressed down with flat mules or trainers.

The Millie dress is priced at a reasonable £290, so we predict an imminent sell-out – not only because everything Meghan wears tends to do just that, but because this piece will slot effortlessly into your existing wardrobe. It will stay there, too: thanks to the timeless silhouette, hardy (not to mention, wipe-clean) fabric and the universally flattering khaki shade.

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The duchess has a knack for choosing hero outfits like this, be it a trendy but not-quite-avante-garde trench dress, or a good old-fashioned pencil-skirt-and-cashmere-sweater combo.

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What’s more, her penchant for mixing the high and low has brought lesser-known brands into the public consciousness (think Staud, Missoma, Everlane, Wales Bonner and Strathberry), and given fans a taste of royal fashion for less (she loves high street stores & Other Stories, Reiss, Marks & Spencer and H&M).

If you’re suitably inspired, shop some more of Meghan's exact looks here:

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