Meghan Markle's Fashion Transformation: From Ruched Miniskirts to Belted Overcoats

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When you look at current photos of Meghan Markle, you see a woman one can only assume was born looking so effortlessly elegant and camera-ready. But after doing a little research, we discovered that her ensembles weren't always so enviable. Ahead of her May 15 nuptials to Prince Harry, join us, won't you, on a trip down Markle's sartorial memory lane.  

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2006

Proof that when it came to mid-2000s fashion, none of us were spared. 

2007

Just a year later, Markle was out here looking like the most popular girl at the '07 Beta Spring Formal. 

2012

Maybe she thought the saying went, Dress for the table at Lavo you want not the USA Network Upfront you have.

2012

Ruched bodycon, check. Rolled-sleeved blazer, check. Commuter flats...sure.

2013

Then on the opposite end of the spectrum we have this saucy librarian cosplay. 

2014

Now we're talking. Meg's getting warmer with this professional (but not too buttoned-up) blouse-and-pencil-skirt combo. 

2015

This ballet-inspired number says, OK, it's 2015—I've gotta start nailing this style thing if I want any sort of chance at bagging a prince.

2016

Romantic without being twee, this pretty lace number is the sartorial embodiment of a garden party. 

2016

Oh, hello, Ms. Markle. Might we say this is our favorite silhouette on you.

2017

For one of her first outings with her future husband, Markle kept it casual in a loose button-down, ripped jeans and a $165 Everlane tote. (Side note: R.I.P. this look for you, girl.)

2017

Then, for their first photos as an engaged couple, the future Mrs. Prince Harry stood out in a belted white coat from the Canadian brand Line the Label that unsurprisingly sold out within minutes. 

2017

Speaking of belted coats, Markle wore another one alongside her betrothed and his fam—this time coordinating it with a hat that's vaguely reminiscent of an acorn (guess you're officially British now?) and a scene-stealing Chloé bag.

2018

The only thing wrong with this navy cape dress is that there aren't any better photos of it.

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2018

Bravo on pairing a better silhouette under those blazers, m'lady. (Psst...this Self-Portrait dress is a relatively attainable $335, and while it's currently sold out, it's apparently set to be restocked.)

2018

And an encore for a new way to style them.

2018

Another day, another luxurious belted coat in a soothing neutral color. If it ain't broke...