Meghan Markle’s wardrobe has been a hot topic as of late, with her easy-going yet classy ensembles taking centre stage while on her royal tour of Africa. From the sleek black Everlane jumpsuit she rewore from her Vogue cover shoot to the floaty grey, blue and white dress she opted for to meet Archbishop Desmond Tutu, her looks have been seriously covetable.
But perhaps our favourite thing about Meghan’s style is when she chooses to wear high-street labels rather than super high end brands. The impact Meghan’s outfit choices have on the British high street is undeniable, with items flying off the shelves no sooner than the photos of her wearing a certain garment have come out.
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“On Thursday we convened a meeting of minds – a group of women ranging from a legendary anti-apartheid activist, female parliamentarians, professors, educators and policy makers to discuss the rights of women in South Africa. In the lead up to this tour it weighed heavily on my heart to see the countless violations against women, and I wanted to spend my time on the ground learning about the situation at hand. One of the guests, Sophia Williams-De Bruyn was just 18 years old when in 1956 she led 20,000 women to march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria in protest of apartheid pass laws. She is the last living leader of the march, and today, a symbol of those who fight for fundamental human rights – For her it is simple – she fights for what is right. Issues of gender inequality affect women throughout the world, independent of race, color, creed, or socioeconomic background. In the last week I’ve met with women from all walks of life – religious leaders such as the first female rabbi in Capetown, grassroots leaders in Nyanga at Mbokodo, community activists, parliamentarians, and so many more. In sitting down with these forward thinkers, it was abundantly clear – it is not enough to simply hope for a better future; the only way forward is “hope in action.” I’m eager to spend the next few days in South Africa continuing to learn, listen and absorb the resilience and optimism I’ve felt here.“ -Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex
And the Duchess Of Sussex’s latest outfit, featuring a beautiful monochrome skirt, is certainly no different. Pictures from one of her recent meetings in Africa show her wearing a knitted black and white skirt, with a black vest tucked in, and simple black pointed heels on her feet to finish off the look.
Meghan chose the outfit for an important meeting she attended, where she was accompanied by a range of women including an anti-apartheid activist, female parliamentarians, professors, educators and policy makers to discuss the rights of women in South Africa.
Luckily for us, the skirt in question is from none other than mid-range high street brand J.Crew, and it sells for a fairly accessible £145. However, unluckily for us, it flew off the shelves as soon as the images of Meghan were released. The pull-on flare sweater skirt in textured stripe was so popular it sold out online over the weekend, and we can see why.
With a weighty fabric, the piece is perfect for these ‘in-between’ months weather-wise, and would look lovely worn into the winter seasons with tights and knee-high boots.
All we can do for now is hope and pray the J.Crew Gods re-stock the item, but in the mean time, you may want to take a look at their brightly coloured version, which boasts the same knitted material and sits below the knee.