Meghan’s £19.50 M&S dress is back and it’s had a makeover

Meghan Markle’s charity collaboration with household names like Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners and Jigsaw, plus designer and friend Misha Nonoo, was undoubtedly a resounding success.

The campaign, which saw the Duchess of Sussex hand-select pieces from each brand to be sold to raise money for the organisation Smart Works, made headline news not just for its inspirational objective, but also the popularity of the pieces.

Meghan Markle Smart Works M&S dress
Meghan at the launch of her Smart Works collection back in September. Image: Getty Images

The edit featured everything from bags to tailored shirts, but one of the fastest sellers was the classic shift dress she released with Marks & Spencer.

With its versatile silhouette, easy iron material, three colour options and timeless detailing, the garment was an instant wardrobe staple waiting to happen – and now it’s back for autumn with a brand new print.

Meghan Markle Smart Works M&S dressSmart Set Crepe Shift Dress, £19.50, Marks & Spencer

Top of our shopping list is a paisley version of the dress, which ticks all the boxes for this season’s ongoing Seventies trend.

However, there’s also a fun animal-print alternative which would be perfect for after-work drinks – and in fact, with a price tag of just £19.50, we could definitely be tempted to invest in both.

Meghan Markle Smart Works M&S dress

Crepe Paisley Print Shift Dress, £19.50, Marks & Spencer

Meghan Markle Smart Works M&S dress
Animal Print Crepe Shift Dress, £19.50, Marks & Spencer

The whole of Meghan’s Smart Set capsule collection not only brought in funds for Smart Works, but was sold on a 1:1 basis, meaning the charity, which provides clothing and interview training to set unemployed women up for job success, received an item for every one purchased.

‘This model allows customers to directly support the Smart Works women by playing a part in their success story,’ Meghan said on the Sussex Royal Instagram account at the time. ‘How they look and more importantly, how they feel.’

Just eight days after the September launch, the initiative had already helped to equip the women of Smart Works with enough units from the line to help for a full year.