Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve heard about Prince Harry’s engagement to actress Meghan Markle. He comes from a long line of British royalty and she’s an actress on one of America’s top shows, Suits. Needless to say, they’re going to make a star-power couple. It’s only been a few days since the couple announced their engagement, but the public has been obsessing with every detail about Meghan Markle, most noticeably her fashion. This isn’t surprising; the same thing happened when Prince William announced his engagement to Kate Middleton back in 2011. The public became fixated on every outfit she had ever worn! Citizens in both England and America alike wanted to emulate the new Princess-to-be’s style, and the same thing is now happening with Meghan Markle.
Meghan Markle has a sophisticated yet stylish way of dressing. Her style is a little more modern and sexy than princesses of the past – but not too sexy. She manages to look polished and professional, while looking like a hot, Hollywood actress. Her fashion is definitely resonating with the public: the dress she wore when she and Prince Harry discussed their engagement in a television interview has already become a global phenomenon. The tight green dress from Parosh sold out within 24 hours of the interview airing. The store had to rush to restock the item because there was such a high demand! The public also rushed to purchase the coat that Meghan wore for the official engagement announcement. The winter white coat by Line the Label began flying off the shelves – or online pages – immediately after the engagement.
The public fascination with Meghan’s clothing is not just due to the impending nuptials. They’ve been fixated since they found out her and Prince Harry were together! Back in September, when Meghan made her first public appearance with Prince Harry. They attended the Invictus Games and Meghan wore a white button-up “Husband-Shirt” by Misha Nonoo with a pair of slim fit jeans. The simple, casual look instantly got rave reviews and people flocked to get their hands on the shirt, or at least similar versions of it.
Meghan Markle may be our current “Royal Fashion Obsession”, but she certainly isn’t the first. Just a few years ago we were obsessing over the fashion choices of Kate Middleton (now Princess Kate). When she and Prince William announced their engagement back in 2011, the soon-to-be Princess wore an Issa blue silk wrap dress that was chic and sophisticated. We instantly loved it! It didn’t take long for the dress to sell out and for citizens to begin searching for a similar one. We were then obsessed with Princess Kate’s classic wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The dress was unbelievably elegant, with long lace sleeves and a high neck. Many brides tried to invoke the same look at their weddings that year!
So, we must beg the question: Why are we so obsessed with royal fashion? If we saw a cashier from our local grocery store wearing the green Parosh dress, would we still rush out to purchase it? Odds are that we wouldn’t. The reality is that we clamor to steal the style of these royal women because we want to be like them. It sounds crazy, but surely it’s true. We look up to them. We admire them. And there’s good reason to! Not only are these women beautiful and stylish; they’re also intelligent women who are involved in humanitarian efforts and charitable causes. Who wouldn’t admire them and aspire to be like them? This admiration for royal brides started with Princess Diana back in the 1980’s. She was the first member of the royal family to present a chic and stylish look. She didn’t dress uptight and stuffy like previous brides, but instead dressed like the modern woman who many of us strive to be. She showed us that you can be regal – royal, even – and still look young and fashionable. Even after her untimely passing, we’ve still looked at Princess Diana as a fashion icon for the ages.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to marry in the spring of 2018 and we cannot wait to see the wedding dress that the bride chooses. Until then, we’ll just have to obsess over whatever she wears in the meantime!