Meghan Markle’s style evolution: from flirty LBDs to royal ensembles, Givenchy and Carolina Herrera to Armani, the Suits star went from red carpet vixen to traditional duchess – but what about now?

How has Meghan Markle’s personal style changed over the last two decades? Photos: AFP, Getty Images

Meghan Markle’s style has changed a lot since she’s been in the public eye. She swapped daring red carpet outfits for more conservative looks when she started dating Prince Harry, and shifted her style again after stepping back from the royal family.

Here’s how the controversial former Suits star’s wardrobe has changed over the years – and how she’s always managed to looked great, no matter the occasion.


Meghan Markle at the opening of the Coach Legacy Photo Exhibit in New York, in 2006. Photo: Getty Images

Markle dressed casually for one of her first public appearances at a Coach event in 2006, wearing a navy dress with spaghetti straps and giant pockets.


Meghan Markle adding a touch of drama to her classic little black dress with a giant bow at a Golden Globe event in LA. Photo: WireImage

Around the time Markle had parts in CSI: New York and 90210, she began establishing her early red carpet style. The then 25 year old attended a 2007 pre-Golden Globes event in a black and white dress that had a strapless neckline and oversized bow detailing on the bodice.


Meghan Markle opted for a black, casual and cute look for an InStyle launch event in 2011. Photo: WireImage

In 2011, Markle was still opting for short, form-fitting looks. She arrived at an InStyle event wearing a black minidress with a lace trim, which she paired with a cardigan.

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Meghan Markle’s collection of LBDs back in the day was extensive. Photo: Getty Images

Markle rocked another lace look for a USA Network red carpet event in 2012. The Diane von Furstenberg dress had semi-sheer sleeves and a scalloped hem.


Meghan Markle added some colour to her outfit for the Entertainment Weekly SAG Awards pre-party at Chateau Marmont in LA. Photo: FilmMagic

Markle seemed to start experimenting with colour, wearing a strapless, tie-dye maxi dress to a 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards party.


Meghan Markle showed up at the spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a fun and flirty black ensemble. Photo: WireImage

Markle opted for a chic and flirty two-piece look that showed a hint of midriff at a 2014 fashion show.

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White hot: Meghan Markle on the red carpet in New York, in 2015. Photo: Getty Images

At the height of her Suits fame, Markle continued to roll out increasingly daring looks on the red carpet, like this outfit for an NBC event in 2015. She wore a sheer white top, super wide legged white trousers and smoky eye make-up for the occasion, and seemed to be in her element.


A vixen-like Meghan Markle at an event in 2016, in which she talked about her experience on the show Suits. Photo: AP

Markle wore another bold look in March 2016. She made an appearance at AOL Studios wearing skin-tight black leather trousers and a form-fitting black blazer with no top underneath.

Meghan Markle heads into NBC’s Rockefeller Center Studios in New York, in 2016. Photo: GC Images
But in July of the same year, the month she met Prince Harry, Markle’s style began to take on a more timeless look. During a trip to New York, Markle exuded glamour in a red mid-length dress with nude heels and sunglasses.


A smiling Meghan Markle with Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games. Photo: KGC-22/Starmax
At her first public appearance with Prince Harry in September 2017, Markle nailed the casual actress meets off-duty royal look, pairing a conservative button-up white shirt with ripped jeans and tan pumps.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for photographers after announcing their engagement in 2017. Photo: AFP

When the couple announced their engagement in November 2017, Markle looked demure yet still a little edgy in a green dress and white wrap coat paired with pointed-toe heels.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle play it safe dressing for the cold weather in December 2017. Photo: Getty Images
Harry and Meghan went to Nottingham soon after their engagement, and Markle opted for a much more buttoned-up look than she’d previously been spotted in. She paired a black polo neck with a long tan skirt and black boots.


Meghan Markle arrives at Westminster Abbey in London, and got likened to Grace Kelly by French magazine Madame Figaro. Photo: AFP

As her wedding got closer, Markle could be seen more firmly established her chic, royal style. At the Commonwealth Day ceremony in March 2018, she wore a knee-length Amanda Wakeley dress with a structured white coat and a matching white beret from Stephen Jones.

Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy dress and tiara on her wedding day. Photo: AFP
For her royal wedding to Prince Harry on May 19, 2018, the duchess wore an off-the-shoulder dress by Givenchy paired with a tiara that she borrowed from the queen. It marked the first and only time Markle has worn one.

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Meghan Markle in Carolina Herrera at Trooping the Colour in 2018. Photo: Indigo/Getty Images

Markle wore a powder pink Carolina Herrera dress and matching hat for Trooping the Colour in June 2018, her first official engagement as a member of the royal family.


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry looking every bit the royal couple in March 2019. Photo: WireImage

Markle maintained her conservative but chic style after she got pregnant for the first time. For instance, she wore a US$2,000 Victoria Beckham dress and matching hat for a Commonwealth Day service with the royal family in March 2019.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pose with their newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, in May 2019. Photo: Getty Images

Markle even looked stylish the day after giving birth, posing at Windsor Castle with Archie and Prince Harry in a white Grace Wales Bonner dress with button detailing in May 2019.


Meghan Markle wore Emilia Wickstead to accompany Prince Harry to a Commonwealth Day Service in 2020. Photo: Getty Images/TNS

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced their step back from royal duties in January 2020. For her final engagement as a working royal in March, Markle made a big impression – and ironically looked more royal than ever – in an emerald Emilia Wickstead cape dress.

The Duchess of Sussex at her most natural with her son Archie on his first birthday. Photo: @savechildrenuk/Instagram

The royal’s style became more casual after her step back. In a video posted to Save the Children UK’s Instagram account for her son Archie’s birthday in May 2020, she swapped out the fascinator and dress for a US$114 J. Crew denim shirt, and wore her hair in a messy bun.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle looking relaxed but still regal during their interview with Oprah Winfrey. Photo: TNS

Markle appeared to return to her favourite colour with a look that screamed California royalty for an interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. She wore a silk Armani gown and styled her hair in a relaxed up do.


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in London for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee. Photo: WireImage

The duchess appeared to revert to a classic royal look for a visit to the UK, as she wore a cream coat dress and matching fascinator for a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, in June 2022.

Meghan Markle at the UN Nelson Mandela Prize award ceremony at the UN, in July 2022. Photo: AFP

But at a United Nations event just a month later in July, Markle shifted back once more, rocking a simple yet fashion-forward ensemble. She paired a quarter-length black shirt with a black pencil skirt from Givenchy.

This article originally appeared on Insider.
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  • The Suits and 90210 actress rocked the red carpet in all manner of little black dresses before meeting Prince Harry – then she transitioned to something more conservative
  • From her Givenchy wedding dress and Victoria Beckham pregnancy frock to a J. Crew denim shirt for an Instagram appearance with Archie, has her look come full circle?