There is no denying the style influence of the ladies in the British royal family , particularly when it comes to their leading fashion favorites, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
Indeed, despite their undeniable differences as far as their wardrobe choices, there is one thing that Kate and Meghan continue to have in common as far as fashion: their ability to give labels an instant boost both in sales and exposure.
They don’t call it the Kate Effect and the Markle Sparkle for nothing!
Whenever they step out for official engagements, both ladies represent the monarchy with their own very unique styles – with FEMAIL revealing the five most distinct differences between the fashion choices of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex .
Opposites: Despite the undeniable differences in their personal styles, both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have an uncanny ability to boost any brand they where
VERY DIFFERENT BRIDES
Kate and Meghan’s well-defined style differences were apparent even when they walked down the aisle at their respective royal weddings.
Back in April 2011, Kate won hearts the world over when she wed Prince William in a long-sleeve gown by English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen.
The lace appliqué bodice was made by hand and inspired by the Victorian tradition of corsetry; it narrowed at the waist creating a figure flattering hourglass silhouette.
The future queen’s dramatic entrance was made complete with a train that was nearly nine-feet-long.
And while many thought Megan might have taken inspiration from the jaw-dropping gowns of her sister-in-law or her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, she instead tied the knot with Prince Harry in May 2018 in a simple, pure white gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy.
A world away from the lacy dress worn by Kate, Meghan’s haute couture creation (which was criticized for being ill-fitting) featured a no-frills boat neckline and three-quarter length sleeves.
What it lacked in wow-factor, it made up for in sentiment with her cathedral-length veil featuring floral detail representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
Bridal bliss: Their well-defined differences are clear for all to see when you compare the wedding photos of the two women
Jaw-dropping: Kate wowed at her April 2011 ceremony in a long sleeve gown by English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen
Basic: Meghan tied the knot with Prince Harry in May 2018 in a simple, pure white gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy
USE OF COLOR
They say dress for the job you want… So it cannot be a coincidence that future monarch Kate embraces the same bright, bold colors that Queen Elizabeth II has always shown such a fondness for.
The 93-year-old’s affinity for coats and hats in matching bold hues is a calculated style move so that the crowds of people can see her, and it seems the sartorial statement is one that the Duchess of Cambridge is keen to echo.
Much like her grandmother-in-law, Kate regularly steps out in all colors of the rainbow – perhaps in preparation for her future royal role.
On the flip side, Megan favors neutral shades like black, grey, navy and dark green, the perfect accompaniment to her more relaxed and edgy approach to style.
While muted hues may well be what the former actress is most comfortable in, the lack of color could also be her attempt to not draw too much attention to herself.
Future queen: Kate seems to be preparing for her soon-to-be role by regularly stepping out in all colors of the rainbow
Prepping for her future role: Kate looks very comfortable in vibrant colors
Soft and subtle: With a more relaxed and edgy approach to style, Megan favors neutral shades like black, grey and dark green
Soft and subtle: While muted hues could be what the former actress is most comfortable in, the lack of color could also be her attempt to not draw attention to herself
PRINTS VS. SOLIDS
While Kate shows herself to be much more proper and reserved than Meg, the 37-year-old still takes more fashion risks – but all while still adhering to all the royal rules and codes, without fail.
Whether she’s attending a black-tie dinner or dropping her children off at school, the mother-of-three isn’t afraid to don wild patterns and prints.
Meg, 38, tends to play is safe in solids, even though she has been known to push back on a few of the many royal rules.
Outside the box: While Kate shows herself to be much more proper and reserved than Meg, the 37-year-old takes more fashion risks
Beyond the basics: Whether she’s attending a black-tie dinner or dropping her children off at school, the mother-of-three isn’t afraid to don wild patterns and prints
Practical: Meg, 38, tends to play is safe in solids, even though she has been known to push back on a few of the many royal rules
Go green like the Duchess of Sussex in a silk shirt from & Other Stories
The Duchess of Sussex always seems to get it right when it comes to style, and this gorgeous green ensemble is right up there on our list of favourites.
Meghan and Harry paid a visit to Sussex back in October last year, and she went for a very chic look that we could totally imagine her Suits character Rachel Zane wearing!
She paired a green leather pencil skirt by Hugo Boss with this silk shirt from & Other Stories, an Armani coat, a Gabriela Hearst bag, Stuart Weitzman heels and jewellery by Missoma, Catbird and Adina Reyter.
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On trend: The Duchess of Sussex takes a modern approach to her dressing in a black jumpsuit
CONSERVATIVE VS. MODERN
Meghan clearly takes a much more modern approach to dressing than Kate.
Conservative with her fashion choices, it’s no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge favors ladylike A-line dresses that hit just above the knee.
While Meghan, who had her first child 5 months ago, has grown very fond of the shirt dress as of late, wearing at least three during the 10-day royal Africa tour.
The casual button down frock features a tie-belt that creates the perfect hourglass silhouette.
It’s modest midi-length hemline is practical and conservative, and conforms to the royal dress code.
Shirt dresses have become a staple with the fashion set, as the easy breezy garment screams professional and party-ready!
Though conservative, Kate surprises us. She wowed the crowd at the Natural History Museum in London this week looking put-together and on-trend in a pair of olive culottes.
She teamed the cropped bottoms with a burgundy knit sweater. It was an unexpected ensemble that really worked.
Meg sticks to classics like black pants or blue jeans, that she effortlessly pairs with wardrobe staples, including button down blouses.
Feminine: Conservative with her fashion choices, it’s no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge favors ladylike A-line dresses that hit just above the knee
Always a lady: Kate shows off her legs in A-lines while still adhering to the modest royal hemline dress code
Trendy: Meghan clearly takes a much more modern approach to dressing than Kate
Figure flattering: Meghan, who had her first child 5 months ago, has grown very fond of the shirt dress. It’s modest midi-length hemline is practical and conservative, and conforms to the royal dress code
Accentuating her shape: The button down frock features a tie-belt that creates the perfect hourglass silhouette
Wearing the pants: Kate recently stepped out in an unexpected look that consisted of olive culottes and a burgundy knit, while Meghan sticks to classics like black slacks and button down blouses
A TOUCH OF SPARKLE
Megan generally leans towards delicate pieces of sentimental jewelry.
She’s most often decorating her lobes with small earrings, she wore a Jennifer Meyer ‘mummy’ necklace to her baby shower in New York and then later a necklace by the same designer featuring three stones commemorating her new family.
In addition to her wedding bands made from Welsh gold, the Duchess often stacks dainty rings from high and low-end labels, including Brooklyn-based brand Catbird.
Kate favors timeless statement pieces.
When she’s not donning diamond heirlooms from the royal vault, she favors drop earrings and her 12-carat, oval sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana.
Dainty: Megan generally leans towards delicate pieces of sentimental jewelry
Statement: When she’s not donning diamond heirlooms from the royal vault, she favors drop earrings and her engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana
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