Meghan Markle in Emilia Wickstead on Anzac Day: flattering & somber?


Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince William at Anzac Day Memorial Service

As we discussed earlier, today is Anzac Day, a day of commemoration for the Australian and New Zealand troops who fought in Gallipoli during World War I. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got the assignment to attend the dawn-service. Harry was also tasked with laying a wreath at the Cenotaph, and then a few hours later, Harry, William and Meghan stepped out for another commemoration service, this time at Westminster Abbey. William greeted his future sister-in-law with warmth: he put his arm around her and kissed her cheek in greeting.

For this appearance, Meghan changed out of that not-great beige-y coat. She wore an Emilia Wickstead suit, I guess that’s what we’re calling it. It seems to be two pieces: a cropped jacket and a long skirt, both in textured black fabric. This is very flattering to her figure, actually. I think if we saw Meghan in real life, we would be surprised by her proportions and her frame – I think she’s a very small woman and she seems like she’s “all legs.” That might explain why she errs on the side of wearing longer skirts too, to make her look more proportional. Plus, she wants to look conservative, in general. Her hat is Philip Treacy. All of it works. I’m fine with this.

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince William at Anzac Day Memorial Service

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and Prince William at Anzac Day Memorial Service

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Attend Anzac Day Services

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  1. Jay says:

    Ugh no. That skirt is way too long. Petite women (like me, although I’m nowhere near as petite as her) look like we are drowning in fabric if we overdo it. She overdid it.

    • MostlyMegan says:

      I think she is channelling 1950′s era French style – like how Givenchy used to dress Audrey Hepburn. I am into this dress length, it’s beautiful and classy and unique at the moment. She doesn’t have to dress like Kate (thanks heavens) in order to look royal.

      • Ally says:

        Actually, I think she’s got the opposite problem from Kate, but neither of them look great. Kate likes clothes that are fussy, matronly, or girlish (and too short), but they are always well fitted to her body.
        Meghan clearly prefers a much sleeker, more professional look, which is why people respond positively to it. (I find it bland, honestly.) But to do that well, the fit of the clothes has to be impeccable. Her’s never is. I think she has good instincts, but needs a good stylist and seamstress.

      • whatever says:

        Good points! @Ally.

      • Violet says:

        @MostlyMegan – nailed it, it is totally Audrey Hepburn late 1950s! But Hepburn was about 5’7″ (which is why she often did – and could – wear flats with an ensemble like this): she had the length to carry it off. I’m guessing Hepburn would also have put up the hair in back.

      • I came to say that skirt is fugly but her detractors should be happy coz her arms aren’t showing.

      • happy girl says:

        @MostlyMegan

        I was just going to post the same thing :) Except for the length of the skirt I love this so much. it’s very 1950′s Givenchy or Dior. Love the fabric, the design. The hat sort of disappears into her dark hair.

      • A day later i changed my mind. The skirt is stylish and i bought something similar. ooops lol

    • notasugarhere says:

      It is very similar to a couple of Wickstead outfits Sophie Wessex wore, I think to Ascot. The length was the same on Sophie, so it appears to be deliberate from the designer. Sophie is 5’3″ or 5’4″ from what I can tell, and she has been wearing this length of skirt for several years.

    • Charlie Canada says:

      I totally disagree, Kaiser. The outfit is terribly unflattering for her body type. The short jacket only emphasizes her short-waistedness and makes her look even thicker in the middle than she is. And the skirt is too long. And the hair is messy again. Why can’t she do her hair like she did five years or so ago with some soft curls or neatly put up? There are so many great photos of her hair from back then. This just looks unkempt and unhealthy.

      Meghan is beautiful but she needs to have her clothes tailored or bespoke for her body. I think the reason her coats always look too big is that she has a thick, short waist compared to the rest of her tiny body, so she has to buy the coats to fit her waist, and then the rest of the coat is too big.

      • Imqrious2 says:

        This is a bespoke outfit, so the proportions should’ve been better. When I first saw her, my first thought was , “Oh, no! How could she look (IMO) so chubby?” That jacket makes her look thick-waisted. She does not have a defined waist, so the jacket cutting her there just accentuates her rectangular body shape. And the skirt, again, only my opinion, might look better just below the knee, instead of so long.

        Again, just my opinion 😊. I think she is a beautiful woman, and so far, I’d’ve really liked most of her choices. This one, for me, is a miss. (Do like the hat and shoes though 😊).

      • notasugarhere says:

        It is the exact same outfit Sophie wore in pale aqua. Not sure how ‘bespoke’ that makes it, but more likely a standard item from a Wickstead collection.

    • Mrs. Wellen-Melon says:

      I agree, Mostly Megan. That skirt is too long for MM by a couple of inches. Juuuuust under the knees would keep the retro feel and flatter this woman.

      Overwhelming & outdated.

    • Shotcaller says:

      She just can not do off the rack. The skirt is about 1 1/2” too long. The vintage Dior/Givenchy silhouette suffers here because the skirt is too long and worse, it flutes out instead of tapers. The hemline looks cheap. It’s a cigarette/pencil look that dropped the ball right at the end. Disagree about the cropped jacket – it looks gorgeous on her. This suit was almost perfection. I’d love to own it.

    • Charlie Canada says:

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    • Moneypenny424 says:

      I agree, the skirt is too long. This length works for me (I’m 5’11), but not on small people.

    • Grinning mama bear says:

      She is dieting / starving herself. Just look at her lower leg / calf muscle. That is why she is drowning in her clothes: she used to have a more healthy weight and now she doesn’t.
      Kate did do the same prior to the wedding, remember? Suddenly she was all bony and sceletal.

      And apparently a very slim body is a royal requirement. Remember how Prince Charles called Diana fat/chubby? Seriously, Diana has never been chubby nor near to that. She was rather tall and lanky and always had a lovely figure. When she joined the Royal Family / prior to the wedding she started starving herself.
      Seems like there will be two competetive dieters in the RF again.

      Also I suspect that Meghan wants to do a butterfly effect: now it is all oversize cocoon-coats and for the wedding she wants to be the most slim-waisted butterfly of them all.

      • LAK says:

        A very slim body is not a royal requirement. That is a ridiculous assertion to make. If these ladies choose to be thin, that’s on them, but the Palace doesn’t dictate their size.

        Further, for unexplained reasons, many women choose to lose weight for their wedding day. Given how many women do it for their weddings, i wonder whether this isn’t part of the bridal industry that pressures women into losing weight to fit bridal gowns.

      • M.A.F. says:

        @LAK- I wouldn’t be surprised. Several companies like the Gap have come under fire for purposely having different label sizes in their clothes. So you could wear a US size 6 for a pair of work pants at the Gap but at, say Banana Republic, you would wear a size 10 for the same type of pants.

      • Luna says:

        Replying to LAK: wedding dress is perhaps one of the most expensive fashions you will ever wear, many people will be watching in person, you’ll order a wedding album or video. You lose a few pounds if you think you need to! Although Meghan has always looked tiny.

      • hunter says:

        Meghan has always had stick thin calves. She may be losing weight but you should find another indicator because that one won’t work.

    • Jenny says:

      I’m with you Jay, she looks so matronly and unattractive in this outfit. It’s up there with that buttony-thing as the worst of her looks so far.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      Me too, Jay. High-waisted, thin, small- boned women don’t look their best in the long, narrow things she has been wearing. I have a similar body to Meghan’s –though I would kill for her arms! — with skinny long legs (but I have a bit more calf definition than she does), and I would NEVER wear MOST of the things she is wearing lately! Her recent clothes are wearing HER.

      I find simple, tailored fit-and-flare dresses or A-line skirts are the most flattering with this sort of frame. Pencil skirts and sheath dresses — especially long ones — are such a misstep unless you have a bit wider hip-to-waist proportion. I look like a weenie in such things.

  2. Clare says:

    She is just stunningly beautiful, but I find the fit of her clothes (Jesus those coats!) and her hair are both often a little off. Both distract from the perfection that is her face, IMO.

    • AnnaKist says:

      I agree wholeheartedly, Clare. Her coats are usually a nightmare for me, but I qualify that by pointing out that I’m hopeless at fashion. I just like what I like. Her hair is lovely, but she often looks a bit scruffy from the neck up, particularly on occasions such as this. She needs to let a good hairdresser give her some up-dos, especially for evening or when she needs to wear a silly hat.

      • Grinning mama bear says:

        She has straightened her curly hair. Such hair is often not quite as healthy and shiny as non-straightened hair. I wonder if we will see big-hair extensions on Meghan’s head, too, like Kate?

      • PrincessK says:

        I think Meghan already uses extensions in her hair.

      • Clare says:

        @Granning mama – Just want to clarify that I am not commenting on the health/tecture of her hair – but rather on the fact that she almost always wears it down and it looks unkempt at time, and that she fiddles with it ALL the time. Shrug.

      • PrincessK says:

        @Clare….Meghan fiddles no more with her hair than Kate does, proper are always just looking for things to pick on Meghan for.

    • minx says:

      Agree. Hopefully after the wedding she’ll have the time to get good tailoring on her clothes. And her hair isn’t bad but she needs an expert to guide her, someone who can make her hair look tidy but still young and not stodgy.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      She really is stunningly beautiful, Clare, but like you I think it’s regrettable how she’s been outfitting herself recently. She needs a tailor desperately, but more than anything she needs the confidence to return to the simple, chic styles she embraced when we first met her. It’s tragic to see this intelligent, personable, gorgeous young woman swamping herself in ill-fitting clothes that bear no resemblance to her own sense of style and do not work with her slender, high-waisted build.

      I have real hope for Meghan — I think her social conscience, her intelligence, her natural warmth, her savvy, her ease with the public, and her natural self confidence (which, judging by the way she’s dressing, seems to have faltered a bit, maybe because she’s intimidated by the public position she’s assuming — and who wouldn’t be?) will see her through beautifully.

      I would love to see the old Meghan back. Maybe Harry needs to reassure her that she’s already more than enough for this new role, just as she is.

  3. I'm confused says:

    I imagine this suit will also look beautiful on Kate, and appropriate. This kind of style that I expect from Kate. Kate always dress like a kindergarten teacher from 1980s.

  4. C-No says:

    Love the suit, want it in my closet. How does she walk on cobblestones in those ice pick heels?!

    • MostlyMegan says:

      You walk on your toes, literally don’t put the heel down. That’s how I do it anyway, but she seems to be doing the heel down.

      • HeyThere! says:

        Why is there such a big gap between her heel and the back of her shoe? Just curious? Borrowed styles? I actually love the texture on this, and she looks lovely.

      • Vava says:

        Yeah, that gap at the back of the shoe, how does she keep them on her feet?

      • PrincessK says:

        Yes, she had trouble walking on the cobbles during the Commonwealth service. I am sure she will soon learn not to put her heels right down.

      • Siiiigh says:

        I ALWAYS notice when her shoes gap and it drives me insane. I have absolutely no idea how one could spend hundreds of dollars on shoes and have them gap in the back like that. Not all of them do it, but many of them do. Is she borrowing shoes from someone?

      • Peeking in says:

        Usually the gap in the shoes is caused by the feet slipping forward in some heels. You’ll notice some celebrities with the same problem, sometimes the toes slipping forward as is the shoes are too small. I think it may be because they moisturizers their feet just before slipping the shoes on, to avoid dry looking feet in pics?

      • I too have noticed that almost all the shoes she has worn so far are ill fitting. Really am astonished that Meghan and Kate can spend so much money on clothes and shoes, and not go the extra cost of having a seamstress make sure everything fits properly. The RF are so rigid about so many petty things – can they not introduce a rule that new members use a stylist, a seamstress and a hairdresser until they find their feet?

    • Lilix40 says:

      Nevermind the cobblestones, how can anyone walk with such heels?! If I tried to wear that I’d be paying the ER a visit, that much I know.

  5. Really says:

    Most of her clothes look too big on her. Needs a better tailor and stylist.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      Yup. Even her shoes look too big! She looks like a little girl playing in mommy’s closet.

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Thank you! I have noticed how large her shoes are, they look about 2 sizes too big.

      • ValiantlyVarnished says:

        Her shoes arent too big. Its from having small ankles. I have the same issue. All of my shoes look like this on me. And going down a size would simply make them too small.

  6. Maria F. says:

    I just commented that she has to work on her hat game, but this one is perfect.

    The skirt is a bit too long, otherwise this would have been really good.

  7. Maria F. says:

    I just commented that she has to work on her hat game, but this one is perfect.

    The skirt is a bit too long, otherwise this would have been really good.

  8. minx says:

    It seems to fit her well enough, but she’s so tiny, I think it should be at least a few inches shorter. And her shoes look too big….?

    • Nancy says:

      Right. It reminds me of a little girl playing dress up wearing her mom’s shoes. The fit isn’t even close. WTH

    • Maria says:

      Agree. A shorter version, a tad tighter, more fitted, and shorter heels. The shoes she wore at the other event with the grey coat were perfect.

  9. LizB says:

    It’s fine and “appropriate” but man, I don’t think it’s flattering. Not my cup of tea.

    I also thought her coat this morning was nice and I like that shade of gray (hehe).

    • Kitten says:

      SUCH an unflattering outfit. I get that the tiny hats that look like they are falling off are tradition and I’ll probably get yelled at for this but here it goes: they look f*cking stupid.

      *runs and hides for the second time today.

      • RedOnTheHead says:

        Kitten, I won’t yell at you. I’ll agree with you. And I think the hat looks like a frisbee got stuck on the side of her head. Same when anyone wears them.

      • minx says:

        I won’t yell. I don’t like the fascinators and small hats at all, I think they usually look silly. Sorry, hat fans.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Come back out here, Kitten. The majority of these hats just look bloody silly. And they cost a lot of money for such silliness.

      • Erinn says:

        I don’t like the hats, either. I think there are occasionally people who can pull them off, but they’re very much the exception. It’s just not a style I like.

        And like LizB said. It’s perfectly appropriate and ‘fine’. But it’s not all that flattering. I’m not a fan of the cropped top portion. It makes her torso look super short. And the skirt is a bit too long for my taste. I’d like the look a lot more if the skirt went to her knee, or just a bit below.

      • Jayna says:

        @KItten, you’re not alone. LOL You can come back out and play.

      • Lady D says:

        AnnaKist, One of the fascinators LAK linked to is going for $2244.00 Can.

      • Nancy says:

        I love hats! My mother used to wear them when I was young and she looked like a movie star. Sadly, I have so much hair, that hats won’t sit properly upon thy head. Suppose I could pin or hammer it with a nail in my head, but alas, I must just look at the English gals. Some of them pull it off, Meghan at least is trying.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Agree w all you previous posters. I looove Meghan but this is her worst look yet in my opinion. I’ll take the poop emoji hat outfit (or ill fitting coats) any day of the week over this.

      Meghan, you are better than this!!

  10. Cee says:

    I actually dislike the fit of the skirt. But she looks beautiful regardless.

  11. Canadian Becks says:

    Maybe she needs bespoke shoes, too? That back heel….

    • AnnaKist says:

      A lot of her shoes look too big. Her Engagement Announcement Day shoes looked just as big and ridiculous. I thought it was a new thing, or just me, because I only wear flats. The heels look so uncomfortable, and under no circumstances will I do uncomfortable.

    • notasugarhere says:

      If her heels are as small as the rest of her bones, it might be difficult finding shoes that fit. HM has bespoke shoes, but I wouldn’t wish her style onto anyone else’s feet!

    • Violet says:

      @Canadian Becks – she may have unusually narrow heels. I have a friend with the same problem – the shoe size is technically correct for length, but always looks too big especially on the slightly smaller foot. She finally found a brand whose “narrow” size fits her heel reasonably, but it’s not a cheap brand and she is forced to spend a fortune on shoes or walk around stepping out of one shoe.

  12. OSTONE says:

    She looks absolutely beautiful! Nice to see William being kind to her!

    • lobbit says:

      Haha honestly this is all that mattered to me. It was heartening to see William welcome his future sister-in-law so warmly.

      • Veronica T says:

        Yes, I noticed that right away. Look at the expression on Meghan as she looks at and touches Will.
        I bet Kate isn’t happy. I’m not a jealous wife, but that looks a bit too friendly to me!

      • lobbit says:

        What? No! Just..no. In the words of Taylor Swift, “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative” because imo there is absolutely nothing in Meghan’s expression that should make Kate unhappy. Ugh.

      • Olenna says:

        Agree, lobbit. I’m glad to see they’re getting along as future in-laws. For people to suggest something is untoward or salacious in their behavior, just write those people off as spiteful and malicious rumormongers who are clearly seeking attention. It’s hard to imagine people like that have actual friends IRL because this sh*t is characteristic of backstabbers.

      • lobbit says:

        So well said, Olenna.

      • Masamf says:

        Aha, I see the DM commenter that keeps posting how “that witch Meghan is looking at William with gogley eyes, she has her sights set on William and wants to steal him from Kate because Harry is ugly” is already at it here!! Haha, small world it is indeed.

      • Veronica T says:

        First of all, Masamf, I am not a commenter on the Daily Mail and I didn’t say Harry was ugly. Maybe more than one of us in the world, people who observe objectively, noticed how Meghan was looking at Wills in this picture?? Come on!! Be honest!! Look at her. She is looking up, like the shy Diana look, touching him, her body is shifted away from Harry.
        I was kind of tongue in cheek with my comment, but it did strike me that she was looking quite flirty with Wills in that picture. Don’t get all triggered, folks!!
        And Olenna, you are making quite a number of assumptions about me because I read something in a picture!!! People who make assumptions about others are spiteful and malicious and have no friends in real life?? That is exactly what you just did, to me!! Pot, meet kettle.

      • Olenna says:

        @Masamf, ITA–small world. That person’s obsession with Meghan must be really strong for her/him to spread salacious gossip from one site to another.

      • Masamf says:

        @Veronica, William approached and touched Meghan first IN THAT WAY, hers is in response to him. He is the one that initiated the approach, the touching, the kissing, and THE LOOK. Maybe William has his eyes set on his brothers fiance because…you know…..Kate is…see how it can be argued both ways if one really wants to be petty? And I don’t believe it’s different posters.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Oleanna, the same people who make obsessive hate and conspiracy sites about her on tumblr are also on DM. They use variations of the same user names to get past the DM posting limit rules. And yes, some have even shown up here.

      • Olenna says:

        I can believe that, Nota. The repetitiveness and insistence of their nonsense on CB is just bizarre sometimes. On the DM, it’s like a swarm of Cluster B’s (and I don’t mean b*tches) on an ad hoc campaign of maliciousness that no one outside their spectrum of disorders can understand. They’ve gotten so hateful at the Fail that I’ve stopped reading any comments.

    • PrincessK says:

      I think she looks lovely in the outfit, I can’t fault it except to say that the zip at the back should have been completely hidden, which is the designers fault.

  13. Lucy says:

    This outfit ages her. Shoes are also much to big.

    • ChrissyMS says:

      Why wear shoes that don’t fit? Are black pumps hard to find?

      • Nancy says:

        She must have bad feet or something. I don’t know how those shoes stay on her feet. She really looks ridiculous.

      • notasugarhere says:

        “bad feet” if she doesn’t fit a standard size? I have trouble finding shoes that fit sometimes too. Are you going to call my feet “bad”?

      • Beatrice says:

        I think the fit of the shoes is a function of the heel height. I know from experience, stilettos will jam your foot into the front of the shoe. That said, it’s an easy fix to add pads to the front of your shoe to push the foot back.

      • Nancy says:

        Oh my notasugarhere: I’m sure your feet are lovely. I thought maybe she had corns, or bunions, something that would make her wear shoes that obviously don’t fit. I don’t know how she can walk in them. She should read this blog and try some of these pads the ladies are talking about.

      • mazzie says:

        Supposedly so when her feet swell, her feet won’t hurt.

    • Susannah says:

      I have really narrow feet that are constantly slipping in an out of shoes. I bet that’s the way it is for Meghan too. I also seem to be about a quarter size off so it’s really hard to find shoes that fit. 8N is too small and 8.5N too big. I usually have to buy 8.5 and put those pad things on the bag to keep from slipping out. Maybe shoe pads on the bottom and back would help Meghan stay in her shoes a bit better.

      • Olenna says:

        I have narrow feet as well (especially the heels) with little padding around the sides and the bottom. Basically, I have thin feet, so I wear dancer gel pads that add padding to the balls of my feet and protect the sesamoid bones when I’m wearing heels. The pads are also great for keeping my feet from sliding forward. I think Meghan has bunions which give her some shoe buying challenges, but her feet look thin, too. The dancer pads could help her foot stay in place and, when buying new shoes, help make a better decision about the fit, heel to toe. Bunions, BTW, are hereditary but regularly wearing tight, ill-fitting shoes can trigger the problem.

      • TeamAwesome says:

        As someone who has dealt with hereditary bunions all my life, the first thing I would do with her access is get custom made shoes in all the styles. I have the worst time finding shoes that fit my feet: wide at the bunions, narrow at the heel.

    • Sedanos says:

      The shoe-fit outrage on this thread is astounding. Maybe she has extra toes! Or cloven hooves!

  14. Magdalin says:

    She looks very nice! Totally appropriate – arms are covered and everything. Good for her.

    Just took another look after comments about her shoes. Wow, is it the camera angle or are they seriously 2 sizes too large?

    • Maria says:

      I thought maybe the pic was off, those shoes are way too big. How can she walk with those things?

  15. Jussie says:

    The skirt was obviously meant for a taller woman, and she really needs to start getting things tailored, but I like the idea of the look.

    Overall I really like her style. If it was just polished a bit, with a bit more focus on the small details, it’d be pretty perfect.

    • notasugarhere says:

      It appears to be the style from the designer. Sophie has similar pieces from Wickstead (style, fabric) that are the same length.

      • Liberty says:

        This. I like her look, and she is wearing it as designed. It is perfect for this event, in my opinion.

      • LAK says:

        I love Emilia Wickstead on Sophie and Sarah Chatto. Everyone else looks bad. The signature style is long, flowing midi length dress in a heavy fabric which looks fabulous on those 2 ladies.

      • Maria says:

        @Nota, Sophie is a different build and almost 20 years older. That style suits her. Meghan has a shape a bit like Letizia, short waisted, small boned, and petite, and dresses beautifully. Her style is what Meghan’s stylist should be looking at, IMHO.

      • notasugarhere says:

        As long as Sophie isn’t dressing like a 5 year old (a la Kate Middleton), I don’t think we have to relegate her to an ageist Style Dungeon. For the most part, Sophie’s style is classic and ageless. A big departure from the 90s block styles she started out with.

        These Wickstead outfits are fine to me, as long as it doesn’t involve the puffy sleeves like Sophie’s pink one. Pretty simple, elegant, long-enough to not cause trouble when seated. The fabric is a silk crepe so it isn’t bulky.

        The Wickstead outfits I have trouble with are the bad maternity ones she does for KM, like the crinkly pale blue tinfoil one with the weird back darts.

      • Charlie Canada says:

        I don’t think Meghan’s body shape remotely resembles Letizia’s. Letizia is 5’7′, and although she’s thin as can be, she’s very curvy. Some speculate she’s had a boob job. And she’s far from short-waisted and boxy-shaped, like Meghan. Letizia has just about a perfect figure in every way, by today’s standards. She has no need to compensate for a figure “differences.” (I don’t want to use the word “flaws.”)

      • notasugarhere says:

        Letizia and Rania have a similar body type. Naturally small-boned, but both have long torsos and relatively shorter legs. It is rarely noticed because both of them tend to wear sky-high heels. If you can find pics of them in trousers and flats you can see their leg to torso ratio.

        Mathilde is one royal lady I can think of who is short waisted and has very long legs for her frame. She mostly sticks with knee-length pencil skirts and trousers, although on some official visits she has gone with a retro style, big skirt silhouette.

      • Violet says:

        @Charlie Canada – I didn’t think Letizia was that tall, that may be because her husband is so tall. And I don’t know about the boob job, but she quite openly had a nose job after her marriage to Felipe. The Spanish court announced it was for medical reasons, which I don’t think anyone bought, nor did the Court expect anyone to buy it. She is incredibly thin, though.

      • notasugarhere says:

        If she was having a nose job for vanity? She would likely have done that before embarking on a career in television journalism, not a decade later.

  16. Danielle says:

    I think the skirt is too long. A few inches off of it would have made it look so much better.

    I think Kate and Meghan have opposite problems. Kate gets things tailored to be too short and Meghan needs to start getting things tailored to be a bit shorter. It was the same with the trousers that she’s worn, they were too long for her frame and height.

  17. Lucy says:

    Sure, it totally works. Lovely texture. Wills’s gesture to her was very nice!

  18. klutzy_girl says:

    The pictures (and video, which I hadn’t seen) of William and Meghan are killing me (and may also be laughing at how this ruins the narrative that he hates her, courtesy of those who actually do hate her).

    Love her outfit!

    • minx says:

      There’s actually a narrative that William hates Meghan? Why on earth would he? If Harry is happy I’m sure William is happy for him. Honestly, some people need a hobby or something.

    • Beluga says:

      You’ve missed the new narrative: Meghan’s got her sights set on William because he’s of higher status than Harry (roll eyes to heavens here)

      • Veronica T says:

        She certainly is looking like she’s flirting with him. And touching him.
        Carole M is plotting.

      • lobbit says:

        LOL I was just smacked upside the head with this new narrative and am still recoiling in horror. How ridiculous.

      • notasugarhere says:

        Ah yes, a new set of anti-Meghan rumors to get folks upset. Oh poor Kate, Meghan is after her man. She best stay home and never work again, so she can focus on keeping her husband from being stolen by her sister-in-law.

  19. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I really love the outfit, esp the hat. But I agree with other posters in that she needs to tailor the outfits a bit better to her frame, but then again it could be the material – it does look quite stiff.

    • Cynical Ann says:

      I agree. I think she looks great and totally appropriate-but the suit is a smidgen too big/long.

  20. whatever says:

    I dislike the texture of the fabric. In the pictures from further away, the outfit looks nice but once you see a close-up…ERM NO. It reminds me of crepe paper.

  21. Becks says:

    I think she looks great. I would maybe take a half inch off the skirt, but that’s my only complaint. It’s a conservative outfit, appropriate for the occasion, it’s black but textured so not boring, and its an interesting cut/style that makes it a step above “a black suit.”

    I’m 50/50 on whether or not I think Meghan looks good most of the time (usually due to tailoring issues), but I think she IS doing what we expected of her, style-wise – dressing appropriately but not matronly or frumpy, which is where Kate goes wrong. Kate mistakes conservative or classic for frumpy or matronly, and Meghan does not make that mistake.

    I realize that sounds very Kate vs. Meghan and I don’t mean it quite that way – more just as a response to all the people who say “KATE HAS TO WEAR THAT!!! SHE’S ROYALTY!!!”

    • BaronSamedi says:

      Agreed. Meghan is proving over and over again that you can do appropiate and elegant while not aging yourself and looking frumpy.

      It’s not Kate vs. Meghan to just state the fact that one does better at it than the other. Especially when a large part of their job description is literally showing up places and representing. The clothes you do that in DO matter.

  22. OriginalLala says:

    Cropped jackets look good on so few people, maybe something less boxy on top would have looked better? It’s very matronly

    • Tommy says:

      Cropped jackets are especially difficult to pull off for people with short waists/torsos, which Meghan definitely has. If trying to dress not to emphasize the disproportionate torso-to-legs, then this was one of the worst silhouettes you could choose.

      As for how her shoes fit, I have very narrow heels so not just any shoe will properly fit me there and I suspect it’s the same with her. Wearing heels much higher than 3 inches just makes it worse, because our weight naturally is pushed forward and more onto the balls of the foot. That said, there are shoe inserts that take care of most of that issue.

  23. Jayna says:

    I loved her grey coat ensemble on her. She looked fantastic in it.

    This outfit is a fail. It’s a bad length for her, and I don’t like the style of it on her, with the short jacket and long skirt. It’s not flattering.

  24. ChrissyMS says:

    She is probably losing weight before the wedding. Kate style. Might be hard to keep up. They should have a tailor on call. She is lovely. But yeah….the outfit is wearing her.

    • Violet says:

      Every bride I have ever known loses weight for the wedding. Royal brides especially lose weight before the wedding. Diana did (the dress had to be altered constantly because of her weight loss), even Fergie did, Mary of Denmark did – with all those cameras and endless magazine covers and press photos screaming at you every morning of every day? Who wouldn’t feel pressured?

      Did anyone see “I Feel Pretty” yet? Or the article about the Denial of Lookism in the movie, in the NY TIMES a couple of days ago? Worth a read. If most women are under this pressure you can imagine how it feels to royal brides. I’m not going to fault anyone for giving in to it, I can just imagine how Meghan feels, just as I imagine how Kate and Diana and Mary felt. I wish it wouldn’t happen, especially to women whose bodies are already perfectly nice, but it seems to be the norm.

  25. Becks says:

    Also, I know the common thinking is that Kate wanted #3 and William was opposed, but I really am starting to think he wanted #3. In the few times we’ve seen him since the baby was born, he seems really warm, happy, and natural in his interactions.

    • ChrissyMS says:

      Even if it was not his idea, a new baby is such a blessing so I am sure if he had those feelings they are in the past and forgotten.

  26. violet says:

    Noooo – this is awful. Just awful. I like the idea, the full-out result is awful. The short fitted jacket and the very long skirt can only work on a really tall girl. She just hasn’t got the length for this. Cut the skirt up to just below the knee and you have a great look. I also hate the beret, this is what, the second or third one she’s worn? I don’t get the appeal. Yet again, she looks overwhelmed by her clothes. With her small frame, I bet she would look marvelous in a cloche hat – another former fashion icon, along with spectator pumps, that should be brought back.

    • Eileen says:

      Well said

    • Vava says:

      I don’t like the beret, either. I do like your idea of spectator pumps and a cloche hat, though! Shortening the skirt to just under the knee would be a big improvement for this ensemble.

  27. NΞΞNΔ ΖΞΞ says:

    She looks nice, appropriately conservative… but IMO she hasn’t really nailed a look with a hat yet

  28. Citresse says:

    I didn’t even recognize MM at first….she looks so different. Nice to see she wore nylons and shoes which fit but her clothing often looks too big as it does again this time…she dressed today like an Italian great-grandmother attending a funeral.

  29. Betsy says:

    I like the cropped jacket and the fabric material. The hat is all I ever want in a hat. Proportions are a bit odd in the suit, but overall it’s an appropriately somber look.

  30. Jay says:

    Why is she so anti-ponytail? Whhhhhyyyyy? I’d be ga-ga over this look if her hair weren’t, as usual, blowing all over the place

  31. C-Shell says:

    I am not going to nitpick this. She has nailed the appropriate looks for these events.

  32. Bethany F says:

    Love the cropped length on the jacket – very flattering to her waist.

  33. notasugarhere says:

    I wonder if W&K will hold off on announcing #3′s name, to not draw attention from 100th anniversary of ANZAC Day?

    • Maria says:

      @Nota, do they have to wait until the Queen gets back from Windsor? I mean I’m sure they have decided on a name. So why the suspense?

      • notasugarhere says:

        I doubt they have to wait for HM, as she isn’t the one announcing the name personally. Who knows why? William made comments today at the ANZAC service about the baby having “a strong name” and “sleeping is going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself, which is good.”

        His usual tone deaf statements.

      • whatever says:

        What he said isn’t tone deaf. Would you prefer he completely ignored the wellwisher who asked him how his new baby is?

      • notasugarhere says:

        He often tries to make a pithy comment and fails. In this case, sounds like he failed IMO. At least this time he isn’t sticking with strict gender roles and insisting PGTips is a bruiser and a newborn infant CC was “a little lady”.

  34. Girl_ninja says:

    My goodness you guys. She can’t win.

    • ValiantlyVarnished says:

      Seriously. These threads are always so ridiculous. “Her shoes are too small, her skirt is too long, her hair needs to be pulled back…” The amount of nit-picking people do about this woman is next level.

    • lobbit says:

      I think some people are really into fashion “micro analysis,” but for some reason, I find it a bit demoralizing. I feel the same way about the way people nitpick about Kate’s clothes. It just not fun for me.

  35. HK9 says:

    While it’s appropriate, it’s a no for me. I think you have to be taller to pull of the cropped jacket look, and if it was a knee length sheath dress instead of the skirt I think it would have been a cleaner look. But I like that hat tho.

  36. franticallybored says:

    I think this is one of her better looks of all of her royal engagements so far. The cropped jacket and longer skirt keep it interesting, and I love the textured material. Love the interaction between Meghan and Wills.

  37. Citresse says:

    Wait!!!! I just zoomed in on the shoes and they ARE TOO BIG!!!! it’s weird- big clothing, big shoes, then a little beret on top of her head.

  38. Tess says:

    That’s funny I feel like these proportions look all wrong on her. She has a short torso, not a long torso like Kate, so i feel like this waist and hem length emphasize hat and truncate her torso even more.

    • KLO says:

      @Tess your comment amused me because i have a short torso myself and love it when my clothing emphasises it. :D
      To each their own, i say. Kate is beautiful too.

      • Violet says:

        @KLO – This!!!! They are so different looking, both attractive in their individual ways. I think Kate’s figure is lovely, lissome with great legs and a small waist (when she isn’t pregnant or recovering from same!). Meghan’s petite frame is also pretty in its way. Why is there so much setting up of them against each other?!

  39. Coz' says:

    Love the idea of the outfit, think the dress/skirt should have been a few cm shorter
    But whatever, WHY are we not talking about the fact that William and Harry are wearing the EXACT SAME outfit from top to bottom????

  40. Beth says:

    She’s short and thin like me, so I know it’s sometimes hard to find clothes that fit right, but it’s not impossible. The outfit would be great if it fit good, so maybe she just needs a tailor to help her with all of her ill-fitting clothes

    • Jayna says:

      She certainly had no problems on Suits. She’s not some novice, but it appears she doesn’t have the flair for clothes that many on here thought she had just because her character did as far as clothes that are flattering to her size and height and build.

      • LAK says:

        Suits employs a professional stylist / costume designer who has a brief supplied by the producers.

        Models picking up styling / fashion tips / make up tips from all the professionals at their shoots. Going by what we are seeing, even with a conservative dress code mandated by her new platform, she never picked up tips from the professionals at Suits.

  41. cindyp says:

    She looks like a little girl playing dress up in her mother’s clothes. Shoes too big: how can she walk without stepping out of them & skirt too long. As a short, petite woman I know it can be tough to find clothes that don’t overwhelm your figure, but is it really that hard find shoes that fit (Zappos!) & have a hem shortened at your local tailor?

  42. MellyMel says:

    I think she looks pretty, but this isn’t my favorite. In some pics I like it and in others I don’t. I agree though, her shoes look too big. She seems to have small, narrow feet, so it might be hard to get properly fitted shoes. She also seems to have lost some weight (wedding prep I’m sure) and it’s making her clothes/shoes look to big for her sometimes.

  43. Merritt says:

    It has a vintage feel to it, similar to some suits from the 1960s that had cropped jackets. I think the skirt proportions were off but in general Meghan has leaned towards oversized clothing lately.

  44. Keepitreal says:

    Like it from the waist up. Way too much fabric; I am petite and regular clothes/skirts look just like that on me, so I spend a lot on alterations. But, hey, if she is comfortable, who cares.

  45. chlo says:

    uggghhh i LOVE IT ALL. She looks fantastic.

  46. Film Production Manager says:

    To everyone asking about why her shoes are too big, there is a very logical and practical reason for this: https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/this-is-why-celebrities-wear-shoes-that-are-too-big-for-them-307860/

    • Other Renee says:

      I still don’t understand how the shoes don’t fly off when you walk even if you’ve inserted double sided tape or inserts. If the heel of the shoe doesn’t reach the back of the foot, the foot will slip out as you walk.

      I love the British hat tradition. I love these adorable fascinators. I wish we had such a tradition here.

      Meaghan looks nice but again the suit doesn’t really fit well.

      • LAK says:

        The hat tradition was dying out until we had a revival in the late 90s/ early 00s. The revival treated hats as sculptural art which was a change from boring hats of old. Isabella Blow was champion-in-chief of this revival and it’s direction.

        Fascinators started out as simple hair ornaments which eventually borrowed from the sculptural hat trend to become what you see today.

    • Hazel says:

      My mother told me that when buying stilettos, you wanted to go up a size or two so your toes wouldn’t get pinched.

    • PrincessK says:

      Interesting theory…I have also noticed the stars often have shoes that are too large, especially when they can obviously afford a perfect fit.

  47. aquarius64 says:

    Meghan looks fine. At least it’s black. Kate wore a hot pink coat at the 9/11 memorial, married into the family for three years. 67 UK citizens died in the Twin Towers that day. Cut Meghan some slack.

  48. Cher says:

    She has an in between foot size, she needs a little lift in the front of the shoe or at the inside of the heel, to keep her foot from ridding to the front of the shoe….it’s an easy fix.
    This outfit is not flattering, it’s too much material.
    The hat is ridiculous.

  49. Paisley says:

    She looks fantastic to me. I adore the outfit.

  50. Penguin says:

    She’s like me but much thinner. Short waisted so off the racks clothes don’t fit as my hips are where the waist is. My feet are like triangles – shoes never fit at the heel if they fit at the front. Half inserts help to a certain degree. But not enough to make fit snugly.

  51. KiddV says:

    I like the outfit and think she looks great in it. It is a little overwhelming for someone as petite as she is, but it’s fine.

    That would be a great look for Kate, it would accent her small waist.

  52. Amelie says:

    You all can yell at Meghan for wearing heels that don’t fit but I have the same problem. I have flat narrow feet and I fit between 8 and 8.5 but no matter what my heel will not stay put in the darn shoe. It’s not a shoe size problem. I can wear a 7.5 and my heel will STILL be slipping out of the shoe but the toe part of the shoe will be crushing my toes as it is too small. I’ve tried inserts, they don’t do anything. This is why I never wear heels. I need a heel that has a strap to strap in my stupid foot to keep my heel from going all over the place. The ONLY heels I have ever found that fit my feet okay are Clark’s but… those are expensive and I can’t buy endless pairs of them.

    I think this outfit is fine and disagree with most of the criticism. The hat is fine, her hair looks amazing, the jacket looks cute. My only remark is that the skirt looks slightly too big but it’s not too long/short/transparent/flying up etc. Appropriate for a somber war commemoration.

  53. Wendy says:

    Wow, the British have a lot of “days”. How do they get anything done with all this “remembering”?

  54. bella says:

    I love the outfit ,but the skirt is too long for her. If it was shorten by about three inches it would be perfect. Also, the shoes don’t fit her. I have the same problem, narrow feet, and so as a result, I do not wear heels unless they have some sort of strap, otherwise they fall off!

  55. Lorelai Gilmore says:

    I think she looks like she might be pregnant.

    • Olenna says:

      Well, wouldn’t that be something special. I think the same thing might have happened to Princess Madeline just before her wedding.

    • ladida says:

      I thought that the other day as well. I hate bump watch but I can’t help it.

    • PrincessK says:

      I have been thinking that she is getting a lot of engagements in now, which is also useful practise, because after the wedding she might fall pregnant and be unable to do lots of engagements, which is why I think it is odd that they are saying she will be going to Australia in October….she could be 5 months pregnant then??

      • Lorelai Gilmore says:

        I hate bump watch also, but there have been a handful of photos in different outfits that made me wonder. It’s not that she looks like she’s bigger; it’s that she’s wearing clothes that would easily accommodate a changing figure.

    • KiddV says:

      I think it’s the pleats of the skirt, those type tend to pooch out, it makes for a smaller looking waist.

    • notasugarhere says:

      That’s a familiar theme from tumblr…

  56. smee says:

    I actually like the length of the skirt. The short jacket saves her from looking overwhelmed. BUT the pleats in the front of the skirt are not necessary – she has the figure for a full-on sheath/pencil skirt. Also, the bulkiness and pattern of the fabric doesn’t work. Would be better in a solid color fabric in a lighter weight. Her shoes look a little big for her, which is contributing to too big for her vibe in general.

    That hat looks incredibly cute on her.

    I’m not up on what’s the norm for (potential) royals – don’t people trip over themselves offering to style her (for free I would imagine)?

  57. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    I would wear this. It’s elegant and appropriate for the occasion.

  58. Anastasia says:

    Lord, reading this thread, I feel so happy not to be her!

  59. Scram says:

    I don’t think she looks like a kid playing dress up. One of the Meghan blogs includes a photo of Sophie wearing this look in blue and the fit is the same. I also like this style hat on her and think the shoe thing is just the shape of her foot. Idk if you can get shoes tailored, but maybe she’ll do that in the future. Overall I think she’s done very well these past few events. I’d wear most of these with a few minor adjustments.

  60. ladida says:

    She looks lovely as always. This is a very classic look.

  61. Natalie S says:

    I’m not feeling it. It’s a matriarch outfit in the fit and the texture. Mother of the bride rather than the bride.

  62. fes says:

    Is it bothering anyone else that her heels look a size to big in that one photo?!?

  63. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I think this is a carryover from Hollywood. It’s not uncommon for actresses to wear their shoes a size too big on red carpets and such so as to be more comfortable. It’s something she needs to ditch now, as her life is more than red carpets and she needs shoes th at actually fit. That gap drives me nuts.

  64. Origninal Chen-Li says:

    I might be reading too much into this but why did William came at all today. If he wanted to participate he could have show up for it all or not at all. he skipped the 5AM even. show up at later time only to turn it into what the baby name event? cause chair mix up at the church. say hello to Meghan but ignore his brother. that was really weird thing to watch. I hope I’m reaching because if not this is sad.

    • Lexa says:

      It could be that they were kept up late by the baby, or he felt like it was Harry/Meghan’s turn to do the sunrise event (or didn’t want to overshadow that moment), etc. Based on the limited interactions we’ve seen (for instance, walking to and from the church at Christmas), the Wales family seems to be making a visible effort to show that they’re including and welcoming her. I was glad he made it to the event, even though I’m sure people on this site will read into it as him wanting attention–it’s something he should be going to every year.

    • KiddV says:

      Could be William and Harry saw each other earlier (to make sure their suits matched /sarcasm) while Meghan was getting ready. I wouldn’t feel the need to welcome my brother again if I just saw him.

  65. Msthang says:

    Me thinks she bought most of her wardrobe months ago,and shoes,coats dresses, well a size to big. she has probably lost about a stone in her calves and arms, and hence the potato sack effect. The problem is since she is not on the palace’s dime, only she can pay to get things altered and it is kind of late for that, so lots of oversized outfits. In fact I think she has lost it everywhere but her waist!!

  66. Starlight says:

    Is she deliberately turning a blind eye to royal women’s wear ahhhhh she is wearing coloured nail varnish

  67. Natters says:

    Emilia Wickstead is a good designer for Meghan to follow as she uses good materials and is always elegant and appropriate for events like the one Meghan attended today. If I were Meghan I would have used Emilia Wickstead as my wedding dress designer.

  68. Anare says:

    I’m in the minority here but I think Megan looks perfect. Her outfit fits fine. The skirt is not overwhelming nor too long. Very appropriate, classic. The shoe gap could be very slim ankles compared with the length of her foot. I run into that trouble with some shoes and my ankles are nowhere near as thin as her’s so I imagine she has trouble with getting shoes to fit in the back of the ankle.

  69. Lexistential says:

    Longtime lurker, first comment ever. Love this site, and love how most of the opinions here are super-articulate.

    My two pennies: I like it. It isn’t a perfect ensemble since it comes off a bit boxy and could have better tailoring, but it is a suitable conservative silhouette that nods to vintage Hepburn/Givenchy days and good for the occasion.

    I cannot wait for more outfits!