Meghan Markle clearly means business in 2019; she attended her first engagement of the year wearing a black dress, monochrome court shoes and a coat that, quite frankly, we all need in our wardrobes right now.
Just hours after one of the Duchess of Sussex's new patronages was announced, she arrived at one of the charities, Smart Works, which offers interview clothing and coaching to unemployed women with upcoming job interviews.
During her visit, Meghan took part in a discussion about the charity's work. "It's not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land," she said. "It’s really being part of each other's success stories as women, right?"
The Duchess of Sussex arrives at @SmartWorksHQ and joins a discussion with volunteers and women they have helped succeed in job interviews.- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 10, 2019
So far, the charity has helped over 11,000 women and has plans to dress 3,500 women this year across the UK. pic.twitter.com/MvFnjUJHoo
And the Duchess was definitely dressed for success herself - she wore a maternity dress from HATCH collection, a box bag by Victoria Beckham and a £2,000 camel trench coat by Oscar de la Renta.
PSA: For #MeghanMarkle’s first 2019 outing, she’s carrying the @victoriabeckham ‘Vanity Box’ bag, on sale for £900 at @mytheresa_com. Her @HATCHcollection maternity dress is more affordable at £170 but coat is over £2k from @OscardelaRenta. Earrings from ethical US brand KIMAI. pic.twitter.com/h6I8dWBQs7- Alison Coldridge (@AlisonColdridge) January 10, 2019
Let's take a closer look:
Meghan's coat is probably out of your price range, but that doesn't mean you can't be inspired. We're calling it as one of the most useful things you could buy for your wardrobe, so here's some lookalikes you might want to snap up before they definitely go out of stock:
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The is set to give birth this spring, but it doesn't seem like her schedule will be slowing down any time soon. This morning another one of her four patronages was leaked following a technical glitch.
The Duchess has become patron of the National Theatre - a nod to her former career as an actor. The official announcement was scheduled to come today, but awkwardly the news ended up featuring on the National Theatre's website yesterday by accident.
Whoops! Looks like the first patronage "secret" is officially official thanks to the National Theatre's IT department 😂 "The Duchess of Sussex announced as our new Royal Patron" pic.twitter.com/h8ysbfsOkP- Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) January 9, 2019
Which means we'll be seeing much more of Meghan, and presumably taking style inspo all year. Yay.
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