Hello, yellow … Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, wearing a Brandon Maxwell dress at an event in London on Thursday.
I'm just going to go ahead and put this out there: I didn't like the outfit Meghan Markle wore to the Prince of Wales' 70th birthday.
The Goat dress, which featured sheer sleeves and a cream bodice was pretty and prim and met all the royal protocols known to man. But it was boring. And it didn't seem to quite fit. And let's not even talk about the too-pale stockings.
Much better were the Givenchy and Carolina Hererra outfits Meghan wore on her trip to the country with the Queen and the Trooping of the Colour, respectively. They were tailored, in her signature blush/nude/cream and chic. But I still wanted more.
Since she burst onto the royal scene, and moreso since the now Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry announced their engagement in November, I have written about Meghan Markle's style often. Sometimes in my sleep.
So it was with a fist-pump that, on Friday, I greeted the photos of the Duchess of Sussex at the Your Commonwealth Youth Challenge Reception looking super svelte in a shift dress in "Gen-Z yellow" (the successor to "Millennial pink", natch) by Brandon Maxwell, who was once Lady Gaga's stylist. Yes, the same woman who once wore raw meat as couture.
The yellow dress, which was listed on e-tailer Moda Operandi for $947 but has sold out, epitomises one of the main colour trends for the coming Australian summer. It also features Meghan's signature bateau neckline.
Compared to photos taken at some other outings since the wedding, the Duchess looks more relaxed, more fashionable, more "herself".
It may be from the freedom that comes from going bare-legged on a summer's day. I don't know about you but prickly heat is real and it doesn't make for a fun afternoon when your stockings feel like they are on fire against your legs.
Of course, it's highly possible that the absence of the Queen had something to do with Meghan's demeanour, not to mention those sneaky PDAs the British tabloids are seemingly obsessed over.
News outlets all over have had a field day saying how Meghan has "breached protocols" by going sans Razzamatazz and daring (daring!) to touch Harry's hand.
Protocol, shmotocol. The Duchess of Sussex may have found her style sweet spot. And I couldn't be happier.
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