Style File: Meghan Markle Threads the Needle at Anzac Day Services

Posted on April 25, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend an Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey in London, England. Anzac Day commemorates Australian and New Zealand casualties and veterans of conflicts and marks the anniversary of the landings in the Dardanelles on April 25, 1915 that would signal the start of the Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War.

 

This is one of those “threading the needle” moments for Miss Meghan. These aren’t exactly frivolous occasions and she’s probably under even more pressure than she’d normally be if she wasn’t an American to show restraint, dignity, and an understanding of why she’s there. At the same time, less than a month out from her wedding to the most eligible bachelor in the world, she’s got a ridiculous number of eyes on her every move, scrutinizing her every choice. In other words, she has to be both stateswoman and celebrity at the same time.

Now. Let’s get on with that scrutinizing we were talking about.

 

Miss Meghan, spreading a little Drama Butter around with the deployment of a very un-Windsor-like wide-brimmed had. We support this choice. In fact, given her preference for berets and now this bold piece, we really hope she doesn’t fall into a fascinator trap. Just because a certain crowd considers them de rigeur doesn’t mean they’re going to work for everyone. She’s much better off eschewing the Kate-like tiny chapeau and going for the bolder, bigger and more stylish head coverings.

Also: that’s the best coat we’ve ever seen her wear, due in no small part to the silhouette, which is tailored and fitted instead of her usual belted-bathrobe coat shape.

 

We will accept the tiny Treacy hat because first, it’s not too tiny and second, it has some personality to it. But we maintain that this style of head covering is not the best one for her.

We dig the very Jackie Kennedy-style black suit. The texture really makes it. We know we bitch about mid-calf hem lengths a lot but it really does come off proportionally odd when paired with such a short jacket. Her bottom half looks more like a bottom 75% with the way these proportions cut her up.

Still, it’s a very stately, mature and quietly chic look, which is what’s expected of her here. Consider this needle threaded, Megs.

 

 

Style Credits:
First Look: Smythe ‘Pagoda’ Coat | Gucci ‘Dionysus’ Velvet Clutch | Sarah Flint Suede Shoes
Second Look: Philip Treacy Hat

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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