Darlings, the longest Royal Tour in history (or maybe it just felt that way) is coming to an end, which gives Duchess Megs just enough time to squeeze in a couple more semi-generic black and navy blue looks before departing!
Meghan Markle Visits Te Papaiouru Marae in Rotorua, New Zealand
Her preference for crew necklines left her without many options to show off that gorgeous pendant, created by Maori designer Kiri Nathan and given to the Duchess by the Governor General Patsy Reddy earlier this week. It’s well-highlighted against the dark dress, but it would look much better with a V neckline. But it’s to her credit that she wore it, and it’s not anyone’s fault that she didn’t have the right outfit to pair with it.
The dress itself is just okay. Another style preference that kind of worked against her this trip: body-hugging bodices. Both of these looks have slight bra issues (fit and visibility) – which are totally understandable given her changing body at the moment, but would have been unnoticeable had she opted for a bit more drape and flare in her silhouette choices.
Meghan Markle Takes Part in a Walkabout in Rotorua, New Zealand
Like a well-trained actress, she saved one of the best parts of her performance until just before the curtain call. This is easily one of the best looks she’s ever worn. We don’t actually like the top much at all, though. The sleeves are an odd length and we don’t think the neckline or hem length are the best possible choices for her. It’s not much of an issue, though; because the colors look fantastic on her and the focus is all on that eye-catching skirt, which is pretty fantastic. It’s a bit sheer, which strikes us as a rookie mistake, but we’re not inclined to get upset over something like that when the results look so good. Once again our point is proven (in our eyes, at least): she comes alive with a little bit of color, pattern and personality in her clothing choices.
Still, if we had to read the royal style tea leaves, we suspect she learned a whole binder’s worth of information on this trip about royal comportment and how she wants to execute it going forward. It’ll be interesting to see how her style choices evolve over the next few months.
First Look: Stella McCartney Navy Asymmetric Crêpe Dress | Boh Runga ‘Feather Kiss’ Studs | Pounamu Kouma Necklace by Maori Designer Kiri Nathan | Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pump
Second Look: Givenchy Top and Skirt | Boh Runga ‘Feather Kiss’ Studs | Manolo Blahnik ‘BB’ Pointy Toe Pump
[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]