On her first appearance since Christmas, the Duchess of Sussex made a surprise visit to Smart Works in London! The visit was part of the announcement of the royal patronages given to Meghan by Queen Elizabeth. These four new royal duties are all very on-point for the new Duchess, tapping into her life prior to becoming a royal. She’s taking over the Queen’s patronages at the National Theatre and at the Association of Commonwealth Universities, as well as becoming a royal patron of The Mayhew (an animal welfare organization) and Smart Works, which assists unemployed and vulnerable women return to the workplace. I have a feeling Meghan is very pleased with this selection of organizations to work with – they seem right up her alley! I’m personally very excited to see her get going!
For this surprise visit to Smart Works, Meghan wore this comfortable Hatch dress, this oversized Oscar de la Renta coat, a beautiful black Victoria Beckham box bag (now sold out), and an old pair of calf-hair Gianvito Rossi Plexi pumps she had before entry into royal life. Unfortunately the pumps are no longer available in the black + white calf-hair look Markle has, but they are still available in black patent leather here and here! The PVC details give these sleek back pumps a sexy vibe, don’t you think?
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, Hatch, they are known for creating chic, comfortable pieces you can wear before, during and post-pregnancy. You can shop her exact dress here and a number of additional styles here. They’ve got workwear, loungewear, and everything in between!
Finally, you may have noticed the unique earrings Meghan wore on this visit? They’re by Kimai, a brand known for sustainable, ethically made diamonds. Each diamond is lab-grown – how cool is that?! Shop Meghan’s pair here.
- If you’re looking for a similar dress style under $100, don’t miss this!
- Want the box bag look for less? This style is perfect and under $50.
- Her coat is very pricey, but you can shop similar looks here and here.
- If you want a lookalike black + white pump look and don’t mind an investment, this new Aquazzura pair is a good copycat!