Fashion Face-Off: Kate Middleton vs. Meghan Markle
It seems that a renowned sense of style is a prerequisite to becoming a Princess in the royal family! Princess Diana was one of the most photographed women in the world when she was a royal and she undeniably made a name for herself as a style icon with her demure tweed suits, elegant pencil skirts and luxurious gowns. Following suit, when Kate Middleton joined the royal family, she proved herself to have a similar elevated sense of style. Her movement towards achievable fashion sent swooning fans on a race to their closest Zara to pick up her latest piece which many have dubbed the “Kate Middleton effect” on fashion.
With this in mind, Prince Harry’s rumored soon-to-be fiance Meghan Markle has quite big shoes to fill when she becomes royalty herself! Luckily, Meghan has already proven herself to be quite the fashionista and has often been spotted rocking a more undone yet still highly polished take on Middleton’s classic and preppy style. Markle’s swoon-worthy casual looks are chic and feminine and her red carpet style is just as fabulous by featuring many silk cocktail dresses and jewel toned styles. Markle may not be a bonafide style icon yet like her predecessors, Diana and Kate, but she has definitely proved she’s well on her way! Follow along to vote on who wore the following classic looks best — reigning style icon Kate Middleton or newbie fashionista Meghan Markle?
12. The Crisp, Casual Look
Even Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have to be off-duty sometimes despite being associated with royalty and always on the go! These ladies are not only stunners at high-profile events, but also during their casual time. In June of this year, Kate Middleton stepped out at the 1851 Trust sailing roadshow wearing one of her classic casual looks. She rocked a crisp white blazer layered on top of a plain white tee which she paired with navy trousers. She kept the jewelry minimal and let her hair fall natural and loose.
Meghan Markle has a similar off-duty style, but her looks tend to be a little more edgy and undone. The Suits actress was recently spotted on the arm of boyfriend Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto and wore a crisp white button-up top tucked into distressed light wash jeans that were frayed along the ankle. She topped the look off with a camel-colored tote bag. Who does crisp, casual style better — Middleton or Markle?
11. The Red Show Stopper
In 2016, Kate Middleton stunned in this ankle-length cherry red tea dress when she attended a reception at the Government House in British Columbia. Middleton chose to sweep her hair up in a structured updo to show off the asymmetrical neckline of the gown and topped the look with drop-style diamond earrings and a simple brooch. For accessories, she stayed true to an all-red color palette and opted for a crimson clutch and matching pointed toe pumps.
In July of 2016, Meghan Markle stepped out in a similar bright red ankle-length dress when she appeared on the Today show. Rather than a sleek updo like Middleton, Markle opted for side swept loose waves. The neckline of her dress was also a bit more low-cut than Middleton and, instead of all-red accessories, Markle opted for nude heels and a black tote bag. Who pulls off a classic red dress better?