I loved checking out all of Meghan Markle's outfits on her recent trip through Australasia! What about you guys? Not only am I a fan of Meghan's modern and sophisticated, yet still romantic style, but it was even more delightful to see her sporting looks from several sustainable designers like Outland Denim, Veja, Reformation, Maggie Marilyn, and others! In fact, I was so enthused, I nearly wrote a post featuring Meghan's looks with Meghan wearing them. Luckily, before I made that blogging faux pas, I remembered something I'd read in My Blogging Secrets by Amber McNaught (a book on blogging that I highly recommend): you can get in a lot of trouble using other people's pictures! I thought about a solution and realized I had a bunch of similar items in my closet but had never thought of putting them together before. I had so much fun recreating three of her looks-- the fourth was a dress similar to one she wore on the Australian leg of her trip and that I wore often this summer. (For all her looks, check out this Vogue tribute to her trip!) Which one do you think worked out best?
Meghan wore this look with a blazer by her pal Serena Williams when she first arrived in Australia. Her jeans are by sustainable brand Outland Denim.
Vintage Ralph Lauren Blazer from Shop Linda's Stuff. (Only $18!!!)
Vintage Chanel Backpack from Tradesy.
JBrand Maria high rise jeans available now at Bloomingdales.
Scotch & Soda tie-neck blouse (sustainable designer) from Bloomingdales last year. Similar Maje blouse here.
Meghan wore her Veja sneaks on a boatride. (Veja sneaks are not only gorgeous but made of fairly sourced materials!) Here's her same pair in size 5 available at Poshmark.
My Veja sneakers are from Amour Vert a few years back.
JBrand Maria high rise skinny jeans now available at Bloomingdales (and sooo comfortable!).
Wrap top from Reformation at Nordstrom.
Pre-owned Tory Burch tote from Shop Greene Street.
This is probably my favorite look from Meghan's trip! I wish we'd had more light to shoot this nighttime look, but c'est la vie... it's getting darker earlier and earlier! I'll definitely be wearing this look again and will try to get a better shot. Her white sheath dress is by Karen Gee, and she immediately crashed the website after she wore it. I think it's a nice classic piece every woman should have, for sure!
My Vince white sheath dress was pre-owned from Second Time Around.
Miu Miu trench coat pre-owned from luxury consignment at Shop Linda's Stuff.
Nude Aldo heels from several years back.
Vintage Chanel double flap purse from Tradesy.
My second favorite look of Meghan's featured a dress by Reformation. Above is a dress by Sézane I wore quite often this summer! Sézane is a nearly sustainable designer. I don't see anything about it explicitly on their website, but they do go out of their way to value their seamstresses, and I love that their clothes always arrive wrapped in muslin instead of plastic! Not to mention, I love their clothes in general. Check out their fall lookbook here!
Sezane dress and shoes from this summer.
Straw circle tote from sustainable, online-only boutique www.shopbaiae.com.
Sunglasses from Sunday Somewhere.
On a related note, following the acclaim, the Duchess of Sussex is now receiving criticism for how expensive her many (glorious) outfits were. I think people are forgetting she was a blogger and actress before she was a royal, so I bet quite a lot of people are giving her clothes. Unless that isn't allowed anymore? Hmm, anyone know the law for royals? I can't imagine it's the same as for politicos as there's no question of election shenanigans after all. I do know that her checked blazer, the one I'm imitating in this first look, was designed by her friend Serena Williams! And that immediately after she wore that white sheath dress she crashed the designer's website! Plus, we all know the Royals are, well, royally rich. Not to mention, I'm sure she has plenty of money of her own after having had a successful acting career, right? And boy, does she continue to work hard for the money! I was frankly exhausted watching her make her way through Australia, attending one event after another, always with a beautiful, warm, sincere smile plastered on her face. The thought alone of how much that poor woman had to smile gave me a headache. Let the hard-working, rich lady enjoy her pretty frocks, I say! Jeez! I'm enjoying watching her wear them!
What do you think? As a role model, is it on her to dress sensibly or are you enjoying the princess fantasy as much as I am? Actually, what I love most about Meghan Markle's style is that all her looks are so wearable, comfortable-looking even, yet somehow still elegant! She really is my favorite style icon at the moment! Which of her looks from her trip did you like the most? As for my post, which of Markle's looks from above do you think you might be able to build from your own closet as I did or which look do you think you could imagine yourself wearing?
Vintage Ralph Lauren Blazer. Similar he re. Pink Yotto mini. Similar here . Western belt. Similar ones from Nordstrom here . Sézane bag available here. Urban Outfitters scrunchie. Sooo many similar available on Etsy (whoops!). Frye boots. Similar here . Chan Luu scarf. Similar here.
Pre-owned DVF pants. Similar here. Haute Hippie bodysuit. Similar here & only $22! Sézane bag available here. Chan Luu scarf. Similar here.
Doên blouse. Similar here . Pink Yotto mini. Similar here . Céline bag. Similar here . Frye boots. Similar here .
A great rule of thumb for the slow-fashion minded (or anyone who loves the idea of an easy capsule wardrobe of things you can put on and that can make you feel instantly both polished and effortless) is to ask yourself this question before making a purchase: will I wear this item at least 30 times? (I've also recently heard another useful shopping question you can ask yourself to help you make better shopping choices: do you want a piece or do you love it? Only buy what you love!) That said, and excellent questions to ask myself before shopping notwithstanding, minimalism doesn't seem to be in the cards for me. At least not when it comes to clothes or shoes. I love vintage-shopping and thrift-hunting too much!
However, every season I do tend to build my outfits around a few key investment pieces, and these boots are one of my favorite, investment staples of the season. Actually, the Sabrina boots are as functional as they're comfortable and chic, and I feel like I'll be wearing these until I wear them out! That has tended to be the case with all my Frye boots! They've even defined different times in my life-- my first pair of nice boots were Frye over-the-knee boots back in 2009 and accompanied me on many an audition, and I still love my Frye cowboy boots even if, sadly, they're the one pair I grew out of after I had my second child. (Size up in Frye for the sake of posterity!!) Whether you buy your Frye secondhand or at a discount on Bluefly here or brand-spanking new (if they're sold out at Bluefly in your size in black be sure to check out them out in this burgundy color as well) in my experience they're always a worthwhile investment. Again, please note: painful experience has also taught me to size a half or full size up in all my Frye purchases.
Which look is your favorite? Do you prefer 1,2, or 3? Do you own a pair of lace-up boots with a chic edge?
FYI I also love the more delicate lace-up versions of these booties at Rouje and Sézane, but I thought they were both a little too fancy for my current needs. I could say yes to the Frye boots I'm wearing above, because I knew I could wear them in a variety of situations whether caring for my toddlers or dressed up as in look #3! And they seriously lengthen my legs. I love them! Either way, check out more than 4,000 brands at 70% off at Bluefly here!
On our way to the flea market last year! We seem to have skipped right over spring this year and gone from the bitterest cold straight to 70 degree weather, so I thought it would be nice to ruminate on the perfect spring (last year's!), the perfect (thrifted!) spring outfit, and the Clover Flea Market-- one of my favorite spring events in Philadelphia.
It was already held in Chestnut Hill this spring, but here are some upcoming dates in and around the city:
Spring 2018 Schedule:
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