Dressing like a Duchess

Dressing like a Duchess

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will share their first interview post-royal life tonight with the legendary Oprah Winfrey. While their story will no doubt be enthralling, what has always drawn me to the royal family is the style of the women of Windsor. From Queen Victoria to Princess Diana and the two Duchesses, I cannot get enough royal fashions.

Personally, I think Kate is a greater style icon, but I can relate more to Meghan’s style. Meghan chooses beautiful pieces to wear, but for whatever reason, the fit is usually off or it may not be the best style for the occasion, whereas Kate nails fit and occasion every time.

What I love about both duchesses is that they blend high street fashions with couture pieces. One day we might see Kate in a Jenny Packham gown and the next morning we might see her playing with her children in a Zara dress. With both women, one thing we know for sure is that whenever they wear affordable fashions, the pieces are sure to be sold out in seconds.

Kate favors brands like Emilia Wickstead, Elie Saab, Zara, Jimmy Choo and Superga while Meghan loves Oscar de la Renta, Victoria Beckham, Aquazurra, Veja and J.Crew. Kate’s style is definitely more mature and conservative than Meghan’s and I think that is because it has to be. Kate is the future queen of England and Meghan now has the life of a celebrity in Montecito so she can be much more laid back and take risks that Kate can’t.

I am loving Meghan’s style post-royal life. I think we are now seeing the real Meghan and she is a lot more comfortable with herself. Constant scrutiny and the need to wear over-the-top fashions every day must have been exhausting so I totally understand her desire to be back in California. And what better place to relocate than Montecito? Santa Barbara and Montecito have a very special place in my heart as I was married there and have spent a lot of time in the area. I think Meghan is nailing Montecito chic and I am so happy for her.

I see Kate as the style icon because she is someone I aspire to be and has a life I could really only dream of, as such her clothes are not things I would normally wear. Meghan’s style is much more accessible and her life now is much more relatable. Once in a while I will have the same dress as Kate (usually from Zara) but it is a regular occurrence that Meghan is photographed in an outfit that I also have and that is pretty cool.

What did you think of the interview tonight and who is your royal style icon? Leave me a comment and let me know!

XO,

Brit

Brit’s Picks

Brit’s Picks

  1. Beauty Bio Collagen Eye Patches 2. Yoga with Baye Tilson 3. Levi 501 Skinny Jeans 4. Juliette Collarless Blazer 5. Nars Afterglow Lip balm

I have been using the Beautybio eye patches almost every day this month. I love putting them in the refrigerator in the morning and then putting them on in the afternoon when they are chilled, it is truly so lovely. They are $40 for a pack of 15 patches and I know that seems high compared to Patchology, but when you break it down per pair, these are the cheaper option and I think they are a better product overall.

As I mentioned yesterday, I have been doing Baye Tilson’s yoga classes on Youtube and love them so much!

Wearing my Levi 501 Skinny Jeans at home.

The Levi 501 Skinny jeans have kind of a cult following and for good reason. These jeans are perfect for lounging around the house, but in a *slightly* put together way. They are also a little bit thicker than your average jean so they are very forgiving which is good for all of us right now. I have been wearing these at least two or three days each week and love them.

I ordered the J.crew Juliette Collarless blazer in white the other day and am so excited to get it! I bought this blazer last year in an olive green color and it was perfect to wear to the office or out to dinner.

Wearing the Juliette Blazer in olive green for a day at the office last fall.

Many of you might remember the blazer was popularized by Meghan Markle last summer when she wore the grey version to the US Open. After that, it was backordered for months, but you can now get it in a few colors for $58!! I plan on wearing this all summer with dresses or with white jeans and a tee. I’ve learned that this style runs big so I would recommend sizing down from your true size.

I also highly recommend the Nars Afterglow Lip Balm. I probably use chapstick and lip gloss too much but I HATE having chapped lips. This lip balm is the perfect blend for me because it is hydrating and provides a little pop of color. I chose the color “Fast Lane” and it compliments my olive skin tone really well.

What did you think of the picks this week? Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorites are!

XO,

Brit