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Meghan Markle Wore Her Most Kate Middleton-esque Outfit Yet

Is the Princess-to-be’s style getting more conservative?

Meghan Markle’s public appearance outfits are usually notable for their casual sophistication. The royal-to-be possesses the rare ability to throw on a pair of trousers and a blazer and turn it into a capital-L Look. The widespread appeal of her style is built upon a sense of cheeky insouciance that matches her husband-to-be’s legendary cheek.

But Markle’s latest outfit is a total departure from the stylistic nonchalance we’re used to. In her latest appearance in Northern Ireland, where Markle and her Prince spent the day with 2,000 students a part of a peace-building initiative called Amazing the Space, she arrived clad in a cream sweater by Victoria Beckham, a khaki-coloured coat by Mackage, a prim pencil skirt by Greta Constantine (#CanConForever) and pair of burnt orange stilettos. She’s also still, notably, rocking the saddle-shaped handbag.

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While the colour of Markle’s heels is a slight departure from Kate Middleton’s ubiquitous nude pumps by L.K. Bennett, the silhouette is the exact same. Not to mention the pencil skirt seems far more apropos of Rachel Zane, her Suits character, than Meghan Markle. Much has been made of Markle’s stylistic differences from Kate Middleton, for example their ability to channel completely different vibes while wearing similar blue dresses. For the first time, Meghan Markle has stepped out in an outfit that would look just as natural – or perhaps more natural – on Kate Middleton than it does on Markle.

The only throwback to Casual Meghan in this conservative outfit is her mussy hairdo, with plenty of flyaway strands. According to an expert, Markle’s habit of touching her hair might be rooted in nerves. “Some people might touch, twirl or stroke their hair when in awkward social situations such as when they’re not sure what to do or what to say,” Blanca Cobb, a body language expert told Good Housekeeping last year.

We certainly hope this look doesn’t spell the end of the Casual Meghan, but we’ll have to wait and see.