The Ugly Red Dress Meghan Markle Wore to the Invictus Games
The recent ‘One Year To Go’ countdown event at the Invictus Games in Dusseldorf saw the newlyweds, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, strutting their stuff on the red carpet. But despite their glamorous ensembles, the pair were met with a fair amount of criticism. Amongst the issues was the fact that Meghan was wearing a very unflattering dress.
As a former actress and model, the 32-year-old has made it clear that she has a particular flair for style. She has been photographed for high-profile engagements and landed her first public speaking role as the senior royal couple. Now, she is living in her California home. And while her wardrobe is a far cry from the ‘royal look’ that her former life entails, she has clearly been reading the trends and proposing the appropriate looks.
This time, Meghan was clad in a bright red dress with a cape. Designed by Emilia Wickstead, the dress had a plunging neckline and came with a matching train. It was a perfect example of the new direction of her style.
Despite this new, more streamlined and classic aesthetic, the dress was not what the American Veterans award dinner had in mind. Its bright red colour is inappropriate for a ceremony that honors veterans and service men and women. There were other outfits that could have been more fitting.
Earlier this week, Meghan attended an event in Manchester for the One Young World Summit. She wore a halter-neck top by LA-based designer Anine Bing, which highlighted her toned shoulders and arms. At the same time, it was very similar to her Stella McCartney wedding dress.
Another choice she made for her final engagements as a senior royal was a dress by Dior. The creative director of the renowned French brand, Maria Grazia Chiuri, has made feminism integral to her vision. Moreover, her outfits are designed in a way that highlights her personality.
Besides the Dior dress, the American actress also wore a white ribbed halter-neck vest from Another Tomorrow, pinkish beige wide-leg wool blend trousers from Brandon Maxwell, a Stephen Jones hat, and a $6,550 Cartier Tank Francaise watch. While her gloves were a good touch, the stud earrings and lip gloss were not.
Despite the fact that the dress was inappropriate for the awards, she was still stylish. For her first public appearance as the senior royal couple, she stepped back from her usual high-profile appearances and dressed in a more streamlined, classic style. Her hair was sleek, her makeup was simple, and her earrings were studs.
With this look, she drew attention away from the past. It was very clear that she was now living to please herself.
On a personal note, she was very comfortable in the spotlight. That’s why she was able to deliver a powerful speech about gender equality. She was also free from an implicit obligation to wear British designers. Interestingly, Meghan’s father was also an actor, and she travelled the world with him on numerous production sets and auditions.