We all know the Duchess of Sussex as a fashion icon, yet on her royal tour she took a different route. You need to see the secret message Meghan Markle sent on her Africa tour through her clothing choices.
Without saying a word, the Duchess of Sussex surprised us all with a powerful statement on sustainability on her South Africa Tour. Meghan Markle’s thought-out wardrobe consisted of subdued and recycled looks. The message this sent? Focus on the actions on the tour, not the clothing being worn.
Meghan Markle wore a wardrobe valued at £130,000 on her first Commonwealth Tour. In contrast, this time around Express.co.uk estimates the looks costed £9,000. Fans anxiously anticipated a wild new wardrobe, yet Meghan’s simple looks wowed her following in a new way.
Some well-known looks recycled were Meghan’s sleeveless stripped maxi dress by Martin Grant and her House of Nonie trench dress. Meghan Markle is not the first royal to use her clothing to send a powerful message. This was also done by the late Princess Diana to communicate strong messages about charitable causes.
Interestingly, Christine Ross, the editor of the fashion blog Meghan’s Mirror explains how “any time a royal re-wears something, there’s usually a reason.” In this case, the Duchess of Sussex is working to direct attention from her fashion taste to the mission of her tour.
While Meghan Markle wore many recycled pieces on her Africa tour, a notable look was when she sported the brand STAUD. As the Duchess is a strong supporter of sustainable fashion, wearing this brand helped promote the cause.
Because STAUD is an LA-based sustainable fashion line, Meghan wearing their recycled nylon dress worked wonders for the sustainable fashion community. The Duchess of Sussex sported this look on her visit to the Auwal Mosque. Her influence placed more emphasis on the importance of sustainability in fashion.
The cofounder of STAUD, Sarah Staudinger, told People Magazine “The eyes of the world are constantly on the royal family, so it is very meaningful that the Duchess has placed a focus on sustainability.” Additionally, she shared that “we are honored that she chose to wear a dress from our brand.”
The STAUD dress Meghan famously wears, the Millie, is an army green, floor length, belted and loose fitting dress that is made entirely from recycled nylon. Because the “Markle Sparkle” phenomenon was in full-swing, the dress immediately sold out. Yet, if you need this in your wardrobe it is available on backorder!
Per usual, Meghan Markle’s clothing was tasteful and sparked conversation. Although, in the case of her South Africa tour wardrobe the focus of conversation was sustainability and the actions on the tour. Nonetheless, the Duchess of Sussex still killed these recycled looks full of class and substance.