Dear PurseBop Readers Around the World,
As your London correspondent, I consider it my personal duty to keep you abreast of British royal fashion. (Have you read my earlier article, Royal Handbag Analysis: What’s Your Bag Trick?) Now that we have a royal wedding on the horizon, following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s December 2017 engagement, it only seems fair that Markle’s fashion be scrutinized alongside the other members of the monarchy.
The Suits star’s fashion, like Kate Middleton’s, is sure to change post-engagement—in fact, it’s already started to! So far, it looks like Markle is swapping out Céline and yoga pants for tailored coats and bags by smaller British brands. From her sunny hometown of LA to gray-hued Britain, Markle’s style is sure to go through some adjustments. Join us as we look in detail at a number of the bags she’s carried, split into pre- and post-engagement, to get a sense of her handbag taste and changing style. Will Markle be a bag icon for you…?
Markle’s bag collection has always been eclectic, ranging from less exclusive brands like Kate Spade and Everlane to Chanel and Hermès. She has never, however, delved into the territory of the more coveted H bags. Many of these bags have been spotted on Markle’s shoulder as she’s traveled, gone out to dinner, and even speed-walked to yoga. Her bags, like her general style, embrace urban-chic, and they tend toward neutral hues rather than pops of color. Let’s explore her bag style in pictures!
*Click the photos of the individual bags for more information.
Chanel Gabrielle Bag
Saint Laurent Sac de Jour
Charlotte Olympia Pandora Clutch
Céline Ring Bag
Céline Trio Bag
Burberry Bridle Bag
Hermès Double Sens Tote
Goyard Saint Louis PM Tote
Mulberry Zipped Bayswater
Since Markle has only been engaged for a couple of months, there have only been a few occasions on which she’s been spotted in public with a handbag in tow. (So it’s difficult to fully compare her new style with her pre-engagement collection!) One interesting thing to notice is that she’s gravitating toward bags by smaller British heritage designers in what is definitely a nod to her adopted country! Yet her suede Chloé Pixie bag shows that she’s still willing to bring a bit of a funkier style to royal engagements.
Chloé Pixie Bag
Strathberry Midi Tote
Demellier London ‘The Mini Venice’ Bag
It’ll certainly be interesting to keep a close eye on Markle’s handbag choices over the next few months—and even years! How much will her style evolve? Are recent handbag decisions a glimpse into what’s to come? To what extent will her sunny LA style influence her royal wardrobe? Only time will tell.
For now, are you a fan of Markle’s handbag preferences, pre- and post-engagement? What do you think of her style more broadly: is it something you’d like to hear more of? Or are there other royals’ wardrobes you’d like to see analyzed? Let me know in the comments below!
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Updated: February 10th, 2018