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Glorious gowns and cool-girl chic: Why 2019 was Meghan Markle’s most fashion-forward year to date

She is one chic royal.
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If there’s one thing we know for sure in this world, it’s that Meghan Markle is a fashion icon.

Yep, you really can’t argue with the fact that whenever Meghan steps out in public, several million eyeballs will be seeking out exactly what she is wearing, and likely working out exactly how to replicate her flawless looks.

That’s why this year has been all the more glorious, because not only have we been given ample opportunity to see the Duchess radiate her uncanny eye for style at a number of events after giving birth to her son Archie, but we’ve also seen her embrace unique shapes and silhouettes throughout her final months of pregnancy.

It has been, to put it lightly, an absolute treat to witness Markle’s incredible style evolve as the year has progressed.

And we’re certainly continuing to do so – the Duchess will have several more engagements before 2019 is out, and you can bet we’ll be waiting and ready to take style cues as soon as she steps out.

But in the meantime, we decided to highlight her very best outfits of the year so far – so prepare your eyeballs, because you’re about to get a Wintour-worthy fashion show.

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Meghan Markle in Babaton by Aritizia dress

For her first engagement in 2019, Duchess Meghan went all out on the colour spectrum by wearing a purple dress from Babaton by Aritizia dress, and adding an extra layer of warmth with a red wrap coat by designer Sentaler.

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Meghan Markle in Mayhew

Later that month, the Duchess rocked an all-beige ensemble when she stepped out in Mayhew. To make us love her even more, fans were delighted to discover her chic knit dress was actually an H&M creation, and cost only $39!

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Meghan Markle in Courrèges

In February, the Duchess made headlines the world over when she travelled to New York City for her baby shower. Heading into the coveted penthouse location, where the party was held, Meghan was pictured in this chic Courrèges coat. Heavenly!

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Meghan Markle Dior

Meghan and Harry’s tour of Morocco in February was also a fashion spectacle to behold. The then-heavily pregnant royal stepped out in this divine custom Dior design, which goes down in our history books as one of her best ever looks to date.

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Meghan Markle in Erdem

In one of her very last appearances before giving birth, Meghan stepped out in March wearing this beautiful Erdem ensemble for the Commonwealth Day celebrations.

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Meghan Markle in Grace Wales Bonner

He’s here! Duchess Meghan’s joy was clear after she welcomed her baby son Archie in May. Stepping out for the very first time just days after giving birth, Meghan’s white tuxedo-style dress, which was designed by talented British up-and-coming designer Grace Wales Bonner was nothing short of perfection.

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Meghan Markle in Givenchy

A month later, the Duchess made her second post-birth appearance at the annual Trooping the Colour parade. Wearing a navy blue ensemble by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, Meghan was oozing elegance.

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Meghan Markle Dior christening

For baby Archie’s christening, Meghan opted for a beautiful white Dior creation. With a matching hat to boot, the new mum was looking stylish as ever.

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Meghan Markle in Lisa Marie Fernandez

In July, Meghan was snapped attending a polo match, in which Prince Harry was competing. The 38-year-old’s très chic olive caftan dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez was the first thing on our spring wardrobe wish-list.

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Meghan Markle Wimbledon in Givenchy

Meghan attended the Wimbledon women’s singles final in July (with sister-in-law Duchess Catherine, no less!) wearing this beautiful white Givenchy shirt paired with a printed Hugo Boss pleated midi skirt. Nailed it!

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Meghan Markle in Jason Wu

Later that month, Meghan made her dazzling return to the red carpet (or in this case, yellow!) in a glorious Jason Wu dress for the Lion King European premiere. Featuring sheer sleeves and an A-line skirt, we were obsessed with this glamorous look on the royal.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walk the red carpet for the Lion King premiere

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Meghan Markle Smartworks

In one of her biggest moments of the year, our queen of style herself released her own clothing range alongside women’s charity Smart Works. Teaming up with British fashion stalwarts Marks & Spencer, Jigaw, John Lewis and designer and pal Misha Nonoo, Meghans clothing line featured five key workwear pieces.

At the launch, Meghan wore her own designs, consisting this crisp white shirt by Misha Nonoo and chic black tailored trousers by Jigsaw. A true talent!

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Meghan Markle delivers empowering speech at her capsule collection launch

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Megan Markle in Everlane

In September, Meghan kick-started another heavenly fashion spectacle as she toured South Africa with Prince Harry and baby Archie. In one of our favourite looks from the tour, Meghan turned heads in this chic sleeveless black jumpsuit by Everlane.

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Meghan Markle in Veronica Beard

On day two of the royal tour, Meghan wowed us once again by wearing a recycled style that she wore on her previous 2018 tour of Tonga. The gorgeous blue Veronica Beard shirt dress was all kinds of chic on the Duchess.

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Meghan Markle in Tencel

In one of her final looks of the royal tour, Meghan glowed in this beautiful white shirt dress by Tencel. Adding a pop of colour with her bright tassel earrings, we were enamoured by the Duchesses flawless fashion display.

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Meghan Markle Babaton for ARITZIA

In October, Meghan stepped out to attend the One Young World Summit Opening Ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in a dress you might find quite familiar if you just scroll up a little… yep, she rewore one of our favourite maternity designs -her gorgeous Babaton for ARITZIA dress. An absolute vision if we ever saw one!

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Queens Commonwealth Trust

In late October, Meghan attended a round table discussion on gender equality with The Queens Commonwealth Trust in Windsor. Her Hugo Boss red skirt and maroon V-neck knit made a statement in itself – but it was that 60s-esque beehive up-do that really stole the show!

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91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey

In November, Meghan attended the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey ahead of the Remembrance Day commemorations in London. While temperatures warmed up back home here in Australia, there was no denying that London was cooling down. The Duchess rugged up in this chic teddy coat by Sentaler. She paired the look with black Tamara Mellon boots.

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Meghan’s fresh make-up look for the day was also on point – and how perfect is her Philip Treacy facinator?

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Festival of Remembrance

That weekend, the Duchess attended the Festival of Remembrance at Royal Albert Hall in a beautiful black jacquard dress by Erdem. Heaven!

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Day of Remembrance

The following day, Markle wore yet another stunning black ensemble, opting for a dark coat and wide-brimmed hat. Her smokey eye-makeup also looked gorgeous.

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