Following the Duchess of Sussex’s big move across the Atlantic, we’ve seen a return to the laid-back LA style that dates back to her acting days. During the pandemic, Markle—who relocated to Beverly Hills with Prince Harry and baby Archie in March—has favoured a pared-back look for her virtual engagements, in contrast to the more formal looks we saw when she was a full-time royal.
Here we decode her Californian-style staples, plus how you can copy and paste them into your Zoom wardrobe.
1. Classic white T-shirt
Everyone needs a basic white T-shirt in their summer-style arsenal, and the Duchess is no exception. In a notably pared-back move, Markle opted for the wardrobe classic for a Zoom call with the Hubb Community Kitchen in London in April, a group that she supported with charity cookbook Together back in 2018. Where to get it? Sources point to designer (and friend) Misha Nonoo’s Girlfriend Tee, which comes with eco-friendly credentials, too.
2. Off-duty denim
The Duchess is a big fan of denim—just think back to those ripped jeans she wore for her first public appearance with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in Toronto back in 2017. While her jeans at Wimbledon in 2019 raised eyebrows in some quarters (despite them being within the dress code), there’s no such concern in Los Angeles. These days she favours a relaxed denim shirt —a go-to essential from her pre-Harry days—paired with shorts, as seen when she read a story to Archie as part of a Save the Children campaign in May, marking his first birthday.
3. Ultramarine blue
A day of back-to-back Zoom calls can always benefit from an injection of mood-lifting colour to brighten up proceedings, with Markle herself opting for an ultramarine-blue shift for her appearance at the digital 2020 Girl Up Leadership Summit earlier this month. Note the ultra-clean silhouette, which shares a textbook example of how to do fuss-free colour on conference calls.
4. His ‘n’ hers shirting
The classic white shirt is arguably the Duchess’s favourite wardrobe staple, whether it’s her Misha Nonoo Husband Shirt or the version she owns from Givenchy. It’s easy to see why, with the style essential being easy to dress up with sharp tailoring, or down with jeans. Markle opted for a lightweight version for a Zoom call with young leaders from the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust earlier this month, perfectly matching Prince Harry’s crisp white shirt.
5. Pre-loved sweater
Like Markle, we’ve all enjoyed turning to old wardrobe comforts during the pandemic. The Duchess opted for her favourite burgundy V-neck jumper by Joseph—first seen during an engagement at Windsor Castle in October 2019—for a call with London-based charity Smart Works in April, accessorised with a pendant necklace by ethical jewellery brand Edge of Ember.