We’re all familiar with the so-called Kate Middleton effect, which causes high-end styles worn by the Duchess of Cambridge — and even her two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte — to sell out within a matter of hours or even minutes of her being photographed in them. Just think back to the Reiss shift dress she wore to meet Barack and Michelle Obama, the budget-friendly pieces by Topshop which she chose for last year’s tour of India and Bhutan and, most famously, the blue Issa wrap dress that will forever be associated with Kate and Prince William’s engagement photos.
Now, as befits her newfound (if unofficial) status as a royal-to-be, Meghan Markle appears to have developed a similar ability to whip up a storm around a particular item of clothing.
While attending the opening ceremony of the 2017 Invictus Games over the weekend — seated just a few rows away from her boyfriend, Prince Harry — the Suits star paid homage to her adopted city, Toronto, through her fashion choices.
Opting for a tonal approach to occasion dressing, the actress wore two standout pieces from two Canadian brands, both in rich hues of burgundy, the "Beaune" midi dress by Aritzia, with a crossover "V" neckline and pleated skirt, and the "Baya" leather jacket by Mackage, a classic biker style in a deeper maroon shade. Completing the purple-on-purple effect was a velvet clutch bag in a complementary shade.
Meghan at the 2017 Invictus Games. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Priced at $185, the Aritzia dress presents an affordable spin on occasion dressing for Meghan, who typically mixes low-key or ethically sourced fashion brands with high-end labels for public appearances (including a handful of British designers such as Erdem and Antonio Berardi). While the maroon version of the style has already sold out on the brand’s website, it is still available in a handful of colors including black, cobalt blue, and a rosy pink. The Mackage jacket, priced at $690, is sold out too.
Meghan has previously opted to wear Aritzia for another high-profile date. At the Audi polo challenge earlier this summer, the actress was photographed pairing a white blazer from the Canadian label with a black dress from London brand Antonio Berardi.
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This post was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Grazia Daily.