The royal family is always a source of inspiration when it comes to style. While we’ll never get over Princess Diana‘s iconic wardrobe, we’re presently fixated on the current lineup of regal ladies—Queen Elizabeth II, Kate Middleton and bride-to-be Meghan Markle. Each takes a poised approach to fashion but holds a distinguishing quality all her own. Here, we break down the style essentials for the women of the British monarchy—royal bank account not required.
Queen Elizabeth II: Ultra Ladylike
As one would expect from the royal matriarch, Queen Elizabeth is as refined and tasteful as they come. With a penchant for timeless silhouettes rendered in vibrant colors, pristine skirt sets, elegant tea dresses and sleek coats are the crux of Her Majesty's wardrobe. As for her signature accessories? A color-coordinated hat, top-handle bag and block heels.
Kate Middleton: Traditional With A Twist
Ever the proper royal, Kate embodies a traditional aesthetic with a sartorial edge. She favors bold colors and unique details—from dresses to coordinated sets. She's even been known to wear pieces from Zara! She keeps accessories modest, regularly reaching for classic pumps, neutral sandals and prim bags.
Meghan Markle: Casually Elegant
Meghan is just getting her sea legs when it comes to her royal wardrobe. So far, she's proven a taste for monochromatic ensembles, menswear-inspired suiting and classic separates like white button-down shirts and ballet flats. For her bags, she's all for fresh shapes and pops of color. Like her soon-to-be sister-in-law, she has a favorite affordable retailer—in a nod to her former home of Canada, she loves Aritzia.