How to Avoid Wearing Maternity Clothes, According to Meghan Markle
We probably don't need to remind you of Meghan Markle's A+ style. It doesn't matter what she's doing or where she's going, she consistently shuts it down with her Cali-cool vibe. Her pregnancy looks were particularly noteworthy because aside from stepping out in fashion-forward maternity label Hatch, she was able to look flawless without actually wearing maternity-specific items thanks to a few always-flattering wardrobe tricks. To see what we mean, swipe through to check out the Duchess of Sussex's best maternity ensembles, complete with styling tips.
Wear head-to-toe neutrals for a streamlined vibe: Markle visited The National Theatre on January 30, 2019 in London, England donning a matching Brandon Maxwell dress and blazer getup with a coordinating clutch and stilettos. (Photo via Karwai Tang/Getty)
Don’t be afraid to use strategic color-blocking: The Duchess of Sussex really went for it leaving the Birkenhead Town Hall on January 14, 2019 in Birkenhead, England in a bright purple dress from Babaton by Aritzia, a contrasting red coat by Sentaler, equally statement-making Stuart Weitzman pumps, and a Gabriella Hearst bag. (Photo via Richard Martin-Roberts/Getty)
Elongate your silhouette with a turtleneck design: Markle donned a white Calvin Klein turtleneck dress with an Amanda Wakeley coat, Ralph Lauren clutch, and Christian Louboutin heels while attending a gala performance of The Wider Earth at the Natural History Museum on February 12, 2019 in London, England. (Photo via Max Mumby/Getty)
Opt for an empire-waist frock for a complimentary look: Markle visited the Andalusian Gardens in Rabat, Moroco on February 25, 2019 in a black pleated Loyd/Ford dress, a white Aritzia Babton blazer, Manolo Blahnik heels, and gold GAS Bijoux earrings. (Photo via Samir Hussein/Getty)
A flowy maxi will always work: For a visit with King Mohammed VI of Morocco on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco, the Duchess of Sussex stepped out in a custom Carolina Herrera floor-length dress with a gold Dior clutch and Cartier diamond earrings. (Photo via Samir Hussein/Getty)
Any all-black getup will be flattering: On January 31, 2019, Markle left the Association of Commonwealth Universities at City, University of London in a black pleated dress and coat by Givenchy, complete with nude Manolo Blahnik heels. (Photo via Mark Cuthbert/Getty)
A simple shift dress in an all-over print always a good idea: The Duchess of Sussex opted for an Amanda Wakeley coat over her printed brocade dress with a Wilbur and Gussie clutch and Paul Andrew suede pumps at a reception for the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace in London, England on March 5, 2019. (Photo via DOMINIC LIPINSK/Getty)
And if you are going for actual maternity clothes — go for the best: Try Hatch like Markle as she visited Smart Works on January 10, 2019 in London, England wearing an Oscar de la Renta coat with a black Hatch maternity dress, patterned stilettos, and a Victoria Beckham structured bag. (Photo via Neil Mockford/Getty)
Bobby Schuessler is a contributing fashion writer at Brit + Co and has contributed to Who What Wear, Refinery29, Lucky, Glamour, Out, Nordstrom, and Barneys New York. When he's not writing about style and shopping, you can find him catching up on the latest Housewives franchise and sipping his go-to drink, a vodka martini with a splash of cranberry and a twist.