The Duchess of Sussex has a few signature fashion pieces that are instantly recognizable from wool wrap coats to bow detailed pumps and gold ring stacks, the mom-to-be often wears beloved favorites over and over again and often mixes them up with new incarnations of old style standbys. But one fashionable item she wears on repeat is peplum styles.
Even in her pre-duchess days and as the character Rachel Zane on Suits, Meghan had a case of peplum fever. From dresses to blouses and everything in between, this fashion trendsetter knows the power of a waist ruffle is not to be denied.
Here are 8 Meghan Markle Inspired Peplum Styles You Need in Your Closet for Spring:
- Screen Siren
Meghan turned heads in this velvet Stella McCartney pencil dress in 2011 for an entertainment event. The flared waist added a bit of interest to the LBD.
2. Trail Blazer
At an AOL event in 2016, Meghan looked to be showing off her calligraphy skills and her fashion prowess in this sleek peplum jacket in New York City. The low cut blazer worked perfectly with her slinky lace up heels and leggings.
3. Out of the Fray
Meghan looked picture perfect in this Proenza Schouler Frayed Tweed Sleeveless peplum top on screen as Rachel Zane. The top paired well with her cream colored pencil skirt and made her character look every inch the legal eagle.
4. Royal Court
While on the Oceania royal tour, Meghan made sure to look flawless at every engagement and the Invictus Games wheelchair basketball competition was no exception. The duchess had a newlywed glow that was undeniable and her burgundy peplum top by Aussie brand Scanlan Theodore was a real slam dunk.
5. Having a Ball
The Duchess of Sussex loves to wear peplum for sporty outings and she opted for an Oscar de la Renta navy draped asymmetric tiered peplum blouse for the Coach Core Awards. The duke and duchess had a little fun tossing around the ball and playing with students and faculty at Loughborough University in Leicestershire and Meghan’s draped top was a total win.
6. Markle Sparkle
Shunning a traditional black tie gown, Meghan went for a bustier and skirt combo for a Royal Variety performance in London with Prince Harry. Looking positively picture perfect in her strapless top with an asymmetric overlay peplum, all in bicolor leaf sequin, the duchess had custom straps added to her Safiyaa Malaya sleeveless showstopper for a super chic style statement.
7. Prep School
Long before her duchess days, Meghan showed off her love affair with black and white print in this shoot for Good Housekeeping in August 2016 where she donned a Kate Spade gingham top with a peplum detail. The preppy pattern gave Meghan the look of a Parisian sophisticate — which was not a far cry from her future London lady status.
8. Pencil Skirt Princess
The duchess doesn’t just covet peplum shirts and blouses. In fact, on Suits, she was seen sporting a little bit of flamenco flair in the way of a ruffled gray pencil skirt. The look was total girl boss with a bit of feminine zing thrown in for good measure.