Since the Duchess of Sussex arrived on the sparkling shores of the Pacific–Meghan’s wardrobe has undergone a radical transformation. From prim and proper royal princess to West Coast goddess–the glow-up is unmistakable. Gone are the days of fussy fascinators and piles of pantyhose — these days Meghan is all beachy babe crossed with Golden State glam. And what if you want to subscribe to Meghan’s Montecito Manifesto for fashionable dressing?

Here are 5 Fashion Lessons We Learned from Meghan Markle’s California Glow Up:

  1. Palazzo Pants are Your Friend

Don’t shun a pair of loose, wide-leg white pants in favor of formfitting skinny jeans or slim fit skirts. A pair of sailor trousers with a slimming stripe can do wonders for a wardrobe in need of a casual but comfy pair of pants. Meghan proved her allegiance to nautical minded gauchos in a pair of Annie Bing ‘Ryan’ trousers for a cozy backyard gab session with feminist icon Gloria Steinem.


2. Go for the Gold

Meghan has adopted a golden girl mindset since her arrival into the lush and luxe world of Santa Barbara’s splendor. From gold vermeil friendship bracelets to funky gold plated recycled brass earrings and Princess Diana’s yellow gold watch (which Meghan only started wearing in public since arriving stateside) — the mom of one is all about the charm of gilded golden jewelry.


3. A Linen Dress is a Daywear Do

Light, breezy and a steal at under $100, Meghan was spotted in this cool coastal chic dress for a visit to a medical plaza alongside Prince Harry. The busy activist looked ready for a poolside cocktail in her palm tree princess attire.

4. Statement T-Shirts are a Vibe

Meghan has mastered the art of giving sentimental shoutouts — whether through her clothing (who could forget her infamous Husband shirt at the Invictus Games) to symbolic jewelry (initial accessories are a favorite) to wearing masks and t-shirts with slogans and sayings that are reflective of her views. Maybe the duchess will even have her own ethical and sustainable fashion line in the future with plenty of graphic tees?


5. Blouses in Slinky Textures are Workwear Wonders

The duchess has found a new style stride on the Cali coast and her laidback LA mindset is evident with a slew of pretty blouses in tantalizing textures. From a coral colored Hugo Boss stretch silk top to a rich mahogany Victoria Beckham long sleeve silk shirt to an electric blue silk crepe de chine top (thought to be Adam Lippes) to a Victoria Beckham camel colored pointed collar silk shirt–the former Suits star is winning at the beautiful blouse game.