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Meghan Markle Just Sold Out the Perfect Fall Office Dress

The Meghan Markle Effect can no longer be denied. For at least the second time since setting foot in Düsseldorf, Germany, for the 2023 Invictus Games, the Duchess of Sussex has sold out a fall wardrobe essential.

On September 12, the 42-year-old royal wore a black pleated Banana Republic shirtdress, which originally retailed for $140 on its website…until it sold out after Markle's public appearance. But don't worry—there's some good news for those of you who already had your wallets out. Before we get into that, though, let's talk about what makes this particular outfit so covetable.

The shirtdress takes all the guesswork out of dressing in the morning, while looking extremely put together. Markle proved this point with very little styling, simply throwing on a braided belt and a pair of black pumps, as you can see below. Her outfit formula works because it's so intuitive: monochrome + slightly structured fit = corporate slay.

As for jewelry, Markle stuck with minimal arm candy, including a vintage-style watch and a friendship bracelet that did not sacrifice the streamlined look. (Side note: Thank you to Taylor Swift's Eras Tour for making friendship bracelets a thing adults seem to be exchanging at all sorts of events now.)

Though this particular dress is off the market (at least on the Banana Republic website), an off-white version of the same dress is not only still available but currently on sale for $70. The Pleated Midi Shirtdress ranges from size 0 to 18 and even comes with a fabric belt, which Markle chose to swap for a more structured style.

Of course, if you're over white as we head into fall (otherwise known as PSL season), Banana Republic has you covered with their Poplin Midi Shirtdress in Whisky, which boasts an extremely similar length and fit. The only real difference is the dress forgoes pleats in favor of visible pockets, which, frankly, is probably an upgrade.

Who needs a capsule wardrobe style guide when you can just copy Meghan Markle?

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by Anonymousreply 16September 20, 2023 3:16 AM

Will you be getting a similar dress, OP? In 6 XL?

by Anonymousreply 1September 17, 2023 5:41 AM

Dior turned her down, but I guess BR signed on. Way to go WME!

by Anonymousreply 2September 17, 2023 5:43 AM


by Anonymousreply 3September 17, 2023 5:44 AM

Next dress to sell out...

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by Anonymousreply 4September 17, 2023 5:48 AM

[quote] No no, GET HER OFF MY SCREEN. Thank u

That’s the LAST thing you want, toots

by Anonymousreply 5September 17, 2023 5:50 AM

Oh for fuck's sake, her publicist's interns are trying to merch HERE???

Anyone here who does drag requires something FAR more fabulous, and none of the fraus could fit into a 0-18.

by Anonymousreply 6September 17, 2023 6:45 AM

Harry's face at r4! What a putz!

by Anonymousreply 7September 17, 2023 12:08 PM

I do really like that dress at r4. That color looks great on her. I’m still skeptical that she can become a really big influencer with her normal ill-fitting neutrals though. I dislike her, but if she branched out and developed a more unique style, I think she’d be quite successful.

by Anonymousreply 8September 17, 2023 12:17 PM

Gert the Meghan look at Kohl's, ladies!

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by Anonymousreply 9September 17, 2023 12:43 PM

If only women could buy Kate's expensive gowns and tiaras online....

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by Anonymousreply 10September 17, 2023 1:47 PM

Can I buy this at Banana Republic?

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by Anonymousreply 11September 17, 2023 1:48 PM

Meghan had better hurry and get her Instagram going.

She should strike while the iron is hot!

by Anonymousreply 12September 17, 2023 11:17 PM

I thought it was a good look for Markle but it’s a lightweight cotton and will wrinkle at the drop of a hat. By the end of the day, it will look bedraggled.

by Anonymousreply 13September 18, 2023 1:00 AM

R4. She does like surprisingly good there. Harry looks awful.

by Anonymousreply 14September 18, 2023 1:35 AM

Just listen to her. She is full of herself. She disgraced the royal family. What wouldn’t she do? 🎙️

by Anonymousreply 15September 18, 2023 2:03 AM

This too?

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by Anonymousreply 16September 20, 2023 3:16 AM
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