How to dress like Meghan Markle, so you can look like a royal

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Whenever the Duchess of Sussex steps out, people want to know: What or who is she wearing? Some call it the "Meghan Markle effect." Like many celebrities before her, including her sister-in-law Kate Middleton, when Meghan wears something, we want to wear it, too. 

Meghan Markle has always had great style, but since becoming royal, she's had to pay even closer attention to the brands and styles she wears to avoid breaking royal protocol or worse, a fashion faux pas

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Trend: Trench coat dress

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex visits The Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at the Southbank Centre on July 17, 2018 in London, England.

Trend: Trench coat dress

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, pose with their newborn son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor during a photocall in St George's Hall at Windsor Castle on May 8, 2019 in Windsor, England.

Trend: Trench coat dress

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend the first annual Royal Foundation Forum held at Aviva on February 28, 2018 in London, England.

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Meghan Markle attends a reception with delegates from the Commonwealth Youth Forum in central London on April 18, 2018, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM). 

Trend: Trench coat dress

The Duchess of Sussex meets actors in costume during a visit to Courtenay Creative, in Wellington, on day two of the royal couple's tour of New Zealand. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Smart Works on January 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. 

Trend: Black pantsuit

Meghan Markle attends the 'Endeavour Fund Awards' Ceremony at Goldsmiths' Hall on February 1, 2018 in London, England.

Trend: Black pantsuit

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex views the Famine Memorial on the bank of the River Liffey during their visit to Ireland on July 11, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

Trend: Black pantsuit

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on September 4, 2018 in London, England. 

Trend: Black suit

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speak with writer Lin Manuel Miranda and others from Sentibale as they attend a gala performance of 'Hamilton' in support of Sentebale at Victoria Palace Theatre on August 29, 2018 in London, England. 

Trend: Printed dresses

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the University of the South Pacific on October 24, 2018 in Suva, Fiji. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. (

Trend: Printed dresses

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits Bondi beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are on their official 16-day Autumn tour visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. 

Trend: Printed dresses

Meghan Markle attends the Invictus Games Reception at Australia House on April 21, 2018 in London, England. 

Trend: Printed dresses

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends The Royal Variety Performance 2018 at the London Palladium on November 19, 2018 in London, England. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, visit Bristol Old Vic theatre in Bristol, south-west England on February 1, 2019.

Trend: Printed dresses

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits King Mohammed VI of Morocco, during an audience at his residence on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco. 

Trend: Printed dresses

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 11, 2019 in London, England. 

Trend: Monochromatic

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits The National Theatre on January 30, 2019 in London, England. 

Trend: Monochromatic

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends a gala performance of "The Wider Earth" in support of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust & the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy at the Natural History Museum on February 12, 2019 in London, England. 

Trend: Monochromatic

The Duchess of Sussex visits Mayhew in London to meet with staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and hear more about the animal welfare charity’s various initiatives, from community engagement to international projects. 

Trend: Monochromatic

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England.

Trend: Monochromatic

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the Hubb Community Kitchen to see how funds raised by the 'Together: Our Community' Cookbook are making a difference at Al Manaar, North Kensington on November 21, 2018 in London, England. 

Trend: Black dress

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018 In Partnership With Swarovski at Royal Albert Hall on December 10, 2018 in London, England. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to open "Oceania" at the Royal Academy of Arts on September 25, 2018 in London, England. 

Trend: Black dress

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a reception at Glencairn, the residence of Robin Barnett, the British Ambassador to Ireland during day one of their visit to Ireland on July 10, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. 

Trend: Black dress

Meghan, Duchess of Cambridge departs after attending an engagement with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) at City, University Of London on January 31, 2019 in London, England. 

Trend: Black dress

Meghan Markle attends a reception for Women's Empowerment at the Royal Aeronautical Society in central London, on the fourth day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on April 19, 2018. 

Trend: Navy

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Cirque du Soleil Premiere Of 'TOTEM' at Royal Albert Hall on January 16, 2019 in London, England. 

Trend: Navy

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit a local secondary school meeting students and teachers on February 24, 2019 in Asni, Morocco. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a service to mark the centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 2018 in London, England. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive at Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England. 

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the This Girl Can campaign at Government House on October 18, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. 

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry depart after visiting Nechells Wellbeing Centre on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England. 

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The Duchess of Sussex meets members of the public during a walkabout in Rotorua in Rotorua, New Zealand, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. 

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Some of Meghan's favorite high-end designers seem to include Givenchy (who designed her wedding dress), Self-Portrait, Altuzarra and Misha Nonoo (a friend of the duchess'). And on the more affordable end, she's been spotted wearing J.Crew, Rothy's, AritiziaClub Monaco and Hatch.

But no matter the designer, she sticks to six main fashion trends when stepping out for an official royal event: trench dresses, pant suits, printed flowing dresses, heat-to-toe monochromatic looks, solid black dresses and just about anything navy. 

Her style is simple, yet sophisticated, and classy, yet refreshing. You can shop the looks below to dress like Meghan Markle. 

Trend: Trench dress

The duchess loves a good trench-style dress. To make her debut as a new mom and introduce Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor to the world, she wore a white sleeveless trench dress by Grace Wales Bonner.

Trend: Black pantsuit

Although it's been said that the queen isn't a fan of Meghan's pantsuits, the duchess has made a statement in them a number of times. One of our favorite looks was the Altuzarra suit she wore to the WellChild Awards in September 2018. Her suit featured a flare leg and long, double breasted jacket with a black satin square neck cami underneath.

Trend: Printed dress

Unlike the queen who sticks to solid, bright colored ensembles, Meghan stands out in florals, stripes and paisley prints. However, when wearing a print, she sticks to flowing, mid-length or long dresses. While in Morocco in February 2019, the Duchess of Sussex stunned in a blue Carolina Herrera paisley gown that came straight off the Fall 2019 runway

Trend: Monochromatic

Dressing in the same color heat-to-toe, also known as a monochromatic look, is an easy to way to look pulled together. Meghan Markle wore several nude monochromatic looks during her pregnancy, especially during the winter time when she could add a matching coat. For a visit to Mayhew in London, one of her patronages, the duchess wore a beige-colored turtleneck maternity dress from H&M underneath a beige cashmere Armani coat with coordinating shoes and a Stella McCartney bag.

Trend: Black dress

While a black dress isn't even close to a new trend, Meghan Markle knows how to use one to look simply regal. For her first solo engagement as duchess, she wore a black Givenchy dress with sheer sleeves. Then, to honor her good friend, Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller, at the British Fashion Awards, Meghan wore a one-shouldered velvet black gown that hugged her growing baby bump. 

Trend: Navy

If the duchess has a favorite color, it has to be navy. She's constantly spotted wearing the color, and isn't even afraid to pair it with black. For a surprise appearance with Prince Harry at WE Day, the duchess came out on stage wearing black skinny jeans and a navy blazer. (She donned a similar look in Morocco!) And at her first public appearance since giving birth to Archie, she wore an all-navy dress, coat and fascinator

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