Meghan may be getting some well-earned downtime at the moment, but here at Meghan’s Mirror we never stop looking for ways to incorporate her style into our own wardrobes. While Meghan enjoys some quiet time in Canada, we still have plenty of winter inspiration (wint-spiration?) to browse from past years.
Since bringing my winter clothes out of storage weeks ago, I’ve been looking for ways to update my cold weather looks. In my efforts to look more put together, I’ve been diving deep into the photo archives for ideas from our darling Duchess. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of photos from Meghan’s Toronto days, and London isn’t always sunny, either.
Winter weather can often leave us feeling that we need to be practical (and therefore dumpy and boring), but Meghan proves that cozy and warm can be amazingly stylish and elegant. Her casual winter boots are essential when walking the dog on the icy sidewalks, and midi-length skirts and dresses keep your legs warm during your cold commutes.
Below are my picks for creating a Meghan-inspired winter capsule wardrobe. Practically perfect in every way.
A wool coat is absolutely essential during the winter months, especially if you live in a particularly cold climate. This item is an investment piece for sure, so make sure to shop around for the best quality for your budget.
Since you’ll be wearing this often for many years to come, skip the trendy shades and silhouettes and go for a more neutral color or pattern. Classy, chic, and oh-so-cozy.
If you want to stay warm but go a little more casual, you need a parka. It’s a required piece in Meghan Markle’s winter street style, as we’ve seen her wear a variety of parkas on the streets of Toronto and London.
We love the classic black and khaki green colors that she gravitates toward, but feel free to play with other colors that flatter you.
Meghan has been sticking to midi-length dresses as of late. Whether it’s because she’s now a “must-be-modest” royal or because it’s such a popular style recently, who knows – but I’m totally here for it.
The midi-length style is flattering on many body types, but don’t shy away from taking a dress you absolutely love to a tailor to adjust the hem to your liking.
Cable Knit Sweater
We all love cable knit sweaters. They are timeless and cozy and can be dressed up with leather leggings, or dressed down with your favorite pair of jeans. We’ve seen Meghan in a few cable knit sweaters, both on her TV show Suits and in her everyday life.
Like the wool coat, good cable knit sweaters don’t come cheap, so be sure to invest in top quality and it will last you for many years to come. Personally, I favor the crew neck style, but you can add another level of comfy with a turtleneck.
To be totally honest, I was never a huge fan of turtlenecks – until I saw Meghan wear them. From the small screen to high-profile royal engagements, she has made the turtleneck look effortless and classy.
Meghan has worn the turtleneck multiple ways. Pair it with a pencil skirt at the office, and jeans on the weekend. To really mix it up, try it with your favorite blazer. I never would have thought of this pairing myself, but Meghan rocked this look on tour in Australia.
Keep your legs warm all season long while still looking professional. The midi-length skirt is demure without being dowdy. I love the pleated skirt, as featured in the Fall capsule wardrobe, but try out multiple colors, fabrics, and silhouettes.
Make sure to follow a common guideline when it comes to this piece: if the skirt is form-fitting, try a looser fit on the top. If the the skirt has more flow, make the top form-fitting. This will keep your body proportions flattering.
High boots, from mid-calf to just below the knee, have been around for a long time, and show no signs of leaving. They are highly versatile, with the ability of being dressed up for special royal occasions, and dressed down for a trip to the store.
Once you have pairs in both black and brown, try some other shades. I love the khaki green pair by Sarah Flint that she wore on a trip to Bristol back in February this year. For a more casual look, go for boots with a bit of slouch.
Whether you’re going on hikes on snow-covered trails or walking your dog on slippery city sidewalks, you need a good pair of winter boots. But these don’t have to be boring and utilitarian.
As with everything in a capsule wardrobe, shop around for the best quality and style. You’re already dealing with freezing cold temps – don’t torture yourself further with constant foot pain.
Everyone needs a beanie, even a royal duchess. We’ve seen Meghan sport the basic beanie so many times on the streets of London and Toronto, and I’m certain she’d agree this it’s a staple of any winter wardrobe.
On most occasions, Meghan chooses not to fold it over and leaves a bit of slouch on the top, but you can decide what looks best on you. If you’re in the mood to splurge a bit, try it in comfy cashmere.
Dressing for the winter is all about the layers, and a cashmere scarf completes any cold weather outfit.
I love this scarf paired with a leather jacket to keep it cool yet oh-so-warm. Throw it over a sweater and skip the coat when winter starts to fade away into spring.