Last week I shared Meghan Markle’s dress capsule collection with Canadian Retailer Reitmans, of whom she is the brand ambassador. Meghan’s second collection was released in November of last year, just days after news broke that Meghan had captured the heart of Britain’s most eligible bachelor prince.
Consisting of five workwear pieces in muted colors of white, gray, and black, the mix-and-match collection “reflects Markle’s aesthetic, as well as her ambition to create and collect clothing pieces that will become staples in a wardrobe, and therefore stand the test of time.” The emphasis however, was on affordability. In an interview with the National Post, Meghan said, “it’s a reflection of where I’ve come from. I’ve always shopped on the sale rack and I’ve always been the girl flipping through the hangers trying to find the best deal. And now, being able to say, wow, this has my name on it and is at a price point that I think is really approachable and I’m proud to say a lot of people can afford. And also that it’s an accurate reflection of my personal style, and also the style of my character on Suits (Rachel Zane), is awesome. I’m really, really proud of the design process.” She continued, saying “I’ve been really grateful to work with Reitmans and have them be patient with me on knowing the craftsmanship I am after and the price point we are both after. And we have been able to come up with an amazing marriage of those two things.”
The first item of the collection is The Shirt. The blouse is described as having “an oversized fit that’s cut just right” and promised to be a “new go-to, easy-yet-polished wardrobe favorite.” It featured a button front, high-low hem, and “trendy dolman sleeves.” Retailing at $69.90, the piece came in Lacy White and Grisaille, a dark gray color. It is now sold out.
The Bodysuit, which came in black and cost $54.90, was described as “undeniably trendy with an autumnal twist” and would take “any outfit to the next level. The long sleeve turtleneck featured a snap gusset closure. It is also now sold out.
To go with the tops, the collection featured two leather pieces. The first, The Faux Leather Leggings, had an elastic waistband for an easy pull-on style, “sleek and stylish with a hint of stretch.” To those who think leather pants aren’t for them, Meghan had this advice: “People don’t need to feel scared about a leather pant. Think of it as a jean alternative, it’s the same thing. It’s almost like they’re your yoga pants, but they look chic. I’ve crafted them to be just that comfortable. You can literally jump on a plane in them, go for a walk with your friends in them, throw them on and go for brunch — they don’t need to feel fancy. Put on a sweater and really great sneakers with a big scarf and you’ll look so stylish. For me, they are an everyday essential.” These are also now sold out.
The Faux Leather Skirt is also made of the “smooth-to-the-touch faux leather that looks (and feels) as good as the real thing.” The pencil skirt, with back vent and zipper closure, is perfect for “endless work to weekend wearing.” And guess what? It’s sold out.
The final piece of the collection was the Cashmere Blend Poncho. Coming in Light Latte and Charcoal Heather, promised to help you “stay stylish as the weather cools.” The versatile piece could be styled “belted, as a scarf or in a symmetric way.” The poncho cost under $70 but is regrettably sold out.
What do you think of Meghan’s second collection for Reitmans? Do you think, now that she is dating a Royal, that she will be designing any more collections? If she does, would you consider purchasing an piece?