Style Evolution: Meghan Markle

A look back at Meghan Markle's style transformation from Deal Or No Deal model to Duchess

Photos: TPG
Photos: TPG
21 May 2018

Photos: TPG

Not many people can include both “Deal or No Deal Briefcase Girl #26” and “Duchess of Sussex” on their resume, but that’s Megan Markle for you. The newly minted royal, who enjoyed a fairly successful career as a TV actress before meeting Prince Harry, has come a long way – not just career-wise, but fashion-wise, as her style choices have also improved in the wake of her rising star and status, culminating in two instantly iconic wedding dresses at her nuptials last Saturday.

Keep reading to see how Megan’s style evolved over the years!


Deal or No Deal (2006)
Deal or No Deal (2006)
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Deal or No Deal (2006)

Before landing her star-making role as Rachel on Suits, Meghan enjoyed a short stint as a “briefcase girl” on BravoTV’s Deal or No Deal, a job she took to “make ends meet”. 

Deal or No Deal promo image (2006)
Deal or No Deal promo image (2006)
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Deal or No Deal promo image (2006)

Looking back, it’s hard to believe that the woman who was once forced to don a little red cocktail dress for a Deal or No Deal promo image would one day become the Duchess of Sussex.

Promoting Suits (2011)
Promoting Suits (2011)
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Promoting Suits (2011)

We can see the roots of Meghan’s minimalistic style in the ash grey blouson dress she wore while promoting Suits in 2011.

GQ Men of the Year Party (2012)
GQ Men of the Year Party (2012)
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GQ Men of the Year Party (2012)

Meghan flashed just a hint of skin in a brick red shirtdress at the GQ Men of the Year party.

TV Guide Magazine’s 2012 Hot List Party
TV Guide Magazine’s 2012 Hot List Party
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TV Guide Magazine’s 2012 Hot List Party

Popularised by the Kardashians, bandage dresses were everywhere in the early part of this decade, and Meghan looked stunning while wearing the trend.

USA Network’s Upfront Event (2012)
USA Network’s Upfront Event (2012)
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USA Network’s Upfront Event (2012)

Meghan wore the casual chic aesthetic with aplomb in her gauzy white tank top and khaki mini skirt.

USA Network and Mr. Porter Presents A Suits Story (2012)
USA Network and Mr. Porter Presents A Suits Story (2012)
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USA Network and Mr. Porter Presents A Suits Story (2012)

Meghan looked like a star indeed in her shimmery black off-shoulder dress at an event celebrating her hit TV show.

2013
2013
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2013

Meghan looked playful as ever in a cobalt blue dress with a drop waist and circle skirt at an event in 2013.

An Evening With Suits at the Paley Center (2013)
An Evening With Suits at the Paley Center (2013)
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An Evening With Suits at the Paley Center (2013)

Meghan channelled Rachel Zane’s corporate attire in this chic blouse and skirt combo at an event for Suits.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere (2013)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere (2013)
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere (2013)

The gold detailing on Meghan’s collar certainly makes her LBD more interesting to look at.

Self Magazine’s Rock The Summer Party (2013)
Self Magazine’s Rock The Summer Party (2013)
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Self Magazine’s Rock The Summer Party (2013)

Nothing says “summer” like a lacy white mini dress.

The 4th Annual Global Gift Gala (2013)
The 4th Annual Global Gift Gala (2013)
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The 4th Annual Global Gift Gala (2013)

While she’s had few fashion missteps over the past decade, Meghan struck out in this towel-like LBD on the red carpet.

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit (2014)
Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit (2014)
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Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual An Enduring Vision Benefit (2014)

Who knew that Meghan’s cerulean blue mermaid gown – as well as the presence of Elton John – would allude to her destiny as a royal?

Mercedes-Benz Fall-Winter Fashion Week (2014)
Mercedes-Benz Fall-Winter Fashion Week (2014)
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Mercedes-Benz Fall-Winter Fashion Week (2014)

Meghan certainly looks at ease in rockstar chic. It’s a shame we won’t see her in biker jackets or studded attire now that she’s a duchess.

NBC Universal 2014 Press Tour (2014)
NBC Universal 2014 Press Tour (2014)
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NBC Universal 2014 Press Tour (2014)

Once again, Meghan channelled her Suits character in a crisp white shirt and stylish pencil skirt in an NBC Universal press tour.

Meghan Markle NBC Universal Upfront event (2014)
Meghan Markle NBC Universal Upfront event (2014)
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Meghan Markle NBC Universal Upfront event (2014)

Meghan looked like summer personified in her white tent dress and suede mules, which she’s presumably had to trade for rain boots of trench coats now that she’s based in the U.K.

CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards (2015)
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards (2015)
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CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards (2015)

Meghan looked dazzling when she attended the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in a plunging metallic mini dress, another outfit we doubt we'd ever see her in again.

ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner (2016)
ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner (2016)
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ELLE's 6th Annual Women In Television Dinner (2016)

While we love the sultry deep red lip and hair (she’s giving us major Jennifer Lopez vibes), the jacquard mini makes Meghan look a little bulky.

Premiere of Suits Season 5 (2016)
Premiere of Suits Season 5 (2016)
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Premiere of Suits Season 5 (2016)

Head to toe black is anything but drab on Meghan, thanks to her gladiator heels and bright smile.

P.S. ARTS' the pARty (2016)
P.S. ARTS' the pARty (2016)
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P.S. ARTS' the pARty (2016)

Oops looks like Meghan forgot to check her collar. Love the cute linen short suit though.

Invictus Game (2017)
Invictus Game (2017)
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Invictus Game (2017)

Meghan kept things casual but still stylish in her off duty look of white shirt, ripped jeans and shades at the Invictus Games.

Announcement of engagement (2017)
Announcement of engagement (2017)
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Announcement of engagement (2017)

Meghan looked picture perfect in a teal dress and white coat when she and Prince Harry announced their engagement at Kensington Palace. But the show stealer was her 3.5-carat diamond sparkler. Obviously.

Engagement photos (2017)
Engagement photos (2017)
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Engagement photos (2017)

Meghan was sheer perfection (literally) in this frilled mesh gown by British designers Ralph & Russo. We especially love the gold motifs adorning the top.

Royal Foundation Forum (2017)
Royal Foundation Forum (2017)
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Royal Foundation Forum (2017)

Meghan stole the spotlight when she hosted the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum with Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in this sleek navy blue wrap dress from Jason Wu.

Commonwealth Day service (2018)
Commonwealth Day service (2018)
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Commonwealth Day service (2018)

After her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan seems to have stepped up her style game, opting for more polished looks like this luxe white coat by Amanda Wakeley and beret.

Invictus Games Sydney Reception (2018)
Invictus Games Sydney Reception (2018)
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Invictus Games Sydney Reception (2018)

Finally some colour! Meghan was a breath of fresh air in this pretty floral dress by Self-Portrait at a reception for the Invictus Games in Sydney. The cutouts and ruffles lend a touch of feminine fun to her look.

Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday
Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday
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Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday

While we love how Meghan kept things elegant and demure in a navy cape dress for the Queen’s 92nd birthday celebration, we’re more delighted by how she and Prince Harry were subtly rocking couple wear.

Royal Wedding
Royal Wedding
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Royal Wedding

Not everyone who marries a prince wears a princess-y gown. For her wedding, Meghan opted for an elegant unadorned bespoke Givenchy gown, letting her diamond-encrusted tiara and five metre-long veil featuring a unique flora (including Singapore's very own Vanda Miss Joaquim) from every Commonwealth country take centre stage. Gorgeous!

Wedding reception
Wedding reception
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Wedding reception

For the evening reception, the Duchess of Sussex donned yet another understated but chic number, a stunning Stella McCartney halterneck fishtail gown that showed off her slim figure.

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