In the short time that she has been in the royal spotlight, Meghan Markle has quickly become a style icon. Months after her marriage to Prince Harry, people continue to talk about what the Duchess of Sussex is wearing every time she steps out, whether it’s a bold yellow frock, a “daring” shoulder-baring number or even a crossbody bag (this style of purse draws a lot of attention as it’s common for royals to carry a clutch). But there is no denying that her trendy — and sometimes rule-breaking — choices come at a price.
It’s been reported that the Duchess of Sussex is racking in clothing bills even higher than her stylish sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s, and that she’s on track to spend a casual $1.7m by the end of 2018. Though her Givenchy bridal gown makes up a pretty big chunk of this sum, that is still a lot of money for one woman to be spending on clothes in a year.
When looking at her sartorial choices, mostly made up of boatneck shift dresses, classic suiting and a plethora of overcoats (many of which are by Canadian designers such as Mackage, Sentaler and Smythe), it’s hard to imagine that she’s shelling out so much on clothing because, let’s face it, you can find most of the relatively basic items at your local thrift store.
We did just that, and recreated five of Meghan Markle’s looks from items found right at Value Village. Plus, we break down the cost of how much Meghan is spending on these items versus how much they cost second-hand. Spoiler alert: the thrifted looks are all under $50 each.
We recreated five of Meghan Markle’s signature looks entirely with thrift store finds
Invictus GamesIn September 2017, Markle wore a laidback look to the Invictus Games in Toronto. Her Mother Denim Jeans ($377) and Misha Nonoo Shirt ($242) were accessorized with Sarah Flint flats ($451), plus a $299 Everlane Tote and $200 Finlay & Co. Sunglasses. This outfit cost a total of $1,499.
A similar thrifted look made up of $13 jeans, an H&M top for $8, shoes and a tote for $10 each and sunglasses ($4) comes to $45. Getty Images and Erinn Stewart
World AIDS Day eventIn December 2017, to a World AIDS Day event, Meghan wore a Joseph Laurel skirt which was a whopping $1,170, paired with a $327 Wolford Turtleneck, Kurt Geiger Boots ($381) and an Aritzia belt ($59). This look comes to $1,937.
The second-hand version includes a much more affordable skirt ($14), a $5 American Apparel turtleneck, $15 boots and a $3 belt, which totals $37. Getty Images and Erinn Stewart
Post engagementShortly after announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan stepped out in Edinburgh wearing a $2,648 Burberry coat over a $327 Wolford turtleneck (which she has worn before), Veronica Beard pants ($516) and a Strathberry Bag ($715). This outfit totals $4,206.
Thrifting items to create this look — including a $17 coat, a $5 turtleneck, $6 pants and a $10 bag — amounts to $38. Getty Images and Erinn Stewart
Youth Radio StationOn January 9, 2018, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry visited a youth radio station in Brixton. Her outfit was made up of a $1,300 coat by Canadian brand Smythe, a $75 Marks & Spencer Sweater, Burberry pants ($750) and a Jigsaw Scarf ($117) totaling $2,242.
A lookalike outfit using a $32 coat, a $5 top, $6 pants and a $3 scarf will only set you back $46. Getty Images and Erinn Stewart
WimbledonTo Wimbledon in July 2018, Meghan wore a shirt and pants by Ralph Lauren ($771 and $2,208, respectively) and a $900 Maison Michael Hat, which she ended up holding the entire time so as to not block the views of other attendees. These three pieces alone come to $3,879.
A comparative outfit made up of a shirt from the men’s section ($5), White House Black Market pants ($8) and a $10 hat costs less than a dinner out at $23.Getty Images and Erinn Stewart