1. Say yes to the shirtdress!
Maternity and post-maternity dresses may serve well in terms of functionality, given that you need something loose-fitting and easy to remove when it comes time to breastfeed.
But have you ever looked at your post-maternity dress and sighed at how frumpy it looks? That’s where Meghan’s ingenious trick comes in: the loose shirt dress.
Not only does it offer you plenty of comfort and ease of movement, it’s just stylish enough to be worn out without having to worry about how your post-maternity dress might age you.
2. Do sexy in a subtle way
You deserve to feel your best, but sometimes, it can be a little hard to jump straight into your favourite backless dress after having a baby.
This is why we are loving Meghan’s LBD, which she wore to the premiere event of The Lion King in London. The dress features her signature sense of tailoring, given that it’s nipped in at the waist and features a more forgiving flared skirt silhouette.
The subtle sexiness comes across in the sheer panels that form the neckline and sleeves of her dress. It still flashes a little bit of skin, but does it in a way that whispers rather than shouts.
Lost Ink Plus dress, $71.90, from Zalora
Dress, $59.90, from Dorothy Perkins
3. Switch up your skirt
Previously, Meghan’s usual choice of skirt was the pencil skirt — she is the one royal that favours tailored separates more than any other member of the royal family — but since giving birth to baby Archie, Meghan can now be seen embracing a softer skirt shape.
At the recent Wimbledon match, where she watched her good friend Serena Williams play, Meghan arrived in a pressed white shirt tucked into an indigo-blue printed pleated skirt.
This outfit works for two reasons. Firstly the white shirt still shows that Meghan isn’t eschewing tailoring altogether. Secondly, the pleated skirt allows her to sit more comfortable, and offers a more flattering silhouette for new mums because it doesn’t hug to your skin.
Put these two factors together and you get a look that can be recreated for the office or for when you need to dress up a little more than usual.
Skirt, $55.90, from Mango
4. White feels right
Another big change in Meghan’s fashions are in her choice of colours.
Previously, the duchess was known to either go for dull, moody colours or swing in the opposite direction and pick a vibrant coat or dress. So when she was joined by her beaming husband Prince Harry to announce the birth of their son Archie, we were just as surprised to see her in a radiant white sleeveless dress.
This look works in particular, because it still features the structure that Meghan favours. Yet white also helps to open up your face so you look softer and more approachable.
Dress, $29.90, from Mango
Dress, $53.90, from Topshop
5. A little closer to ground
By now, most of us are well aware that Meghan is often seen wearing her beloved high-heeled pumps. And while she still leans towards them every now and then (such as at the aforementioned Lion King premiere, for example), it’s refreshing to see the new mum in a pair of flats.
Still, something that doesn’t change in her choice of flats is the pointed toe front that helps to elongate her legs.
On top of that, pointed-toe flats are also great for looking a little more dressed up without having to resort to the discomfort of squeezing your post-preggers feet into a pair of heeled pumps.
Shoes, $66.90, from Pedro
Shoes, $49.90, from Charles & Keith
6. Roomy blazers add another layer of coverage
Heading back to the office after your maternity leave is over? The roomy blazer is here to help you look your best.
Just like how Meghan is wearing it here, it helps if you have a boyfriend-fit blazer hanging in your wardrobe, because it can easily dress up any outfit you have on.
Be it over a t-shirt or with a pair of dark wash jeans, the roomy blazer adds more coverage to your outfit and is still comfortable enough to be worn throughout your day. What more could you ask for out of a humble jacket?
Jacket, $39.90, from Dorothy Perkins
Jacket, $119, from Topshop