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The five major differences between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s style

There is no denying the influence of the ladies in the British royal family. 

Labels see an instant boost in their sales and exposure after Catherine Middleton and Meghan Markle wear their clothes.  

They don’t call it the Kate Effect and the Markle Sparkle for nothing!  

While on royal business, both ladies represent the monarchy with their own very unique styles. FEMAIL reveals the five distinct differences between the fashion choices of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex.

Opposites: While on royal business, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex represent the monarchy with their own very unique styles

Bridal bliss: Their well-defined differences were apparent since they walked down the aisle

Bridal bliss: Their well-defined differences were apparent since they walked down the aisle

VERY DIFFERENT BRIDES 

Their well-defined differences were apparent since they walked down the aisle.

Kate stole the show in a long sleeve gown by English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen. 

The lace appliqué bodice was made by hand and inspired by the Victorian tradition of corsetry; it narrowed at the waist creating a figure flattering hourglass silhouette. 

The future queen’s dramatic entrance was made complete with a train that was nearly nine-feet-long.   

While many hoped Megan would have taken inspiration from the jaw-dropping gowns of her sister-in-law or her late mother-in-law Princess Diana, she tied the knot in a simple, pure white gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy.

The haute couture creation (which was criticized for being ill-fitted) featured a no-frills boat neckline and three-quarter length sleeves. 

What it lacked in wow-factor, it made up for in sentiment with her cathedral-length veil featuring floral detail representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. 

Jaw-dropping: Kate stole the show in a long sleeve gown by English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen

Jaw-dropping: Kate stole the show in a long sleeve gown by English designer Sarah Burton, creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen

Basic: Meghan tied the knot in a simple, pure white gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy

Basic: Meghan tied the knot in a simple, pure white gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy

USE OF COLOR 

They say dress for the job you want…

It’s not a coincidence that Queen Elizabeth II steps out in bright colors. 

The 93-year-old’s affinity for coats and hats in matching bold hues is a calculated style move so that the crowds of people can see her. 

Kate seems to be preparing for her future role by regularly stepping out in all colors of the rainbow. 

With a more relaxed and edgy approach to style, Megan favors neutral shades like black, grey, navy and dark green. 

While muted hues could be what the former actress is most comfortable in, the lack of color could also be her attempt to not draw attention to herself.

Color play: It's not a coincidence that Queen Elizabeth II wears so many bright colors

Color play: It’s not a coincidence that Queen Elizabeth II wears so many bright colors

Kate seems to be preparing for her soon-to-be role by regularly stepping out in all colors of the rainbow

Kate seems to be preparing for her soon-to-be role by regularly stepping out in all colors of the rainbow

Future queen: Kate seems to be preparing for her soon-to-be role by regularly stepping out in all colors of the rainbow 

Prepping for her future role: Kate looks very comfortable in vibrant colors

Prepping for her future role: Kate looks very comfortable in vibrant colors

With a more relaxed and edgy approach to style, Megan favors neutral shades like black, grey and dark green

With a more relaxed and edgy approach to style, Megan favors neutral shades like black, grey and dark green

Soft and subtle: With a more relaxed and edgy approach to style, Megan favors neutral shades like black, grey and dark green

While muted hues could be what the former actress is most comfortable in, the lack of color could also be her attempt to not draw attention to herself

While muted hues could be what the former actress is most comfortable in, the lack of color could also be her attempt to not draw attention to herself

Soft and subtle: While muted hues could be what the former actress is most comfortable in, the lack of color could also be her attempt to not draw attention to herself

PRINTS VS. SOLIDS 

While Kate shows herself to be much more proper and reserved than Meg, the 37-year-old takes more fashion risks, while still adhering to all the royal rules and codes, without fail. 

Whether she’s attending a black-tie dinner or dropping her children off at school,  the mother-of-three isn’t afraid to don wild patterns and prints. 

Meg, 38, tends to play is safe in solids, even though she has been known to push back on a few of the many royal rules.  

While Kate shows herself to be much more proper and reserved than Meg, the 37-year-old takes more fashion risks,

While Kate shows herself to be much more proper and reserved than Meg, the 37-year-old takes more fashion risks,

Outside the box: While Kate shows herself to be much more proper and reserved than Meg, the 37-year-old takes more fashion risks

Whether she's attending a black-tie dinner or dropping her children off at school, the mother-of-three isn't afraid to don wild patterns and prints

Whether she's attending a black-tie dinner or dropping her children off at school, the mother-of-three isn't afraid to don wild patterns and prints

Beyond the basics: Whether she’s attending a black-tie dinner or dropping her children off at school, the mother-of-three isn’t afraid to don wild patterns and prints

Meg, 38, tends to play is safe in solids, even though she has been known to push back on a few of the many royal rules.

Meg, 38, tends to play is safe in solids, even though she has been known to push back on a few of the many royal rules.

Practical: Meg, 38, tends to play is safe in solids, even though she has been known to push back on a few of the many royal rules

On trend: The Duchess of Sussex takes a modern approach to her dressing in a black jumpsuit

On trend: The Duchess of Sussex takes a modern approach to her dressing in a black jumpsuit

Feminine: Conservative with her fashion choices, it's no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge favors ladylike A-line dresses that hit just above the knee

Feminine: Conservative with her fashion choices, it’s no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge favors ladylike A-line dresses that hit just above the knee

Kate shows off her legs in A-lines while still adhering to the modest royal hemline dress code

Kate shows off her legs in A-lines while still adhering to the modest royal hemline dress code

Always a lady: Kate shows off her legs in A-lines while still adhering to the modest royal hemline dress code

CONSERVATIVE VS. MODERN 

Meghan clearly takes a much more modern approach to dressing than Kate. 

Conservative with her fashion choices, it’s no surprise that the Duchess of Cambridge favors ladylike A-line dresses that hit just above the knee.

While Meghan, who had her first child 5 months ago, has grown very fond of the shirt dress as of late, wearing at least three during the 10-day royal Africa tour.

The casual button down frock features a tie-belt that creates the perfect hourglass silhouette. 

It’s modest midi-length hemline is practical and conservative, and conforms to the royal dress code.

Shirt dresses have become a staple with the fashion set, as the easy breezy garment screams professional and party-ready! 

Though conservative, Kate surprises us. She wowed the crowd at the Natural History Museum in London this week looking put-together and on-trend in a pair of olive culottes. 

She teamed the cropped bottoms with a burgundy knit sweater. It was an unexpected ensemble that really worked. 

Meg sticks to classics like black pants or blue jeans, that she effortlessly pairs with wardrobe staples, including button down blouses. 

Trendy: Meghan clearly takes a much more modern approach to dressing than Kate

Trendy: Meghan clearly takes a much more modern approach to dressing than Kate

Meghan, who had her first child 5 months ago, has grown very fond of the shirt dress.

Meghan, who had her first child 5 months ago, has grown very fond of the shirt dress.

Figure flattering: Meghan, who had her first child 5 months ago, has grown very fond of the shirt dress. It’s modest midi-length hemline is practical and conservative, and conforms to the royal dress code

Accentuating her shape: The button down frock features a tie-belt that creates the perfect hourglass silhouette

Accentuating her shape: The button down frock features a tie-belt that creates the perfect hourglass silhouette

Kate recently stepped out in an unexpected look that consisted of olive culottes and a burgundy knit

Meghan sticks to classics like black slacks and button down blouses

Wearing the pants: Kate recently stepped out in an unexpected look that consisted of olive culottes and a burgundy knit, while Meghan sticks to classics like black slacks and button down blouses

Megan generally leans towards delicate pieces of sentimental jewelry

Megan generally leans towards delicate pieces of sentimental jewelry

Dainty: Megan generally leans towards delicate pieces of sentimental jewelry

A TOUCH OF SPARKLE 

Megan generally leans towards delicate pieces of sentimental jewelry.

She’s most often decorating her lobes with small earrings, she wore a Jennifer Meyer ‘mummy’ necklace to her baby shower in New York and then later a necklace by the same designer featuring three stones commemorating her new family.

In addition to her wedding bands made from Welsh gold, the Duchess often stacks dainty rings from high and low-end labels, including Brooklyn-based brand Catbird. 

Kate favors timeless statement pieces. 

When she’s not donning diamond heirlooms from the royal vault, she favors drop earrings and her 12-carat, oval sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana.

When she's not donning diamond heirlooms from the royal vault, she favors drop earrings and her engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana

When she's not donning diamond heirlooms from the royal vault, she favors drop earrings and her engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana

Statement: When she’s not donning diamond heirlooms from the royal vault, she favors drop earrings and her engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana

             

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