The Duchess of Sussex turned heads last night in her most daring outfit since becoming a member of the royal family.
And the risqué number appears to have been a nod to her pre-royal wardrobe, with fashion watchers noting it was reminiscent of her red carpet days.
Meghan, 37, wore the thigh-skimming £327 Judith and Charles tuxedo dress for a charity performance of Hamilton with Prince Harry on Wednesday night, in what was the couple’s first official engagement of the year.
Before the annual summer break, fashion watchers had criticised the Duchess’s ultra-formal approach to royal dressing, swapping sophisticated LBDs for saccharine pink frocks and sheer tights.
The Duchess of Sussex (pictured at a gala performance of Hamilton in London on 29 August) raised eyebrows with her most daring ensemble yet, a thigh-skimming tuxedo dress. The risqué number appears to have been a nod to her pre-royal wardrobe
Fashion pundits noted that she appeared to be struggling to find her sartorial feet when it came to high-profile public engagements.
But this week, in a clear statement of intent, she silenced her critics by going bare-legged in a daringly short black dress that even showed a hint of décolletage.
Style watchers on social media were quick to point out that the racy ensemble was typical of the style she wore on the showbiz circuit as an up-and-coming actress.
Indeed, the LBD was once Meghan’s signature look and, according to celebrity stylist and designer Lucas Armitage (portare.co.uk), her latest outfit shows she is still staying true to her style roots.
He told MailOnline FEMAIL: ‘Here we see a huge departure from Meghan’s royal makeover.
A pre-royal Meghan Markle shows off her signature style – a figure-hugging LBD – at the SS14 Marchesa fashion show during New York Fashion Week in September 2013. Before the annual summer break, fashion watchers had criticised the Duchess’s approach to royal dressing
Meghan Markle before becoming a duchess – in June 2012 (left) and in September 2014 (right). As an up-and-coming actress working on Suits, she favoured a racy black mini dress. She has subsequently swapped sophisticated LBDs for saccharine pink frocks and sheer tights
Meghan Markle pictured in London in November 2013, around 18 months before meeting Harry for the first time. Prior to her royal life she favoured dark colours and short hemlines – but royal commentators have noted that she appears to be struggling to find her sartorial feet
Meghan Markle pictured in October 2011 (left) and February 2012 (right). Since becoming a royal she has swapped dark colours for pale pinks, sheer tights and sensible hemlines. She stunned onlookers this week by going bare-legged in a daringly short black dress
‘Gone are the mid-length demure looks with nude tights and here she returns to her previous sexy, fashion-forward image.
‘It’s great to see Meghan embrace her personal style again, and this blazer dress is the perfect balance of chic and sexy; the full sleeve makes the mini style less overtly sexy and the formality of the blazer style dress gives a slight formal edge.
‘We have recently seen Meghan embrace royal protocol in her styling which is something I was not expecting her to do with such gusto.
‘Here, I think she achieves respecting royal dress codes whilst retaining her individual style preferences.’