40 of Meghan Markle's Best Laid-Back Looks

Madison Breaux | Feb 28, 2019 Celebrities
40 of Meghan Markle's Best Laid-Back Looks
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As a part of the royal family, our dear Meghan Markle is required to dress up ... a lot. In the less than a year that she's had HRH status, she's worn just about every ballgown, cocktail dress, and high heel that we could have ever imagined, and she looks amazing in all of it. However, every once in a while, the duchess gets to take some time off from the super glitz and glam of royal dressing and wear something that's a little bit more on the casual side of things. It's important to remember that a duchess's standard of casual is very different from what we would consider casual. For us, casual involves a sweatshirt and our favorite pair of leggings. For Meghan, well, it involves a less fancy dress.

Whether she's wearing a casual sundress or a pair of jeans (yes, jeans!), Meghan definitely cherishes the moments that she can take a break from high heels and fancy gowns. Before she became a royal, Meghan was known has having an enviable California cool-girl vibe about her, and we like to see that she throws in subtle hints of that in some of her royal outfits. If we compare what she used to wear when she and Harry were just dating to the laid-back outfits she wears now, there's obviously a big difference, but Meghan has definitely stayed true to her core style. The duchess has a reputation for being effortlessly chic, so why would it be any different when she goes more casual with her clothing? 

Because we like to know that the Duchess of Sussex definitely does have a casual side, here are 40 of her more laid-back outfits. 

We really hope she'll bring back some of her preroyal styles as well!

  • Classic Stripes

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    Her sister-in-law Kate is a huge fan of the simple black and white stripes, so it's no surprise that Meghan has adopted the style as well. It's also a perfect casual look for her growing bump!

  • And With a Jacket

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    The looks is even cuter with a casual army green jacket on top! We don't know how Meghan is dealing with heels this late in her pregnancy, but we already knew that she's a superstar. 

  • Making Rain Gear Look Good

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    Even in the humid, rainy weather, Meghan makes boots and a raincoat look like a fashionable outfit. No one does casual like our duchess here.

  • En Route Duchess

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    OK -- we never thought we'd see Meghan in a baseball cap again, but miracles do happen! Her royal travel outfits have been a lot different lately, but we're glad to see that casual Meg is still in there somewhere.

  • Puffer Jacket

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    Yeah, so most people look like inflated marshmallows when they wear puffer jackets, but somehow Meghan looks ridiculously cute in one. 

  • Comfort First

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    Meghan's baby bump needs a lot of support, so for the duchess comfort is key right now, but somehow, she still manages to look more stylish than we ever could.

  • Islandwear

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    This dress isn't what one would typically expect a royal woman to wear, but hey, even a duchess needs to wear a laid-back sundress every once in a while.

  • Low-key Blazer

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    Blazers are dressed up for some people, but for Meghan, it's about as casual as she's allowed to go while on official royal duty. 

  • Ultimate Beachwear

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    This Reformation dress has since sold out after worn by Miss Meghan, and we're not the least bit surprised. It's the perfect summertime dress, and Meghan looks like that California cool girl again!

  • Another Day, Another Blazer

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    OK -- how does Meghan make a blazer look so effortless? She looks so casual and so posh at the same time. Being in the UK is really rubbing off on her style, now isn't it?

  • Pre-Duchess Shorts

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    We'll probably never see Meghan in shorts again, but even back then, she look super laid-back while also looking effortlessly chic. Some things never change!

  • Royal Duty or Beach Vacay

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    Someone could tell us that Meghan and Harry were on a romantic trip to the beach, and we'd have no arguments. We hope the duchess gets to wear this dress on her own free time at some point!

  • All Denim

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    Most people would have showed up to a polo match in a far more casual outfit, but well, this IS casual for our duchess.

  • Casual & Put Together

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    For Meghan's royal style, casual really just means kitten heels instead of stiletto-length. 

  • All Black Underneath

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    Meghan has the power to make even the simplest outfit look unbelievably stylish, so it's hard to even tell when she's wearing something more relaxed!

  • Anchors Away

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    Ok -- we love sailor Meghan. Those wide-leg pants look super comfy and are unbelievably stylish.

  • The More Flowy the Better

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    Meghan is all about the flowy dresses nowadays thanks to her pregnancy, and we have to say, she's rocking it. Who says a royal can't be casual all the time??

  • Simple & Sleeveless

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    Meghan looks like she just walked into her closet, picked this simple, striped dress and threw it on. Well, we'd like to believe that that's what actually happened.

  • Effortless Trench

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    Now this is an outfit that everyone can copy, for sure. It's hard to get more laid back than just throwing on a casual trench coat!

  • Bundled Up

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    When it's cold outside, there really is nothing to do except bundle up in a neutral coat and a warm scarf. Most people, however, don't look this stylish when doing so. 

  • THE Date

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    Ah, this was the outfit that just about everyone was talking about. Meghan's super chill clothes resulted in these Mother Denim jeans selling out, and thus the public's obsession with Miss Markle and Harry began.

  • Stylish & Comfy

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    Meghan is back at it with the flowy dresses! Anything that's loose and flowing is instantly a laid-back style in our books. 

  • Traveling in Style

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    Oh the days when Meghan would be super casual when she traveled. We won't be seeing an outfit like this anymore, but it's nice to look back on the duchess's preroyal styles.

  • Baby on Board

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    Meghan's NYC style was on a whole other level. She had elements of casual and elements of posh mixed in this outfit, and she makes it look so effortless.

  • Casual Monotones

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    All throughout her pregnancy, Meghan has been really into wearing a simple dress with another simple coat for an easy, put together style. Our duchess is laid back to her core!

  • Yoga Time

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    Before she gained a royal title, Meghan rocked her casual yoga look pretty regularly. Somehow, though, she still looks super stylish. 

    Born to be a duchess? Yup, pretty much.

  • Casual First Outing

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    For one of her first public outings with Prince Harry, Meghan opted for a casual flowing dress and a leather jacket. Sounds like a pretty chill date night outfit to us!

  • A Simple Sweater

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    We've all had those moments when all we wanted to do was throw on a neutral sweater and call it a day. Meghan had one of these days, but the difference is that she looks absolutely amazing.

  • Off to the Polo Match

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    Meghan, please make this sundress with sandals style a common occurrence! Plus, we are loving the way that hat looks on the duchess. 

  • NYC Cool Girl

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    Meghan really went for the laid-back, all-black style that all NYC girls are fond of. Plus, it was nice to see the duchess carrying an actual handbag for a change! We have to say, casual NYC Meghan is one we'd like to see again.

  • A Duchess in Sneakers

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    It doesn't really get more laid back than sneakers! Sure, these tennis shoes cost more than $100, but hey, she looks casual, doesn't she??

  • Two-Tone Simplicity

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    A simple black dress with a trench? That's one easy way to look super stylish with minimal effort. The duchess knows how to rock her casual pregnancy style, that's for sure.

  • Casual Wedding

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    There weren't too many huge fans of this dress, mainly because of it's casual vibe, but we think that's all the more reason to love it! Leave it to Meghan to pair a beachy dress with a posh fascinator.

  • On Her Way Home

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    Here we have another yoga look from the soon-to-be duchess! Looks like Meghan has been a fan of the army green jackets for quite a while now.

  • Can't Go Wrong With a Coat

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    A simple black coat with a matching scarf is still pretty laid back in the duchess's handbook of style. For all we know, Meghan has a T-shirt on underneath!

  • All Flat

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    Finally, Meghan gets to wear flats with a dress! Heels would have made this look seem a lot more dressed up, but thanks to her comfy flats, she's rocking a more casual vibe.

  • Casual for Date Night

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    While at the closing ceremony for the Invictus Games just months before the engagement announcement, Meghan went very casual for this "date" with Prince Harry. Hey, sometimes all it takes is a black T-shirt and a good pair of jeans!

  • Casual Tie Dress

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    Sure, Meghan's beaming face and jewelry makes this outfit look a lot more fancy than it really is. The duchess's simple blue tie dress could go with just about anything!

  • Sundress & Sandals

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    Now this is a look that just about everyone could pull off. We love when our duchess wears an achievable outfit! A simple sundress and sandals? No problem.

  • Simple Trench Dress

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    For anyone else, this would be dressing up, but compared to some of the other dresses Meghan has worn, we're considering this one casual. 

  • Pin It!

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