Today is a more casual day for the Sussexes, which means I am way more likely to fall down a shopping wormhole inspired by what she’s wearing (a wormhole for which I made a widget at the end of this post, because I am my own best enabler). I LOVE how this outfit looks on Meghan, and resolve immediately to improve my leg regimen (until such time as I would have to enact this, at which time I shall… go back to sleep for another hour). According to the lightning-fast geniuses at Meghan’s Mirror, the Duchess deplaned in Dubbo, Australia, wearing a well-composed melange of things from all over the place — my favorite kind of styling; a little from here, a bit from there, to make a solid whole: a $150 Boss blazer designed by her pal Serena Williams (I feel like I’ve heard of her), $178 black suede ankle boots from J. Crew, a blouse from Maison Kitsune, and the Isabel black jeans from Outland Denim, listed as $199 but that might be in Aussie dollars. The latter company, based in Australia, makes its jeans in Cambodia and employs and gives vocational training (as well as self-defense classes) to women living in poverty and/or abusive situations, and/or who were victims of sex-trafficking. It’s a neat choice of regional clothier to benefit from Markle Mania. This kind of research must be so fun to do, and gratifying to enact.
Please note, I’m not putting the prices in here to cast aspersions on any time Megs might wear stuff that’s couture or custom. I’m just trying to be informative. Most of her life absolutely requires a level of polish that comes with a deep budget, so it’s fun to see the occasional swaps that work to make it more easily aspirational. For example, $200 J. Crew booties are not exactly cheap, but a lot of people in her position might’ve worn $900 ones, or even the gold standard $500 Rag & Bone classics. Her flats yesterday were Rothys, which are $145, but are made sustainably from recycled water bottles and are widely available and advertised all over social media. I have been dying to know if they’re comfortable — price per wear is a GREAT way to enable yourselves, y’all — or if they make your feet smell, or something. Meghan? Care to weigh in? (On the other end of things, if you have a spare $1900, you can pre-order the olive Brandon Maxwell from yesterday.)
Informative Caption, writ large: Dubbo is a five hour drive northwest of Sydney. They’re actually doing something there that I think William would have LOVED: meeting the Royal Flying Doctor Service, which gives medical care and support to people living in the rural and regional areas of Australia. Wills’ air ambulance work would have made that fascinating for him, I think. Anyway, the RFDS is a non-profit organization that’s been around 90 years and relies on donations, and in fact, if this is a cause dear to you, here is the donation page. Up next, they’ll head off to a local farm to see the effects of the New South Wales drought conditions, and then hit up a picnic in Victoria Park, where Harry is due to give a speech. Lastly, there’s a visit to a school, which promises netball AND football exercises, so you know Harry is doing some vigorous quad stretches right now. If Meghan or Harry changes, we’ll let you know; otherwise we might just round up Fun Pics You Missed later, after the day’s fruit has been borne.
— Omid Scobie (@scobie) October 17, 2018
And look at the kids surging to their place in line once they realize the royals are deplaning:
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Piano photo ahoy:
Meghan Markle poses for a photo with Nerrie Madden, Lilly Myles, and Terri Lee Leach. Nerrie said that Meghan happily agreed to a photo and up close was “beautiful, just as natural as you’d expect”. ❤️ #RoyalTour #RoyalTourAustralia https://t.co/XuKB1mvpVy pic.twitter.com/sDwTPjxXrs
— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) October 17, 2018
And finally, if you ARE looking for a shopping wormhole…
There’s also a nice pair of black suede booties at Sole Society for under $100, and as blazers go, Gap has a pretty good one that runs up to size 20. (This Banana one, with black piping, annoyingly is sold out above size 14. But this totally unrelated blue striped Old Navy one is under $50 I just had to tell you because: Breton.)