Meghan Markle sightings may be rarer now that she and Prince Harry have officially left their duties as senior royals, but that doesn’t mean her sartorial inspiration is simmering down. In fact, it gives us all the more reason to take a trip down Markle’s style memory lane and reflect back on some of the fashion moments that left a lasting impact, like that one time she wore a total of five different shirt dresses during her 10-day tour of South Africa.
Now, think back to a time you wore a piece in the same trend family that many times — and in a matter of just a few days. If you have, it’s probably an item you really, really loved and as such, decided you had to own in multiples. (This writer is guilty of buying various iterations of wide-leg pants.)
Markle hasn’t stepped out in a shirt dress recently, but it’s one staple that’s earned some major love from her in the past. In fact, we’re betting it’s still a mainstay in her post-royal wardrobe thanks to its ease of wear and timelessness. It’s also great for spring, so if we’re blessed with another Markle sighting in the coming weeks, we wouldn’t be surprised if she wears a shirt dress again (perhaps from one of her go-to brands like Club Monaco or Staud).
It’s worth noting that after these Markle shirt-dress sightings in 2019, interest in the stylish staple piqued. According to a 2019 report from Lyst, searches for shirt dresses spiked by 45 percent shortly after Markle wore them, a prime example of the Meghan Markle effect.
With spring here and lots of downtime to refresh your wardrobe (that means cleaning out the old and investing in some newness), there’s no better time to check out Nordstrom’s Spring Sale, which includes tons of shirt dresses that would, without a doubt, earn Markle’s stamp of approval. There’s a utilitarian-inspired midi that looks just like the Staud number she wore in Cape Town last year and a sleeveless cotton-blend shirt dress that’s a great replica of another she wore.
Shop the Markle-inspired shirt dresses you shouldn’t sleep on during Nordstrom’s Spring Sale below.
Vince Belted Long Sleeve Cotton Blend Shirtdress
S/W/F Passionfruit Long Sleeve Shirtdress
A.L.C. Emma Midi Shirtdress
Cinq à Sept Joyce Long Sleeve Midi Shirtdress
Court & Rowe Tie Waist Sleeveless Cotton Blend Shirtdress