It’s that time of year, the September issue of Vogue is out and we are all itching to find out what the Autumn/Winter must haves are. This edition marks the first time a September Issue of Vogue has been guest Edited, not only that, but guest edited by HRH The Duchess of Sussex. Which makes this a bumper edition.
Meghan’s true personality flow’s through the whole September issue, from her ‘guest editor’s letter’ to the annotation she adds to Matt Haig’s ‘A note from the beach’. Her choice to ask to take over the biggest issue of Vogue of the year, was a brilliant one and the ‘Faces of Change’ cover and article truly celebrates the plethora of talented, creative, active and just wonderful women out there.
One thing that truly shapes Meghan in the ‘new wave’ of Royals is her love of ethical clothing lines. She knows by being in the public eye her looks need to be perfect, but it’s also important that they are sustainable too, and the Duchess of Sussex has been seen to be championing sustainable brands.
More importantly, it’s working.
During the Duke and Duchess’ Australian tour Meghan wore a pair of Outland Denim Jeans, which are not only made with organic cotton, but the team that making them are women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She truly is conveying a powerful message to her fans and spreading the message of sustainable fashion, so much so the designer saw the jeans she was wearing sell out in 24hrs; not only achieving awareness of a good cause but allowing a new brand to emerge and prosper too.
Not only filled with the usual seasonal must haves but Vogue’s September issue has a huge focus on the ‘Faces of Change’ with 15 black and white pictures of inspirational women on the cover, and the 16th placed in middle left blank, so that your face will slot in there when you hold it up. Ironically the material used to resemble a ‘mirror’ certainly does change the look of your face, perhaps not the concept Vogue was originally intending, but a fantastic concept and one I am fully on board with.
And of course a big shout out to Edward Enninful for giving up his baby for an issue!
With this in mind, I wanted to have a look through some of my favourite looks The Duchess of Sussex has had the pleasure of sharing with us. We could easily pick out some of the best designer looks she carries, but let’s look at the smart casual that you can recreate in your wardrobe.
One of my favourite looks (pictured below), is the most simple. It’s the moment, they were first seen together, and the world knew they were dating, but this confirmed it, whilst they watched the Wheelchair Tennis at Harry’s Invictus Games.
Meghan wore in my eyes ‘the classic’ girlfriend outfit. An oversized button shirt, ripped denim jeans, oversized bag, which matched her shoes and tortoise shell sunglasses. Meghan’s outfit cost a total of $1275, but this is a simple and relatively low cost outfit to create.
Head to Zara for the skinny jeans for £25.99, John Lewis for the oversized shirt £59, and ASOS for the Sun Glasses £18. The perfect thing about this look is how you can dress it up or down. If you’re not a fan of the pump, wear a pair of converse or even flip flops this will help this outfit seem casual enough to pop to the shops, however add some black pointed heels, statement necklace and a clutch and you can wear for the bar, pub and date night.
Below is one of my favourite of Meghan’s looks, it’s so simplistic pairing black and white together, and if there is one thing we can gauge from The Duchess of Sussex’s personal style it is simple and chic. Here she chooses a black and white Orton bag, black heels a boxy blazer although her ‘Audrey Midi Dress’ by Altazurra is an eye-watering €1,600 price tag, to recreate this outfit you could do it for £35 with a similar dress from Silk Fred pair with a clutch or crossbody bag and wedges and it’s perfect for a summer evening.
One thing is for certain, Meghan is making her mark, with fashion, with activism and with editing too now! If you haven’t gone out and bought the September issue of Vogue yet, do, this is one too keep.