The Duchess of Sussex just completed three days of her first official tour in Australia. She might only be three days in, but it's clear that Meghan Markle, who had just announced that she is pregnant with her first child, is not going to just stick to a formal royal uniform this tour. She has already worn a pair of skinny jeans, black ankle boots and a £110 grey checked blazer. But one royal styling convention she is firmly sticking to is nodding to her host country via her outfits. It is customary for the royal family to wear designers from the nations they visit, colours and motifs to reflect the stops on their schedule and brands with an ethos that align with their own messages.
Case in point, yesterday Meghan wore a pair of skinny jeans by sustainable denim brand Outland, a company created by an Australian couple who manufacture in Cambodia and provide support and a career path for women who have survived sex and human trafficking. "I cannot think of a more suitable person to carry the Outland Denim brand. The Duchess' advocacy for issues of social justice and women's rights completely aligns with the work that we do. We are absolutely thrilled that she chose to wear Outland Denim on this tour," said Outland Denim founder James Bartle. Aware that these pictures will go all over the world in mere minutes, the Duchess is cleverly using the "Meghan effect" to grow companies that will have a positive impact.
Today saw two more looks added to the line-up, with the Duchess of Sussex doing a stealthy outfit change halfway through the day. In classic Meghan style, the pieces were just the right balance of classic yet elegant with a touch of tailoring—very Audrey Hepburn. We'll be bringing you all of Meghan Markle's outfits from the 76 engagements scheduled on this 16-day royal tour. Keep scrolling to see the first looks of many.