Meghan Markle's Latest Dress Confirms She's Sticking to This Royal Theme

Yesterday the royal family attended Prince Louis’s Christening, and today they are back to duty as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at Westminster Abbey for a service to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force. Meghan Markle turned to Dior for the occasion, wearing a black dress which is reminiscent of the “New Look” Dior from the ’40s and ’50s as it has a nipped in waist, elegant sleeves and a full skirt. It also has the neckline which has quickly become Markle’s signature—the boat neck.

On Markle: Dior dress; Stephen Jones hat
An image of the Dior New Look from 1947.
On Middleton: Alexander McQueen coat
On Markle: Theory jacket
On Markle: Givenchy dress
On Markle: Brandon Maxwell dress
On Meghan: Ralph Lauren dress
On Markle: Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown

This is the first time that Markle has worn Dior since becoming a Duchess, however she has already shown a fondness for Parisian design houses. She turned to Givenchy instead of a British house for her wedding dress.

The boat (or bateau) neckline has a slashed cut across the chest to reveal the collarbone, and was favored by Audrey Hepburn (she wore this style in Funny Face). Of course, Meghan Markle’s wedding dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy had a bateau neckline, and it is a theme that has run through her royal wardrobe so far in 2018. Just yesterday Markle wore a khaki dress by Ralph Lauren to Prince Louis’s Christening which had this slashed neckline, and she has also worn bateau necks styles by Brandon Maxwell, Givenchy, Theory and more. 

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

Opening image: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

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