The political significance of Meghan Markle's latest outfit

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After stepping down from her royal duties, Meghan Markle is making history by opening up about her political views, something which historically royals haven't done, choosing to remain neutral instead.

This week, the Duchess of Sussex is focusing on getting young people to vote in the run up to the Presidential elections later this year. Now she has teamed up with feminist icon Gloria Steinem to discuss representation, why each vote matters and how all women 'are linked, not ranked.'

The interview, which is released later today in America on the MAKERS channel, took place in the backyard of either Meghan's or Gloria's house, to adhere to social distancing regulations.

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We've been given a sneak peek already, and both women seem relaxed as they discuss how important voting is for women ('If you don't vote, you don't exist') and how happy Meghan is to be back in the States ('Me too [so glad I'm back], for so many reasons').

For the occasion, Meghan donned a white t-shirt, paired with pinstripe trousers by Anine Bing, and Stella McCartnery sandals, both of which you can still buy, linked below (the sandals are even 50% off in the sale).

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Now some might say that her outfit choice was quite significant. Firstly, because she chose to wear female designers, and her interview focuses on women's right to vote, an interview she is doing with Gloria Steinem, known amongst many things for being the leader and spokeswoman for the American feminist movement in the late 1960s and early 1970.

Secondly, Meghan's outfit is white, which is a colour that has long been associated with the Suffragette movement, earning the nickname 'Suffragette white'. The significance of this has changed over the years, but it was originally thoughts to represent purity, and later members of the movement decided to wear the colour head-to-toe so critics couldn't say they were intimidating or masculine, according to CR.

An all white ensemble was also more inviting for women who wanted to join the cause, as it was an accessible outfit regardless or race or economical status. With everyone wearing white, they also ensured they would stand out when marching in the street.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.