Meghan Markle is probably going to cause this accessory to sell out

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If you've paid close attention to Meghan Markle's style evolution since she officially became the Duchess of Sussex, you'll have noticed that there's one accessory she wears again and again, and no, I'm not referring to her favourite shoes which Princess Eugenie recently borrowed.

It's perhaps a little less exciting but most definitely as effective: the humble belt. That's right, Meghan has been drawing attention to her petite figure by often wearing a dress, cinched in at the waist.

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The denim Carolina Herrera dress she wore recently to the polo, the white Givenchy shirt dress and the olive green dress she wore to Prince Louis' christening are just some of the many examples.

I must admit belts have been a bit of an after-thought for me, but I can see the appeal now. Whether it's to give shape to an oversized shirt or add a finishing touch to a tailored dress, it definitely pulls an outfit together.


To follow in Meghan's sartorial footsteps, pick a belt that's in the same tones as your dress, or at least matches your accessories. Shop my top picks below:

Shop now: FRAME Le Circle leather belt for £150 from Net-A-Porter

Shop now: Stretch raffia belt for £9.99 from Stradivarius

Shop now: Leather belt for £12.99 from H&M

Size-wise, I love a chunky belt like the denim Carolina Herrera one, though Meghan makes a case for a thin minimalist one too, so it's worth investing in both. Because if Meghan Mania has taught us anything, it's that this is one trend that is not going to go away anytime soon.

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.