Ever since Meghan Markle stepped onto the royal scene, she has stolen our hearts. From the outfits she wears to the causes she supports, it’s almost as if the Duchess can do no wrong.

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A few weeks ago she and her husband Prince Harry attended the wedding of friend, Charlie Van Straubenzee. Van Straubenzee and Prince Harry have been friends since childhood, when they attended prep school together. For Meghan, the wedding was just another opportunity to show off her keen sense of style. Mixing different colors, materials and textures, we have no doubt that she was one of the the best dressed there.

The Dress

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Meghan’s Shoanah dress from Club Monaco was elegant and edgy, a surprisingly perfect combination for an August wedding. Your eyes are immediately drawn to the pink, green, black and white color blocking, but then wander up the pleated skirt to find a leather belt knotted in a bow. The top of the dress is quite casual with hidden buttons and a gentle color. When you step back and look at all of these elements together, you realize just how unique and unexpected this outfit actually is.

The Hat

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No British wedding look is complete without a beautiful hat. Meghan opted for a teardrop shaped black straw hat to go with her color-block dress. Designed by royal favorite Philip Treacy, the hat also featured a few black straw twists. One of the smaller hats we’ve seen on Meghan so far, the hat complemented the various features of her dress nicely. If she had chosen a hat with more color or trimmings, her look would have felt busy and mismatched.

We can’t decide which we like better – the dress or the hat! But Meghan’s look has definitely taught us that one element of an outfit doesn’t have to steal the show. You can pair an exciting dress with a sophisticated hat and still end up with a stylish, coordinated look!

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HATalk Issue 140 (November 2017). Cover hat by Veronica Marucci.