12 Meghan Markle-Inspired Wedding Guest Dresses

Based on the top four looks worn by the Duchess of Sussex.

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While Meghan and Prince Harry may have taken a step back from their duties as royals, the Duchess of Sussex will always remain a global style icon. During her time as an active member of the royal family, Meghan attended quite a few weddings, always serving the most sophisticated and classic looks (looks we also still admire today!).

From what we've seen of her wedding guest style, Markle often gravitates toward darker navy and blue hues, keeping her ensembles crisp and refined. As for accessories, she tends to take a minimalistic approach, opting for sleek black heels and elegant fascinators. What we love most, though, is her high-low approach to fashion. Whether it’s a Club Monaco pleated dress or an Oscar de la Renta gown, her ensembles are totally attainable and often easy to replicate.

So, if you’re in need of some royal-approved style inspiration for your upcoming events, we’ve got you covered. Scroll on for four of the Duchess’ top wedding guest fashion moments, plus recommendations for getting the looks yourself.

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For the celebration of Daisy Jenks and Charlie van Straubenzee's wedding, which coincided with the Duchess's 37th birthday, Meghan stepped out in a surprisingly budget-friendly Club Monaco midi dress. It featured a wrap-style bodice and a pleated and color-blocked skirt, which she styled with classic black pumps and a simple navy clutch. Unfortunately, the exact dress is no longer available, but we found a few similar options that we think Meghan would love.

Most Unexpected: AQUA Pleated Shimmer Gown

ankle-length gown with a pleated shimmer skirt

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Size: 0-18 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length

Turn heads in this shimmering pleated gown from AQUA. While it features a color-blocked skirt (á la Markle), this option takes a modern approach with its sleeveless and plunging neckline design.

Best Color-Blocking: Pleats Please Issey Miyake Ensemble Colorblocked Pleated Midi-Dress

colorblocked pleated ankle-length dress

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Size: S-XL | Materials: Polyester | Length: Midi

Keeping with the pleated and color-blocked theme, this Issey Miyake midi can easily be dressed up to be a sophisticated wedding guest outfit. Style with a pair of heels and bold jewelry for a glam approach to the look.

Best Mini: Milly Liv Pleated Dress

pleated short navy blue dress

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Size: 0-12 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Mini

For a timeless wedding guest look, we love this pleated mini dress from Milly. While it’s not a perfect match to Meghan’s ensemble, it incorporates the navy shade and the pleats from her Club Monaco look. 

prince harry and meghan markle

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Perhaps one of Meghan’s most daring fashion moments, the Duchess wore a black tulle Valentino gown to Misha Nonoo’s wedding in 2019. The original version of the dress seems to be sheer, but Markle paired the ensemble with a black slip underneath to make it more wedding appropriate

Most Classic: Mille Gabrielle Swiss Dot Dress

black midi dress with sheer sleeves

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Size: XXS-L | Materials: Nylon | Length: Midi

This elegant tea-length gown features swiss-dot fabric with sheer sleeves, in a similar fashion to Markle's Valentino dress. Style yours with a pair of chic black heels for a look that’s fit for royalty. 

Best Embellishments: Mac Duggal Floral Embellished Illusion Dress

Black FLORAL EMBELLISHED ILLUSION COCKTAIL DRESS

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Size: 0-16 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Tea-length

Embrace the sparkle in Meghan’s dress with this embellished midi from Mac Duggal. You’ll be twirling around on the dance floor all night long, and will completely shine in every wedding photo.

Best Ruffles: Jonathan Simkhai Monique Ruffled Organza Mini Dress

Black Organza Ruffle Sleeve Mini Dress

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Size: 0-14 | Materials: Organza | Length: Mini

For a fun and flirty wedding guest look, try this ruffled organza mini dress from Jonathan Skimkhai. It emulates the sheer effect of Meghan’s Valentino outfit and is perfect for those attending a semi-formal or cocktail attire event. 

meghan markle wearing a navy blue coat dress and fascinator

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For Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's nuptials in 2018, Markle kept things simple and chic with a Givenchy monochrome look, wearing the same designer she wore to her own wedding only five months prior. She matched her navy knee-length dress with a navy overcoat and a fascinator of the same color.

Most Sophisticated: Black Halo Kensington Dress

navy blue tea-length long sleeve dress

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Size: 0-16 | Materials: Polyamide | Length: Knee-length

Aptly named the “Kensington Dress,” this navy piece from Black Halo radiates royalty. To elevate the look for a more formal wedding, add a statement necklace, a pair of strappy heels, and a simple navy clutch.

For a Winter Wedding: Eloquii Belted Sweater Dress

Belted Sweater Dress in navy blue

Size: 14-28 | Materials: Acrylic | Length: Midi

If you’re attending a semi-formal winter wedding, consider purchasing this navy sweater dress from Eloquii. The material will give you an extra dose of warmth, without having to don a long jacket or overcoat.

Best Subtle Shine: Topshop Dark Blue Midi Dress

navy blue long-sleeve midi dress

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Size: 2-14 | Materials: Polyester, viscose | Length: Midi

For a formal wedding, we love the subtle metallic shine of this midi dress—it keeps the sophistication of Meghan’s look but with a twist. This ensemble would also pair nicely with navy heels, like the ones Markle opted to wear as a guest.

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Meghan stunned in this airy, floral toile print dress at Celia McCorquodale's, Princess Diana's niece, wedding in 2016. The Oscar de la Renta look is said to be inspired by Wedgewood fine china and is truly an elegant statement. While it's advised for guests to stay away from white dresses with prints, this ensemble will work for a Chinoiserie-themed event, or if the bride has approved of the look.

For a Chinoiserie-Themed Event: Reformation Carolena Dress

blue and white floral midi dress with a slit

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Size: 0-12 | Materials: Viscose | Length: Midi

We are dreaming about this Reformation midi for a daytime, Chinoiserie-themed garden event. Style with a pair of nude heels and simple gold jewelry for a Meghan-approved look.  

Best Details: Lulus See the World Blue and White Floral Print Midi Dress

blue and white printed midi dress

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Size: XS-XL | Materials: Cotton | Length: Midi

Summer nuptials call for crochet-detailed dresses, and this ensemble from Lulus checks off every box. It features large, printed blue florals which matches Meghan's dress to a T.

Most Trendy: LoveShackFancy Daly Mini Dress

blue and white printed mini dress

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Size: 0-12 | Materials: Satin | Length: Mini

If you’re looking for a mini dress that embodies Meghan’s vibe, this option from LoveShackFancy is one to consider. The neckline, with a subtle collar and hanging strings, replicates Markle's maxi, but the mini hemline adds a flirty twist.

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