While I have always loved Kate Middleton’s classic style, Meghan Markle is refreshingly bringing a bit of edge and modernism to the royal family. Much like Princess Diana did, she’s bending a few fashion protocols. Rules were made to be broken, right?
Perhaps her style confidence comes from being in the entertainment industry, or maybe it’s simply from being an independent woman who wants to keep some semblance of a normal life while living a real-life fairy tale. Whatever the reason, I always look forward to seeing what the new Duchess of Sussex is wearing!
Below, we look at five ways Meghan has gone against the grain of royal family fashion.
She doesn’t exclusively carry clutches.
According to royal etiquette, members of the royal family are encouraged to carry clutches. This is apparently to keep their hands busy and deter the public from extending their hands for a handshake. Meghan has been seen in public many times carrying different purses with (albeit shorter) handles and crossbody straps.
She wears messy buns.
Royals are expected to look clean, put-together, and sleek. A messy bun does not typically fall into that category, but Markle has frequently sported one.
She foregoes the pantyhose.
Per tradition, royal women are to wear pantyhose. In fact, Queen Elizabeth has not ever been photographed without wearing them! Markle ditched the pantyhose to announce her engagement to Prince Harry and has even opted to wear thigh-high boots in place of pantyhose under dresses.
She wears non-British designer clothing.
Markle does not discriminate when it comes to her love of fashion! While it’s tradition for the royal family to wear only clothing from British designers, she is often seen paying tribute to her favorite Canadian and American fashion designers.
She wears “revealing” clothing.
Meghan’s dress for Trooping the Colour—a British tradition since the 17th century—is said to have broken royal protocol by exposing the top of her shoulders. Her engagement photo dress also sparked a bit of controversy with its sheer details.
Ah, the ’90s. The decade of grunge, hip hop, pop, and preppy style that continues to inspire us today. If you didn’t grow up in the ’90s, chances are you’ve heard time and time again that they were the best time for fashion and music, and—though I may be biased—I have to agree.
There’s a reason why ’90s style trends are constantly coming back; the carefree spirit and attitude of ’90s fashion hasn’t been able to be recreated or replicated. Why fix something if it’s not broken? Let’s celebrate by taking a look back at some of the biggest style icons of the decade.
One of the most sought after young actresses in the ’80s and ’90s, Lisa Bonet has a rebellious, free-spirited, bohemian style all her own that we still covet today. Lisa’s daughter, actress Zoe Kravitz, has inherited her mother’s style and become a modern fashion icon in her own right.
From grunge to happy hippie, Drew’s style embodies her free spirit and was as expressive as her contagious smile. As long as ’90s trends keep coming back in style, ’90s Drew will always be an inspiration!
Mixing classic, punk, and athleisure style, there is no doubt (pun intended) that Gwen Stefani is a quintessential ’90s girl.
Before the legal controversies and her comeback with Stranger Things, Winona Ryder was a ’90s movie star and style icon. Her grunge style and attitude made her one of the “it” girls of the decade!
Supermodel Kate Moss just has classic street style; we could literally wear the exact outfits today and be super on trend!
For over 20 years, Jennifer Aniston has been a consistent style icon, having crafted the perfect classic, effortless style we all crave.
If you follow Crossroads on Instagram, you may have seen that the SoCal members of the Crossroads Style Council took a road trip to Santa Barbara together. We met early in the morning to drive up the beautiful coast to the Crossroads store on State Street, and we were challenged to create an outfit in just one hour (you can see all those looks below!).
After styling up our looks (and collectively buying so many goodies!), we walked over to eat at the newly opened Smithy Kitchen + Bar, which was a hit! If you’re in the area, it’s a great place for a leisurely lunch break. After lunch, we stopped for a coffee refuel at The French Press and headed back to Los Angeles.
I had been to Santa Barbara only once before, and this trip really solidified that I am officially in love. The entire town is darling, especially the neighborhood the store is in! We would love to see you in your Crossroads neighborhood, where you eat, drink, and play! Hashtag #CrossroadsNeighborhood on Instagram to share your community with us.
Pit stop turned photoshoot!
Getting to know our #CrossroadsNeighborhood in Santa Barbara:
Time to shop!
Here are all the looks that we styled from our Crossroads Finds!
Cassidy // Instagram
Jennifer // Instagram
Our shopping trip and style challenge was a success!
I had so much fun with these ladies and I cannot wait until our next adventure!
Nepotism runs rampant in Hollywood; sometimes, it’s all about who you know. But it seems like more and more, we’re seeing next-gen celebrity children make their own claim to fame. Take a look at five next generation celebrity children who are becoming fashion it girls.
At just 16 years old, Kaia Gerber (daughter and lookalike of supermodel Cindy Crawford) has already modeled for Versace and been featured on the cover of Vogue. This year, she walked the runway for Marc Jacobs, Burberry, and Alexander Wang during Spring 2018 Fashion Week.
Sylvester Stallone’s 19-year-old daughter is signed with IMG Models and was awarded Miss Golden Globes in 2017 (along with her two sisters). Sistine has already walked for Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana and shot an editorial for Harper’s Bazaar.
Lionel Richie’s daughter (whom you may also know as Nicole Richie’s sister), has been in the public eye for quite some time, but 2017 has her stepping into the limelight with her own work. With 2.7 million Instagram followers, a budding modeling portfolio, and growing influence as a street style star, we will be happy to see more from the youngest Richie.
Daughter of the late Michael Jackson, Paris has dabbled in acting since 2011 and recently signed a modeling contract with IMG Models. She often uses her family name for good, speaking out and bringing awareness to those in need who don’t have her platform.
Daughter of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, Lily-Rose has successfully launched her own career in acting and modeling. She has several feature films behind her and has worked with the likes of Chanel and Vogue.
Who are your favorite next-gen fashion it girls?
Although I was young when Princess Diana died, I vividly remember how much it impacted the world. Nations worldwide mourned for the loss of this beautiful soul. Princess Diana had a kind heart, was charismatic and seemed down-to-earth despite her larger-than-life title. A new HBO documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, aired this week to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of her death, in which Prince William and Prince Harry fondly recall their mother’s life and legacy.
In memory of Princess Diana and as an ode to her love of fashion, I’ve highlighted some of her most iconic style moments.
The LBD Heard Around the World
Was it a strategic PR move to take over the headlines as her then-husband Prince Charles’ cheating scandal was exposed, or simply a coincidence that Princess Diana caught everyone’s eyes in this LBD?
A Wedding Dress with a Record-Breaking Train
With a 25 foot train, the longest in royal wedding history, Princess Diana stunned and wed Prince Charles in this dress as 700 million people watched from around the world.
Princess Diana did not lose her sense of style during her two pregnancies.
Nicknamed after the trend on hit ’80s soap opera Dynasty, Princess Diana often wore modern gowns with wide shoulders.
Velvet, sequins, and beading featured in this glamorous gown. Princess Diana stunned at a White House gala dinner in 1985, where she had her iconic dance with John Travolta. The dress has since then been auctioned off for charity, along with others from the Princess’s collection.
Radiant in Raspberry
Princess Diana made many public appearances looking poised and beautiful, but this raspberry Victor Edelstein gown is one of my favorites, and I can envision it being worn on a red carpet today.
Pretty in Pink
Princess Diana often wore skirt suits in bright, eye-catching colors.
Shy Di no more, Princess Diana pushed the envelopes of usual modest royal wardrobe rules and appeared in sheath numbers like this white Versace dress.
A Casual Princess
Princess Diana wasn’t always dressed to the nines in expensive gowns; she looked stunning and put together in casual looks, like this colorful jumper and rain boots outfit.
Redefining a Staple
Princess Diana’s most memorable fashion moments are filled with countless couture gowns and chic suits, but her casual looks stand the test of time. Her blue jeans, blazer, and baseball cap combo is still a trendy look today.
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