The Meghan Markle Effect can no longer be denied. For at least the second time since setting foot in Düsseldorf, Germany, for the 2023 Invictus Games, the Duchess of Sussex has sold out a fall wardrobe essential.
On September 12, the 42-year-old royal wore a black pleated Banana Republic shirtdress, which originally retailed for $140 on its website…until it sold out after Markle’s public appearance. But don’t worry—there’s some good news for those of you who already had your wallets out. Before we get into that, though, let’s talk about what makes this particular outfit so covetable.
The shirtdress takes all the guesswork out of dressing in the morning, while looking extremely put together. Markle proved this point with very little styling, simply throwing on a braided belt and a pair of black pumps, as you can see below. Her outfit formula works because it’s so intuitive: monochrome + slightly structured fit = corporate slay.
As for jewelry, Markle stuck with minimal arm candy, including a vintage-style watch and a friendship bracelet that did not sacrifice the streamlined look. (Side note: Thank you to Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour for making friendship bracelets a thing adults seem to be exchanging at all sorts of events now.)