Is Meghan modelling herself on Princess Margaret? How the Duchess' Ascot outfit echoed a VERY similar ensemble the late princess wore to the race meeting in 1952
- Former Suits star, 36, wore bespoke Givenchy dress to Royal Ascot yesterday
- Look was very similar to Princess Margaret's monochrome ensemble from 1952
- Late royal, then 21, wore bespoke cream dress by Dior and black and white hat
- Meghan paired Givenchy coat dress with monochrome hat by Philip Treacy
As she stepped out at Royal Ascot in a white Givenchy coat dress yesterday, the new Duchess of Sussex was reminiscent of another very glamorous royal.
The outfit Meghan, 36, chose for her Ascot debut was very similar to the Dior ensemble the Queen's late sister Princess Margaret wore to the racing event 66 years earlier.
Meghan paired the frock, from her wedding dress designer Givenchy, with a statement black and white hat from milliner Philip Treacy.
And in 1952, Princess Margaret - then 21-years-old - also went for a monochrome look, pairing her white Dior gown with black gloves and a black and white hat.
Like Meghan, the royal also had a bespoke version of the Dior gown created especially for the event.
The fabric came from Dior's Rose Pompon collection, which featured a rosebud design, but Margaret had a bespoke version made for herself in plain cream.
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Princess Margaret, then 21, wore a bespoke Dior cream dress teamed with a black and white hat for Royal Ascot in 1952
Yesterday, Meghan echoed Margaret's style in a crisp white coat dress with a black belt and a monochrome hat by Philip Treacy for her Royal Ascot debut
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Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy white shirt dress
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The Duchess of Sussex was looking her usual chic self for her Royal Ascot debut today, wearing another look by Givenchy.
The newlywed has wowed us every time we've seen her in the month since she tied the knot, wearing labels such as Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta and Goat. But this is the third time she has turned to Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy so it's clear that the designer is going to be Meghan's go-to for Royal engagements!
We love the smart collar, lace detail and asymmetric midi hemline of this white shirt dress, which she teamed with a hat by Philip Treacy. It's a custom made piece so isn't available to buy, but click (right) to shop the current Givenchy collection at NET-A-PORTER.
Dressing for the races is notoriously tricky, however Meghan has got it spot on with this classic look. So if you want to win the style race too, then head to the edit below to emulate her Ascot outfit. Take your pick from the white shirt dresses by Wright Le Chapelain, Kenzo, Jil Sander and Kuho!
Keen to forge her own style identity while remaining appropriate Meghan will no doubt look to other members of the Royal Family for inspiration.
However, she will be eager to avoid looking like a copycat of the Duchess of Cambridge or seeming to compete with her late mother-in-law Princess Diana.
It therefore makes sense that she would look further back for style notes to Princess Margaret who was known for her elegant wardrobe.
Margaret's dress is currently on display as part of the exhibition Royal Women at Bath's Fashion Museum.
The Queen and Princess Margaret attending Royal Ascot in 1952
Meghan paired the frock, from wedding dress designer Givenchy, with a statement black and white hat from milliner Philip Treacy
Yesterday, Meghan's crisp white coat dress featured an edgy asymmetrical hemline, in stark contrast to the sea of sensible pastel-coloured frocks on display in the Royal Enclosure.
The outfit was set off by a sizeable monochrome creation by hat designer Philip Treacy, a favourite among the royals, including Meghan, who has consistently showcased his millinery since becoming a duchess.
The glamorous headgear featured a white base and a wide black trim which fanned out around her face.
All white: Meghan wore a crisp white coat dress featuring an edgy asymmetrical hemline, in stark contrast to the sea of pastel-coloured coats on display in the Royal Enclosure
The outfit was set off by a sizeable monochrome creation by hat designer Philip Treacy, a favourite among the royals
Dramatic detail of a long black reed and knot finished off the piece, ensuring Meghan was ready for her day at the races with the royal family.
Her dress, although casual and simple in its shirt-style tailoring, was rich in detail with subtle embroidery around the waist and was finished off with fine white buttons.
Embracing the monochrome look, Meghan nipped her dress in at the waist with a dark belt and wore black shoes with a quirky shaped heel.
Previously known for her relaxed hairstyles with strands framing her face, Meghan’s Ascot look was more in keeping with royal tradition as she sported a chic side chignon.