On Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s big royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Duchess of Sussex had us fascinated with her fashion. And while we loved seeing her revolving wardrobe during the two-week trip, we also learned a handy travel hack even non-royals can follow.
The Duchess had been recycling the stylish pieces she brought on the royal tour. Any seasoned traveler will tell you that re-wearing and creating different outfit combinations with a set number of clothes can help you pack light and streamline your suitcase. And while we’re guessing she didn’t bring just a carry-on for the trip, she showed us that re-wearing outfits during a trip can look oh so chic. It makes complete sense: The simplest way to pack lighter is to pack fewer items. So, follow her lead to lighten your load on the road.
There’s no real need to bring multiple coats when a tailored trench can do double duty—and then some. She wore a structured coat by Martin Grant first in Sydney.
Then, she wore the same statement trench for an appearance in Melbourne, this time over a navy dress by Australian designer Dion Lee.
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It may be tempting to bring along multiple cuts and washes, but one sophisticated pair can go a long way. For this tour, Markle opted for a black pair from Outland Denim, a sustainable Australian brand. They were so versatile, she wore them multiple times in Australia and New Zealand. First, she wore them with an oversized white button-down shirt and gray blazer by Serena Williams.
Next, she paired them with a previously worn black turtleneck and topped the recycled ensemble off with one stylish piece, a L’Agence pinstriped blazer. The black turtleneck was originally part of her arrival outfit, so naturally it didn’t take up any space in her luggage.
On a third occasion, Markle added a bit more color: She popped on a burgundy peplum top with the jeans.
When the royals flew to New Zealand, Markle’s go-to denim came along, too. With the Kiwis, Markle re-wore the jeans with a black sweater and an olive green coat. They even looked chic with white sneakers and a jacket for a walk through Abel Tasman National Park.
The Duchess had some go-to footwear options during her time down under, too. She slipped on a pair of previously worn Rothy’s flats not once but twice.
Additionally, she wore a pair of nude Stuart Weitzman pumps on multiple occasions. She also sported a pair of black Aquazzura pumps with bow detail with her denim, day dresses, and even a cocktail dress.
If recycling clothing is good enough for a royal, it’s good enough for anyone. And maybe the Duchess with make you think twice before overloading your suitcase.
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