Before she was the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was paving the way for kick-ass female paralegals everywhere for 7 seasons of the hit TV show Suits. The show is known for giving viewers a peek into the lives of high-powered New York City attorneys… but it is also a goldmine of formal and classic work-attire inspiration.
Markle’s on-screen character, Rachel Zane, mastered office chic and the art of power dressing – often seen in monochromatic colour palettes, form-fitting silhouettes and sky-high court shoes. She may have traded in the courthouse for Frogmore Cottage, but Markle, who admitted to being in awe of Rachel’s wardrobe, has left a capsule of memorable outfits to drool over.
Here are our top picks to inspire your workwear wardrobe:
Rachel is almost always seen in a fitted shirt or knit when on the job, her shirts are slightly unbuttoned adding a sexy, feminine touch to the uniformed look.
To brave the New York City breeze, you’ve got to be classic, tailored and comfy… and Rachel frequently rocked a tailored knit, tucked into a matching pencil skirt – the epitome of practical and chic.
Rarely venturing into statement pieces, this violet ruffled look is a subtle nod to the spring season and complemented the paralegal’s everyday aesthetic perfectly.
Rachel seems to have a soft spot for pencil skirts, and is more often than not seen in a neutral-toned skirt paired with a white shirt. Here, she wears the shirt buttoned down and cuffed which gives a perfect off-duty look.
Grey and blue is a staple work combo, and Rachel, who always defies the norm, gives it a little tweak with a slouchy turtleneck.
Although we miss seeing the “legal superhero” and new mum on our screens, she sure as hell left a mark on our wardrobe…
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