Meghan Markle brought back shoulder robing on Wednesday when she attended the Commonwealth Youth Forum meeting in London. If you're not familiar with shoulder robing, it's when you wear your jacket over your shoulders without your arms in your sleeves. The trend has seen many comebacks over the years with everyone from Kate Moss to Anna Wintour embracing the look. Back in 1981, Princess Diana was photographed shoulder robing in a white jacket as she boarded a plane on her honeymoon with Prince Charles. It seems Meghan has taken a style tip from her late mother-in-law as she prepares to marry Harry.
Meghan looked stunning as she greeted crowds at the event on what was spring's warmest day so far. The 36-year-old wore a gorgeous striped cream dress by Altuzarra, which retails at £1,450, and a black blazer by Camilla and Marc. She accessorised with a black and white striped bag by Oroton, priced £171, and coordinating black high heel shoes. Her brunette hair was worn in a sleek down style and her makeup was flawless as always.
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It's notable that the Duchess of Cambridge has never been spotted shoulder robing. Kate has a very different style to Meghan – while she opts for a more formal look, Meghan likes to incorporate the latest trends into her wardrobe. She may even have taken her fashion inspiration from the Queen, who went sleeve-free when she wore a cream cape back in 1977.
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It surely won't be long before royal fans are copying Meghan's shoulder robe look. Experts at business valuation consultancy Brand Finance recently predicted the royal-to-be will bring a staggering £150 million into the British fashion economy as UK shoppers emulate her style. In total, the report states that Meghan and Harry's royal wedding is expected to bring in more than a billion pounds to the country - including £300 million in tourism, with many Americans keen to travel over to the UK to be part of the occasion.