Meghan Markle took a page out of Michelle Obama’s style book on Friday when she stepped out in New York in a monochromatic maroon suit — a look strikingly similar to the acclaimed outfit the former First Lady wore to President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
The 40-year-old Duchess of Sussex wore a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat, matching $1,685 wide-leg pants and red Manolo Blahnik pointed-toe pumps while visiting Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school.
Markle appeared to be channeling Obama, 57, in her berry-colored ensemble and Twitter users took notice, with one person joking that the royal was “playing Michelle Obama on inauguration day.”
Meghan Markle, 40, earns comparisons to Michelle Obama, 57, after she stepped out in a monochromatic suit that closely resembles the outfit of the former first lady’s Inauguration Day
Outfit of the Day: The Duchess of Sussex wore a $5,840 Loro Piana cashmere coat and matching $1,685 wide-leg pants while visiting Harlem’s PS 123 Mahalia Jackson school
Obama cut a stylish figure in a head-to-toe plum suit by Sergio Hudson when she watched Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris be sworn in at the Capitol in January.
The mum of two wore a floor-length coat over a form-fitting knit turtleneck sweater and wide-leg pants — all in the same deep berry hue. She completed the look with a matching belt with a large gold buckle that brought the outfit together.
The choice of color was important because purple is one of the official colors of the suffragist movement, as was her decision to have Hudson, a young black designer.
Markle’s version of the monochrome suit was more relaxed, probably because she would sit down and read a book to schoolchildren.
Her reversible coat is made from double-sided cashmere, has hand-finished invisible seams and comes complete with a ribbed cashmere-knit detachable collar.
The designer piece was roomier and much less structured than Obama’s coat, and Markle wore her sleeves with cuffs to show the fabric on the other side.
Another unique detail was the pockets, which were framed with a lighter shade of square lining.
Spotted: Eagle-eyed Twitter users noticed her appearance resembled Sergio Hudson’s head-to-toe plum suit Obama wore to President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January
One person joked that she was “cosplaying” Obama, while another said the outfit gave her “Michelle Obama at the inauguration vibes.”
Markle completed the look with matching pumps and gold jewelry, including a $4,500 Birks diamond ring, Princess Diana’s $23,000 Cartier Tank watch, a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet, a Jennifer Meyer tennis bracelet of $3,000 and her diamond engagement ring, estimated to be worth about $350,000.
The designer outfit and estimated $387,000 in jewelry raised eyebrows, as 94 percent of the kids at the school they attended received free meals.
Markle completed the look with a black—not red—face mask that looked exactly like the one Obama wore with her suit eight months ago.
The mother of two, who wore her hair in a tight bun the day before, also seemed to take inspiration from Obama’s Inauguration Day hairstyle.
Like the former First Lady, Markle had styled her hair in loose curls, although she chose to part her dark locks in the center rather than on the sides.
Markle, who wore her hair in a tight bun the day before, also seemed to take inspiration from Obama’s Inauguration Day hairstyle
Markle accessorized her designer suit with an estimated $387,000 worth of jewelry
Several took to Twitter on Friday to point out that the Duchess of Sussex’s suit looked a lot like Obama’s.
“This gives me Michelle Obama’s inauguration look,” one person wrote, adding, “Very messy, but the outfit is similar to Michelle Obama’s 2021 inauguration look.”
“Madame Duchess auburn outfit and wavy hair gives Michelle Obama at the inauguration,” someone else agreed, while someone else added, “Give me Michelle Obama at the inauguration vibes!”
“She’s feeding Michelle at the inauguration and I’m here #flawless,” one fan tweeted.
Markle likely finds inspiration in Obama’s post-presidency style after she and her husband Prince Harry confirmed earlier this year that they would not return as working members of the royal family after moving to the US
As Vogue fashion editor Janelle Okwodu noted in a recent article about former Suits star re-imagining royal style, Obama’s “template for dressing post-public life” was drawn up “in many ways.”
The writer pointed out that the former First Lady began dressing for herself after she left the White House and “embraced her newfound sartorial freedom.” Markle may be experiencing the same thing.
Markle certainly has admiration for Obama, something she has made clear in the past. She interviewed the former First Lady for British Vogue’s Q&A feature while guest editor of the magazine in 2019.
When explaining her choice, she explained that Obama embodies everything she was looking for in an interview topic.
“Apparently British Vogue has a famous question-and-answer feature on the back page that is both informative and whimsical, with a special guest every month,” she wrote in the magazine. ‘My first thought was that it had to be someone kind, inspiring, motivating, funny, with gravitas and as much depth as levity. My second thought: it had to be Michelle Obama.’