Meghan in Givenchy for Wedding, Plus, Hello, Lavender Hill!

Hold on to your hats! It was quite a windy one for the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank. You can tell by looking at the royal standard in the wind.

Here you see the Members of Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards lining the West Steps of St George’s Chapel. The Duke of York, Eugenie’s father, is Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.

Below, the Duchess wears Givenchy as she is seen arriving for the wedding.

A closer look.

It was so windy guests and participants were holding down their hats, skirts and anything else that might have been blown by the wind. Below, Princess Charlotte in her bridesmaid regalia, holding onto her skirt. 

Meghan and Harry walking to their seats.

The bride and her father, Prince Andrew, waving to the crowds as they prepare to walk up the steps of St. George’s Chapel. 

The page boys and bridesmaids.
Here you have a better view of the Duke and Duchess.
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The wedding party as they head up the aisle.

The Duke of York, Sarah Ferguson, and Princess Beatrice.
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Both the Princess and Mr. Brooksbank were beaming throughout the ceremony.
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Background on Eugenie’s dress from The Evening Standard:

Princess Eugenie chose a dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos for British-based label Peter Pilotto, which was founded in London in 2007. The royal family said in a statement that Princess Eugenie first met the designers when she was co-hosting an event that supported women artists several years ago. She’s since worn many of their designs, and she collaborated quite closely with the designers on the creation of her wedding dress.

A look at the beaming brides.

More from the Evening Standard story:

The dress features a distinctive wide neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train.

The low back was created at the specific request of Princess Eugenie who had surgery aged 12 to correct scoliosis.

In an interview ahead of the wedding on Friday, the Queen’s granddaughter spoke of the importance of showing “people your scars” as she paid tribute to the hospital which performed surgery on her back as a child.

The Princess wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, as well as diamond and emerald drop earrings that were a wedding gift from her husband.

The couple looked very, very happy.

The couple coming down the steps Harry and Meghan walked down just a few months ago.

This photo of Meghan is from after the ceremony.
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A quick chat with HM The Queen while they await the carriage procession. 

Princess Eugenie and her new husband, Jack, make their way around Windsor Castle as the carriage procession begins.

The newlyweds in their carriage.

Now for our look at what Meghan wore for Princess Eugenie’s wedding. She was in a navy ensemble centered around a dress and matching coat by Givenchy.

The coat has bracelet-length sleeves with straps at the cuff, oversize buttons, a stand collar, and flap pockets above what I *think* are side seam pockets. More from Edward Barsamian’s Vogue piece:

The midnight blue shade is a favorite of the Duchess; she selected the regal shade for her pre-wedding arrival to Goring House and to attend RAF celebrations in July. Today’s topcoat featured contrasting black buttons and hit just below Markle’s knee.

Meghan wore a bespoke hat by milliner Noel Stewart.

A closer look.

Mr. Stewart is a new designer for Meghan’s wardrobe. More about the milliner from a May Vogue profile:

“A good hat amplifies and enhances who you are,” explains the designer who graduated from The Royal College Of Art in 2002 and worked for The Queen’s hat maker Philip Sommerville and Stephen Jones before launching his own brand in 2003

The milliner, who has created catwalk hats for Mulberry, Erdem, JW Anderson, Gareth Pugh and Per Gotteson, believes that attitudes to hats are changing as a new generation of confident customers graviates towards bigger, bolder styles.

The story mentioned hats he has created for runway shows. Below you see two done for the s/s 2019 Erdem show. Meghan wore her Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps, first seen at the Commonwealth Day Service back in March.

She carried the Givenchy GV3 Mini in grained leather and suede cross-body / clutch bag, $1,990.00

The leather gloves appear to be Prada in navy nappa leather. (no longer available)

Her earrings, rings and bracelet are by jeweler Pippa Small. More from The Telegraph:

The Duchess added a glittering touch to her navy Givenchy dress coat and feathered hat with stacks of gold Pippa Small jewellery. She wore stud earrings, a bracelet and, on her right hand, multiple yellow-gold rings, all featuring so-called ‘Herkimer diamonds’.

Herkimer diamonds are actually clear quartz crystals that naturally appear faceted, hence their name. As well as being significantly cheaper than real diamonds, they have a more pared-back, less brilliant sparkle. The stones are set in 18ct yellow gold by Pippa Small, a British anthropologist turned jeweller who is renowned for working with indigenous tribes to create pieces using natural, uncut stones.

A closer look at the pieces:

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Most of the pieces Meghan wore can be found on Pippa Small’s site.

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Also today, a fun look at a brand Meghan introduced us to, Lavender Hill Clothing Company. Many of you will remember Meghan and Harry’s July visit to Dublin.

In addition to her Givenchy separates the Duchess wore a white tee believed to be by Lavender Hill Clothing, the brand’s Boat T-Shirt ($44.80/£34). Before talking about Meghan’s specific tee, we want to share a little background on Lavender Hill’s origins, because it’s a great story.

Five years ago 24-year-old Isobel Ridley was frustrated when she couldn’t find a white tee-shirt of good quality that was also affordable. So the entrepreneur decided to manufacture them herself, and the company was born. Below, Isobel, wearing the Pom Pom T-Shirt, and her very handsome companion, Jock the Scottie.

The issue of price has stayed important to Isobel; she is committed to creating simple, luxurious and attractive styles that are also affordable. A key component of the product line is the fabric Lavender Hill uses. Many pieces are crafted of a very soft blend of Modal® and cotton made specifically for the company in Austria. The fabric has a silky feel and a thicker weave that keeps the tees from being transparent. The company takes great care in sourcing and manufacturing its merchandise. The Modal® used in pieces is made in a CO2 neutral environment, and all of the company’s products are manufactured in Great Britain or Italy. Below, images from the company’s Leicester factory where its essential tees are made. The factory is a third-generation family business that also has an academy where unemployed residents are taught to sew, allowing them to seek skilled jobs in the future.

LHC works to ensure that all employees receive fair pay and are employed in good working conditions. The company’s ethical and sustainable policies, as well as information on its fabrics and production, are available online. Also featured, pictures of some of the employees who make Lavender Hill’s products.

The company has been recognized for its commitment to British manufacturing. 

Now for more information about Meghan’s tee, a piece from Lavender Hill’s Boat Collection.

The tee is a 50/50 blend of Modal®/Cotton, the brand’s super-soft fabric that makes the designs feel so good against the skin. We can actually share a customer review from someone right here at WMW, because Susan C. purchased two tees for herself right after we saw Meghan wearing hers. She reports: “The fabric is very soft and once on, I never want to take the shirt off. The tees are very versatile in that they go with just about anything. On a recent trip I found myself reaching for either shirt often to pair with shorts, jeans, skirts or pants.” Susan also says the tees wash really well, something that is always a big plus.

Lavender Hill has sold out of Meghan’s tee, but they have a similar style available, the Half-Sleeve Scoop Neck ($47/£36). It is made of the same fabric, has a similar neckline, and is offered in a mix of colors. Another key component: fit. The company has created styles that offer a flattering fit; designs come in straight, feminine and loose fits (something fashion writers have noticed).

Now for a look at some of Lavender Hill’s other products, including some in its Essentials Collection. Below, the popular 3/4-Sleeve T-Shirt ($50/£38); it is made in a blend of cotton and Modal®, a very soft, lightweight material.  

There’s a pretty new stripe tee this fall. 

The label also offers an exclusive Body Collection. Pieces are made in the brand’s über-soft Modal®, with a touch of elastane. Pieces are offered singly, like the Turtleneck Top ($65/£49); the Long-Sleeve Layering Tee Shirt ($40/£30); the Sleeveless Vest ($45 /£34).  And some are offered in sets, as seen in this Lounge Suit ($118/£90) featuring a loose fitting top with curved hem and trousers with a drawstring waistband. There are also basics that include a Sleeveless Vest ($45/£34); a Bralette Crop Top ($45/£34); and Lace Hipster Pant that comes in nude, black and white ($14.50/£11).

One of Lavender Hill Clothing’s most appealing collections is the Loungewear line, featuring sweaters, tees, leggings and other goodies. Below we show Cashmere Leggings in beige; an absolutely snuggly-looking Cashmere Cardigan in lavender ($395/£300); Cashmere Leggings in navy ($275/£210). The cashmere is knitted in Hawick, Scotland.

Other Loungewear styles: cashmere jumpers in Fossil ($250/£189), as well as Navy, and in Chakra Blue ($

Other Loungewear styles include a Turtleneck($65/£49), along with Cropped Leggings

The company’s cashmere is also used in other items, like these socks. If looking for holiday gifts, we have a few suggestions, starting with the Scottish Cashmere Hot Water Bottles ($86 / £65).Like the other cashmere items, the fabric for these is made in Scotland. In the center, you see both the front and back of the cable-knit piece. Best of all? The hot water bottle is included with the purchase, so you know it fits inside the cable-knit covering.

Another possible holiday gifting option: soft, warm Cashmere Gloves in a classic design with a button at the cuff. Lavender Hill also offers a fabulous collection of scarves. Below we show a lightweight Merino Wool; a solid lavender Merino wool ($60); on the far right, another lightweight style in Merino Wool. Here are a few other styles, a checked Merino Wool in peach; a lightweight Wool/Silk blend in the center; and a lightweight Merino Wool in navy and rust. This is just a sampling of some of the treasures at Lavender Hill Clothing; there are a lot of other treasures the company offers. We’re very excited that LHC is offering What Meghan Wore readers a 10% discount on its UK site with promo code WKW18. (The discount code will not work on Lavender Hill’s US site because prices are already reduced by 20% to accommodate the lack of VAT.)

We’ll be updating with more wedding photos and info throughout the afternoon and evening!

28 Comments

  1. Carol October 15, 2018 at 8:56 pm

    I’m getting tired of these dark, dark colors on the DoS. A postered said her coat was sapphire blue. To me it looks more black. The outfit worn to the wedding looked more approciate for a funeral. The cut and fit of the coat was wonderful but the color was so dark I could hardly see the details. The DoS is such a beautiful woman I don’t feel these dark colors show off her beauty. Her hair just blends in.

    Today (10/15) was the first day I could see any of the comments. Shouldn’t they appear at the end of the article? That is what happens on WKW’s.

    1. WhatMeghanWore October 15, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      Hi Carol, thank you for commenting. Please accept our apologies for the issue with the comments, or lack thereof! I encountered the problem myself and discovered the way to resolve the issue was to clear my browser cache. I hope this is helpful, do let us know if you still experience a problem. -susan k 🙂

  2. Mary D October 15, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Meghan looked beautiful in her navy outfit, but I do feel that the outfit looks more like something I would wear to work or a meeting than an outfit for a wedding. It also seems odd to only button the first couple of buttons and leave the rest unbuttoned. My personal preference is if you are going to wear a coat either have all the buttons buttoned or just leave it unbuttoned. It is nice to see her wearing stockings as this really pulls the look together.

    Her hair seemed quite messy in the wind. I would think that her stylist would have known that it is windy outside and that they should style her hair so that it would withstand the wind, especially knowing that she will be photographed.

  3. Kiara October 14, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    The sapphire blue of Meghan’s coat was beautiful and the mandarin collar framed her face nicely. While I found it to be boxy, I have come to understand that Meghan seems to choose that aesthetic. What confused me, like someone else mentioned, was the way she had it buttoned. I’m not speculating that she is pregnant at all, but in some photos it looked very maternity. Just seemed odd. I thought the many chunky rings played well against the simplicity of the rest of the look. The hat seemed to be placed at an unflattering angle and the bronzer seemed heavy handed, but she still managed to look beautiful, as always.

  4. Maureen P October 14, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Victoria Beckham wore very dark navy to Prince William and Kate’s wedding and also to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. I think this is not an unusual choice.

  5. Letitia October 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    The wedding of Eugenie was gorgeous. I confess to have a weakness for nuptial celebrations and the associated style and design elements, and this was a lovely one. It was magnificent to see the tiara. The choice was an unexpected one, which added to the splendor of the occasion. The two dresses she wore were both impressive, though not in the usual way. The first gown with long train was voluminous and strong in its lines and angles. The fabric was beautiful but there were few soft edges and the addition of that headpiece made her look quite formidable. I mightn’t have liked it but for the beautiful balance found in the gentle wisps in the hairstyle and mostly the enthusiasm and happiness expressed on her face and with her groom. The children were adorable and their outfits were equally so with the exception of the cummerbunds and sashes; the colors were a bit shocking to the autumnal senses. The carriages were so chic, including of course the sleek Aston that the bride and groom took from the wedding breakfast. The gown for the evening reception was glamorous and graceful with a bit of edge, as Zac Posen does. Oh were it possible to have a glimpse of the back of the dress and the adornments to her hair, and the guests and decor. I found Meghan’s ensemble at the chapel to be beautiful, but perhaps better suited to a different occasion. Though the navy was perfectly fine, I am partial to more festive colors or would prefer to see a style that is romantic or has more whimsy in it. Finally, this is my first post and I compliment you on this blog which is informative and beautiful and allows other interesting comments and voices that are presented in a civil manner. I have enjoyed all of the coverage so far, and I am anticipating the upcoming tour and the many fashion possibilities and fascinating places that come with that.

    1. WhatMeghanWore October 14, 2018 at 6:56 pm

      We’re so happy you enjoy the site, Letitia, and hope you keep commenting! 🙂

  6. ElizaMo October 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I thought the bride looked fabulous, a most remarkable dress with such a bold bateau neck and the folded down collar like a small cape. The fabric was wonderful with its intricate print offsetting the drama of the full outline.

    It’s not often a dress manages to have as much going on at the back as the front, but this one was a showstopper with such swagger in the bunched fabric leading to a long train. Leaving the veil off to show the surgery scar was the mark of confidence, as was the choice of tiara. Eugenie’s fabulous dark colouring was more than a match for that utterly stunning emerald setting and the kokoshnik style has a great period feel to it.

    I was equally delighted with Meghan’s perfect outfit for the understated wedding guest. The Waight Keller tailoring continues to amaze, there’s a buttery softness to the drape and deft execution of detail which I find spot on.

    I’m quite made up by the neat stand up collar, almost hesitant in size, but exquisitely proportioned to frame Meghan’s face and provide quiet detail and interest. I’m not so sure about the hat, it seemed a bit half-hearted and almost fussy. I find all those rings a bit cluttered, however I’m sure as Meghan goes on wearing them I can adjust. I love the bag, but didn’t feel the maroon tone was quite drawn in to the whole.

    Given how lean the coat is in its lines, I was surprised to see a pleat feature on the patch pockets which led to things looking bulky round the waist. I think the line of the pleat played well to the garment as a whole, but wonder if it could have been stitched down in some way. Overall I love the coat, its buttons, pocket flaps, and cuff button tabs and all. Despite my quibbles, Meghan has scored another win for me.

    I myself bought one of the Lavender Hill tee shirt Meghan wore and am embarrassed to say I sent it back. The fabric is lovely and very comfortable and I like the standard of workmanship. But the way I wear a white tee meant it was see-through on me where it might not be on others. If I wore a bra alone I was ok, but would have needed to size up. I’m normally a 10, but have put on a weensy bit of weight of late ☹ The problem is that I prefer to wear a satin cami under a white tee and it was this that showed through. When I looked again at Meghan’s outfit I wondered if she had gone up a size and noted also that she kept her jacket on and her top covered.

    I still like their stuff a lot and keep going back to look again so thanks for the tip about this season’s new looks.

  7. Laura Katovich October 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    I loved her little hat- even in the wind, honestly. Very streamlined, elegant and minimalist.

  8. Vicky Oatley October 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I love the hat and the color of this ensemble. I did not like the fit of the coat and the purse really doesn’t go, in my opinion. I find Meghan’s fondness for stacked rings to be quite fun. She can pull that look off.

  9. Jessica October 13, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I thought everyone at the wedding looked pretty great, and the DoS was no exception. The bright navy really flatters here and is a nice choice for a fall wedding. Everything was beautifully cut and tasteful–yes, possibly to the point of a tad boring, but as a new family member at a family wedding, that’s much better than trying too hard.
    I do love how she always shows some pizzazz with her bags–they are just uniformly great–and I’m happy to see her in a proper British fascinator. This is a nice one.

    As an aside–I realize that this site relies on advertisers and that sometimes you have to do a sponsored post–but the space dedicated here to Lavendar Hill in relation to space dedicated to the royal wedding seems really intrusive to me.

    1. Bonnie October 14, 2018 at 10:03 am

      I agree with Jessica that there was a huge amount of photos and writing about Lavender Hill. I do realize this is a new sponsor and so perhaps it was merited to have so much information. Perhaps it might have been better as a “stand alone” rather than being added at such length with the coverage of this Royal Wedding. Their products look quite nice and nobody would object to more information…not just so much mixed in with the wedding.

  10. Maureen October 13, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I think Meghan looks beautiful! Navy is a great color on her, and the Givenchy coat (we can’t see the dress) is very nice. I love the shoes and her bag is to die for. The hat is far from my favorites. Overall though, I’m a bit underwhelmed. The focus really should be on the bride though, so that was probably a consideration for Meghan.

    It must have been fun for Meghan and Harry to return to the chapel for a wedding! I imagine they enjoyed reminiscing and also getting to just relax and enjoy this time around.

  11. Mindy Miller October 13, 2018 at 8:00 am

    The color is too dark for a wedding and her hair looks like a hot mess. While I usually enjoy her “not trying to hard” look, I think a royal wedding would have been the time to look a bit more polished

  12. Jessica October 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I didn’t love this look. I thought the colour was too dark for a wedding and while the coat is beautifully made, it looks too professional to me.

  13. Harriet Lavoie October 13, 2018 at 12:09 am

    I don’t like this particular look. I too find it a bit severe and sombre for a wedding. I also don’t find it particularily flattering on Megan. I’m personally not a fan of the wide stan collar on anyone.
    I love the shoes and bag though.

  14. Erin October 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    I really like all the pieces Meghan wore today, but for some reason I cannot wrap my head around why she only buttoned the first two buttons. Is this a look that I am just not aware of? I’d genuinely love to hear others’ thoughts on this!

    1. Christina O. October 13, 2018 at 8:05 am

      I personally love the “mandarin like, stand up collar” and it could have been that the mandarin collar is photographed best when buttoned. But, to button the entire coat would have been a bit much, and not needed, so she left the bottom buttons unbuttoned. Just my humble guess!

  15. Bonnie October 12, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Well I commented on What Kate Wore saying the word I would use to describe this wedding was “severe.” I found Eugenie’s dress too structured, heavy and severe. Likewise the tiara was not light, nor youthful, but severe with such a heavy emerald in the centre. I missed the magic and whimsy that a bridal veil provides.
    And adding to the severe tone was Meghan’s outfit. To me, it looked more appropriate for a funeral than a wedding. I’d go as far as to say it was a gloomy look. This was a wedding…a time to celebrate and be festive, to show joy. Although there was merit to the design of Meghan’s coat, something with a happier look and colour, would have pleased me more.

  16. mirai October 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    The colour is great on Meghan but the design isn’t very memorable. Not all her outfits need to be memorable, of course. Her makeup seems to be getting heavier, especially in her use of blush. The Hollywood nude lip is something that never looks good on anyone. Matching your lip colour to your skin colour – I don’t get it.

  17. Jackie October 12, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Congratulations to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on their beautiful wedding. Princess Eugenie looked beautiful. All the Royals looked beautiful and handsome. There seemed to be a conspiracy to keep us from seeing much of Meghan. Just kidding. I know this day was all about Princess Eugenie, but would have liked to see Duchess Meghan’s dress. The color of her outfit was appropriate for a fall wedding and took nothing away from the bride. I loved the design of the coat, the epilated, pockets and especially the sleeves. Loved the hat, but not the placement. There was one side profile of her getting out of the car where the hat looked just right and she looked stunning. Loved the hand bag and shoes. I can only imagine the flood of emotions for her revisiting Windsor after only 6 months since her own special day. Thank you for the info on the jewelry. I’m liking her choice of jewelry lately. Has a bit of a cool vibe.

  18. Dee October 12, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    I think Meghan looked beautiful! The deep, sapphire hue looked gorgeous on her and she stayed true to her clean, modern style. The Princess looked stunning in her wedding dress and the happiness and love between her and Mr. Brooksbank is so evident in the photos and videos. Kudos to them both for injecting so many personal touches into their big day and letting their personalities really shine through every detail of the ceremony.
    On a side note, I would really love the commend the visitors to both this site and WKW, and most of all, the admins. After visiting some other fashion sites devoted to the Duchesses respective fashion choices and seeing the vitriol spewed from their commenters (mostly towards Meghan), it’s really lovely to visit the WMW/WKW sites and see an appreciation for both of the Duchesses individual styles. They can be lovely without being the same and it’s possible to praise one’s style without criticizing the other’s. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be the case on other sites.

    1. WhatMeghanWore October 12, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      Wow, thank you Dee for your kind words regarding both sites. It’s so nice to see/hear this after a long LONG day. – SC

  19. Laurie October 12, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Hmmm. I’m not very excited about this look. Maybe I would feel differently if I could see the dress underneath the coat. But the general impression from the coat, hat, shoes, and jewels is much more somber and subdued than I would have hoped for a wedding celebration. The outfit is fine for other formal “work” occasions, but seems far too business-like to a royal family wedding.

  20. Christina O. October 12, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    Your inclusion of the photo showing the Grenadier Guards lining the church steps, reminded me that these were the only military uniforms I saw at Eugenie’s wedding. Unlike Meghan and Harry’s wedding, where the men were decked out in some pretty interesting military outfits, today it was all about men in morning suits. I believe both Jack and Harry had on dark blue waistcoats! Very nice to see something other than the pastels.

    I’ve had many opportunities to appreciate Meghan’s fashion choices over the last couple of months and value her choice of consistent classic lines and timeless designs. Today’s Givenchy dress and matching coat is something I’ll never get tired of seeing her in. The cut is exquisite. Noticed the color play of black and navy in the details… black buttons paired with the navy fabric. (Meghan wore that color combo in September at the Coach Core event.)

    Her structured hat and dress/coat were balanced with the organic and rough jewelry pieces by Pippa Small. The relaxed, unworked (is that a word?) stones made me realize that Meghan isn’t all structure and shape but likes to loosen thing up and throw in something raw, ethnic and natural.

    1. ElizaMo October 13, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks for pointing up the contrast between the organic jewellery shapes and the classic structured coat — that helps me come to terms with the rings better.

      1. Christina O. October 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm

        ELIZAMO –

        Thank you for your reply!

        It was hard for me too to come to terms with Meghan’s combination of structure and free form. I figured the jewelry must have been a very deliberate decision on Meghan’s part as she incorporated so many pieces by Pippa Small. I thought about obvious choices but deducted Meghan wanted to say something else. I went to Pippa Small’s website and read “About” her, work, mission and recognition which made me appreciate this look and understand an outlook that, perhaps, Meghan was going for. Who really knows?

        Looking forward to more postings coming up this week!

  21. Kirstin October 12, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Is the bracelet the “Ten Stone Diamond Bracelet” from Pippa Smalls (to go with the rings)? https://www.pippasmall.com/product/ten-stone-diamond-bracelet/

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