Meghan Markle Just Revealed the Perfect $25 Work Dress

Today marks Meghan Markle's first day back to work after maternity leave. (Yes, royals have it too.) Her first engagement? It's all about fashion. More precisely, it's about the launch of a work capsule wardrobe range for the not-for-profit organization Smart Works. At the event today, which is her first public appearance since giving birth to her son, Archie, she wore two pieces from the collection—a white shirt and a pair of black trousers

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The Duchess of Sussex collaborated with Smart Works, which helps vulnerable women get back into the workforce, to create a capsule work wardrobe from some of the biggest high-street retailers. John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, and Jigsaw are all involved. The collection, called Smart Set, comprises five pieces: a white shirt, a blazer, classic black trousers, a perfect work dress, and the perfect tote. The really great bit, however, is that for every item bought, one will be donated to Smart Works, helping women get back to work with confidence. 

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Meghan decided she wanted to create this collection after visiting Smart Works on several occasions and spotting a lack of clothing that would really give confidence to the women trying to get back into work. As the royal is often spotted in classic workwear pieces such as chic blouses, pencil skirts, and shift dresses, it makes sense that this range is a bit like an extension of her own wardrobe. Ready to see which pieces Meghan recommends? Keep scrolling for the items that we have no doubt will sell out pronto. 

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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview. As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel 💯 as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market. The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal

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