When summer comes around, there are certain style rules that one is expected to abide by. Things like don't don knitwear, steer clear of black, and absolutely no denim mainly exist for practical reasons. After all, no one needs to excessively sweat. But Meghan Markle's denim dress proved that the rulebook should perhaps be thrown away completely.
On the hottest day of the year (the hottest day ever, in my opinion), the Duchess of Sussex turned up to yet another polo match alongside husband Prince Harry. At first glance, her denim Carolina Herrera dress may have looked more suited to an autumnal day out, but who am I to dictate what fabric a woman can and cannot wear in the middle of summer?
And actually, denim can work well in exceedingly hot temperatures. It's all about the thickness of the material you choose. While your winter jeans may be heavy in order to provide extra warmth, summer-appropriate denim comes in much lighter styles (both in colour and in weight).
Markle's midi style does appear to be pretty lightweight and its design — which included a V-neck, cap sleeves, and matching buckle belt — was exactly what you'd expect from a summer day dress. If you have cash to splash, you can preorder the exact look for a cool £2,357.
The royal's accessories were also ideal for a day basking in the sun. On her feet, she chose £490 nude Aquazzura heels with a cut-out bow detail on the back. In her hand, she carried a fan-shaped straw clutch by J. Crew which is unfortunately (but unsurprisingly) now sold out.
And on her face were a pair of eye-shielding Tom Ford sunglasses. Sterling silver and blue topaz stud earrings by Markle's preferred jeweller Birks topped off the polo ensemble.
Major Markle fans are probably wondering where they can get a piece of the 36-year-old's style. Luckily, denim dresses are an absolute wardrobe staple and are everywhere on the high street at the moment. Here's some of the very best midi styles:
Denim doesn't just have to be for certain months of the year. Buy any of these and you'll have a style that will work all year round. Now that's something I can get on board with.