Meghan Markle is ready to get to work.
Early Thursday morning, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess of Sussex has been named patron to four organizations, two of which were passed on to her from Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen has named the Duchess patron of The National Theatre, fitting given the royal’s previous career in acting, as well as patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). In her new role, Markle will also help raise funds and awareness for animal welfare group Mayhew and Smart Works, an organization that helps women find successful employment.
Shortly after the announcement, the expectant royal made a surprise appearance to Smart Works headquarters to meet with some of the women who have benefitted from the organization and even played stylist to help women find the perfect look for reentering the work force.
Markle’s personal style was on display as she arrived wearing the $288 “Eliza Dress” by American maternity label, HATCH. The black crew neck knit dress was paired with a cotton-twill coat by Oscar de la Renta ($4,142) and a pair of earrings by British jewelry designer, Kimai ($534).
The classic look was offset by the royal’s eye catching “Plexi” cow print pumps by Gianvito Rossi that featured transparent panels (approx $1,079 CAD). The cow print has since been discontinued, but thanks to the Markle effect, we have the sneaking suspicion they’ll be back in no time!
Here are some affordable ways you can work animal print into your shoe game like Meghan!
Sam Edelman – Hazel Pointy Toe Pump
If you’re looking to dip your toe into animal print, snake print is your best option. This low-key style adds an interesting twist to your otherwise classic look, but isn’t too loud.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $140
Karl Lagerfeld Paris – Animal Print Point Toe Pumps
These leather animal print pumps by fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld feature are sure to be a pair you’ll wear for years to come.
SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $88
Urban Outfitters – Leopard Kitten Heel Mule
Get in on the animal print trend with these stylish mules that aren’t sky high. For a styling tip: Treat animal pattern as a neutral and pair with your favourite outfit. Don’t be afraid to take prints for a spin!
SHOP IT: Urban Outfitters, $72
Sam Edelman – Rodney Leopard Calf Hair Flats
If you’re a fan of flats, these stylish D’orsay flats are just for you. Made from real calf hair, these leopard shoes can take any casual outfit to the next level.
SHOP IT – Sam Edelman, $166.23
Vince Camuto – Sebatini Genuine Calf Hair Sandal
A classic silhouette with a stylish edge. These open toe heels may have to wait until spring to make their debut, but they’ll be turning heads when they do!
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $100