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Meghan Markle's Style Evolution

We browse the soon-to-be-royal's closet.

Sure, it's all fancy millinery and elegant outerwear now, but Meghan Markle hasn't always been a sartorial standout. Back in the mid-2000s, when she first came into the public eye, Markle was much more of a spaghetti straps and bootcut jeans kinda gal (though who wasn't?). Here, a look at her style evolution over the past dozen years.

August 26, 2006 Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images August 26, 2006 Pictured here with her first husband, producer Trevor Engelson, Markle opted for a denim sundress, nude heels, and a high pony to attend a Coach Legacy photo exhibit in East Hampton, New York. September 5, 2006 NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images September 5, 2006 Sparkly cocktail attire and sky-high heels were all part of the dress code for Markle's gig as a "Briefcase Model" on the NBC game show "Deal or No Deal." November 12, 2006 Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Ink PR Group November 12, 2006 Jackie O on top, sorority girl on the bottom. March 3, 2011 USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images March 3, 2011 In 2011, Markle traded in the briefcase for...another briefcase, to play paralegal Rachel Zane on the USA drama "Suits." For the role, Markle was dressed in sleek separates from designers like Tom Ford, Prada, and L'Wren Scott. October 11, 2011 Michael Tran/FilmMagic October 11, 2011 That on-screen chic clearly rubbed off on Markle, as her off-screen wardrobe became more fitted and sophisticated (see: this little black dress she wore to the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards dinner). June 16, 2013 Jag Gundu/Getty Images June 16, 2013 But that doesn't mean she didn't let her hair down (literally!) from time to time. With uncharacteristic pin-straight locks, Markle walked the 2013 MuchMusic Video Awards carpet in Toronto wearing this playful white dress. October 28, 2014 Jamie McCarthy/WireImage October 28, 2014 And then there's this ultra-glam gown Markle sported to a benefit in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. All this look is missing is a tiara... July 14, 2016 Ray Tamarra/GC Images July 14, 2016 According to reports, Markle and Prince Harry were set up on a blind date in July 2016 — right around the time Markle was snapped in this head-turning red frock. Whether she was feeling particularly romantic (or just thought red worked well with her skin tone), Markle was definitely making a statement. September 25, 2017 Chris Jackson September 25, 2017 Though they'd been snapped by paps in the past, Markle and Prince Harry's official coming out was at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. And for the occasion, Markle went casual. Ripped-jeans casual. But by pairing them with a white button-down and sunglasses, she still looked prettily put-together. November 27, 2017 Dominic Lipinski - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images November 27, 2017 Mark this as the beginning of the trench-coat era. For a Kensington Palace photo call following the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry, Markle opted for a crisp ivory coat from the brand Line the Label. December 1, 2017 Chris Jackson/Getty Images December 1, 2017 Another day, another coat. Markle sported a navy, calf-length coat for the Terrance Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity. December 21, 2017 Handout/Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Image December 21, 2017 Forget the staid suit skirt. For the couple's official engagement portraits, Markle flaunted a sexy $75,000 illusion dress with feathered skirt from Ralph & Russo. December 25, 2017 Chris Jackson/Getty Images December 25, 2017 For Christmas Day church services, Markle brought her own festive topper — a brown curlicue-embellished hat by Philip Treacy. This royal-in-training is learning the ropes quickly. January 9, 2018 ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images January 9, 2018 Markle caught a bit of flak from royal watchers (but mostly, let's be honest, the internet) for wearing her typically sleek locks in a messy bun to attend her first royal engagement of 2018. February 1, 2018 John Stillwell - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images February 1, 2018 Talk about #CoupleGoals: The lovebirds made quite a dashing pair in their matching pant suits. February 13, 2018 Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/ WireImage February 13, 2018 When in Scotland... Markle surely dug deep into her coat closet to pull out this tartan trench for her visit to Edinburgh Castle. March 12, 2018 Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images March 12, 2018 While not as festive as her Christmas cap, Markle's white beret was a cheeky complement to her demure ivory coat. March 23, 2018 Chris Jackson/Getty Images March 23, 2018 The bun is back! But that's probably the least interesting thing about Markle's look for this Northern Ireland trip. For one, did you see that beautiful emerald skirt? And for another, that kicky purse? Who else is green with envy? April 21, 2018 Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage April 21, 2018 Another green dream, Markle welcomes spring in a floral print dress by Self Portrait, paired smartly with an Alexander McQueen blazer.