Is Blake Lively taking style cues from a certain future royal?
The actress stepped out in style yesterday for a party at Martha Stewart's Bedford, New York home wearing a transitional spring look— topped off with a camel Smythe coat. The classic single-breasted coat happened to be the same coat worn by Meghan Markle back in January when during a royal engagement with her soon-to-be-husband Prince Harry. Naturally, the winter coat sold out shortly after it appeared on Ms. Markle.
While they may share the same coat, their overall style ethos is quite different.
Lively is famous for eschewing the help of a stylist and dressing herself in stand out pieces from the runways. For the weekend celebration she paired a feminine pleated floral midi-legnth skirt with a fitting turtleneck and green suede boots. Lively also had the cutest accessory of them all, her eldest daughter James dressed in a pink frock and coat.
As a royal in the making, the job comes with many rules around what can and cannot be worn. The Royal family must always dress conservatively for public appearances, although Markle has been known to reject some of the more traditional rules—like the requirement to favor dresses over pants, and carry clutches in public.
For their royal visit to Reprezent Radio in Brixton, South London— Markle layered her Smythe coat over black trousers, and coordinated with a matching scarf. Duchess Kate has also been known to wear pants from time to time but usually sticks to royal protocol in skirts and dresses. It's clear Markle is blazing her own path as a modern royal and style icon.