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Meghan Markle Wore a Thing: Aritzia Midi Dress in Africa Edition

The Duchess of Sussex continues to sport budget-friendly pieces while touring South Africa.

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While in Johannesburg today, The Duchess of Sussex visited Victoria Yards, which celebrates the power of community, bringing local artisans and “makers” together to rebuild, support and learn from each other on a holistic level. It was an exceptional afternoon where The Duchess had the chance to connect with the children and founders of the phenomenal programme for kids’ development Timbuktu in The Valley. She was also struck by the local denim designer who founded eponymous brand Tshepo who shared this info about the logo for his line: “The crown on my jeans represents the three ladies who raised me. Enjoy wearing this crown.” Such a beautiful and touching sentiment! Artists, artisans, sculptors, metal workers and carpenters are all part of the fabric of Victoria Yards, but it also utilizes the power of The DICE programme which supports several other local organisations in their work with marginalised youth and women. These include: 94 Colours (run by The Duchess’ guides for the day, Hector and Sibusiso), CDP (a development programme for young unemployed and marginalised women that provides training to start creative enterprises), Enke (rebuilds the confidence and self-belief of unemployed youth through training and practical experience), 26’10 South (an architecture firm designing a local youth centre) and ReimagiNation (works with local secondary school students to create a social and creative enterprising mindset). Stay tuned for more updates from this special afternoon… #RoyalVisitSouthAfrica

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Ever since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry, the world’s eyes have been fixed on Meghan Markle — and her style. We’ll be following the Meghan Markle Effect with our column, “Meghan Markle Wore a Thing.”

The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has been known to wear accessible pieces, ranging from her choice of clothing to accessories. And while on tour in South Africa this past week, she’s certainly exhibited how a budget-friendly garment from Madewell or J.Crew can look both polished and sophisticated. 

On Monday, the Duchess chose to wear another reasonably priced ensemble to visit Victoria Yards, a cultural hub in Johannesburg’s inner city that houses a number of art galleries and studios. While there, the Duchess stopped by several organizations including Sneakers 4 Change, which provides shoes to those who are less fortunate, Young Bucks, a business that makes books out of recycled materials and Tshepo, a local denim designer. According to the Sussex Royal Instagram account, “it was an exceptional afternoon.”

For the outing, she sported an indigo button-front midi dress from Aritzia — one of her go-to retailers for well-made, affordable basics. The flattering frock, which is made from a drapey fabric, is still available for $148. She accessorized the look with suede slingback Everlane flats in a statement red, which are also still available and retail for only $155.

See more things the Duchess of Sussex has worn in the gallery below:

An Everlane jumpsuit in Africa. Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage

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