Meghan Markle Was 2019’s Most Influential Dresser
Laura Lee - January 4, 2019

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was 2019’s most influential dresser, according to a study. This might come as no surprise given that her luxury looks is totally enviable. The Duchess’ dedication to fashion is evident all the time. According to a study by Lyst, a global fashion search engine and style tracker, Markle topped the list of the most influential dressers.

Lyst focused on sales, news coverage, searches, and social media posts to compile its list of influencers. Others on the list included Billie Eilish, Zendaya, and Timothée Chalamet. The report also researched the ways brands were impacted when she wore their clothes. The Duchess’ Club Monaco dress from the royal tour of South Africa caused a huge 570% spike in searches for the brand. Even more affordable items like her J. Crew saw a 102% search increase.

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Even before Markle was a Duchess and she was just dating Prince Harry she was making style statements. In one of her and Prince Harry’s first appearances together, Markle wore the Everlane Day Market Tote and distressed Mother denim to the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto. The bag and the denim sold out almost immediately after Markle wore them. The bag even became so popular that Everlane created a flat based on the design. The jeans ended up having a 400-person waitlist.

As we go into 20202, we can only expect more Markle style moments on the way!