Meghan Markle officially ended her maternity leave today with an engagement close to her heart: She launched a capsule collection to benefit her royal patronage, Smart Works, which helps women dress and prepare to confidently enter a job interview and the work force.
The Duchess of Sussex partnered with Jigsaw, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, and Misha Nonoo to create five pieces that any working woman will appreciate; for every item purchased, one is donated to Smart Works. Of course, there’s no better model for Smart Set (as the collection’s called) than the designer herself—so obviously, Markle styled some of the items on herself for the launch.
The Duchess of Sussex wore the Misha Nonoo shirt and Jigsaw pants from the Smart Set collection, adding some Markle Sparkle to the launch.
She paired the pieces with a Polo Ralph Lauren belt, Manolo Blahnik pumps, and Princess Diana’s butterfly earrings, per the fabulous ladies over at What Meghan Wore.
At the event, Markle spoke about why this initiative is important to her—and what she hopes it can accomplish.
“A big piece of this [project] is trying to transform the idea of charity to community,” she said. “The way that we do that, I think, as people is that we go into our closet as a woman and say, ‘I’m going to make a donation.’ You don’t go in a closet and toss in a box whatever you don’t care about anymore. That’s charity as we know it today. Community is going through your closet and saying, ‘This is the blazer that I wore when I nailed my first job interview and got my dream job and I don’t need that anymore because I’m where I want to be.’ But if I’m able to share that blazer and be part of another woman’s success story, then that’s community.”
It’s definitely nice to see our American Duchess back in action. Next up, a royal tour of Africa, which should bring us many more sartorial delights.