Since announcing her engagement to Prince Harry in November, Meghan Markle has established herself as a fashion icon-in-the-making. In between making us drool with her princess-worthy attire, she’s selling out items (from her prim white engagement coat to the burgundy handbag she brought to her first royal event) within hours of her wearing them. The phenomenon has been so surprising that it’s been dubbed “The Meghan Effect.”
Though Markle’s recent outfits are some of the best in her repertoire, she’s been a fashion maven for years—judging from the head-turning red carpet looks she’s whipped together when she was on a supporting actor budget. Ahead, we take a look at Markle’s most stylish outfits, pre- and post-engagement, to prove that she’s always been destined for fashion royalty.