Meghan Markle Steps out in White Shirt & Black Pants to Launch the Smart Works Capsule Collection

Meghan Markle resumes her official royal duties with the launch of a fashion collection, 'Smart Set', for her patronage, Smart Works.

The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle ends her maternity leave with the launch of a capsule collection for her royal patronage, "Smart Works."

Markle is the royal patron for "Smart Works." The charity helps women prepare for jobs by providing unemployed women with free clothes and training for job interviews. Sharing  a speech from the launch it is written:

"When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career."

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Introducing the new Smart Works collection, #TheSmartSet Over the last year, The Duchess of Sussex and @SmartWorksCharity have come together to launch a very special initiative. Following numerous visits to the charity, The Duchess, who is patron of Smart Works, noticed an underlying issue...While the donations were plentiful, the right sizes and classic wardrobe staples were not always available. Since then - having partnered with leading British fashion designers @InsideJigsaw, @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer and @MishaNonoo - The Duchess has championed the launch of a new Smart Works capsule collection that will help properly equip these women for their next chapter. • “When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career.” - The Duchess of Sussex Created in September 2013 with the goal to help unemployed women regain the confidence that may have been blurred during more difficult times, Smart Works provides invaluable support in these women’s return to employment and towards transforming their lives. Not only do they supply complete outfits for job interviews, Smart Works provides access to one-to-one interview training and the opportunity to join Smart Works Network, meeting every month to further their professional and personal development. #TheSmartSet collection – that features a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and bag – will be on sale for two weeks starting today. Please support the women of Smart Works by purchasing one of the pieces and being part of another woman’s success story. Video ©️ SussexRoyal / Photo ©️ @JennyZarins

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She has partnered with U.K brands Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, John Lewis & Partners and designer Mischa Nonoo to create a five-piece capsule collection, which will be sold for the next two weeks. For every item purchased, one will be donated to Smart Works. 

The line includes a tote bag from John Lewis & Partners, a white shirt from Misha Nonoo, blazer and trousers from Jigsaw, a dress from Marks & Spencer. One of the first items to sell out was the John Lewis tote bag.

On September 12, Markle arrived at the John Lewis store, on Oxford Street to launch the Smart Works capsule collection. She was wearing two pieces from the collection; a £125 white button down shirt by Mischa Nonoo and black slim-fit trousers from Jigsaw, also retailing at £120.

Meghan Markle launches the Smart Works capsule collection, on September 12, 2019, in London | Source: Getty Images

Meghan Markle launches the Smart Works capsule collection, on September 12, 2019, in London | Source: Getty Images

In honor of her mother in-law, Princess Diana, she accessorizes her look with butterfly earrings and gold stacked bracelets. Markle wore the same earrings when she toured Australia with Prince Harry, in October.

During international tour, Meghan Markle visits the Dance Theatre in the Sydney Opera House on October 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia | Source: Getty Images

During international tour, Meghan Markle visits the Dance Theatre in the Sydney Opera House on October 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia | Source: Getty Images

According to PEOPLE, the heirloom is from Princess Diana, who wore the butterfly earrings on May 3, 1986, during a trip to Canada. The blue stone, gold bracelets are another heirloom wore by Diana in 1990, at the Lord Gage Centre for Old People, in East London.

Princess Diana greeting people during a trip to Canada, on May 3, 1986 | Source: Getty Images

Princess Diana greeting people during a trip to Canada, on May 3, 1986 | Source: Getty Images

It is reported that Markle has purchased all five items from the "Smart Set" collection, for her personal use. It is expected that she will wear the clothes on her upcoming tour to Africa with Prince Harry, on September 23.

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