Meghan Markle Wore a Thing: Black Gabriela Hearst Dress in New Zealand Edition

Another royal tour reception, another evening dress.
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Duke of Sussex Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle meet New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool /Getty Images

Duke of Sussex Prince Harry and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle meet New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool /Getty Images

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."

Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have officially arrived in New Zealand, a royal tour stop wouldn't be complete without a festive evening reception. After already wearing two different outfits — a burgundy Boss by Hugo Boss dress and a plaid trench coat from Karen Walker — since arriving in New Zealand, Meghan Markle has now changed into her third ensemble on Sunday night. 

To meet New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in Wellington, the Duchess wore a custom-made silk wool dress in dark navy by Gabriela Hearst. The look is a variation of the designer's "Herve" dress, swapping the original piece's thin spaghetti straps for cap sleeves. The Duchess also paired her look with black accessories, including a simple clutch and pair of heels, which could possibly be Stuart Weitzman's signature "Nudist" strap sandals, according to Meghan's Mirror.

For jewelry, the Duchess opted for a pair of round diamond earrings from Birks, as well as a Simon James necklace in collaboration with New Zealand-born, London-based designer Jessica McCormack. The necklace's diamond pendant is inspired by Tā Moko, the traditional art form of the the Maori, New Zealand's indigenous people. 

While covering all of the things that the Duchess has worn throughout this extremely active royal tour can feel like a lot, we can't help but admire and applaud how she's used her platform to highlight local designers, traditional designs, sustainable brands and more.

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

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