The fashion editor's verdict on the Duchess of Sussex's Smart Works initiative

The fashion editor's verdict on the Duchess of Sussex's Smart Works initiative

The Duchess of Sussex will unveil her newworkwear charity collection in London on Thursday afternoon, however a dress and a handbag from the collection are already available to purchase through Marks & Spencer and John Lewis.

Instead, she entered John Lewis on Oxford Street in London via the back door, smart but low-key in a £120 pair of black pants and an £85 white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, to launch the Smart Set, a collection of interview-appropriate clothing for unemployed women looking to enter the workplace.

The 38-year-old says that the project is in the same vein of the work that she and Prince Harry will continue to do - strong community-based projects - and they will share more about that next year when they launch their foundation, Sussex Royal.

"When I first moved to the U.K.it was incredibly important to me personally to be able to connect with people on the ground who were doing really important work".

Although Duchess Meghan has only been a member of the royal family for a short time, she is paving the way to create a similar impression to the one Princess Diana left on the world.

The charity provides training and interview clothes for unemployed women in need.

She was present to watch Prince Harry play in the King Power Royal Charity Polo Match in Wokingham, UK, on 10 July, and shortly afterwards at Wimbledon alongside the Duchess of Cambridge on 13 July. The really great bit, however, is that for every item bought one will be donated to Smart Works, helping women get back into work with confidence.


The capsule line includes the shirt, plants, a blazer, a dress, and a purse. She's designed a line of clothing aimed at empowering unemployed women to find work. "And I don't need that anymore, because I am where I want to be", she continued.

'That said, she's made a clever, well-advised move; all the items in her capsule collection can be worn by women of any age'.

While Meghan has been out and about during her maternity leave - she hasn't been shrouded from the public in her cottage! - the September 12 event marked her first official appearance since becoming a mom.

When it comes to fashion the Duchess of Sussex most certainly has the midas touch, with anything she wears in public usually selling out within hours.

The likelihood is that the other featured items - including a trouser suit from Jigsaw, a dress from Marks & Spencer and a white shirt from designer Misha Nonoo - will be just as popular.

Last month, The Duchess of Sussex surprised Smart Works clients during the capsule collection shoot in west London...

Meghan's newest initiative to help the women's charity comes just days after she flew from London to NY to help cheer on her good friend Serena Williams in the U.S. Open women's final.

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