Since becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle has used her new platform to spotlight women’s rights issues and push for female empowerment around the globe. Naturally, this approach extends to her fashion choices, which in the new royal’s hands have become a powerful messaging tool.
Case in point: Yesterday in Dubbo, Australia, the duchess wore US$200 skinny jeans from Outland Denim, a sustainable organic denim label that provides jobs and skills training for women in Cambodia. By choosing an ethical denim label—knowing full well the online frenzy with which her looks are covered—Meghan in effect performed a quiet act of fashion activism, far greater than the price-conscious royals who preceded her.
Stylistically, the jeans fell within her wheelhouse, and she also wore a Maison Kitsune shirt, J.Crew boots, and a slouchy Prince of Wales check blazer, designed by her friend Serena Williams.
This article first appeared on Vogue.com