Meghan Markle is frequently seen in a sharp suit jacket, paired with tuxedo trousers or skinny jeans but one of the coolest tailored looks she’s worn this year was a dress, rather than separates.

To attend a charity gala performance of Hamilton in London in August, Meghan chose a black double-breasted tuxedo dress by Canadian brand Judith & Charles and she looked fabulous, keeping the rest of her ensemble simple, with black high-heeled courts and a box clutch bag.

Meghan’s look perfectly demonstrates why the blazer dress trend has really taken off in the last year; a tailored frock is so easy to style because it doesn’t require any adornment – just heels and a bag.

Gala performance of Hamilton
Meghan and Harry at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London (Dan Charity/PA)

As we edge ever closer to Christmas, the blazer dress really comes into its own, because it’s the ideal day-to-night piece – all you need to do is swap your shoes, grab a clutch and you’re party-ready.

What else can we learn from Meghan’s look? We know the former actress favours neutral hues when it comes to tailoring (khaki is about as ‘bright’ as it gets), but we’re also loving some of the jewel-toned and sparkly blazer dresses that will be in Christmas fashion collections. Plus, there are some gorgeous sleeveless varieties, too.

We’ve rounded up five of the best blazer dresses in the shops right now…

1. Boohoo Buckle Detail Wrap Blazer Dress, €27

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2. River Island Black Bodycon Wrap Tux Mini Dress, €87

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River Island/PA

3. PrettyLittleThing Petite Dusky Pink Gold Button Blazer Dress, €35

Petite Dusky Pink Gold Button Blazer Dress
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4. Debenhams Tuxedo Dress, €40

Debenhams tuxedo dress
Debenhams 

5.Lipsy Tailored Multiway Dress, €78, Next

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Lipsy/PA