On International Women's Day, Meghan Markle Proves Some Heroes Wear J. Crew

Meghan Markle visits Birmingham on March 8, 2018 - Getty-H 2018
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She's out there encouraging young girls to follow their dreams.

Not all heroes wear capes — some wear J. Crew.

Such is the case of one IRL Wonder Woman: Meghan Markle, who stepped out with Prince Harry in Birmingham, England, to celebrate International Women's Day.

Clad in a navy J. Crew coat, cream-colored turtleneck from British brand All Saints and an Altuzarra top-handle saddlebag, Markle told 10-year-old bystander Sophia Richards, an aspiring actress, to never give up on her dreams.

"Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve," Richards told People. "And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress."

The 36-year-old, who will wed Harry in May, has long been a champion of women's rights and the feminist cause. Even as far back as the early '90s, Markle was doing her part to reach equality — so it comes as no surprise that she's out there telling young girls to embrace their dreams.

Though she'll soon be joining the royal family, it's nice to see that the Suits alum is still repping American labels and mixing high (the Altuzarra bag cost $1,500 at full-price retail) and low fashions, not unlike another famous American lady, Michelle Obama. Sure, the former first lady could rock metallic Versace like nobody's business for a diplomatic state dinner with the Italian president, but Obama also made sure to wear of-the-people brands like J. Crew and Talbots.

Since announcing her engagement to Harry, Markle has supported several British designers (Stella McCartney, Burberry and Alexander McQueen, to name a few) as well as American designers, like Jason Wu and Stuart Weitzman. She stands in stark contrast to current first lady Melania Trump, who has been criticized for wearing primarily European designers during her few-and-far-between public appearances — in the 14 months she's been in the White House, she's worn just a handful of American designers but countless pricey European labels — while her husband continues to preach an "American Made" message.

Perhaps she can take a cue from Markle's diplomatic wardrobe — an ensemble made up of American and British pieces is likely not an accident — and embrace all the parts of her identity.