Meghan Markle turns 37— here's how she's changed since age 25

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Meghan Markle is turning 37 this Saturday on August 4, and it will be her first birthday celebration since becoming a member of the royal family.

To say Meghan’s life has changed dramatically in the past 37 years is an understatement. Besides going from actress to duchess, throughout the past decade, Meghan’s style has changed extensively. As her career and relationship with Prince Harry flourished, so did the public’s curiosity with her, causing a phenomenon known as “The Meghan Markle Effect,” where products quickly sell out as soon as the Duchess wears it. But Meghan was not always the fashionista we’ve come to know her today.

In the early oughts, Meghan began her career guest starring on shows like 90210 and CSI: NY. During this time, Meghan wore outfits that we would never see her in today.

In 2006, Meghan wore a very preppy look: blue jeans, a black top, a cropped jacket, and a multi-layered pearl necklace to an event. She wore her hair pulled back and carried a brown and white leather satchel. Between 2007-2010, Meghan opted for sexier red carpet looks that exposed her shoulders and legs. She often wore strapless, mini dresses that had flashy details like a metallic sheen.

In 2011, once Meghan landed her role as Rachel Zane in the hit show, Suits, her style matured. She transitioned to wearing more svelte red carpet looks like a black velvet peplum dress and a gorgeous crimson red A-line gown.

In 2017, once Meghan met Harry, her style became much more regal. However, with that, she became more conservative in her sartorial choices wearing long coats and dresses that covered her shoulders and chose dresses and skirts with low hemlines. Meghan often accessorized her looks with a British royal touch, wearing hats by acclaimed designer Philip Treacy (the go-to hat maker for the royal family).

Now in 2018, when Meghan officially became the Duchess of Sussex and celebrates her 37th birthday with Prince Harry and a new royal family by her side, some might say it’s her best year yet. After all, not every woman gets to have her wedding dress designed by Givenchy.

No longer is she the actress who sports mini party frocks on the red carpet, but a royal duchess who wears Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy, and Carolina Herrera on the reg.

Ahead, celebrate Meghan’s birthday by taking a trip down memory lane and see how her style evolved throughout the years from 2006 to the present day.

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<p>Meghan Markle is turning 37. A look back at her style from 2006-2018.<br>(Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Ink PR Group, Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Benefit Cosmetics, Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic, Ray Tamarra/GC Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images) </p>
Meghan Markle’s style evolution

Meghan Markle is turning 37. A look back at her style from 2006-2018.
(Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Ink PR Group, Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Benefit Cosmetics, Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic, Ray Tamarra/GC Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a cropped jacket, black top, blue jeans and pearl necklaces to the George Lopez/Great Chefs of LA Event for the National Kidney Foundation at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Ink PR Group) </p>
2006

Meghan Markle wears a cropped jacket, black top, blue jeans and pearl necklaces to the George Lopez/Great Chefs of LA Event for the National Kidney Foundation at The Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo: Rebecca Sapp/WireImage for Ink PR Group)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a black and white contrast bow strapless dress at the ABS/Allen Schwartz event in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Amy Tierney/WireImage for Primary Action) </p>
2007

Meghan Markle wears a black and white contrast bow strapless dress at the ABS/Allen Schwartz event in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Amy Tierney/WireImage for Primary Action)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a black strapless metallic dress with a snakeskin clutch in Los Angeles, California on September 21, 2008. (Photo: Zuma Press/Alamy) </p>
2008

Meghan Markle wears a black strapless metallic dress with a snakeskin clutch in Los Angeles, California on September 21, 2008. (Photo: Zuma Press/Alamy)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a casual black blouse and shorts while carrying a Louis Vuitton handbag at the Peninsula Hotel on September 18, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
2009

Meghan Markle wears a casual black blouse and shorts while carrying a Louis Vuitton handbag at the Peninsula Hotel on September 18, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Getty Images)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a hot pink silk dress styled with a grey skinny belt and sandals to the Some Kind-a Gorgeous Style and Beauty Lounge at the Chateau Marmont on August 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Benefit Cosmetics) </p>
2010

Meghan Markle wears a hot pink silk dress styled with a grey skinny belt and sandals to the Some Kind-a Gorgeous Style and Beauty Lounge at the Chateau Marmont on August 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images For Benefit Cosmetics)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a black velvet peplum dress to the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards dinner held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic) </p>
2011

Meghan Markle wears a black velvet peplum dress to the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards dinner held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on October 11, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a slouchy red dress and gold accessories to the GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic) </p>
2012

Meghan Markle wears a slouchy red dress and gold accessories to the GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on November 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a strapless magenta dress featuring a pleated bodice to the ELLE Women in Television Celebration at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE) </p>
2013

Meghan Markle wears a strapless magenta dress featuring a pleated bodice to the ELLE Women in Television Celebration at Soho House on January 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a classic white button up shirt and graphic pencil skirt to the NBC/Universal 2014 TCA Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 19, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage) </p>
2014

Meghan Markle wears a classic white button up shirt and graphic pencil skirt to the NBC/Universal 2014 TCA Winter Press Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 19, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a gold brocade and pleated dress with a black belt cinched around her waist while in New York, NY on August 24, 2015. (Photo: Derek Storm/Everett Collection/Alamy Live News) </p>
2015

Meghan Markle wears a gold brocade and pleated dress with a black belt cinched around her waist while in New York, NY on August 24, 2015. (Photo: Derek Storm/Everett Collection/Alamy Live News)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a crimson red sweetheart neckline dress to the “Today Show” taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Ray Tamarra/GC Images) </p>
2016

Meghan Markle wears a crimson red sweetheart neckline dress to the “Today Show” taping at NBC Rockefeller Center Studios on July 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Ray Tamarra/GC Images)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a cream tailored Sentaler coat over brown suede Stuart Weitzman boots, a Chloé handbag and Philip Treacy hat to her first Christmas church service with Prince Harry at St. Mary Magdalene Churchin Norfolk, Englad. (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
2017

Meghan Markle wears a cream tailored Sentaler coat over brown suede Stuart Weitzman boots, a Chloé handbag and Philip Treacy hat to her first Christmas church service with Prince Harry at St. Mary Magdalene Churchin Norfolk, Englad. (Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Meghan Markle wears a dusty pink dress by Goat and hat by Philip Treacy to attend the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images) </p>
2018

Meghan Markle wears a dusty pink dress by Goat and hat by Philip Treacy to attend the Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration held at Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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