Meghan Markle 'shrobes' her coat as she leaves the National Theatre
Down to a fine art! Meghan Markle ensures she shows off her outfit by ‘shrobing’ her navy coat as she leaves the National Theatre (and it’s her favourite style trick)
- Duchess of Sussex, 38, was seen leaving the National Theatre this afternoon
- Meghan, patron of the National, visited the smaller Dorfman Theatre
- She sported the ‘shrobing’ trend, where she slung her coat over her shoulders
- It is a look she has showcased on a number of occasions over the years
The Duchess of Sussex showed off one of her style tricks as she left the National Theatre following a private visit the afternoon.
Meghan, 38, who is patron of the National, was spotted draping, or ‘shrobing’, her elegant navy blue coat over her crisp pale blue shirt as she left the theatre on London’s South Bank.
The Duchess looked perfectly polished for the outing, teaming the shirt and coat with a pair of flattering wide-leg trousers and sweeping her hair back into a slightly relaxed updo.
The royal is no stranger to ‘shrobing’, and loves to drape her coats over her outfits. In 2017 she wore a burgundy leather coat over her shoulders at the Invictus Games, while she was first seen sporting the trend in 2014.
Meghan Markle, 38, was spotted draping, or ‘shrobing’, her elegant navy blue coat over her crisp pale blue shirt as she left the National Theatre on London’s South Bank this afternoon
The Duchess looked perfectly polished for the outing, teaming the shirt and coat with a pair of flattering wide-leg trousers and sweeping her hair back into a slightly relaxed updo, pictured
She joins other celebrities, such as Anna Wintour, Victoria Beckham, Kim Kardashian and Princess Diana, who have championed the look.
While the ‘shoulder-robe’ – shortened to shrobing by fashion insiders – is more typically seen on fashion editors on the front row than the likes of senior royals, Meghan isn’t the first member of the royals to adopt the draping technique.
That accolade goes to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, who was doing it as far back as 1981.
Meghan was first pictured with her jacket draped over her shoulders back in 2014.
Most recently Meghan was spotted shrobing when she joined Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards in London last year. On that occasion she wore her £1185 camel coat by Sentaler, over her fitted green wool dress by P.A.R.O.S.H, pictured
Just a month before her wedding, Meghan accompanied Harry to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and sported Camilla and Marc blazer artfully draped over her shoulders, rather than putting her arms through the sleeves
What is shrobing?
The trend for draping a jacket over the shoulders, dubbed ‘shrobing’ in recent years, has been embraced by socialites and celebrities of late but actually goes back decades, having been spotted on Princess Diana as early as 1981.
It had something of a renaissance when the influential style-blogger The Satorialist acknowledged the trend back in 2008.
Writing at the time the blogger said: ‘I have seen a few young Americans doing it lately but it still seems so specific to the Italians.’
The explosion of Instagram in 2013 saw bloggers, models and journalists avoiding their sleeves at all costs, and newspapers and magazines hailed the arrival of ‘shoulder-robing’, ‘shrobing’ and ‘slinging’.
As Vogue put it ‘the chicest way to wear your coat is to not’.
It’s article on the trend said ‘the best times for slinging are when you’re in transit’, citing a nearby meeting or a short walk as ideal opportunities to try it out.
Just a month before her wedding, Meghan accompanied Harry to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and sported a Camilla and Marc blazer artfully draped over her shoulders, rather than putting her arms through the sleeves.
While in July 2018 Megan also wore a white blazer on her shoulders and over her dress as she watched Prince Harry during the presentations at the Audi polo Challenge.
Most recently Meghan was spotted shrobing when she joined Prince Harry at the WellChild Awards in London last year. On that occasion she wore her £1185 camel coat by Sentaler, over her fitted green wool dress by P.A.R.O.S.H.
Megan watches Prince Harry during the presentations at the Audi polo Challenge, Coworth Park, Ascot in July 2018
The Duchess of Sussex, 37, looked glamorous as she wore the £1185 camel coat by Sentaler, draped over her fitted green wool dress by P.A.R.O.S.H
It may have been a fashion week fad when it first emerged but the trend – known variously as slinging, draping and shrobing – but it has stayed the course, with US Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour among those still stubbornly refusing to use sleeves in the traditional way.
Stylist and blogger, Simon Glazin previously told FEMAIL that former Suits star Meghan is likely to have picked up her shrobing habit from her days of hob-nobbing with Hollywood types.
‘Love it or hate it, it’s a trend that is here to stay. Just like Victoria Beckham has perfected turning every single handbag, no matter how big, into a clutch, she has been a pioneer of the jacket drape too.
Meghan embraced the trend around the same time as it hit the front rows of fashion week first pictured with her jacket draped over her shoulders in 2014 (pictured)
‘Fashion editors have been doing it for decades. You only have to Google pictures of Anna Wintour or Diana Vreeland to see.
‘There is something effortlessly chic about ‘caping’ your jacket. A leather jacket draped over a form-fitting dress is Meghan’s favourite look.
‘Think of it as the new version of tying a preppy jumper round ones neck. It’s making a piece of clothing into an accessory.
‘All the Kardashian’s seem to be pros at this trend too, maybe Meghan is taking advice from Kim?’
Victoria Beckham is a long-term pioneer of the trend, pictured here with Carey Mulligan and Kate Winslet in 2017
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