Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton had one thing in common this week

The royals, from Meghan Markle to Kate Middleton and Princess Diana, love to wear violet. (Photo: Getty, Art: Yahoo Lifestyle photo-illustration)

Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle just stepped out in matching ultraviolet looks. A coincidence? Not really.

On Monday, Markle showcased her berry-hued ensemble (a violet Babaton dress and strawberry-red Sentaler coat) to visit Birkenhead, while Middleton recycled an old-favorite, a violet pleated Oscar de la Renta jacket and skirt. It turns out that Princess Diana was a big fan of wearing violet too.

In 2018, Pantone may have named “Ultra Violet” color of the year, but for the royal family, the shade has a much deeper history. “Historically, purple has been highly valued, driven by its burdensome production and its association with wealth, power and royalty,” writes Valencia Prashad for the New York Times. “Do Prince Harry and his fiancée, Meghan Markle, know that it is said that in the 16th century Queen Elizabeth I of England didn’t permit anyone but close relatives of the royal family to wear purple?” Even though Pantone has already moved onto naming “Living Coral” as 2019’s color of the year, it appears that the royal family’s love affair with violet isn’t ending anytime soon. 

Below, see 16 different ways to incorporate violet into your wardrobe today, starting at just $30.

Alfani Turtleneck Poncho Sweater (Photo: Macy’s)

A comfy and cozy poncho sweater in the royals’ favorite shade. Style with slacks for an upscale look or leggings for a comfortable at-home ensemble.

Shop it: Alfani Turtleneck Poncho Sweater, $30 (was $60), macys.com

MZ Wallace Soho Tote (Photo: MZ Wallace)

If you’ve been looking for the perfect, everyday, carry-all bag to take to work, to the gym and while traveling — this is it. Its minimalist design, clean lines and durable strap will feel comfortable on your shoulder and fit all your essentials with ease.

Shop it: MZ Wallace Soho Tote, $245, mzwallace.com

Astr the Label Flash Dress (Photo: Shopbop)

An elegant wrap dress with an asymmetrical hem for an extra fashionable flair.

Shop it: Astr the Label Flash Dress, $110, shopbop.com 

Rothy’s the Point in Orchid (Photo: Rothy’s)

Markle has worn this exact style, but in black. The brand is known for making ultra comfortable footwear that stylish women actually want to wear. Perhaps it’s time to incorporate Rothy’s into your own wardrobe? Your feet will thank you later.

Shop it: Rothy’s the Point in Violet, $145, rothys.com

Topshop Bouclé Double Breasted Blazer (Photo: Topshop)

We love the houndstooth design on this double-breasted blazer. It’s the perfect statement piece to jazz up your usual office look.

Shop it: Topshop Bouclé Double Breasted Blazer, $125, nordstrom.com

Zac Zac Posen Eartha Classic Top Handle Bag (Photo: Saks Off 5th)

We love the mixed suede and leather details on this gorgeous trapezoid handbag. Bring it with you to the office and straight to date night afterwards.

Shop it: Zac Zac Posen Eartha Classic Top Handle Bag, $230 (was $495), saksoff5th.com

The ReNew Puffy Puff (Photo: Everlane)

In fall 2018, Everlane introduced its new sustainably-focused collection, ReNew. Would you believe this stylish lilac puffer coat is made from recycled plastic bottles?

Shop it: The ReNew Puffy Puff, $160, everlane.com

Adidas Originals TFL Falcon in Off White and Purple (Photo: Urban Outfitters)

If you are always on top of street-style fashion, you know these chunky, retro style sneakers are a fan-favorite. The violet base makes them really pop and stand out from the rest.

Shop it: Adidas Originals TFL Falcon in Off White and Purple, $80, asos.com

Eloquii Long Sleeve Scuba Dress with Tie (Photo: Eloquii)

We could easily see Markle or Middleton rocking this simple and elegant scuba dress. It’s conservative, but the waist-tie helps accentuate the waist for a flattering fit.

Shop it: Eloquii Long Sleeve Scuba Dress with Tie, $100, eloquii.com

Lane Bryant Peplum Sheath Dress (Photo: Lane Bryant)

For special occasions, this peplum sheath dress is a must-have. It’s a bright alternative to a typical LBD, and there’s a reason the royals are always spotted in sheath dresses.

Shop it: Lane Bryant Peplum Sheath Dress, $63 (was $80), lanebryant.com

Babaton Wallace Dress (Photo: Aritzia)

Babaton was the label behind Meghan’s violet dress during her Birkenhead visit. Although, the version the duchess wore quickly sold out, this is a fantastic similar option.

Shop it: Babaton Wallace Dress, $49 (was $98), aritzia.com

Asos Edition Asymmetric Soft Cocktail Dress (Photo: Asos)

This cocktail dress is perfect to wear to a winter wedding. All you need to do is add a pair of chandelier earrings and sparkly heels.

Shop it: Asos Edition Asymmetric Soft Cocktail Dress, $151, asos.com

Crap Eyewear The Sweet Leaf (Photo: Crap Eyewear)

These Kurt Cobain-inspired oval sunglasses are a great throwback to his classic rocker style, now available in a playful violet shade.

Shop it: Crap Eyewear The Sweet Leaf, $59 (was $79), crapeyewear.com

Fjällräven Kånken Laptop Backpack (Photo: Nordstrom)

If you are unfamiliar with Fjallraven Kanken, it’s a popular Swedish backpack label. It’s known for its durability and stylish design. Take it with you on your morning commute, as a carry-on or during a road trip. It can even double as a backpack for any current moms or moms-to-be.

Shop it: Fjällräven Kånken Laptop Backpack, $110, nordstrom.com

Slope Beanie Hat (Photo: Amazon)

If you still don’t have a proper beanie to wear this season, this chic and simple ribbed version will do just the trick. At $9, it’s an unbeatable price, too.

Shop it: Slope Beanie Hat, $9, amazon.com

Lou & Grey Cozy Mock Neck Tunic Sweater (Photo: loft)

A vibrant and comfy sweater to wear on lazy days when you just want to cozy up on the couch, light some candles and binge on Netflix.

Shop it: Lou & Grey Cozy Mock Neck Tunic Sweater, $60 (take 50 percent off with code WANT), loft.com

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