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Meghan Markle's outfits nail 3 key rules for dressing in all black without being boring

meghan markle outfitsMax Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

The Duchess of Sussex has some of the most closely watched outfits within the royal family.  Since her time on the royal public appearances circuit, several of her all-black ensembles have struck a balance of formal and elegant without being boring.  New York-based stylist Samantha Brown told Insider that, as seen in some of Markle's best outfits, there are three key guidelines for making sure all-black ensembles are anything but boring.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

The Duchess of Sussex turned heads this weekend with back-to-back appearances in two stunning all-black ensembles. 

The formal Erdem gown and Stella McCartney coat Markle sparked headlines in were just the latest in her long track record of black outfits that have sometimes bucked royal tradition, but proved that head-to-toe black doesn't have to be boring. 

Darker outfits can be a surefire way to turn out a more professional or nighttime look with a few key features, New York-based stylist Samantha Brown told Insider, and whether it's a sleek work look or dressing for drab winter months, here are some highlights from the Duchess to nail an all-black ensemble. 

1. Switching up materials within the outfit Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage, Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Markle stepped out this July in a stunning Jason Wu gown that mixed mesh and satin for a sophisticated spin on a sleeveless gown look. The same effect has popped up in her outfits for other appearances, including a silk top under a matte blazer or a glossy belt and bag with a simple fabric dress, which Brown says keeps the look "interesting." 

"When wearing black from head to toe, it's important to keep the look interesting by varying your textures," Brown said. "Consider mixing matte materials with those that have shine; like leather with a cashmere knit, or black denim with a silk blouse." 



2. Layers help with warmth and style Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, Chris Jackson/Getty Images, Karwai Tang/WireImage

Though the royals often don't have far to walk in the cold or rain while making a public appearance, Brown said that coats and other layers aren't just a practical addition for colder months, but can also be key in breaking up a monochrome look. 

"The variety of textures will make the look more dynamic, as will adding layers," Brown said. "Layers create depth in an outfit, so consider a blazer in wool or velvet layered for both warmth and style."



3. If royal accessories are intimidating, go for small but striking accents Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images, Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage, Andrew Milligan - WPA Pool/Getty Images

"These royal outfits are all about key accessories and completer pieces, like hats and belted overcoats," Brown said. 

But for those who aren't quite comfortable donning flashy accessories like a fascinator or a tiara, Brown said that flourishes like a button detail can be "a great sub for jewelry if you don't gravitate towards statement pieces." 

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Kristen Norman/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images; Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images; Samantha Lee/Business Insider Before releasing White Claw, Canadian billionaire Anthony von Mandl built a fortune off of Mike's Hard Lemonade — and used that wealth to create an empire of fine wineries throughout British Columbia.  Von Mandl currently owns four wineries, including a $35 million estate that was visited by Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2016, according to Bloomberg. Von Mandl has been called "Tony Baloney" because of his talent for creating compelling stories to sell products, Business in Vancouver reported in 2014. The 69-year-old has a net worth of $3.4 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Billionaire Anthony von Mandl may now be known as one of Canada's best vintners, but he owes the majority of his still-growing fortune to two beverages generally considered more low-brow — Mike's Hard Lemonade and White Claw.  Von Mandl's wineries have gotten him visits from Prince William and Kate Middleton and awards from Queen Elizabeth (among others), but it was the success of Mike's Hard Lemonade (launched in Canada in 1996 and brought to the American market in 1999) that first made him wealthy. Now, his latest venture, hard seltzer brand White Claw, has become so popular that stores are struggling to keep it adequately stocked on their shelves. Representatives of von Mandl's company, the Mark Anthony Group, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on von Mandl's career, net worth, or personal life from Business Insider. Keep reading to learn more about von Mandl's life, career, and wealth.Von Mandl was born in Vancouver, Canada, but spent his childhood in Europe. Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic Von Mandl's parents were European immigrants, according to a biography on the website for one of his wineries, Mission Hill. The family moved back to Europe when von Mandl was 9 years old, according to the biography. He later returned to Canada to attend the University of British Columbia, where he studied economics. The winery's site does not specify which European country von Mandl's family is originally from or where in Europe he spent his adolescence. Von Mandl first entered the alcohol business by selling imported wines from his car in Vancouver after graduating from college in the early 1970s, according to wine writer John Schreiner. Rachel Askinasi/Business Insider He also worked out of "a little office about the size of a cupboard in the back of a building," according to Schreiner. Von Mandl then did an apprenticeship in wine-selling after college, which inspired him to open an importing business in Vancouver, according to his biography on his winery's website. Through his importing business, von Mandl saved up enough money to buy his first vineyard, Mission Hill, at 31. REUTERS/Andy Clark AC Von Mandl said in 2003 that, at the time, he wondered "if I had made the biggest mistake of my life" in buying the winery, Bloomberg reported. Von Mandl also starting selling hard cider that he described as "awful" to help cover the cost of operating the winery, according to Business in Vancouver. Unlike other Canadian breweries, von Mandl did not reuse the glass bottles the cider was sold in and relied on other businesses' buyback programs to help his company meet national waste regulations. When breweries that previously used the same bottles as von Mandl stopped buying back the cider bottles, the Canadian government fined the business "several million dollars," Business in Vancouver reported. The financial strain of the bottle fiasco led von Mandl to start brewing a beer called Clark's Great Canadian Beer, according to Business in Vancouver. Von Mandl also opened another business on Annacis Island in British Columbia focused on sustainability called Turning Point Brewery. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Billionaires' success boils down to a set of 3 personality traits that aren't directly tied to intelligence, a new report says7 nannies who work for the rich and powerful share one thing they wish their bosses knew — but would never tell themThe world's largest brewer, which produces Corona and Budweiser, is about to get even bigger. Meet AB InBev's famously private CEO, who has only one hobby and doesn't like company perks.SEE ALSO: Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive, 35-year-old Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018 DON'T MISS: 15 people who became billionaires in 2019 — and 14 who lost their status in the three-comma club
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We asked 3 money managers how Trump's impeachment hearings might impact the stock market. Here's what they said.
Visit Markets Insider for more stories. Impeachment hearings began in Washington D.C. Wednesday and continue throughout November.  Amid the hearings, the stock market closed at a record high on both Wednesday and Thursday fueled by strong earnings.  Money managers are split on what impact the hearings have had on the market, and what impact they might have going forward.  Read more on Business Insider. Public impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump began Wednesday in Washington D.C. with testimony from two top foreign-service officers.  On Friday, Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine, will be the third official to testify, followed by more key players who will testify later in November. The hearings center on whether or not the president strong-armed Ukraine to look into political rival Joe Biden.  So far, the stock market has all but ignored the impeachment proceedings. The S&P 500 closed at a record high both Wednesday and Thursday, boosted by a better-than-expected earnings season that's sent stocks higher.  Money managers interviewed by Markets Insider have mixed opinions on the impact the impeachment hearings have on the stock market. Some say that because it doesn't look like the hearings will lead to meaningful change, markets are largely looking past them. Still, one said that even though markets look good right now, they'd be soaring higher if the uncertainty of the impeachment proceedings was removed.  Going forward, there are other factors that are weighing on markets, the managers said, even with fresh highs. The US-China trade war continues to drag on, and even though a phase-one deal looks close, it's far from certain. And there could be volatility in the markets leading up to the November 2020 presidential election, the managers said. A clear Democratic leader has yet to emerge, which adds uncertainty for investors. 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"I think the focus on who the democratic nominee is and what the policy prescriptions are, are going to really move the market. I think that's still the big thing," he said. This is because the level of policy change that could be coming will depend on the Democratic nominee and the election in 2020.  2. Charles Lemonides, chief investment officer of ValueWorks: "A very real and serious headwind" Associated Press "What's happening in Washington right now is a very real and serious headwind for the markets. And it's a challenge for investors and it is suppressing valuations. It is keeping markets lower than they would otherwise be," Charles Lemonides of ValueWorks told Markets Insider in an interview.  Once the challenge of the impeachment is removed, the market could go much higher, Lemonides said. "The combined headwind of impeachment proceedings with the uncertainty of a presidential election and how that paralyzes people leaves one sort of impressed by the fact that the S&P is, you know, touching record highs," he said.  "The takeaway for me is that yeah, if these negatives weren't there, these markets would be really, really robust."  3. Thyra Zerhusen, chief investment officer of Fairpointe Capital: "It's not going to make huge changes right now" Associated Press "I think the impeachment is very important, but the population is very split and it's not going to make huge changes right now," Thyra Zerhusen of Fairpointe Capital told Markets Insider in an interview.  "The uncertainty has been very damaging to the US manufacturing industry," she said. "So this is just one more uncertainty and at the end, maybe nothing will happen."  As for the market, Zerhusen thinks it's "going to plug along until the elections," she said. 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