Unemployed women are dressing to impress with the help of the duchess

By Andy Hayes, news reporter

The Duchess of Sussex has launched a clothing range intended to help unemployed women find a job.

Meghan has been working with charity Smart Works, which provides interview clothes and training to women who are out of work.

Image: Meghan arrives to launch the collection

For every item bought in several high street stores or online, another will be donated to the charity. Meghan became its royal patron in January.

The collection's unveiling this afternoon was the Duchess's first official engagement since the birth of son Archie in May.

John Lewis & Partners Smart Set Tote. Pic: Jenny Zarins.
Image: John Lewis & Partners Smart Set Tote. Pic: Jenny Zarins.

Items donated to Smart Works will help give women the "confidence and support (they need) to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career", Meghan said.


She also thanked the four brands involved for "placing purpose over profit and community over competition" while taking part in "this special project".

The collection is the Duchess first project since ending her maternity leave after the birth of Archie Pic: Jenny Zarins
Image: Meghan praised the brands involved for 'placing purpose over profit'. Pic: Jenny Zarins

Called The Smart Set, the "capsule collection" of seven items comprises "workwear essentials", with sizes ranging from 6-24.

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There is a "perfect white shirt, an elegant blazer, well cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone and the perfect tote".

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Two crepe shift dresses come in "vibrant blue and classic black" and retail for £19.50.

Slim-fit, black tapered trousers are £120, the shirt is £125 and the fully lined blazer, which fastens with a single button, is £199.

A pair of bags in tan and black are both £109.

Jigsaw Smart Set suit. Pic: Jenny Zarins
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