Meghan backs up $8000 of clothes with $200 jeans by Aussie brand
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Meghan backs up $8000 of clothes with $200 jeans by Aussie brand

After wearing more than $8000 worth of clothes on the first day of the royal tour, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has donned a pair of $200 jeans that is literally changing lives.

As Meghan and Prince Harry stepped off the plane in Dubbo on Wednesday morning, word quickly spread that she was wearing a blazer from the fashion range of her good friend, tennis champion Serena Williams.

But Australian observers are most excited about her $199 jeans, by Outland Denim, a brand started by Queensland couple James and Erica Bartle that directly helps survivors of sex and human trafficking in Cambodia.

Erica Bartle said the company, which launched in 2011, employs about 45 women in its factory, and hopes the "Meghan effect" will allow it to employ even more.

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Fashion with a conscience ... Meghan wearing Outland Denim for her arrival to Dubbo with Prince Harry.

Fashion with a conscience ... Meghan wearing Outland Denim for her arrival to Dubbo with Prince Harry.Credit:AP

She said Meghan wearing Outland Denim "has a huge impact for brands like us trying to do things the right way. The 'Meghan effect' is phenomenal ... for us it's an enormous boost to our morale and it means a lot to our girls in Cambodia that the duchess might wear the jeans that they made."

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Last week, Outland Denim was shortlisted for the 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award, which will be announced in London next month.

The choice of an ethical, sustainable label by the duchess is continuing a theme started on Tuesday, the first day of the visit, when she wore an $1800 dress by little-known Sydney designer Karen Gee.

Overnight, more details emerged about Meghan's looks on the first day of the tour, which tallied up cost more than $8000. She also wore a $2500 dress by US designer Brandon Maxwell to the afternoon reception at Admiralty House, and a trench by Paris-based Australian expat Martin Grant, which is estimated to sell for about $2500.

On Wednesday, Meghan capped off her "country chic" look with a white shirt by Maison Kitsune, boots from JCrew and jewellery by Sydney brand Natalie Marie.