11 Mind-blowing royal fashion hacks that are actually SO genius

Turns out there’s a reason Meghan wears her shoes a size larger!

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Women in the royal family live their lives in the spotlight, so it makes sense that they have go-to fashion tricks that they use for formal eventsโ€”no one wants a wardrobe malfunction on their hands! Here, 11 genius hacks that have helped Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Princess Diana pull off their most stylish ensembles.

Royal fashion hacks that are actually SO genius

1 Princess Diana used clutches to hide her cleavage

Princess Di used her clutches to cover her cleavage as she got out of cars. Why? It prevented any prying photographers from snapping a revealing pic of her. Even her go-to handbag designer Anya Hindmarch famously called them ‘cleavage clutches’.

2ย Kate Middleton wears pantyhose with sticky heels

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It’s no secret that part of royal protocol for women is to wear pantyhose, but the smooth material can make it easy for their feet to slide out. Kate Middleton’s have silicone pads so that they stick to the inside of her high heels. Apparently, she’s a fan of the brand John Lewis.

3 Princess Diana wore hats with hidden combs in them

More formal public occasions sometimes call for hats, and I’m sure you’ve wondered at some point how they even stay onโ€”especially the larger, wide-brimmed ones.ย Reportedly, Princess Diana’s had combs inside them that secured to her hair so they stayed put. Hidden but useful!

4 Kate uses hairnets to keep her strands in place

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In this image, Kate makes a fashionable case for the chic hairnet. She often wears them when her hair is styled in more intricate updosโ€”that way she doesn’t have any rogue fly-aways.

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Here, she wore one again over her low bun at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

5 Royals wear weights on their hems…sometimes

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Another go-to fashion hack royals use to stop wardrobe malfunctions is adding weights to their skirts and dresses. Stewart Parvin, one of Queen Elizabeth’s couturiers, told the Daily Mail that he sews small lead weights (used for curtains!) into the hems of her clothes, which prevents her skirt from blowing up in the wind.

6 Royals often wear heavier materials and more fitted silhouettes

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Another way royals prevent their outfits from billowing in the wind is by choosing thicker fabrics and more fitted silhouettes. A-line silhouettes have a greater chance of flying up in the wind, but a sheath dress will prevent any breezy malfunction.

7 Royals wear shoes that are one size larger than their feet

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According to fashion expert Harriet Davey, going up a shoe size is a style hack employed by many celebrities. ‘Celebs often go a size up, or even two, in the shoe department when they’re at an event or on the red carpet, and it’s for one reason we can all relate toโ€”to avoid blisters,’ she said in an interview with The Sun.

8 Meghan Markle opts for bodysuits so her top stays put

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Meg loves opting for this style as a chic way to keep her royal outfit put together. It seems like Meg has actually worn the style on more than one occasion. She slipped into a sleeveless cashmere one by the same label to celebrate the publication of Together: Our Community Cookbook in September 2018.

9 Surprisingly, royals also wear bodysuits that increase static

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Speaking of bodysuits, royalย etiquette expert Myka Meier said in an interview with The Sun that Kate and Meghan often ‘wear bodysuits and clothes that actually increase static so itโ€™s much hard[er] for something to fly up’. It achieves a similar result like weighted hems, but in a more wearable form.ย 

10 Meghan possibly wears low buns to prevent hair ‘dents’

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Another speculation is that Meghan’s signature low, messy bun makes it easier to wear her hair down for other events later in the day. Her loose updo doesn’t cause those annoying hair ‘dents’ like a tighter hairstyle would. According to Byrdie UK, ‘a low bun is like a form of damage control. Markle can wear one all day and then quickly unwind itโ€”letting her loose waves fall beyond her shoulders, ready for the evening’s function’.

11 Kate wears leather insoles in her heels to avoid sore feet

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Royal functions mean wearing fancy attire, and that usually means wearing heels for women. Kate Middleton spends a LOT of time in sky-high footwear. This is why she’s reportedly a fan of Alice Bow leather insoles, which add extra cushiony padding to any shoe. They come with double-sided sticky areas to really hold them in place.

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