These Royal Fashion Hacks Used By Meghan, Kate, and Diana Are Truly So Genius

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

Dec 10, 2019

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Women in the royal family live their lives in the spotlight, so it makes sense that they’ve developed a repertoire of fashion hacks to ensure all of their formal events run smoothly—no one wants to deal with a wardrobe malfunction when they’re meeting a foreign dignitary! Here’s a comprehensive list of the genius styling tricks that have helped Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Princess Diana pull off their most daring ensembles.

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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.

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Metallic Box Clutch

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$78.00

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Opt for a classic structured clutch, like this navy style. 

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Bugle Beaded Fold-Over Clutch

Sondra Roberts bloomingdales.com

$125.00

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This sparkly black option will go with pretty much everything. 

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Kate Middleton wears pantyhose with sticky heels.

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.

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Which is why Kate Middleton chooses tights that have silicone pads so that they stick to the inside of her high heels. Apparently, she’s a fan of the brand John Lewis.

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John Lewis & Partners

Non-Slip Open Toe Tights

John Lewis & Partners johnlewis.com

£6.00

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It’s your lucky day: Kate’s favorite pantyhose can be yours. 

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Women’s Sandal Effect Tights

Wolford amazon.com

$44.10

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Here’s another non-slip option by editor-fave brand Wolford. 

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Princess Diana wore hats with hidden combs in them.

Formal public occasions sometimes call for hats, and I’m sure you’ve wondered at some point how some of the royal headpieces manage to stay perched so perfectly—especially the larger, wide-brimmed ones.

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Reportedly, Princess Diana’s hats often had combs inside them that would secure to her hair so they stayed put. Hidden but useful!

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Clear Hair Clips

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If you’re a fascinator-loving lady, these combs will keep your headwear in place.

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DIY Blank Metal Hair Clips

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These guys are also helpful if you want to keep your hair out of your face. 

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Kate uses hairnets to keep her strands in place.

Despite all odds, Kate makes a pretty convincing case for the chic hairnet. She often wears them when her hair is styled in more intricate updos—that way she doesn’t have any rogue fly-aways.

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Here’s Kate wearing one over her low bun at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

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Standard Hairnet

Conair target.com

$1.99

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Hate loose hairs in your updos? Get thee a hairnet, woman! 

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Hair Nets-3 Pack

Bloch amazon.com

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Pro tip: Buy a net that matches your hair  color so it’s barely noticeable. 

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Royals wear weights on their hems…sometimes.

Another go-to fashion hack royals use to stop wardrobe malfunctions is adding weights to their skirts and dresses. Although it seems that this method isn’t always used, as evidenced here by Kate’s flying-skirt moment at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October 2018. Whoopsie!

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Stewart Parvin, one of Queen Elizabeth’s couturiers, told the Daily Mail that he sews small lead weights (used for curtains, actually) into the hems of her clothes, which prevents her skirt from blowing up in the wind.

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Lead Free Adhesive Backed Wheel Weights

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Never have a Marilyn moment again, thanks to these small weighted stickies. 

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Home Drapery Lead Weights

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Or you can DIY it like HRH does. Just buy these drapery weights, and attach them to your skirts on the inside hem.

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Royals often wear heavier materials and more fitted silhouettes.

Another way royals prevent their outfits from billowing in the wind is by choosing thicker fabrics and more fitted silhouettes, like Kate’s tweed blazer-and-skirt set pictured here.

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A-line silhouettes have a greater chance of flying up in the wind, but a sheath dress like this will prevent any breezy malfunction.

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Metallic Check Fringe Tweed Sheath Dress

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Make like Kate in this mini tweed dress.

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Nordstrom

Patterned Sheath Dress

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Or opt for a fun floral print, like this structured frock. 

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

According to fashion expert Harriet Davey, going up a shoe size is a style hack employed by many celebrities. It looks like Meghan used this trick in this instance, as there’s lots of room at her heel in these strappy Aquazzura pumps.

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“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 to—to avoid blisters,” she said in an interview with The Sun.

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Kaira Beige Lace-Up Heels

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Copy Meghan’s kicks with these neutral heels that tie up the ankle.

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Stormi Black Suede D’Orsay Pumps

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$32.00

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Or opt for some similar black pumps in a half-size or full-size up. 

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Meghan opts for bodysuits so her top stays put.

Meghan looked super fashion-forward (like she always does, TBH) when she stepped out in this Alexander McQueen suit in February 2018. But perhaps more notable than her chic pantsuit was the fact that her white blouse was actually a BODYSUIT (!!!) by the brand Tuxe.

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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.

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Associate Fashion Editor I’m Cosmopolitan’s Associate Fashion Editor and write about any and all trends, major celeb fashion moments, and why wide-leg jeans are basically the best.

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