Fashion Hacks Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Swear By
When Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are out in public, they have to be ready to be photographed at all times. And from their fresh makeup to their tailored outfits, they always manage to look picture-perfect. But how do they do it?
As it turns out, the royal family has some tricks for keeping their looks so on-point. Here are some super smart fashion hacks Markle and Middleton swear by.
Using static to keep their skirts from flying up
When Markle and Middleton are wearing their perfectly flowy dresses and skirts, that means having to avoid the possibility of accidentally exposing too much to the camera. After all, even a slight breeze can be enough to make a skirt fly up. Luckily, the royals have a special trick so they don’t have to use their hands to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions.
Etiquette expert Myka Meier revealed that Middleton and Markle use the royal hack of wearing undergarments filled with static, so their skirts will cling to their bodies. “Often they wear body suits and clothes that actually increase static so it’s much harder for something to fly up,” she explained. “So you have an undergarment that is almost like a body suit — that is one tactic that is used.”
Queen Elizabeth II uses weights in her skirts
Apparently, Queen Elizabeth II takes her precautions to the next level. In 2012, courtier Stewart Parvin revealed his hack for the queen’s wardrobe. The hems of her dresses are weighed down using lead curtain weights, which reportedly cost just under 2 American dollars.
“I just pop a couple of weights into the hemline of her dresses and coats and it makes them hang beautifully. If there is a flap in the coat then I will sew in one on each side of the split to even it up,” he explained. “And sometimes if she is wearing a lightweight chiffon skirt I will sew in a smaller lead weight the size of a pea or even a length of chain.”
Markle wears her shoes too big
A trick she may have gotten from her days on the red carpet, Markle intentionally wears shoes a size too big. Why? Fashion expert Harriet Davey explained the reason to The Sun:
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. There’s nothing worse than uncomfortable shoes (we’ve all been there on a night out) and when celebs like Meghan are wearing heels for a long period of time their feet can often swell up.
If you’re wondering how Markle keeps her oversized shoes on her feet, Davey has an answer for that, too. “A trick of the trade is to stuff the toe with padding like tissue or cotton wool, and this can be taken out once they feel like they need a bit more room in their shoes,” she explained.
They have tricks for keeping their hats secured, too
Royal fashion is only made complete with the most fabulous and unique of hats. From fascinators to trilby hats, Markle and Middleton often complete their outfits with this finishing touch. But how do they make sure their hats stay in place?
Apparently, they have a ton of tricks up their sleeves for every type of hat imaginable. American milliner Jill Courtemanche revealed to the website Royal Hats in 2013, an elastic band is one of their preferred methods. “My personal favorite, as I find it to be the most comfortable for all day wear, is an elastic,” Courtemanche said.
“Preferably the elastic should be the same colour as the wearer’s hair and is worn under the hair at the back, resting below the bump on the back of the head.”
Headbands are also a go-to hack — especially for fascinators. “Probably the most common way to attach a fascinator is with a headband,” Courtemanche explained. “One of the advantages for the designer of using a headband is one can be sure the hat is perched just so. A headband can only be worn one way ensuring perfect positioning every time.”
One technique that Princess Diana was known for using? A comb inside the hat. According to Courtemanche, “There is usually a wider comb at the front of the hat, acting as a true anchor and then floater combs or loops for hair pins on each side of the hat for added security.”
The queen typically opts for a hat pin, which works for a sailor, boater, or bowler hat. Courtemanche claims, “This method has been used for centuries and it is fool-proof although less than gentle on the hat!”