With a laundry list of strict style rules, members of the royal family have had to get creative when putting outfits together. And creative doesn’t exactly mean conventional.
From the bizarre (yet, kind of genius) way the queen avoids fashion faux pas to their alternative uses for handbags, we share the style tips we learned from the royal family, ahead.
1. Tiaras in the evening
Tiaras may be the perfect royal accessory, but they’re not to be worn in the daytime. In fact, tiaras can only be worn in the evenings, after teatime. And, not every royal woman gets to style her outfit with a bedazzled headpiece. Only married women have the privilege.
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2. How to make any outfit formal
While most formal places would consider hats rude, the royal family insists on wearing them to all formal daytime events. That said, the women in the family don’t exactly show up in baseball hats. Their hats and fascinators are intricately designed and act as a finishing touch to their outfits.
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3. Gloves go with everything
While it’s no longer required to wear gloves, the women in the royal family swear by them for formal events and ceremonies — even parades. And while the queen stays true to this royal tradition, Kate Middleton often shows up bare-handed.
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4. Sew weights in your hemlines
Ever wonder why the wind doesn’t make a fuss with the queen? It’s not because she has some superpower against Mother Nature — it’s because she has weights attached to her.
You read that right. The queen of England often has small pea-sized weights attached to the inside hems of her dresses and coats to avoid and mishaps and ensure she always looks put together.
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5. No pants, no problem
Did you know Prince George — and other young royals — are not allowed to wear pants? Instead, they wear shorts with high socks. While we’re not too sure about this look for adults, we think the school boy look is adorable on kiddos.
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6. Purses aren’t always holding money
But, they are for holding the goods. Princess Diana often used her handbag as a way to hide her cleavage — a big royal family no-no — when stepping out of cars and limos.
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7. Neutral manicures are a must
Perhaps one of the reasons why royal women are only allowed to wear neutral nail polish is because it looks great with every outfit. Rather than clashing colors, stick to a neutral shade of light pink (the queen’s go-to), or nude.
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