The Most Genius Royal Fashion Hacks of All Time

Turns out there's a reason Meghan wears her shoes a size larger!
The Most Genius Royal Fashion Hacks of All Time
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'Tis the season for shopping, parties and events in celebration of various festivities and that means having a glam outfit nearly everday. It can be painful to be in heels all night and some outfits might be more risky than others. But have no fear, you can flaunt your OOTD/N effortlessly with these tips and tricks the Royal Family use all. The. Time.

1. 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.

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.

Non-Slip Open Toe Tights
JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS
johnlewis.com
Dhs30

Women's Sandal Effect Tights
WOLFORD
amazon.com
Dhs161

2. 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!

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.

Lead Free Adhesive Backed Wheel Weights
HORNET TIRE
amazon.com
Dhs30

Home Drapery Lead Weights
DRITZ
amazon.com
Dhs25

3. 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.

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

Metallic Check Fringe Tweed Sheath Dress
ELIZA J
nordstrom.com
Dhs323


Patterned Sheath Dress
CHELSEA28
nordstrom.com
Dhs172

4. 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.

"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.

Kaira Beige Lace-Up Heels
LULUS
lulus.com
Dhs140

Stormi Black Suede D'Orsay Pumps
LULU'S
lulus.com
Dhs117

5. Meghan possibly wears low buns to prevent hair "dents."

Another speculation is that Meghan's signature low, messy bun makes it easier to wear her hair down for other events later that same day. Her loose updo doesn't cause those annoying hair creases like tighter hairstyles tend to do.

According to Byrdie UK, "a low bun is like a form of damage control. Markle can wear one all day and then quickly unwind it—letting her loose waves fall beyond her shoulders, ready for the evening's function." Genius.

Bun Hair Pins
EBOOT
amazon.com
Dhs29

300 Pack Bun Hair Bobby Pins
TBESTMAX
amazon.com
Dhs36

6. Kate wears leather insoles in her heels to avoid sore feet.

Royal functions mean wearing fancy attire, and that usually means that if you're a lady, you're in heels. Kate Middleton spends a lot of time walking around 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.

Insoles for High Heels
ALICE BOW
Alice Bow
Dhs73

Ultra Thin Leather Insoles
SHOESLULU
amazon.com
Dhs55

8. Royals invest in classic pieces they can rewear.

Kate Middleton is the queen of repeating outfits—a move that signals practicality and frugality, which aren't adjectives one usually associates with the monarchy. Hey, when you find something as good as this burgundy set, you gotta wear it more than once.

Meghan also knows the worth of investing in a timeless piece, like her Sentaler camel coat. After wearing the piece to Sandringham for her first royal Christmas, Meghan wore it again over her shoulders at a charity visit this November.

Double-Breasted Flannel Suit
BANANA REPUBLIC
bananarepublic.gap.com
Dhs730

Melange Twill Wrap Coat
COLE HAAN
colehaan.com
Dhs1,098

7. Meghan uses a toothbrush to fight flyaways.

"I spray hairspray on a small boar bristle toothbrush (a regular toothbrush also works great!) to lightly brush them down or smooth the hairline—this is especially good for a sleek bun when I'm off-camera," Meghan told Birchbox in 2014. GENIUS.

Natural Bristle Toothbrush
C.O. BIGELOW
neimanmarcus.com
Dhs33

Compressed Texture Hairspray
TRESEMME
target.com
Dhs18

H/T Cosmo