Women in the royal family are constantly in the spotlight, so naturally they've developed a repertoire of fashion and styling hacks to ensure all of their formal (or even non-formal) events run smoothly. No one wants to have a wardrobe malfunction when they're shaking hands with a foreign dignitary with hundreds of cameras around! Ahead, a comprehensive list of the genius wardrobe tricks that have helped Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Meghan Markle pull off their chicest ensembles.
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."
This simple black option will go with pretty much everything.
It's no secret that part of royal protocol for women is to wear pantyhose, but the smooth material makes it way too easy for their feet to slide out of their heels...
It's your lucky day: Kate's favorite pantyhose can be yours.
Here's another non-slip and toeless option by editor-fave brand Wolford.
Formal public occasions often call for hats, and I'm sure you've wondered how some of the gravity-defying royal headpieces manage to stay perched so perfectly—especially the larger, wide-brimmed ones.
Princess Diana's hats reportedly often had combs inside them that would secure to her hair so they stayed put. Hidden but useful!
If you love fascinators (hi, nice to meet you), these combs will keep your headwear in place.
These guys are also helpful if you want to keep your hair out of your face.
Despite all odds, Kate makes a pretty convincing case for the hairnet. She often wears them when her hair is styled in more intricate updos—that way, she doesn't have any rogue fly-aways.
Here's Kate wearing one over her low bun at the 2019 Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
These invisible hair nets will keep your hair perfectly in place. Magic.
Another go-to fashion hack royals use to stop wardrobe malfunctions is weights added to their skirts and dresses. Seems like the royal family stylist sometimes runs out of time to employ this trick, though, 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.
Never have a Marilyn moment again, thanks to these small weighted stickies.
Or you can DIY it like HRH does. Just buy these drapery weights, and attach them to your skirts on the inside hem.
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 is more likely to avoid any breezy malfunction.
Make like Kate in this mini tweed dress.
Or opt for a ruffled look, like this structured frock.
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 behind her heel in these strappy Aquazzura pumps.
Copy Meghan's kicks with these neutral heels that tie up the ankle.
Meghan looked super fashion-forward 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.