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15 Hacks Queen Elizabeth & The Royal Family Use To Avoid Wardrobe Malfunctions

From hairnets to weighted hems.

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Here are the top style hacks that the British royal family uses on a regular basis.
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The British royal family is one of the most highly-photographed in the world. Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and more are the focal points of events on a near-daily basis. And when they're on royal duty, they have to look tailored and presentable, but also anticipate and avoid any possible wardrobe malfunctions or bad photographic angles. That's where royal style hacks come into play.

The royals are expected to adhere to a long list of style rules, whether it’s wearing tights with dresses no matter the season, making sure their nail polish is an understated flesh tone, or not being allowed to remove any outerwear in public, even if the weather changes. As such, not only is it a feat just to get dressed, they’ve also amassed quite the arsenal of style hacks that they all swear by to make the aforementioned restrictions easier to follow.

From weighted hemlines to hidden hat combs, the carrying of clutches and use of hairnets, they’ve got countless tricks up their well-tailored sleeves. Ahead, find the top style hacks all royals use on a regular basis. You might just want to add a handful of them to your everyday routine, too.


Clutches To Avoid Wardrobe Malfunctions

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Royals use clutches to avoid wardrobe malfunctions when getting in and out of cars, as they are often met by a gaggle of paparazzi upon arrival.


Hats With Hidden Combs

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Whether a full hat or a fascinator, many of the royals’ headwear pieces are secured in place with hidden interior combs to avoid slippage, knocking, or wind-blowing.


Bodysuits For A Perfect Fit

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To avoid a pull, tuck, or bunch, many royals opt for bodysuits — even in a blouse or button-down version — when styling a top with pants, skirts, and more multiple-piece looks.


Weighted Hems

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The Queen is reportedly known to have tiny weights sewn into her hemlines to avoid any wind-blown wardrobe malfunctions. One of her favorite couriers, Stuart Parvin, told the publication, “The beauty of a handmade outfit is that it hangs just right but, of course, we have a few tricks up our sleeve.”


Bright Clothing

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The Queen is known for her wide array of brightly colored monochromatic looks, which have been said to be in constant rotation so that she’s always visible, no matter how large the crowd.



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Though hairnets might remind you of your elementary school ballet performance, royals tend to style their hair with the accessory to make sure that everything stays in place during their travels.


Shawls For Warmth

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As it is royal protocol to not remove any outerwear, like jackets and coats while out in public, shawls are often used to keep them warm, while not changing their overall look.


Wearing Larger Shoes

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Meghan Markle has been known to size up a small amount in heels for Royal functions, as it gives her feet a tiny amount of room to move around when she’s standing for long periods of time.


Tame Flyaway Hairs

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Meghan Markle doesn’t use the hairnet trick, but she told Birchbox that she brushes on a small amount of hairspray with a toothbrush to tame those pesky baby hairs.


Color-Coding Luggage

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When you travel like the royals do, there are many outfit changes that even the shortest of voyages can require. According to Express, Kate Middleton color-codes her luggage to make it easier to grab exactly what she wants, when she needs it.


Leather Insoles In Heels

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Rumor has it Kate Middleton frequently uses leather insoles in her heels, making even the highest of stilettos a little bit more comfortable.


Hiding Crown Fastening

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Many high-ranking royals have the base wrapped in a silk or velvet that matches their hair color to not only seamlessly blend the piece of jewelry into their hair but also adjust the height. It is re-wrapped for wearers with varying hair colors to do the same.


Transitional Jewelry

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Though the royal family is certainly not lacking in jewelry, many of their pieces are actually convertible for ease of wear. A large number of tiaras come off their frames to be used as necklaces, bracelets can be linked together to make a choker, etc.


Belting Coats

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To be able to more easily re-use coats, Kate Middleton belts many of hers to make it look as though it’s a different silhouette each time she wears it.


Preventing Slippage

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Apparently, Kate Middleton has been known to shop for tights that have a built-in no-slip pad in the heel so that she can march around in heels for hours without slipping out of her shoes.

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