4 Unusual Royal Fashion Hacks You Shouldn’t Try
1. Queen Elizabeth used curtain weights to keep her dresses in place.
The late Queen Elizabeth was no stranger to the likelihood of attending an outdoor event on a windy day. In fact, Stuart Parvin, her favorite dressmaker, was responsible for sewing curtain weights into her clothes to prevent them from flying up. “I just pop a couple [of curtain weights] into the hemline of her dresses and coats and it makes them hang beautifully,” he explained to the Daily Mail. “If there is a flap in the coat then I will sew in one on each side of the split to even it up. And sometimes if she is wearing a lightweight chiffon skirt I will sew in an even smaller lead weight the size of a pea or even a length of chain, rather like a dog’s chain.”
Unless you have time — or better yet a personal dressmaker — to sew curtain weights into your clothes, don’t try this hack. Instead, use a clothing tape such as Secret Sidekick Double Sided Tape (Buy from Amazon, $8.29) to prevent it from blowing excessively in the wind. To do: Simply apply about three to four strips of fashion tape along the hem of a skirt or dress and press firmly.
2. Kate Middleton uses hairnets to keep flyaways at bay.
Kate Middleton has sported many styles over the years. But, her most eye-catching style is a chignon that she donned in 2016 with the help of a hairnet. Yes, this hair accessory (typically used for kitchen purposes) allowed the Princess of Wales to keep her royal undo in place. This odd trick was first discovered by Cosmopolitan, and its popularity once led hairnet sales to increase by 40 percent for a UK store called Superdrug.
Although Kate swears by this hack, trying to cut and secure a hairnet onto your bun or chignon is time-consuming. Luckily, the experts at L’Oreal Paris say that dryer sheets work just as well for taming flyaways. This is because flyaways are typically caused by static, which is what dryer sheets are designed to eliminate. To do: Take an unscented dry sheet such as one from all’s Fabric Softener Dryer Sheets Free Clear (Buy from Walmart, $4.97) and gently rub it across your strands just before leaving the house. And just like that, your strands should stay in place for the day or evening ahead.
3. Meghan Markle wore oversized heels to reduce discomfort.
During her time as a senior royal family member, Meghan Markle was often seen wearing oversized heels. This trick isn’t unique to the Duchess of Sussex as many celebrities wear shoes bigger than their normal size for red carpets and events. The reason? It’s believed to prevent foot swelling and blisters because the shoe isn’t rubbing against the skin.
While everyone’s foot care needs are different, oversized shoes are generally a no-no. According to the University Foot and Ankle Institute, wearing oversized shoes can disrupt your natural stride, cause calluses, and make you more prone to falling. Rather than risking an accident, apply a product like the Body Glide Foot Glide Anti Blister Balm (Buy from Amazon, $9) onto your feet before putting on shoes in your normal size. Infused with vitamins A and C, this balm acts as a shield against inflammation, dryness, and chaffing. This allows you to feel comfortable wearing any shoes all day, while still protecting your feet.
4. Princess Diana placed mini combs inside of hats so they would stay in place.
In true royal fashion, some of Princess Diana’s most memorable outfits feature an extravagant hat. Behind many of the iconic dress hats worn by “the people’s princess” was John Boyd, a women’s hatmaker. “She liked hats that fitted quite close to her head, and she liked little nets and veils too, which also became very popular,” he revealed to the Daily Mail. Ensuring that her hats remained in place was a challenge for Boyd as he described her hair as being “quite springy.” Yet, he solved this by installing special wire combs inside of the hats so they’d cling onto her hair.
This trick was effective for securing Diana’s hats on her head, but it’s tedious to attempt. Luckily, dressmaker Evelyn Wood says bobby pins can help fasten your hat in a pinch. Watch her video below to see how to try this hack yourself.
Taking style cues from the royal family doesn’t have to include mimicking their go-to fashion hacks. Thanks to quick and cheap alternatives you can look and feel your best for any occasion!
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