As members of the royal family, the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex are constantly under public scrutiny. Their every move is watched by the entire world, and while both women seem to be handling fame like born naturals, there’s no doubt they’ve had plenty of help along the way. Especially when it comes to strategic wardrobe choices.
With all of those royal engagement to attend, neither Kate nor Meghan can afford a wardrobe malfunction. That’s why they use clever little hacks to avoid the awkward wardrobe mishaps most women have experienced such as having your skirt or dress fly up on a windy day. ‘But, how?’ we hear you ask.
Apparently, the Duchesses wear tights and undergarments that increase static, so that the fabric of their skirts will stick to their legs rather than flying up. Smart, right? Of course, this doesn’t guarantee anything which is why they don’t stop there. According to Stuart Parvin, who has created ensembles for the Queen, the royal women have small lead curtain weights fitted and sewn into the hem of their dresses to weigh it down.
‘The beauty of a handmade outfit is that it hangs just right but, of course, we have a few tricks up our sleeve,’ Parvin told the Daily Mail. ‘Surprisingly, it is nothing fancy. I use curtain weights, lead weights, from Peter Jones’s curtain department. We call them penny weights.
‘I just pop a couple into the hemline of her dresses and coats and it makes them hang beautifully. If there is a flap in the coat then I will sew in one on each side of the split to even it up.’
He added: ‘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. But the curtain weights work beautifully.’
No wonder we’ve never witnessed any of the royal women having a Marylin Monroe moment!