If you’re an avid follower of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion, you’ll notice that there’s not a wardrobe malfunction in sight. How does she do it?
Whether she’s navigating windy runways on a royal tour, or making an appearance at a charity event, the Duchess of Cambridge uses particular underwear tricks to make sure she’s dressed in a way that’s appropriate for a senior member of the royal family.
And even during 2020’s lockdown, the Duchess of Cambridge’s style didn’t slip. Catherine was seen appearing on Zoom calls for mental health appeals and kickstarting campaigns to capture life under lockdown in outfits that quickly sold out after she wore them. Eagle-eyed fans noted a change in the Duchess’ hairstyle during this time, but there’s no doubt that her fashion protocol has remained the same.
For the Duchess of Cambridge, part of this style protocol includes having skirts and dresses at a certain length, wearing clothes of a particular colour and carrying accessories in the correct way. It also involves wearing the best bras and using clever tricks and shapewear to hide visible underwear lines.
Myka Meier, a royal etiquette expert told Fabulous magazine, “Underwear and bras are also considered private intimate wear, and for royals to put intimate apparel on display would simply not be done.”
With runway photos often making the front pages, it’s no surprise avoiding a wardrobe mishap is high on the royal’s list of sartorial priorities. So, how does the Duchess of Cambridge make sure that her outfit goes to plan every time?
The royalty-approved underwear tricks the Duchess of Cambridge relies on
Speaking to Fabulous magazine, Myka revealed the tricks Kate relies on to avoid underwear lines and visible bra straps.
“There are a few options to hide bra straps, with one option being a bra that is actually sewn into the piece. A second option is strapless shapewear, which is one piece that either snaps at the bottom or has legs attached.”
Available in a variety of colours, the best shapewear bodysuits can be worn under almost any type of clothing. Fitting close to the body, they works to smooth unwanted lines and streamline your shape.
Last week, on her Instagram account Myka shared exactly what piece of shapewear the Duchess uses to hide those pesky bra straps and VPL in one swoop, saying, “Royal Style Hack Alert! Ever wonder why you never see bra straps?! Swipe to see a secret trick which is a must-have royal wardrobe piece!”
According to the Myka, John Lewis supply the shapewear for Catherine and other female members of the royal family. Can’t find what your looking for? Spanx and Triumph have great options too.
John Lewis & Partners Tessa Light Control Body, £30
Spanx Higher Power Short, £35
Triumph True Shape Sensation Bodydress, £62
The tights trick
The Duchess of Cambridge regularly wears tights with her heels, to ensure her legs look lightly tanned without a fake-tan streak in sight. Some fans have even noted the exact brand of tights Kate wears.
Reportedly, they’re the Barely There Tights from John Lewis. The main draw is the non slip grip on the sole, helping to keep Kate steady whatever her footwear. If that wasn’t enough, the anti-ladder technology ensures there are no awkward mishaps.
Shoppers on the John Lewis website are fans too. “Sheer, Strong, Ladder resist, perfect finish to my daily wardrobe. Your legs look like they are bare and smooth,” wrote one happy customer.
John Lewis & Partners 7 Denier Barely There Non-Slip Tights, £6
Static bodysuits and clothes
When stepping out in the UK wearing a dress, there’s always the risk of adverse weather conditions causing an embarrassing moment. Naturally, the royal family wants to avoid this situation at all costs.
The answer to this particular problem once again lies in the underwear tricks Catherine uses and the clothes she wears.
Speaking to the Sun in 2018, Myka Meier said, “Often they wear body suits and clothes that actually increase static so it’s much harder for something to fly up.
“When I went to finishing school we were taught that when you are on the tarmac, if you do not use weights or heavy weighted material, you make sure it will not fly up by wearing under garments that keep the fabrics connected to your body.”
Cotton clothes create the most static, but a bodysuit made predominantly from nylon will also help keep even the most wayward dresses in place.
Follow her lead with one of these static-busting shapers…
Chantelle Soft Stretch Body, £40
M&S Collection Light Control Secret Slimming Shaping Body, £32.5o
John Lewis & Partners Rae Firm Control Slip, £45
According to Myka, if Catherine isn’t clad in smoothing shapewear, she turns to seamless underwear to avoid the dreaded VPL (visible panty line).
Suitably subtle, they ensure lingerie stays perfectly concealed without having to wear a full body.
Figleaves Smoothing High Waisted Brief, £12
Fantasie Illusion Brief, £16
Does Kate wear a weighted hemline?
A feature of the Queen’s wardrobe for years, it’s likely Kate adds weights to her outfits to reduce the chance of a runway mishap.
Royal couturier, Stewart Parvin, who has been dressing the Queen since 2001 told the MailOnline, “I just pop a couple of weights 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.
“And sometimes if she is wearing a lightweight chiffon skirt I will sew in a smaller lead weight the size of a pea of even a length of chain.”
Coated Lead Curtain Weights, £2
These handy weights are simply curtain weights, costing only £2 for a packet of 4 from John Lewis.