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 off on a royal tour and navigating windy runways, 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.
For the Duchess of Cambridge 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 includes using clever tricks and shapewear to hide visible underwear lines.
As 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.”
This is especially important for them as they are photographed throughout their daily lives, with the first pictures off the plane often making the front pages of newspapers across the country. So, how does the Duchess of Cambridge make sure that her outfit goes to plan every time?
These are the royalty-approved underwear tricks the Duchess of Cambridge relies on
Speaking to Fabulous magazine about the underwear tricks that Catherine uses for planning a perfect ensemble every time, Myka said that there were a few tricks that the Duchess of Cambridge uses for hiding underwear lines and bra straps. Stretchy shapewear items come in a variety of colours so they can be worn under almost any type of clothing, and stay close to the skin to smooth out any unwanted underwear lines.
Myka said, “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.”
Last week, on her Instagram account Myka shared exactly what piece of shapewear the Duchess uses to these pesky bra straps, 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!”
To hide underwear lines, Myka told the magazine that the Duchess of Cambridge uses the same tricks, with seamless underwear and shapewear being worn under trousers and skirts.
According to the expert, it is in fact John Lewis that supplies the shapewear for the Duchess and other female members of the royal family.
John Lewis & Partners Rae Firm Control Body, £32
John Lewis & Partners Seamfree High Waist Shorts, £25
The tights trick
Catherine regularly wears tights with her heels, to ensure a lightly tanned colour to her legs. And some eagle-eyed fans have noted that the Duchess uses some specific tights.
Reportedly, they hail from one of her favourite high street stores, John Lewis. She turns to the Barely There Tights by the brand (and they’re just £5!), which include anti-ladder technology to ensure there are no awkward mishaps.
And shoppers on the John Lewis website agree! “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 Ladder Resist Tights, £5
Static bodysuits and clothes
When stepping out in public in the UK wearing a dress, there’s always the risk of our 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.
“So you have an under garment that is almost like a body suit, that is one tactic that is used.
“I know 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 connect to your body.”
Cotton clothes create the most static, but a bodysuit made predominantly from nylon as well will ensure that there’s enough static to keep even the most wayward dresses in place.
Chantelle Soft Stretch Body, £40
John Lewis & Partners Rae Firm Control Slip, £36
This is another trick that Myka says Kate uses to hide VPL (visible pant lines) if she’s not using shapewear.
Seamless underwear is an essential piece of the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe, as it ensures there’s not a unwanted pant line in sight without having to wear a full body.
John Lewis & Partners No VPL Shorts, £8
Does Kate wear a weighted hemline?
Weighted garments is a trick that Kate likely uses to avoid mishaps on runways, as it’s been a feature of the Queen’s famous outfits for years.
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
It was also reported that these handy weights are simply curtain weights, costing only £2 for a packet of 4 from John Lewis.