Remember Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s skirt trick? Apparently the Duchesses wear tights and undergarments that actually increase static, so that the fabric of their skirts will stick to their legs rather than flying up. Clever. But that’s not all the royals have up their sartorial sleeves, excuse the pun.
However it’s not always a fail-safe method, and if they really want to avoid wardrobe malfunctions, women from the royal family, including the Queen, apparently have something old-school sewn into their skirts.
According to the Stuart Parvin, who has created ensembles for the Queen, small lead curtain weights are fitted into the hem, weighing it down.
He told the Daily Mail, ‘The beauty of a handmade outfit is that it hangs just right but, of course, we have a few tricks up our sleeve. 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.
‘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,’ he added.
And if you think about it, you’ve never seen a picture of the Queen (or Meghan or Kate) having a Marilyn moment have you? We’ll be keeping this in mind for summer weddings.