Travel + Leisure
January 30, 2018 3:30 pm
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Queen Elizabeth knows exactly what it takes to be the center of attention at all times: a supremely bright outfit.

According to a new interview with Her Majesty’s daughter-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, the Queen’s deep and unabating lifelong obsession with brightly colored clothing (always paired with a matching hat) isn’t just because she loves the look, but rather because she knows it’s key to always stand out for her fans.

And really, this choice of bright clothing comes down to a wardrobe theory beloved by most women in leadership roles: confidence dressing, which can help you command a room, a palace, or in the Queen’s case, an entire nation, with the simple choice to rock an outfit that makes you look unique.

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And truly, nothing the Queen puts on happens by accident.

According to couture designer Karl-Ludwig Rehse, who started creating outfits for the Queen in 1988, her outfits are planned weeks, possibly months in advance.

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Moreover, the Queen doesn’t simply leave her outfits up to designers or staff. According to Rehse, she’s quite hands on with her fashion choices.

So next time you see Queen Elizabeth at an event make sure to thank her for putting a lot of thought behind her outfits. She is, after all, doing it for your benefit.