Who among us hasn’t had their very own Marilyn Monroe moment while walking down the street on a windy day? While it’s cute and sexy on film, it can be pretty mortifying when it happens IRL. Luckily, there is a solution to flying skirt woes, courtesy of the royal family. If you’ve ever wondered why Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton’s skirts never fly up, we have an answer: According to Cosmo, they work with their stylists to pick clothing with static cling. Brilliant, but also funny, since we’ve always been told that static cling is a bad thing.
Now that we think about it, mandatory pantyhose helps to increase static cling, making that particular royal fashion rule a bit more understandable. There are lots of style regulations in the royal family, and while some can feel a bit repressive—like the fact that women can’t wear pants as often or how Meghan Markle had to abandon her beloved dark nail polish—staticky dresses and using weights like Dress Downs are tips that everyone should adopt.
Queen Elizabeth has famously been using dress weights for decades, ensuring that the topmost royal in Britain will never accidentally flash anyone. Can you imagine the horror? But Cosmo reports that even when dresses are made of thin material, the royal seamstress finds a way to make it work by using thin chains along the length of the hem.
If you’re looking for a way to keep your skirt from flying up, then static cling and dress weights are the way to go.
Take a cue from these ultra-stylish and smart women.
If you look closely, you’ll probably start to notice that the wispy dresses Meghan and Kate favor are always brushed up against their stockinged legs. Staticky clothing might sound annoying, but it’s well worth avoiding an embarrassing moment in the wind, if you ask us.