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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge knows how to make a beautiful entrance and, even when it’s windy out, she’s got a fool-proof way of ensuring that not a hair is out of place when her photo is snapped. There’s a good reason she often wears a hat when she exits a plane and she’s got a few tricks to keep up appearances perfectly.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte arrive at Victoria International Airport
Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte | Dominic Lipinski-Pool/Getty Images

Kate’s hat tip seems to do the trick

When Kate steps off of a plane, she’s sometimes sporting a stylish hat, but there’s more of a function to the accessory rather than it being a fashion choice. She fastens a hat to keep her hair from getting wind swept since it’s likely she’ll be photographed immediately exiting the plane.

Etiquette expert Myka Meier explained the clever hat trick to The Sun. “Often it’s so windy and breezy that hats are used to keep hair in place,” Meier explained. “Just like the dresses fly up, so does your hair. Right when you walk off the airplane those are the first photos that go viral, so the hat is often used right when they walk off for that reason.”

For additional security, Kate has been known to wear hairnets to keep an updo in place or combs that hold the hat in place but are tucked out of sight.

Her trick for avoiding visible bra straps is perfect

Another royal fashion hack that Kate uses to avoid wayward bra straps from making an appearance is also quite smart.

Meier shared Kate’s style tip in an April Instagram post, writing, “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!”

Her post included photos of Kate wearing a blue dress with a partially sheer top at the Royal Ascot last summer and the secret to Kate keeping any bra straps out of view. Meier revealed that Kate wore a nude colored strapless shapewear piece under her dress.

Many commenters thanked Meier for the expert tip and when one commenter asked where to find the garment, the expert had some affordable options. “I get most of mine at @macys. You just need your cup size. I like the brand called MiracleSuit which also has some styles at Walmart and Amazon,” Meier explained.

Another commenter wondered if Kate was wearing the shapewear or had used another trick. “No offense, but sometimes I wonder if her seamstress just adds cups to her dresses, she doesn’t have a full bust and it’s infinitely more comfortable than a strapless bra?! Or maybe this is just my little secret, lol,” they wrote.

Meier responded, “Sometimes I’m sure they do pending the dress or outfit!! That’s also a great tip.”

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has a fashion hack she leans on

Kate isn’t the only duchess that has an arsenal of style tips — Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has one trick that she’s used many times that her fans have probably never noticed. Meghan eliminates the bunching of a tucked in shirt or blouse by wearing a bodysuit.

“Meghan is very aware of her own style and as someone who favors sleek, chic silhouettes the bodysuit is the perfect option for her,” stylist and brand consultant Alexandra Fullerton told Mail Online.

“Bodysuits are a very smart way of dressing as they never bunch or ruche under outfits, meaning she can get on with the business of being a duchess, rather than worrying that her top is untucking itself,” Fullerton added.