A small purse isn't just for lipstick.

By Melissa Locker
June 29, 2017
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Princess Diana was a fashion genius. Not just because she was always impeccably stylish whether she was kicking back with her kids, Princes William and Harry, working on business for the royal family, or using photo ops to shine a spotlight on her many charitable works. She was also a genius for figuring out how to use fashion to out-smart the paparazzi—and you'll definitely want to borrow her idea.

When you're a member of the royal family, you get used to photographers constantly following you around. That means always having your hair and make-up done, but it also means coming up with ingenious ways of avoiding wardrobe malfunctions and other embarrassing fashion moments that you don't want captured in a photograph and slapped on the front page of a tabloid. Princess Diana developed a brilliant trick for getting in and out of cars without accidentally exposing her unmentionables to the paparazzi—cleavage bags.

In an interview with The Telegraph, British handbag designer Anya Hindmarch revealed the secret behind Princess Di's love of the stylish little clutches she was frequently spotted holding and it had nothing to do with fashion.

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Princess Diana bought many of the clutches at Hindmarch's boutique, as Glamour reports, and the designer even made some specifically for her, which is why she is privy to the secret behind them. "We used to laugh when we designed what she called her 'cleavage bags,' little satin clutches, which she would cover her cleavage with when she stepped out of cars," Hindmarch told The Telegraph. Isn't that clever? Using a clutch to cover up is a resourceful way to get in and out of a car with modesty intact and we're definitely testing it out next time we wear a low-cut dress, even if the paparazzi aren't angling for a picture.