Consistently elegant and ladylike Duchess Kate’s fashion choices are far from scandalous. Despite this her outfits have still managed to create controversy. Kate’s legs are barely ever bared. Instead of showing some skin she continues to cover up with nude pantyhose at every royal appearance.
This has raised the question – are pantyhose back?
Well it certainly seems so. According to the Daily Mail since Kate (and her sister Pippa!) have begun wearing sheer pantyhose regularly there has been a significant spike in nude hosiery sales in the UK. High-end pantyhose maker Wolford has seen a 29.5 percent increase in sales compared to the same period last year.
Her penchant for pantyhose during her current tour of the US and Canada is even having an impact on the American market. BethTeitell of the Boston Globe said “There she was getting off a Royal Canadian Air Force plane in Canada, looking polished in a navy lace overlay dress, a coordinating clutch – and sheer hose. And there she was greeting adoring fans in Ottawa, looking lovely in a cream dress from Reiss, red shoes – and sheer hose. OK, I know she’s travelling with her hairdresser and spends more on a single clutch than I do on my entire handbag wardrobe, but I found myself thinking that maybe if I just wore stockings things would happen for me, too.”
Now sheer pantyhose are still seen as a big no-no in some fashion circles with some deeming they should be confined to the 80’s and the elderly. We disagree. Sheer stockings cover a multitude of sins; uneven fake tans and prickly legs included.
The best part is they’re a quick fix. If you’re in a hurry there’s no need to book a spray tan or wax your legs. Not to mention wearing stockings or socks helps prevent calluses and blisters and the undeniable fact that THEY LOOK GREAT. No matter how many spin classes I attend or fake tan I apply my legs never look as good au naturale as they do when I throw on a pair of tights.
SPANX and Gary Bigeni collaboration for RAFW
The British monarchy no doubt insist Kate covers up, but she’s not the only high-profile woman to be seen working the sheer. Nude hosiery can’t possibly uphold its grandma reputation now that the rebellious Carla Bruni has been spotted in sheer stockings.
The trick to this trend is to invest in good quality sheer stockings that look and feel like a second, albeit more supple, skin. Cheap tights will not do your figure any favours at all. To give your legs the royal treatment we suggest the ‘Power Line Shaping Sheers’ by SPANX, they’ll give you Kate’s ladylike look and due to the slimming nature of SPANX you’ll get a shapely Pippa-esque behind!
Super Shaping Sheers
Ph. 1800 300 430