Jan 242012

We have results from our “Kate’s Favorite Dress” poll, with 4355 votes tallied the frock you selected as your favorite of all daytime dresses worn by Kate in the last year is:

Canadian Heritage

The Erdem Cecile was your number one choice, most will remember it was worn for William and Kate’s arrival in Canada on the first day of last summer’s North American tour. The dress is described as “stone with navy lace overlay, a bateau neckline, scoop back, and sheer three-quarter sleeves.”

Here is a look at the actual voting.

©2012 WhatKateWore.com

One of the more fascinating aspects of the poll was the designers whose dresses were chosen – Kate has worn multiple garments by each of the 5 designers shown in the poll. I’m not surprised, as the Duchess has shown herself to be comfortable relying upon a select group of designers, I was struck by the fact all dresses in this final poll are from labels she wears with such frequency.

The second most popular frock is Kate’s Reiss Shola dress, worn for the meeting with The President and Mrs. Obama in May of last year.

White House Flickr/Reiss

Many thanks to everyone who voted in any or all of the polls, they have been loads of fun to put together. Seeing how you felt via your votes and reading your comments has been the best part of the process, I often gain more insight from comments than I do from online research. Here are a few, beginning with Vicki, she made a stellar observation about Kate’s hair in the final dress poll:

Fascinating. Please note the hairstyles in the above 6 photos. Only 2 of them have her “signature” hair.

From Misty, a thought about Kate looking lovely regardless of what she is wearing:

“…looking at what was the least favorite, i still catch myself going “WOWWW she’s gorgeous in that!!!!”

A good point from The Way We Were:

Sounds like Erdem and Issa truly are the best brands for the future queen. I notice that several of her looks voted as ‘most favorite’ are from either brand.

At least one reader found it impossible to make a choice, here is what Cathie shared about the Suits, Separates & Dresses Part 2 poll:

I’m not voting. I can’t. I have way too many that would be criminal to choose from. Love your posts as always!

The ‘takeaway’ from the comments here and on the WKW FB page leads me to believe we should do the following:

  1. Take a break from polls for a few weeks;
  2. Do one on Kate’s overall ‘best look’ (for lack of a more elegantly phrased descriptor);
  3. Leave shoes out of the equation and consider doing one on handbags.


We also wanted to share a tidbit on yet another story about what we refer to as the ‘Great Pantyhose Debate,’ the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a piece on the topic last week. Here is snippet from that article, “Hose Regains a Toehold“:

Pantyhose occupy a dicey place in the world of fashion.The dainty intimates are on the rise thanks to Kate Middleton’s penchant for them. Couple that with ultra-fashion-forward stars like Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Jessie J wearing sheer black hosiery, and you have a burgeoning trend.

The most surprising thing to me in the story has nothing to do with the popularity (or lack thereof) of pantyhose; rather, it is the claim that Kate’s favorite hose are by Philippe Matignon.  The names most frequently mentioned in terms of brands Kate hypothetically wears are Wolford and John Lewis, Matignon is a company I wasn’t familiar with, although I imagine many of our international readers are familiar with the company, the firm is Italian in origin. (If interested in visiting the company’s Italian site, click here.)

From the PEEK Brooklyn description for a style called the ‘Jade 20′:

These nude “pantyhose” are a favorite of the Dutchess of Cambridge and are the hottest trend in Hosiery to cross the pond since the invention of NYLON.

PEEK seems comfortable very closely aligning the Matignon brand with the Duchess.

Philippe Matignon/PEEK Brooklyn

They are sold out of the ‘Jade Sheer 20 Denier’ tights (Jade is the style name, not color), they are available for $24 at Fresh Pair, where they are described as “Favored hosiery brand of Her Royal Highness Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge”. I included the following photo in an effort to show the sheen the hose have, something many noticed on Kate at times this summer.

Philippe Matignon at FreshPair.com

Philippe Matignon itself is far more discreet, making no claims whatsoever about Kate on its new US website. Here is the Matignon page for the Jade 20 tights (pantyhose), the company prices them at $24 per pair.

Philippe Matignon

From a description of the hose:

“Give your legs a touch of color with a sophisticated glossy finish. These luxurious hose are ideal for those occasions when you want a refined look with a touch of stand-out style. Lycra has been added to the fabric to give it extra smoothness and durability

The most notable fact discovered while learning about the brand tonight? Matignon offers a non-slip style in their ultra sheer (my term) 8 denier weight, the Cool Summer Weight Non-Slip Tights.

Philippe Matignon

That is music to the ears for those of us who have tried to track down non-slip hose that are also elegant, I very much thought it a non-starter, it’s lovely knowing there is an option available in the US now.

I have not yet been able to verify if Kate has actually worn this brand or not. It is the first time I have seen stores mentioning a specific brand they say Kate wears/has worn, newspaper stories (and this blog) have talked about Wolford, Pretty Polly & John Lewis, but not this brand. I have an inquiry in to Philippe Matignon, if we learn anything definitive I will update the post.



  29 Responses to “Final Dress Poll Results & Kate’s Pantyhose Brand…?”

  1. I thought the Temperley London Wimbledon dress would have ranked higher than, both, the Jenny Packham Polo dress and the Reiss Peacock Derby dress. Given, but not limited to, the engagement the Temperley London dress was perfection.

  2. The Shola is not a personal favorite of mine because of its structure. But as we all know, Kate wears everything well.

  3. Just so y’all know: Net-a-Porter is showing Erdem lace trousers, in the same lace as the dress the Duchess is wearing here, as part of one of their recommended “Spring looks”. Some of you will remember that Zara was showing trousers in the lace of the little dress the Duchess wore to the Gary Barlow concert. The Erdem versions cost upwards of $1200, so if you’re interested, you might check with Zara to see whether their versions are still available.

    I can’t say the idea of lace trousers excites me, for spring or any other season, but I’m seeing a lot of lace elsewhere in spring preview features (dresses, skirts, etc.), and I suspect that the trend is a direct result of the Duchess’s penchant for lace.

  4. I’m expected to wear tights for university presentations, and I’m having such a hard time finding any nice ones in Canada. It surprises me that these Matignon ones are 20 denier as they look much more sheer than most of the tights I find here. It’s also unnecessarily difficult to find non-slip ones here – I can’t wait to go to Europe this summer and stock up on John Lewis tights!

  5. Just to add a little fuel to the pantyhose debate: I happened to see “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” the other night and noted that when Lisbeth, a woman with an “experimental” approach to personal style if there ever was one, bought and wore elegant designer clothes in order to look like a rich woman who could convince bankers to transfer millions at her command, she also bought and wore — pantyhose.

    I was amused to see that the filmmakers thought pantyhose were a necessary component of an expensive outfit and that they assumed Lisbeth Salander, of all people, would agree.

  6. I live in England where it it cold so i wear tights for that reason. Also i have stretch marks on the back of my legs which are hidden by tights. This makes me feel so much more confident when I go out and stops me living in jeans or trousers.

  7. I live in Italy and in my country Matignon is a very popular brand and is not as expensive as in UK or USA Jade 20 costs about 9-10€. I usually wear tights but is not common in Italy among young girls (i’m 20) anyway I guess that if Kate wore Matignon Jade should be 6199 playa nature. On my skin, which is very pale, Jade 6199 has a vary natural look. And I use Cool summer too ’cause I do not tan at all. Thay are very hard to ladder though they are thin and they are perfect with sandals ’cause the feet don’t slip forward. I really recommend these tights.

  8. Did you see that Banana Republic has a copy of the Shola dress? It’s called the Kate.

  9. I think the Reiss Shocla dress is boring. Its because of the color,

  10. The polls were certainly fun! The Shola was my overall favorite – probably becuase I went out and bought a Reiss dress similar to it! It was the first one that made me think “wow, I would look good in that AND I can afford it!!!” Plus as an American I loved seeing the Obamas with Kate and William.

    And yes, I just bought another pair of L’eggs the other day. Hose are back, baby! They’re back! This almost 30-year-old has always thought that they finish off a fancy outfit nicely.

  11. That is THE dress that defined Kate this year, I think – after her wedding dress, of course. And I got to see it in person! Woo! :;p

    Personally, I don’t wear hose. I wear sheer black hose when I have to, because it looks nice, but I hate the way it feels. I don’t usually wear sheer because I LOVE bare legs; how they look, how they feel. Some level of sensuality is taken away when legs are covered. So the nude hose thing hasn’t caught up with me, but I do find myself wearing black tights more often; definitely they pull an outfit together – even if they are horrifically uncomfortable. ;) And it’s hard to find a pair that aren’t made to tuck something in, and those feel even worse!

  12. With the exception of the shot of the bottom of her foot that Meems refers to, how on earth can one figure out what hose Catherine wears? I wonder where PEEK would get that information.

    I’ve been wearing Philippe Matignon hose for years and they are truly a superior hose and worth the price because they last a long time without getting a run or ladder. I could understand if they are the Duchess’s choice for that reason.

    And thanks for your comment Lucy. I was curious if other women of Catherine’s age and background in the UK were also hose wearers or if this choice of Catherine’s was something she adopted as a result of being William’s girlfriend.

  13. Wow, was I quoted? What an honor. :)

    I personally don’t wear sheer pantyhose myself but I think it’s great for her to bring the trend back single…handed or legged. LOL. Bare legs are so …california. I admire long pretty legs either way.

  14. Thanks for all the work in putting these polls together…they were fun!

  15. Does anyone know where to buy the Cool Summer non-slip tights in the US? I’ve been trying to find some non-slip tights for ages, but the link is to the Italian site, and I can’t find them anywhere else. I found regular Cool Summer tights on their US site, but they’re not non-slip.

  16. I have a suspicion that Kate wears hose because of palace protocol; do we have any images of her wearing hose from before the engagement announcement?

    I have trouble believing that nude pantyhose will really make a comeback, at least among my generation. I witnessed the gradual fade-out of pantyhose: I was forced to wear them as a young girl, but the last time I wore a pair was to my first formal dance when I was 14. I apologize for this, but the sheen just makes me think of my mother (and even she has stopped wearing nude hose). And my most prevalent memory of nude hose is the incessant tears and runs: why would anyone bother? I wear opaque tights in the winter, but in the summer it is always simply bare legs.I have light skin and never tan; I’m sure my skin tone is uneven in places, but so is the skin on my arms, chest, back, and face. I don’t put nylon on those areas either, so I’ve always had a hard time rationalizing the need for pantyhose.

    Are there any twenty-somethings out there that do wear nude hose? I’m curious and would love to know if this is a generational thing or simply my own personal bias. (And I might have a different opinion if I’d tried something other than the $3 drugstore brand!)

    • Ashley
      Yes, there are lots of pics of her wearing hose before the engagement. Also, Pippa wears them.

      And I’m a twenty-something that actually wears hose, but only to formal events such as weddings or funerals. My Mom always made me do it during occasions like that, and now I feel as if I must!!! But, definitely not for every-day or going out, etc.

    • Yes, there are pictures of her wearing hose before her engagement. I also know 20 and 30-somethings who wear them regularly.

      I’ve actually had several discussions on the subject with women my age and women who are significantly younger. While there is a bit of a generational divide, the real division involves personal style. I work in a field in which people aren’t required to dress formally in standard professional wear if they don’t want to (we’re not lawyers or bankers), and in which many are seriously interested in fashion. There are those who, like me, dressed much like the Duchess of Cambridge for years before we ever heard of her, and we wear hose no matter what our ages. People who opt for a more casual or experimental look go without.

      The hose brigade members of my acquaintance simply feel that hose “complete” a look. They think that good clothes of the type they’d wear to work or out in the evening just don’t go with bare legs. If your idea of a great work outfit is, say, something like the Duchess’s navy Amanda Wakeley suit or that cream Wakeley dress she wore to visit a hospital, you’re likely to prefer wearing hose. That style really calls for hose, not bare legs, and your age doesn’t matter.

      For what it’s worth, I once heard a colleague who was interviewing job candidates say that she was taken aback by a candidate who wore a very conservative suit and bare legs to a job interview. She thought the combination was really incongruous. She also noticed that the woman had missed a small patch of skin while shaving or waxing, and she found that unattractive, which is to say that if you’re going to go bare, you need to be careful about “upkeep”.

  17. “Pantyhose” or tights, are just much more common to wear in the UK than America. I’m from the same background as Catherine, even went to the same university, and I can assure you that tights are very normal. She isn’t making a statement necessarily, it’s more that everyone wears them. M&S is also a popular place to buy tights in Britain.

    • Yes, it is more the norm and I love M&S for Tights…Most of there tights are made in by the same factory as Pretty Polly…which we carry at PeekBrooklyn(.)com

  18. I always believed that the preference for going bare-legged, even in winter, was a temporary fad and only among some groups of people, since every well-dressed working woman I knew, of whatever age, remained firmly in the pantyhose/tights camp. Hose simply “finish” an outfit, while bare legs look bizarre with a particularly nice, carefully chosen and accessorized ensemble, as though you were in a hurry and forgot to finish getting dressed. Moreover, most of us just don’t have the sort of perfectly smooth, tight and toned, evenly-colored legs that can stand up to scrutiny when totally bare. (I don’t care what people think, fake tans never look natural. Never.)

    I buy good designer hose, but I’m not willing to spend $24 a pair. $16.00 for Donna Karan hose is about my limit. However, for a non-slip label, I might be willing to splurge at least once, to see how well the non-slip feature worked and how the hose in general looked and wore.

    As for these dresses, I still love the purple Issa but wouldn’t wear the others, even though I think the Duchess carried them off nicely. Well, with the exception of the McQueen sailor dress. I just can’t stand it and can’t figure out why anyone over the age of 10 would want to to wear it.

    • I should have said $18 for my Donna Karan hosiery. That’s how much I spent per pair to restock several months ago. I’m in denial about price increases. When I started wearing hose, you could buy a pair (admittedly not a very good pair) for about 89 cents.

  19. I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in these polls, and I find it ironic that my choice for the two least favourite dresses that Kate has worn were selected as the top two favorites. Also, no matter which brand of tight Kate chooses to wear, I will continue to regard them as the bane of my plus sized wardrobe. Ah, well, such is life of the common folk. :)

  20. Hi From PeekBrooklyn (.) Com

    Another great pair that are one the list of The Duchess of Cambridge are the Pretty Polly Nylons…


    They are just as great as the the Philippe Matignon….just a little less expensive….

    Thanks for the mention…

    We love your BLOG



  21. I remember reading that she wore John Lewis Barely There non-slip tights. You could tell because of the lines on the bottom of her feet. http://img804.imageshack.us/img804/3336/610x3p.jpg

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