Jul 132011

If there’s one Kate-related issue that is polarizing it is this: pantyhose.

The pantyhose debate (or tights as they are called in some locales) continues to gain traction. It’s been a topic of conversation previously in this space and we thought it might be a good time to revisit the issue *and* get your opinions. The stories have been everywhere, from The Daily Mail to People magazine.

From ABC News:

For the fashion forward Middleton, sheer pantyhose may seem like a throwback to the 1980s.

More than likely, Middleton, who pairs the shiny hose with her dresses for official appearances, is following royal protocol than making a fashion choice. But like everything else she touches that turns to gold, Middleton’s embrace of sheer pantyhose has them flying off the shelves in her native U.K.”

From Jezebel’s story asking “Can Kate Middleton Bring Back Pantyhose?

“The Duchess’ fashion choices are purposely conservative, but now many are complaining that her fondness for nude pantyhose is hopelessly old fashioned.”

The People story lists several brands, as does The Daily Mail’s article. Here are some of those brands, along with brands mentioned in comments to the blog and by WKW Facebook friends.

Below left, the Wolford Satin Touch 20 ($24.50, or £16 at John Lewis), on the right we show a pair from the Pretty Polly Naturals line.

From the People story:

“The Duchess seems to have embraced the sheen of sheer pantyhose, a throwback to the 1980s that went the way of the mullet.”

What do you think, is it good to see hose again? Or is it merely nice to know you don’t have to worry about Palace protocol? To say the issue ignites heated discussion would be an understatement; don’t be shy, let us know your thoughts. :)

Below is our latest poll, we’ll post the results Friday.

Jul 092011

For today’s polo match in Santa Barbara Kate went back to a familiar designer, Jenny Packham.

The handpainted silk dress in muted tones featured cap sleeves gathers at the shoulder and piping at the waist.

It is the first time we have seen Kate in an open toe shoe; it also looks like she opted for bare legs, the first time we have seen this during the tour.  The Duchess stills looks fresh and relaxed as the couple approaches the last day of their first official tour, a grueling nine-day event.

The frock is described as a “de Gournay silver and marble grey hand-painted chinoiserie silk dress,” de Gournay did the exquisite fabric used in the dress.

©Splash news / Jenny Packham

©Splash News / Jenny Packham

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