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About Those Hose – We Need Your Vote: Yea or Nay?

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.

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Carla J.

Saturday 11th of November 2023

Kate looks wonderful in hose. I appreciate the occasional compliment I receive when I'm out and about as I pretty much wear pantyhose 90% of the time. I find them very comfortable and I enjoy the way my ultra sheers feel against my skin. I will never give them up.

Katie (Kansas City)

Friday 2nd of December 2011

I'm brown (south asian), and last year, the winter I graduated and started working, I got myself sheer tan colored sheer pantyhose that matches my skin tone (the packaging has a pretty african american lady on it) at wal mart, that has worked wonders for me.

No one can tell that I'm wearing them, and they sure make my dresses and business suits in the fall (Autumn) and spring, easier to deal with, and make it easy for me to walk about in pumps.

Also, I have a scar on my knee that I think would be rude to flash around. I went to private schools, and was pantyhose was a solid given in our "etiquette" lessons.

It really depends on the occasion, and pantyhose manufacturers need to come up with a wider variety of sheer skin tones.

Lauren from Boston

Friday 2nd of December 2011

Excuse me, "stockings" are for grade school children and under-bred sorority girls, "pantyhose" is for classy ladies. Especially when it's cold. Sheer pantyhose is sexy, elegant, polished, polite and classy.


Sunday 13th of November 2011

I thought it was only the young kids, 20's ,who didn't wear them anymore. Or if you live in a warm climate, with an open toed shoe or if it was summer with a sun dress. Seeing that a lot of women my age weren't wearing them either I decided to give it a try. NEVER AGAIN! I went without to my nephews outdoor wedding and I felt like everyone was staring at me for not being completely dressed. I don't care how much more comfortable it is...This is completely inappropriate It's almost as bad as wearing flip-flops to the office or to a wedding or formal event...sad to say these clueless kids do that too. Kate is dressed the way a properly brought up young woman Should be dressed. The rest of you should be taking notes..


Friday 16th of September 2011

I'm glad stockings are making a comeback. Legs looks great in them and they feel great too.

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