Earlier today, Prince William and his new bride, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, participated in a medal ceremony for the 1st Battalion Irish Guards Regiment at Victoria Barracks in Windsor.
It was Kate’s first official military function, as she awarded operational medals to soldiers who had recently returned from service in Afghanistan.
One of this blog’s readers, (peter_a), had long been singing Kate Middleton’s praises as a devoted pantyhose wearer way before her famous marriage. He would tell me that Kate always appears in public wearing dresses, high heels and sheer pantyhose, and that I should write about her in my blog.
He is right. It seems that Kate is all about beauty, glamour, style and class. Well, add to that … ROYALTY.
Like Prince William’s famous late mother, Princess Diana, royalty really suits Kate. It’s not at all lost on the masses in the UK and likely throughout the rest of the world that Kate is picking up right where Princess Diana left off – at least in terms of presenting herself to the public.
During her time as a member of the Royal Family, perhaps no woman was more dedicated to service in global humanitarian efforts than Lady Di, and her energy for fulfilling those causes was matched by her devotion to dressing beautifully and elegantly when presenting herself to the world.
During the medal ceremony today, Kate wore a beautiful military-style dress in royal blue, with matching pumps and sheer nude pantyhose (photo at right). She looked absolutely stunning.
Contrast that to the wife of the most powerful man in the USA. She has come out publicly and trashed pantyhose, saying she hates them and will never wear them.
So, while her husband has made history, she appears to want to go down as the first First Lady in modern history to dishonor all that the office stands for by making public appearances in “bear” legs.
Guess she doesn’t feel that the job her husband holds is worthy of her demonstrating any class, grace, or at the very least, professionalism, in the way she dresses. That’s making history in another way all together. Swell.
Like her famous sister, Philippa Middleton (affectionately called Pippa), is considered a fashion icon. Fortunately, she too, has the class to always appear in public venues wearing dresses, heels and pantyhose.
Is Pippa Middleton Responsible for Spike in Nude Tights Sales?
In her piece, Singer wrote:
“Catapulted to style stardom as a result of her sister’s wedding, Pippa Middleton’s clothing choices are almost as influential as her sister’s …
“But earlier this month, Jezebel (another blog site) pointed out that Pippa committed ‘the ultimate pantyhose sin,’ while she was spotted wearing nude tights in Paris no less.”
Wait! Now, one isn’t supposed to wear nude pantyhose in Paris? Oh, the rules. Who can keep up?
“And somehow, the skin-toned hosiery trend is catching on! The Telegraph (a UK-based Internet news site) reports that sales of nude tights has ‘risen by up to 85 percent in the past year.’ The shocking increase has been attributed to a hesitancy to jump from opagues in the winter months to bare legs in the spring, as nude stockings offer an in-between of sorts.”
OK, some interesting issues here:
First, I am glad to hear that sales of sheer nude pantyhose anywhere in the world are up at all – let alone by 85 percent. That report in The Telegraph also states that UK customers bought 130,000 pairs of tan tights in April and the first half of May.
Second, it’s interesting that in Singer’s post, she didn’t make it clear what “the ultimate pantyhose sin” is, resulting in many of her readers writing in to ask for clarification.
I think Singer was referring to the bare legs culture in general, which has ruled the fashion industry for so long now, meaning that just the act of wearing pantyhose is “the ultimate sin.”
To me, one of the most encouraging aspects of Singer’s blog post is that the vast majority of comments I read were from women who seemed to be coming out in support of pantyhose. I found this refreshing because, if you’ve read blog topics about pantyhose in general, you know that most men write positive things in defense of pantyhose, while most women wax on about how much they hate pantyhose.
Somehow, I found my way on to another site: http://uk.ask.com/beauty/Pantyhose-Fashion – a sort of Q&A forum about pantyhose and fashion today. Usually, I can’t read things like this because I end up getting really mad at all the mean things women write about how much they hate pantyhose, but surprisingly, I was thrilled to find that most comments were very much pro-pantyhose. Most people lamented the bare legs fad, saying it never should have happened and that they looked forward to the return of pantyhose for its beauty, glamour and workplace significance.
I also read many comments from men (and women) who blasted the bare legs look, saying it was boring and they were tired of it. And men stated that women who wear pantyhose are much more apt to receive attention from men.
Finally, there were comments from confused readers. Some asked in a hopeful tone if all this attention to the subject was a sign of the return of pantyhose to fashion prominence, while others confessed they never realized that pantyhose were ever considered “out” in the first place. I love that.
Back to Singer’s post. She ended it this way:
“Will you follow Pippa’s lead and wear nude hosiery on cooler summer nights, or have you sworn off the flesh-toned tights?”