The Great Pantyhose Debate
My obsession with Duchess Kate is nothing new. If you're a frequent reader of Lifetime Moms, you've seen me express my love for her feminine style numerous times. If you read my bio, you'll see that she is one of the 3 people that I would invite to dinner. I'll just be honest and say that I think Kate and I would be just wonderful friends.
Because that's not creepy at all, right?
As much as I adore the former Kate Middleton, I think I have finally found one thing that we don't see eye-to-eye on (and I don't just mean the fact that she stole MY prince and dashed all of my dreams of becoming a princess...err...duchess).
I know what you're thinking. What could possibly be so dividing, so different, that it could possibly diminish my love for the new Princess' style?
Well, I'll tell you. The Duchess is frequently seen in pantyhose.
The Duchess was spotted through most of her North American tour sporting both shiny brown tresses, and shiny, toned, (and teensy tiny) legs. Considering that every other piece of clothing that the Duchess wears flies off of shelves, none of us should be too surprised that sales of sheer pantyhose have increased as well, especially in Kate's native UK.
But what's an ordinary girl, a commoner such as myself to do? Has Kate really brought back the 80's pantyhose trend, or is she merely functioning under a "royal" dress code of sorts?
Most tend to agree that she is following royal protocol, and that pantyhose have indeed made their way out of fashion. I tend to be one of those who agrees that pantyhose are indeed completely unnecessary and unstylish. Did I mention uncomfortable? Because boy, oh boy, wearing those things is no picnic.
I grew up in the sweltering hot south - in the southernmost part of Louisiana - and you could say that the area that I live in is a bit conservative. A bit slow. A bit traditional. A bit old-fashioned. Until recently it was still unacceptable for women to go bare-legged. My mother and grandmother regarded women who were not wearing pantyhose with a dress as "vulgar".
I'm all about playing it classy, but when it finally became acceptable to wear a dress without pantyhose - about 15 years ago - I was thankful. Because the good Lord knows that wearing pantyhose in the Louisiana summer makes a lady sweat where ladies shouldn't sweat, ifyouknowwhatImean.
However, I still sometimes get dirty looks from the 55 and older set when I'm flitting out and about with no pantyhose on, and I'll admit that it makes me feel a tinge guilty. So to settle it once and for all, I asked the style guru himself about his opinion of pantyhose.
Of course, I'm talking about none other than Tim Gunn, of Project Runway fame.
I had the opportunity to chat with Tim about all manner of fashion sins back in May, and he agreed that he gets a lot of push back from women over 50 when it comes to pantyhose. However, he says that pantyhose are not only unnecessary, but completely unstylish. As a matter of fact, he doesn't endorse wearing pantyhose for ANY occasion.
And you know that if Tim Gunn says it then it must be true.
(Side note: My fiance just leaned over and asked what I was working on. I told him, an anti-pantyhose article. He looked at me and said, simply, "I like the thigh-highs". Point taken. Not all hosiery is the devil - some of it obviously has use for good, if you know what I mean.)
So ladies everywhere, fear not. Duchess Kate is following protocol, but feel free to keep your legs bare.
I know I will be.
Well, you know, except for the thigh highs.