Kate Middleton has been sporting panty-hose frequently as part of her royally-required conservative attire. As a result, the pantyhose makers of the world have been sending me frenzied emails that their product is back at the height of fashion, but I'm not so sure.
Growing up in a private school with a terribly strict dress code, panty hose were a requirement for my from ages 12 to 18. They did not go with the cargo skirts and Doc Marten's popular at the time. I hate hate hated them. They were so thin they were practically a single-use product since I tore them every day. Plus, the cheap pantyhose just roll down to create a weird tube effect around your hips if you don't have a skirt or slip waistband holding them in place.
After a few years of private school wardrobe rebellion I resumed wearing dresses and fell in love with tights. I've learned that high-quailty legwear can be both stylish and beneficial. Control top tights can sub for Spanx. They smooth legs, hide flaws and pull a look together. Not to mention the benefits of warmth in the winter.
Pantyhose, however, still feel old and outdated to me. I like the retro kind with a line up the back or a patterned or colored pair, but nude or flesh-tone hose still don't seem like the height of fashion. Do you love or loathe this barely-there legwear?