I see this question all of the time – people are wondering if sheer pantyhose are in or out of style. It’s a fair question, as we spent the last decade worshiping Sex In The City’s bare leg look. As with all trends, the bare leg is waning, and legwear is on it’s way back in.
Below are some excepts from the news and fashion media, commenting on the resurgence of sheer hosiery. Let’s start with Miss Sex In The City herself:
Kate Middleton – the style ambassador for England — has singlehandedly resurrected the 1980s nude-tights craze. Her penchant for politely sheer legwear has caused sales of the hosiery to skyrocket in Great Britain and around the world. It’s even turning up on Hollywood red carpets.
Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce and Hayden Panettiere have been spotted on red carpets wearing nude tights. And Hollywood’s power stylists are thrilled with the return of sheer but covered leg.
Asked what brand she loves, Emily Blunt‘s stylist Jessica Paster said, “Wolford, of course! They look like you’re bare.” Amanda Seyfried‘s stylist Elizabeth Stewart also loves the look. “I think nude hosiery is a brilliant invention and I fully support its return! I have yet to use it on the red carpet, though.”
Read the entire article here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/fash-track/kate-middleton-nude-stockings-400586
Beauty blogger Autumn Whitefield-Madrano had this to say about sheer hosiery:
“…pantyhose isn’t about fashion; it’s about lifestyle. It’s one of the few wardrobe items that definitively is or isn’t in people’s wardrobes-punks and preps alike all have jeans, skirts, and sweaters of some sort, but pantyhose? If you work at a smoothie joint in Oregon, you might not have ever worn them; if you work for the federal government, it might not cross your mind to not wear them. In fact, depending on your workplace, you might have to wear them, as this Wall Street Journal post points out. Geography comes into play too: In the Northeast and Plains states, pantyhose never really went out of fashion for dressy events, whereas I’m guessing most famously casual Californians would likely only wear them if it’s a part of a dress code.
Women in their 20s can embrace pantyhose in part because their mothers had the freedom to shed it — and were likely raising their daughters with the knowledge that nylons were no longer a must.
I loved feeling encased in this tight, stretchy stuff that somehow didn’t look tight but just looked…finished, making me feel finished, giving me a sense of finesse that I lacked otherwise. It does that for me still: I happily go bare-legged in the summer, but come fall, slipping on a pair of pantyhose is an adult version of putting on my back-to-school wardrobe. Pantyhose means I’m ready; it means I’m in public, wanting to be seen not as a prolonged adolescent who still sleeps on a futon and wrinkles her nose at broccoli, but as a professional. As an adult, as a woman who isn’t afraid to take herself a little seriously.”
Kate Middleton gets the most pantyhose related press:
When the Duchess was photographed wearing nude pantyhose, people took notice, Julia Neel at Women’s Wear Daily reported.
“Given her positive image and sky-high fascination factor, it isn’t surprising that with her legwear of choice — primarily flesh-toned, especially for dress-up affairs — she is single-handedly elevating the category to fashion-worthy status,” Neel writes.
Kate Middleton’s latest contribution to fashion: pantyhose. After two straight weeks of pairing knockout designer dresses with ’80s-style sheer stockings, the Duchess of Cambridge has proven that everything she touches-really everything-turns to style gold.
The last time Leggs were in fashion, Melanie Griffith was teasing her hair and rambling on about ‘Trask’. But after a few months and a North American tour showing off shimmering gams, Kate’s bringing back the look for a new generation.
Egg-crate color is out, and clear, almost fairy-dusted iridescence is in. But the song remains the same: she’s got Leggs and she knows how to use them.
“Sheer pantyhose look quite elegant,” writes the Boston Globe’s Beth Teitell, after scanning photos of Prince William’s wife in a carousel of dresses over the past two weeks. Teitell welcomes the redux as an antidote to shaving cuts and dry, unevenly fake-tanned knees.
Read the whole article here: http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/kate-middleton-brings-back-pantyhose-bare-legs-are-so-2010-2510160.html
In an interview with the Columbia Daily Tribune, Hanes Legwear general manager Angela Hawkins said,
“…younger consumers are picking them up because they see it as one more [wardrobe accessory] option. “If you go back 20 years ago, women were wearing them because it was part of the appropriate attire for business. In some industries, it still is. But now we have an age segment of consumers that are wearing the category as an accessory,”
There are hundreds of similar stories in the news lately; this is just a sampling. SO, to answer the question – are pantyhose in style? They most certainly can be… but just like any other clothing item, you’ve got to wear it right in order for it to dial up your style quotient… wearing hosiery tastefully is another topic for another day. Stay tuned!