If Pippa Middleton is sporting a style, is it safe to say it’s sanctioned?
The world’s most famous younger sister was recently spotted stepping out in (gasp!) nude pantyhose in the fashion capital – Paris. Pippa’s stockings caused a mild Internet uproar, with Jezebel.com claiming the young Brit had committed the “ultimate pantyhose sin.” (Is there a hosiery bible we’re unaware of?)
While tights have made a comeback in recent seasons, they've generally been restricted to opaque, patterned and colorful styles, while poor nude pantyhose still bear the mark of fuddy-duddy grandmas. But are they really that bad? They were certainly good enough for Beyoncé in her iconic “Single Ladies” video – and we don’t mess with Beyoncé, right?
It seems that nude stockings were made irrelevant in past years thanks to the popularity of shapers, bronzers and the like. But it's peculiar that colorless options were regulated to the “sin” category of legwear, right alongside “majeggings” and “junderpants.”
“There’s an odd, unspoken message generally assumed that the wearer is trying to conceal or hide her legs, but it ironically draws more attention,” said TODAY style editor Bobbie Thomas. “Especially because sheer ‘natural’ shades of pantyhose don’t appear as natural as more-modern innovations that can enhance appearance do.”
But for some, nude pantyhose boast benefits beyond modern innovations like, say, a barrier against aggressive summer air conditioning, a solid coverup between waxing appointments or, let’s be honest, simplicity. Sometimes it’s just much easier to slip into pantyhose than do all that legwork.
“[Pippa] may be on to something,” said Bobbie. “Like ‘I just didn’t feel like exfoliating, shaving, self-tanning, lotioning, body glimmering and ruining my sheets tonight.’ ”
What do you think? Are you a fan of nude pantyhose?
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