Pippa Middleton Wears Pantyhose

by Chloe Jeffreys · 25 comments

in Aging Well, Pantyhose, Style

Did Pippa Middleton make a fashion statement or “commit the ultimate pantyhose sin”?  You be the judge.



But I told you. You heard it here first: Pantyhose are making a comeback.  Back in April, IN THIS POST, I told you that pantyhose were going to make a big comeback, and soon.  I had no idea how soon.

Some of you poo-poo’d me, but the legs of the women on the Champs Elysées do not lie. Not only did I see pantyhose being worn on women who looked terrific in them, I passed several hosiery shops in Paris while walking around looking for raspberry tarts to eat.  You got to be selling a couple of pairs a day to keep an entire store open, you’d think.  If they were growing in popularity enough to support entire stores dedicated to them that could only mean one thing: we’d be seeing them here soon.

And it wasn’t just in Paris.  I saw plenty of pantyhose in London as well.  In this London clothing store in Soho, where I shopped with my friend, Julia, we passed a large selection prominently displayed in the front of the store:

They aren’t called pantyhose though; they’re called “tights”.

Tights by any other name are still pantyhose

Pippa gets chided in the press for wearing shiny pantyhose, but it looks to me like she might have been wearing a pair of these “oiled” ones.

Apparently some so-called fashionistas here in America are still in denial, but New York Fashion begrudgingly confirms what I told you nearly a full two months ago: Pantyhose are making a comeback.  And on the the legs of Pippa Middleton in Paris, no less.

Of course, Pippa Middleton, as a European, knows well enough what women are wearing in Paris.  And if you’ve been reading my blog you knew it, too.  And you also know that Pippa wasn’t making a fashion faux pax; she’s at the cutting edge.

Like most of you, I do not want to become a slave to hot, sweaty pantyhose in the middle of August, but I would like to have the freedom to wear them with dresses when my legs don’t look their best, or when it is cold.  I’d simply like to have the choice.

Pippa’s pantyhose, with flats!, harkens a new age of legwear freedom for all.

And the women everywhere rejoiced!

Or did they?

What about you?  Are you a hater or a lover?

Make a comment.

Let’s get a consensus.

Inquiring bloggers like me want to know.

Can I now wear pantyhose or not?

Are pantyhose gauche or godsend?

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

me January 22, 2012 at 6:05 am

I knew a girl who wore short skirts & trainers with pantyhose. Looked great. i think hose look great and finish off an outfit perfectly.

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Steve December 23, 2011 at 10:23 am

Holy cow – I just watched your video and read a few more posts, and I wanted to take a moment to tell you what a terrific blog this is, Chloe. You’re a terrific writer – funny, honest, and insightful – and I’m really impressed with your design and the topics you address. Your video is especially moving. I guess I read some things that hit a nerve because my wife also suffers from depression, possibly seasonal as well, and it’s great to see someone fighting back against that disease – and looking dayum good in her skinny jeans while doing so!

So thanks for the great blog. I need to go buy my wife some sexy shoes (to go with her fancy hose) and book us a trip to Europe!

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Chloe Jeffreys December 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Thank you, Steve. I’m glad something I’ve said here has touched you in some way that would help you love your wife more. My husband’s love and support means the world to me.

Go buy your wife some sexy shoes and take her to Europe. None of us knows how long we have and life is too short waiting for the someday when we’ll be happy.

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Steve December 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

I know I’m late to the party, but I found this blog post and want to commend you for having something nice to say about Pippa in her hose, and pantyhose in general. I’m a guy who loves to see (and touch!) a woman’s legs in hose, and it’s been sad to see so few women wearing in recent years. So many women have been taught that they’re supposed to despise wearing hose (like it’s some kind of feminist bra-burning ritual to say so), that it actually takes a good bit of bravery for someone like you to stand up to the naysayers. Good on ya!

As for being forced to wear hose at work, no I don’t think an employer (unless part of an official uniform) has the right to make them mandatory. I just wish women would wear more often because they look so much more professional when they do. No one forces me to wear a tie and jacket to work, but I opt to do so about 3 days a week.

Finally, I don’t know who Lindsay and erik are, but they have it right – buy some better quality hose and they’ll last longer, look better, and be more comfortable. My wife used to hate wearing them too, but she was buying cheap brands with tight waistbands and control top she didn’t need. She’s much happier in hose these days now that I buy them for her – I get them a size bigger than she thinks she needs and I pay a little more for durability and a softer, wider waistband. She’s more comfortable, and I get to see her beautiful legs “dressed up” a lot more often.

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Lindsay & erik October 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

They are ‘Pantyhose’, simply called ‘Tights’ in the U.K. & Ireland and a few other places. (Just making sure the readers here know that).

Also, a high quality pair of luxury Pantyhose will many times have a high lycra content- this fabric will sometimes have a high shine when a camera flash goes off. This really makes the legs stand-out in a sexy / celebrity way.

Most girls that do not like Pantyhose have never tried a great quality pair, but instead, the cheap, ill-fitting-coarse 2$ pairs. (If you only tried to drive a 1 gear school bus from 1970… you would not enjoy driving.) We highly recommend that you treat yourself to a luxury pair from one of the high end companies that specialize in silky Pantyhose. (Wolford, Fogal, Gerbe, Trasparenze, Omsa, Pierre Mantoux, Phillipe Matignon, Oroblu, Consay, Victoria’s Secret (Glossy Smooth), Filodoro, Donna Karan NY, Calvin Klein,)
- Lindsay & erik

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mountaingirl August 15, 2011 at 1:50 am

why are tights more comfortable than panty hose? To me they just seem to be thicker,
heavier and bulkier…bring back the hose!

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Guest July 31, 2011 at 1:17 am

You've always been able to BUY them in America. And in Middle America only women young enough to wear leg warmers* would wear bare legs to anything you wouldn't go to in Birkenstocks. So Church, Office, Out to Eat – if you wear a skirt, you wear "nylons."

*The older women here wear woolen leg warmers frequently. They traditionally wear a dress, knee length moccasins, and a scarf (oddly imported from Eastern Europe) that ties under the chin. The scarf has to be long enough to go under the chin and tie on top of the head when it is windy or they are working very hard.
Anyway those deerskin beaded mocs are expensive and so for every day they will tend to wear drug store moccasins and leg warmers (over support stockings). In fact they usually wear "stockings", the kind we used to have garter belts or girdles for but with they magically stay up.
So you see when you talk to me about fashion sometimes I can't even understand the plain sense of the words you use.

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Chloe July 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm

This is the reasonable person's position, I think. Bare legs are great, but our legs don't always look their best (especially in winter). And when you are wearing a really formal dress I think bare legs look unfinished. (unless you are Jennifer Aniston, of course).

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Jean Parks July 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I get the bare legged look but have always been amazed to see women in really expensive suits & killer shoes totally ruin the look by going bare legged on days when their legs weren't at their best. Here's hoping we can decide on our legwear by what suits us best.

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Chloe July 9, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Hey Andy,

Thanks for your thoughts. I think you are right.

Go take a cold shower now, okay?

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Andy July 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

If only women would realise just how much seeing a woman in pantyhose turns a guy on! We love the look! There is nothing wrong with her combination of clothes and hose.

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Chloe July 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm

The irony here is that I HATED pantyhose when I was a young woman and was also among the first to abandon them for everyday wear. But I still miss them when I get dressed up. I'm always happy when women have choices, so overall I think this is a good thing, but I hope not to see the reign of sweatiness of mandatory pantyhose again.

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chaik 76 July 8, 2011 at 5:33 am

Colored tights are fine. But nothing in skin color, _please_. I always hated pantyhose, but I gave them up long before others did anyway. :)

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Chloe June 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Anon, this is what I think too. I like that I can have the option now and not feel like maybe I'm channeling my inner old lady.

Thanks for commenting.

Chloe

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Anonymous June 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I'm thrilled that they are back. They give an outfit a finished look. Hate seeing a woman in a skirted suit and heels with bare legs!!!!

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Chloe June 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Come on, Anonymous, tell me how you really feel!

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Anonymous June 13, 2011 at 10:41 pm

NEVER, NEVER,NEVER, will I ever, ever, ever,wear panty hose by any other name again! SO constricting, so confining, so clostrophophic. AAACK! Please, never bring them back. I love the look of cared for legs. Tights in colors and opaque I can stand, but never hose, ever again.

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Monica June 3, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I'm happy they're making a comeback. As a girl with white legs, and one who is prone to bruising, I agree with Jane: sometimes a girl just needs a neater look.

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Tammy June 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Thanks for the informative and fun post, Chloe. :-) Here's a former Victoria's Secret employee (back when pantyhose were in!) who is glad to see them back and hopefully part of foundational lingerie options again.

I wouldn't want to be forced to wear them daily, but I agree with Jane that some outfits call for them. I see hose like make-up in that some people can go without and look great, but a light covering looks nice on most women, especially for more formal occasions.

"Godsend" vote here!

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Anonymous June 3, 2011 at 7:16 am

oh i am so for them, godsend! they neaten up the whole look, make it more together. proper fit is key though, the right pair should feel like you're not wearing any :)

i so love that upon seeing the above "oiled legs" pic elsewhere, and googling "pippa's pantyhose" i have now come across your super awesome blog!

thank you!

jane

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Susan in the Boonies June 3, 2011 at 1:52 am

I can't stand them, and it will suit me just fine if they never return, as long as we can wear soft tights in the winter. However, I do acknowledge that we heard it here first, so, hats off to you. And pantyhose off to me!

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Andrea June 2, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I wouldn't call them a godsend, but when it's a chilly winter, I'm glad I can wear them. Bare legs are no fun when it's freezing.

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Anonymous June 2, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I love nylons, and your blog posts have given me great hope that I will soon be able to wear them again with no shame!

Bless you, Chloe!

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Chloe June 2, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I remember that poll. I guess the question is whether American women will start wearing them again or not. Does someone like Pippa Middleton have the fashion clout to bring pantyhose back to America?

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NotaSupermom June 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I'm torn! I did a post on this on my blog and most women still hate them.

I'm not in love with them, but I NEED leg covering sometimes when black tights won't cut it.

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