Between the go-go 1980s and Kate Middleton’s rise to fame as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, hosiery had what we might call a fallow period. The grunge ’90s and spray-tanned, velour tracksuit-dominated 2000s did not feature much hosiery in fashion — unless we’re talking about the ripped tights on Courtney Love.
So when Kate Middleton began to be spotted out and about in the 2010s with perfect, gleaming legs, many of us had no idea that hosiery was her secret. It’s like the world had forgotten about pantyhose! But little by little, as Kate’s secret was discovered and as the blogs began taking notice, the fashion world started warming up to hosiery again.
And why not? Hosiery is one of the best-kept secrets of a well-dressed woman. A good pair of tights makes the legs look sleeker, smooths any skin imperfections and makes dresses hang smoothly on the body. Legwear can buffer the outside temperature so you don’t feel too cold on a cool day or in a cold office.
Besides waking the world back up to hosiery in the first place, Kate Middleton is a great model for how to incorporate hosiery into your lifestyle. On warmer days, Kate wears nude, sheer hose that helps keep her legs looking a perfect, creamy golden color. On cooler days or with darker outfits, she chooses a matte, dark hose that elongates her legs and makes them look super smooth and trim. Some of the hosiery she wears features non-slip padding on the feet in order to keep her from slipping out of her heels at royal events.
The best part about learning from Kate Middleton’s use of hosiery is that, unlike many aspects of the royal lifestyle, hosiery is easily available for any of us to buy and wear. New hosiery brands like Hipstik are even taking hosiery to the next level with innovations to keep hosiery in place and fitting perfectly. So next time you’re getting dressed for work or to go out, think about making your legs look as good as Kate’s. All it takes is a bit of hosiery, and just like Kate, you’re golden.