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Is Kate bringing back nude hosiery?

Linda Miller Published: July 20, 2011
Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton in sheer, shiny hosiery.

Can one woman single-handledly bring back a trend that hasn’t been in vogue since the 1980s?

If anyone can, it’s probably Kate, the new Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William. The trend: nude hosiery. She wears sheer hose much of the time, and now at least a few celebs, including Sarah Jessica Parker, are following in her footsteps.

In a short time, Kate has become an international style icon. Why wouldn’t women want to copy her look, right down to the hosiery?  Not everyone can afford the clothes she wears; hosiery is a cheaper trend fix.

Not that Kate is trying to jump start an old trend. She’s probably just following conservative Royal protocol that dictates females always wears hose at official appearances and events.

But now women are noticing and copying.  The British press recently reported that sales of tan-colored tights have risen by up to 85 percent in the past year, and attribute the increase to Kate and her sister Pippa.

More often than not, Kate opts for glossy sheer tights or hose. There’s a definite telltale sheen. Not that Kate needs it, but hose can give legs a lift, of sorts. Many women don’t even own a pair, though.

So, who’s going to take a shine to nude hosiery?