This season pantyhose are back in a big way, that’s right…. pantyhose.
The things your mom used to bring home in weird egg-shaped packaging. The things once worn by flight attendants, first ladies and EVERYONE in the Mad Men era are cool again!
Sitting front row at the Spring 2018 Naeem Khan Runway show Paula Abdul caused a fashion stir when she wore a pair of nude Donna Karan pantyhose. Social media exploded with photos questioning her bold nude leg choice.
Fast forward through a few more shows and nude pantyhose became a recurring theme. Alessandro Michele donned his models in granny stockings and nude hosiery at Gucci and Helmut Lang showcased the full monty of pantyhose complete with control tops in their Spring 2018 shows.
The rapidly growing trend has already made it’s way to the streets.
Duchess Kate is often credited with bringing back nude-nylon-covered legs and flashier stars like Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Ariana Grande are also fans of flesh-toned hose.
You know something is officially a trend if it starts popping up on CW shows and Veronica (Camila Mendes) on Riverdale has been rockin’ some nude pantyhose all season.
“Pantyhose makes an outfit more elegant, makes a lady or a girl look more put together, and that is what Veronica is,” Riverdale’s Costume Designer Rebekka Sorensen-Kjelstrup told Vanity Fair, “It doesn’t matter what she’s doing. At all times she is put together, and pantyhose just makes that clean line from head to toe. Even if it’s just nude, there’s something about it that’s very elegant”.
Why pantyhose? Well this once thought-of-as-antiquated accessory is like makeup for your legs.
They disguise blemishes and varicose veins, and make legs appear smoother and, depending on what shade you choose, tanner. German hosiery brand Item M6 even makes what they call an “Invisible Tight” which actually improves your circulation while lifting and smoothing and London based hosiery brand Heist worked with 67 women over 12 months on a quest to free women from uncomfortable fitting pantyhose. The result? A nude sheer pantyhose that won’t sag, pinch, scratch or dig. Yes, that super-tight and restrictive waistband is a thing of the past.
Another PLUS for pantyhose is that they make a great seasonal transition piece. If you don’t feel like looking as bundled up as tights they are a great way to keep a little warmth on your legs while embracing a Spring look AND they will help hide that “winter white” shade your legs became over the cold weather season!
To rock the nude pantyhose look opt for sheer coverage, where you can see your actual legs through the fabric, and try to match as closely as possible to your skin tone. The idea is for your legs to look almost airbrushed and avoid them if you are wearing open toe shoes.
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