Is Kate Bringing Back Sheer Pantyhose?

UPDATED 07/12/2011 at 02:00 PM EDT Originally published 07/12/2011 at 10:20 AM EDT

Kate Middleton in Sheer Pantyhose
The Duchess of Cambridge's fashion statements
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Throughout The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's North American visit, Kate showed her usual fashion savvy, which extended to her always-shining chestnut mane.

But something else of Kate's was aglow, too – her legs. The Duchess seems to have embraced the sheen of sheer pantyhose, a throwback to the 1980s that went the way of the mullet.

Until now, it appears.





The more Kate pairs the shiny hose with her various outfits for official engagements, the more they're flying off the shelves in her native United Kingdom.

According to the U.K.'s Daily Mail, current bestselling brands include Wolford Naked 8s and Satin Touch 20s, Falke's Shelina tights and Pretty Polly's Naturals, which promise a "cooling effect" finish.

Whether it's a calculated fashion choice or, more likely, a royal requirement (one bemoaned recently in a Harper's Bazaar article by Tom Hanks's wife Rita Wilson, who cursed the need to wear the hose at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace), it looks like they are here to stay. Maybe.



The newlywed did appear to have one bare-legged moment during her visit, skipping the hose and wearing open-toed shoes with her Jenny Packham dress on Saturday during William's polo match at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.

It's worth noting, though, that other royals, including Queen Elizabeth and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also sport tights for official engagements.

But are they right for non-royals? Would you embrace the retro sheen of sheer pantyhose?

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