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I've seen so many journos and style bloggers criticising the Duchess of Cambridge for wearing sheer nude tights (despite the fact that she has to wear tights due to Royal protocol). But I don't understand why they seem to universally be seen as a bad thing? I think my legs look much worse when left bare (tbh I think most people look better in tights) and, let's face it, even in summer it can be bloody cold in the UK. So why the hatred? I genuinely don't get it. Can someone tell me why sheer tights are so reviled?
I am American, can I tell you what the standard ubiquitous British black tights look like to our eyes? Depressing, Severe, unhealthy, must have something to hide (dirt or hair or scars on legs), darkly unhappy, out of sync with usual colours (in Sunnier places you wear much brighter & happier colours than is usual in Britain), harder to match (tan is seen as going with almost anything but black only goes with black & similar dark dreary colours)
The aircon at work is arctic Blotchy legs are not a good look Black tights look odd in spring and summer and don't go with my clothes My legs don't need to look thinner and they don't look like sausages in tights My legs are my best asset and I like to show them off sometimes I don't find them sweaty because I don't wear them when the weather is warm
I don't find tights particularly comfortable and much prefer the slightly tanned bare look, but in our weather it isn't always practical.
I also wear linen trousers and Per Una occasionally and don't buy from Boden. So shoot me down.
Agree that bare legs are tacky tacky tacky unless you're wearing sandals or flip flops (ie v casual). So what do the fashionistas want us to do when we're wearing a nice dress and glam shoes (esp if you blister v easily)? Like lots of you said, you can't wear black tights with summery clothes. Think I'm going to stick to my 7 denier natural skin coloured tights (not American Tan, though, agree they are ew).
Bunbaker - are linen trousers also a thumbs-down? Never knew that! Maybe I'm just really old-fashioned and hadn't realised Agree with you on Boden though. It's awfully mumsy.
Nude tights add an air of mumsyness. KM has, no doubt, got lovely legs so why bother? In this day and age is she really expected to wear nude tights just because of protocol? They make her look like an old fart.