I know it is hard to believe — but thanks to Princess Kate, I can now be considered a fashionista. Just her name alone puts me on a special list (all of us Kates, Katies and other variations stick together!) – but her recent choice in clothing has apparently made me one of the people who ‘know how to dress’.
No, I’m not dressing like I’m a 20-something and she is definitely not dressing like she is in her 50’s! She definitely does not wear the same size clothing as I do — I’m pretty sure I haven’t worn that size since kindergarten. We are the same height (approximately 5’10”) – but I can honestly say I have not ever even thought of wearing some of the goofy hats she wears – and skinny jeans? Definitely couldn’t get one of big toes in those!
So what has Princess Kate done that has made me a fashion guru? She is wearing hosiery! Over the years I have watched shows such as “What Not To Wear” and noted that women are no longer wearing any hosiery. I think my daughters have worn pantyhose approximately 4 times in their lives and that was when they were about 13 years old! Now, they wouldn’t even consider it because it would hide their pedicures (which cost more than a pair of good pantyhose!).
There are lots of reasons to wear pantyhose – not the least of which is that they hide my very, very white legs! Pantyhose also disguise the fact that I might not have gotten around to shaving my legs that week. Pantyhose keeps my thighs from rubbing together and causing a fire. They hold my belly and my butt closer to my skeleton – and keeps them from jiggling every time I take a step. Pantyhose hide my varicose veins and any recent bruises from running into chairs and drawers (which happens a lot with my trifocals!).
I admit that I breathe a sigh of relief when I peel them off at night – and I have small fits of anger when I run them 10 minutes after I put them on.
So, why do I wear the darn things when the fashion police tell me I’m out-of-style? I could say it is because they make me feel elegant – but the reality is that they make feel like my outfit is complete – and that my clothes fit better (it’s that whole part of holding in various sagging body parts).
Thank you Princess Kate for making me feel a part of the fashion world again! Now, if I could find a way to get her to wear love beads and a floppy hat, all would be right with the world again!