Today we’re talking about Kate’s tights, hosiery, hose… whatever you like to call it! Love it or hate it, thanks to Kate, tights are now a hot topic in fashion. Duchess Kate is known for her love of sheer hosiery – and she has brought them back into the forefront of fashion!
Kate during her tour of Canada, where she regularly wore tights (hose) under her dresses.
Images courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission.
Did Kate wear John Lewis’ non-slip tights?
Many Kate followers believe the Duchess wears John Lewis ‘Barely There ‘non-slip tights.
Why do we think this? Because we’ve seen the gel cushion on a picture of Kate’s feet and they look identical to the John Lewis tights – click here (new window) to see the image for yourself. Kate often shops at Peter Jones in London, which is the exact same store as John Lewis (just with a different name).
The John Lewis tights (hose if you’re American!) cost £5 or around $8 a pair. One or two pairs certainly won’t break the bank.
I bought a pair of these tights & loved them – my review:
Of course, the palace have not confirmed the brand worn by Duchess Kate, but I have brought these tights/hose myself and can recommend them 100% if you’re after the same kind of sheer sheen as Kate, they’re great. I purchased a pair in 2012 for a special occasion and they’re so thin that they snagged at the top the first time I pulled them on. Luckily for me, they were still wearable for that one day (a bit of nail varnish did the trick!). It’s my own fault though: I had just lost some weight and adventurously, I decided to size down. Next time, I will get them one size up and be much more careful (It’s well known in my family that I’m a bit of a klutz!)
My verdict on these tights: The tone of the tights, coupled with my nude shoes and pencil dress made me felt every inch the princess! People even commented on my Facebook photos saying my look was ‘very Kate’, especially because I have long, dark curly hair. I totally channelled my inner Kate! If you want to buy these, be REALLY careful putting them on and don’t be afraid to get a size up!
OR… did Kate wear Wolford tights (hose) ?
Some people disagree and hypothesise that Kate may have worn the Wolford non-slip sheers, which retailed for around £13 back in 2011. The last time I looked, the brand no longer sell the same non-slip tights (pictured right). I have not seen the bottom of the Wolford non-slip tights, so cannot confirm the shape of the gel pad.
Wolford’s current Sheer 15 line does not include a non-slip gel pad, like the John Lewis tights above.
Did Kate buy the Wolford tights from Bicester Village?
Kate fans know that the Duchess and her family regularly shop at the Bicester Village outlet in Oxfordshire. Bicester village DOES have a Wolford outlet on site. It is very possible she stocked up on non-slip tights during a visit there in 2011?
Either way, I’m of the opinion that you can’t go wrong with Wolford. They’re clearly a premium line and I’ve heard many, many good things about them (see the comments section below!).
Their Sheer line does look ‘very Kate’. The Wolford Sheer tights/hose might be an good option for those who live in North America, where I believe this brand is available in a wide variety of colours.
Shop Wolford tights and hose:
Has Kate convinced you to turn to hosiery?
Have you tried either of the above brands of tights? Do you have another brand you love? Let me know below in the comments section.