She’s wearing (gasp) pantyhose?

English: A picture of women's legs in pantyhose

English: A picture of women’s legs in pantyhose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 I wrote this post in July of 2011.  It’s the most popular post I’ve ever published, still getting views and  comments more than two years later (must have done something right with the old SEO and I didn’t even know it).  I thought I’d share it again for those of you who weren’t around back then…hey, I understand it’s way too much trouble to scroll back through over 600 posts looking for a gem or two.  Anyhow, I’ve seen other bloggers do this and asked myself, “why not?”.  And if you have time, read through some of the comments…I think some people just didn’t get my wonderfully witty musings…but I’ll take the blame for that, I should have been more straightforward…you know, something like “sarcasm ahead”…I’ll remember that in the future.  So…here’s the original, unaltered post:

Okay, I am most definitely not a fashionista.  I don’t follow the trends.   Very rarely, do I even read about fashion.  I would much rather be comfortable than be some kind of fashion icon (uh, yeah, like there’s a chance that’ll ever happen).  So I was quite shocked to see all the buzz about Kate Middleton (you know, the chick that married her prince) wearing pantyhose.  Apparently, pantyhose had become so last year that people were surprised to see a future princess wearing them.  Really?  So  pantyhose went out of vogue while I had my back turned?  How could I have missed this?

I have to admit, I’m not much of a dress wearer…couldn’t actually tell you the last time I wore a dress.  But if something came up and I was forced to wear a dress (and that would have to be a whole lot of force for that to happen), I can’t imagine that I wouldn’t wear pantyhose.  Have you seen how white my legs are?  (Ha, of course you haven’t.)  That would not be a pretty sight with a dress.  I never liked wearing pantyhose.  They’re a struggle to get on, they’re not especially comfortable, you can ruin them in a split second, and you can spend a lot of money on them if you wear them frequently.  However, pantyhose do make your legs look better (and if you’re one of those girls with naturally tan, toned legs…well, just keep your mouth shut, would you?), and I always thought they kind of added the finishing touch to your dressy dresses.   You might ask how someone who is a self-declared fashion idiot could dare to challenge all of the modern fashion mavens, and you’d be right to do so…what do I know?  But now, there is a future princess taking on the fashion elite, bringing pantyhose back in style.  Wait!  Why should that make me happy?  I hate pantyhose.

Fashion faux pas

Example of a common dress code for males in mo...

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Is there such a thing any more?  Does anyone really pay attention to things like not wearing white after Labor Day?  It seems that we’re living in a society where anything goes at any time.

At one point in time, men never wore hats of any kind inside a building.  Now, other than baseball caps, you very rarely see men wearing hats at all.  But it’s common to see men of all ages wearing baseball caps inside buildings.

There was a time when women wore dressy gloves as part of their daily ensemble.  And they would never have left the house without being fully dressed in stylish dress, hose, shoes, and those dressy gloves.  Now it’s common to see shorts, sports bra and flip-flops on adult women in even some of the nicest establishments.  And don’t even get me started on the bra straps showing…or the pants hanging halfway down a young man’s behind…what’s with that?

Not wearing white after Labor Day?  Seems mild in comparison to some of the get ups we now see on a daily basis.  From my point of view, I don’t really care what people wear.  I’m not a huge fan of rules of comportment, dress codes, or snooty people looking down their noses at people who don’t meet their standards.  But come on, people…I really don’t need to see that thong when you bend over.