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Would You Wear Sheer Stockings Like Kate Middleton?

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Celebrity Style Jul. 5, 2011 AT 5:29PM
Would You Wear Sheer Stockings Like Kate Middleton? Credit: Samir Hussein/WireImage; Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty; Macpherson/Gillis/Splash News

The only people who can get away with wearing shiny, flesh-colored tights are cheerleaders, figure skaters and Beyonce (when she's performing onstage). Until now.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 29, who has become an international style icon practically overnight, is quite the fan of nude stockings, donning them with almost every one of her designer dresses.

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Sheer hosiery (specifically the type with a sheen), went out of style with shoulder pads and slouch socks, so why does the fashion-forward Middleton regularly step out in stockings?

It's likely that she is following conservative Royal protocol, just like the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, who always wear stockings (with close-toe pumps) at official appearances and events.

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Other stylish ladies who have been spotted in nude tights include Pippa Middleton, Hayden Panettiere and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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The British press recently reported that sales of tan-colored tights have risen by up to 85 percent in the past year, and attribute the increase to the Middleton sisters.

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