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Sheer Tights Are In This Winter. Let Kate and Kim Demonstrate Two Ways to Wear Them

11/20/2013 at 02:36 PM ET

Kim Kardashian Sheer topZuma; Splash News Online

The reign of opaque tights is over! This year, many stars are returning to that classic staple, sheer hose. But before you conjure up images of Melanie Griffith in Working Girl — sneakers, power suit, perm and all — sheer tights have gotten a very modern makeover. Two stars sported sheer stockings yesterday, so we’re using their photos to demonstrate two very different ways to wear them.

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First up is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the undisputed queen of sheer tights, whom many credit for their resurgence in popularity thanks to her ever-present Wolford pair. In cooler temperatures, she has a preferred look: Classic coat or coatdress, worn with coordinating sheer hose and matching shoes. Case in point: This all-navy ensemble, consisting of a Max Mara jacket, pleated skirt, hose and pumps. It would look as appropriate at work as it would at a holiday dinner party.

On the less conservative end of the spectrum, Kim Kardashian uses her sheer hose as just another barely-there element in her body-baring ensemble, creating a striped effect from her plunging bodice to her slice of revealed abs to her calves. In her own way, she’s doing her part to shake off the stodgy, conservative vibe sheer stockings have had for a while now — if you previously recoiled at the thought of wearing businesslike black hose to the club, this may make you rethink that.

Are you into the return of sheer hose? How do you like to wear yours?

–Alex Apatoff

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CrazyCC on

Sheer stockings look old and outdated to me. Black (or colored) tights or nothing.

CAK on

There is class and then there is class. Kim ain’t got it.

rthgrl on

You might as well be comparing the mayor of Toronto to the Pope.

Mamagirl31 on

What’s up with Kim always making some crazy zoolander face!? It’s abnormal..

Just Sayin on

How can you even compare these two…one is Royalty and one is trash!

Dennise on

I agree with Florita and Bee. I find Kim K. absolutely repulsive. She’s a porno star that came to fame based on her sexual and provocative self. There isn’t anything classy about that woman, so please, please stop featuring her and especially comparing her to a woman such as the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s time for all people to wake up from the Ambien sleep America is in for obsessing over such a piece of trash, and teach our daughters to follow women of class that do something positive to try and change the world. I refuse to buy ANY magazine, or buy a product endorsed by the Kardashian clan.

Tracy on

There is no comparing the Duchess of Cambridge’s style to Kim K’s style. They have two unique styles.

Yvonne on

That’s like comparing a pig’s ear to a silk purse! What in the heck is Kim wearing??? Does she always have to have her chest exposed in order to feel good about herself?

Jay on

The picture of the two above should be entitled “The Lady and The Tramp.”

Lullleepop on

I”m insulted for Kate to be lumped in the same sentence as Kim!

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