It’s rather controversial here at the editorial board because our opinions vary wildly. I’m talking about stockings and whether they’re allowed or not. Well, “allowed” many sound a bit directive, but I’d like to know whether to be ashamed or not when I leave the house in my 20 denier stockings. May-Britt, for example, loathes stockings with a low denier and thinks that only “stockings with a twist” should be tolerated. Danie Bles says that stockings are only acceptable when they add something to your outfit, rather than it being practical. The standard black 10 to 40 denier stockings are rigorously dumped in the trash. I’m not that strongly opposed to the oh-such-a-no-no-20 denier stockings, and sometimes I even find them a bit sexy (though apparently, I know little about those things)

Besides, if I’m not allowed to wear stockings, how should I wear that skirt on those 354 days a year on which it’s not warm enough to go barelegged?

‘Comfort’ and ‘practical’ are forbidden words in the world of fashion, but blackened toes and losing your legs to frostbite hardly seems in vogue. Colleague Jet agrees, by the way; “it’s one degree above zero, so I’ve got to go barelegged only because those black Wolford stockings don’t add anything to my outfit?” Who’s right? And how do those stockings get such a bad rep? Time for some research.

‘Comfort’ and ‘practical’ are forbidden words in the WORLD of fashion

Just like we learned from the Mad Men series, the rules for proper office attire for women was pretty strict for quite some time. Pencil skirts, sombre colours and stockings. Going in public barelegged was not done, no matter how warm. When in the 90s of the last century the rules for office attire got less strict, stockings were the first to receive a heated attack. Wearing stockings was seen as something sexist (especially because men had no equivalent) and power women of the time screamed loudest to get rid of stockings. There was even a group of very influential Manhattan socialites that went outside barelegged regardless of whether it was ten degrees below zero. However, in some circles stockings never left because they were part of  protocol. Indeed, the royals, for instance. You’d have to be pretty sharp if you ever want to catch Maxima on an official occasion barelegged. And also our near-neighbour Kate Middleton will never go outside without her slim, slender, deer legs dressed in stockings, even the skin coloured ones. Kate’s immense popularity and the fashion trauma of the 50s and 60s that we increasingly leave behind allow for a different perspective on stockings. Better yet, entire generations can hardly imagine stockings as something sexist and view stockings in a less prejudiced way than those who did experience it. Statistics from an American market research office seem to support this. Whereas in 2010 stockings were sold for $900 million, in 2011 it increased with 10% and this percentage keeps growing. Add Kate, who’s possibly even more loved than the Spice Girls or any other famous pop idol (stockings factories speak happily of the Kate-effect), and it seems that stockings aren’t as old-fashioned as you might think. Though those desiring to wear skin coloured stockings have to prepare for battle. Such stockings should never be shiny and finding the perfect colour may become a ten year project. Many skin coloured stockings are either Oompa Loompa coloured or coloured like serial killer Dexter’s sawn off trophy.

And also our near-neighbour Kate Middleton will NEVER go outside without her slim, slender, deer legs dressed in STOCKINGS, even the skin coloured ones.

So do you plan to date a prince? Stock some extra stockings. And for those like myself who live in the ever cold Netherlands and want to wear a skirt every now and then, don’t fret, you can. Just think of it as a generation gap thing.