Blenheim bucks trend

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 14:41 06/11/2012

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A global trend of sheer flesh-coloured pantyhose, favoured by the Duchess of Cambridge, has yet to catch on in Blenheim.

A story in the Dominion Post today shows sales of shimmery nude-coloured pantyhose in the capital city have noticeably increased, Wellington city retailers said.

Kate Middleton who is known for her conservative elegance and watched closely by fashionistas around the world, is said to have started the trend because of her penchant for slightly shimmery natural coloured stockings.

Her sister, Pippa, is also often seen in the stockings.

Reports say the Middleton influence has sent sales of nude hosiery soaring by 500 per cent at British supermarket chain Asda's clothing line George.

Wellington fashion stores including Farmers Lambton Quay, style consultancy Wardrobe Flair and Kirkcaldie & Stains have all reported a noticeable increase in sales, which they attribute to the influence of the Duchess of Cambridge.

However, Kate Middleton's influence has yet to catch on in Marlborough, with Farmers and Thomas' showing no notable increase in sales for the flesh-coloured pantyhose.

Farmers store manager Karen Stevenson said textured and opaque stockings have been popular over winter, but stocking sales have naturally dropped with the onset of warmer weather.

Thomas' co-owner Hamish Thomas said while New Zealand women and stylists usually look to celebrities for fashion inspiration, he has not noticed a marked interest in stocking sales.

However designers have been trending towards stockings during winter, replacing leggings which have been popular for a couple of years now, he said.

Style Angel style consultant Annie Gleeson, of Renwick, said she is not surprised Wellington women are keeping more of a watchful eye on fashion trends.

"There are smart well-dressed women here in Marlborough, but Kate's influence doesn't necessarily translate into the lives we live here.

"You'd expect to find more women in Wellington and Auckland following those trends because there are a lot more corporate jobs."

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- The Marlborough Express

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