Now Michelle Obama has delivered the coup de grace - appearing with Barbara Walters on The View today (as reported by Ann Althouse) , she revealed that she never wears pantyhose:
Barbara raises the hot topic of pantyhose. They say not wearing pantyhose makes you look young, so she (Barbara) went without pantyhose to some event and someone yelled "No pantyhose!" Funny, especially since Barbara Walters is nearly 80. But the point here is: Michelle Obama is not wearing pantyhose. Michelle says: "I stopped wearing pantyhose a long time ago because it was painful."
When JFK appeared at his inauguration without wearing a hat, the men's haberdashery business collapsed overnight. Michelle Obama has now made it official: wearing pantyhose is un-hip. If you've got money invested in the pantyhose industry, sell immediately.
I'm kind of curious about the end of this tradition. I'd appreciate input from any female readers: When did this happen? Is there any occasion where pantyhose are still worn? Is it a generational thing?
UPDATE: It's official: stylish women don't wear pantyhose anymore. Kristi Gustafson at the Albany NY Times-Union issues the verdict:
Above all else, do not wear pantyhose. I repeat, Do.Not.Wear.Pantyhose. Sometimes we have to be uncomfortable so as not to scare the fashion gods. This is one of those times.
Nude nylons (as my grandmother would call them) are never appropriate (although tights are quite trendy, but not applicable with a cocktail dress). Even first lady-elect Michelle Obama passes on the hose. Translucent stockings are acceptable only for older women who need support hose for medical reasons. Since I imagine you are not suffering from water retention or swelling, you should bypass the leg condoms. (Notice how celebs have become our fashion inspiration, and they never wear hose.)