The Health Benefits of Pantyhose

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Even though the royal wedding happened months ago, Kate Middleton remains a pretty hot topic among beauty buffs and fashion aficionados everywhere. She’s actually a source of heated discussion around this office—some of us think she’s the picture of elegance, with her long, silky hair and rail-thin physique. Others are less than impressed by her conservative aesthetic, which I will admit flirts with “matronly” from time to time. Whatever your take on Duchess Kate, there’s one thing you can’t deny: the girl’s a trendsetter, deservingly so or not. The J Brand 811 jeans? Those things FLEW off shelves everywhere once the world spied how fab she looked in them. (I think it’s pretty cool she wore them several times—I like that she isn’t above wearing something repeatedly just because she has the kind of shopping budget that most women only dream about.) Now, the naysayers (NayKaters?) would probably argue that J Brand jeans have been “cool” for quite some time. They’d be right. But what about pantyhose? What do you have to say about those, NayKaters? I say that until Kate Middleton and her Midas touch got a hold of them, pantyhose most certainly were not gold.
I’m under the impression that pantyhose are part of the agreed-upon dress code Britain’s royal types are held to, so I’m not necessarily convinced Kate Middleton likes them any more than I do. But I bet she doesn’t know that they could be beneficial to her health and beauty. (Bet you didn’t know that either.) But they could be! According to Dr. Z Catherine Navarro, Medical Director of The Vein Center of the Palm Beaches in Florida, “wearing support stockings can help prevent poor circulation in the legs and swelling of the feet, ankles or legs.” What’s more, pantyhose can prevent varicose veins and spider veins—AND they can thwart the formation of a blood clot in a vein. Pretty awesome, but I think I’ll go ahead and stick with my trusty black tights when bare legs aren’t doing it for me. Now I know they’re good for my health! What about you? Are you rushing out to your local drugstore to stock up on L’Eggs?

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2 Responses to “The Health Benefits of Pantyhose”

  1. Tom says:

    Umm…tights are not the same as pantyhose.

  2. Liz says:

    True. However, given the fact they offer support of the same nature, is it unreasonable to hypothesize they’d offer the same purported health benefits? I think not.

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