Politics of pantyhose in an evolving work place Saturday, October 17, The tight rules of corporate dress are now refashioned for the modern age, writes Troy Patterson Corporate dress codes are barometers of the standards of polite society. Between the lines, they also articulate the limits within which power may permissibly intrude on personal space. More and more companies are disposing their dress and decorum policy — effectively liberating female staff from their pantyhose — the abolishment of this hosiery requirement amounting to a little rip in a large tradition. It is tempting to interpret this hose-agnosticism as a natural response to the times. Sheer hosiery entered a steady decline in It is impossible to think that it will recover its former esteem, though observers have suggested the Duchess of Cambridge, often obliged by palace protocol to wear nylons, as a force guiding its resurgence.