Here’s why FLOTUS’ tights went viral this weekend

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A lot of things happened this Easter weekend: the Queen and Prince Charles went for a walk, Prince Harry enjoyed a beach day in California, Regé-Jean Page quit Bridgerton and Thandiwe Newton reclaimed her name.

So it's totally understandable if you missed the Twitter storm over, of all things, the First Lady of the United States' tights. Yes, tights.

An unsuspecting Jill Biden was photographed stepping off a plan on a visit to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, with no idea of the stir she was about to cause.

So what was the big deal? Well, people seemed to have a lot of things to say about her fishnet tights. FLOTUS wore all black, layering a chic blazer over a top and what looked like an over-the-knee leather skirt, paired with the patterned tights and heeled ankle boots.

Twitter immediately lost its mind, with many users seemingly taking offence at the 'inappropriate tights'. Some thought she was 'too old' to wear the patterned style, while others didn't think they were classy enough.

Luckily, many came to Jill Biden's defence, rightfully pointing out that the FLOTUS was a grown woman who could wear whatever the heck she liked, and that most importantly, it really wasn't an issue worth caring about.

Naturally, there were comparisons with what her predecessor, Melania Trump wore, and which lady was more stylish.

Hopefully, Twitter users soon came to their senses, realising there were far more important issues to debate, such as whether Creme Egg Easter eggs are better than Twirl Easter eggs (just kidding, obviously Creme are the best, no debate).

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.