I Need Victoria Beckham to Explain How She Got Through TSA in These Stilettos


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I have a lot of questions for Victoria Beckham. Are you going to the fashion factory or getting a facial? What's your favorite of the 15 engagement rings David gifted you? When will we get a follow-up reality show to Victoria Beckham: Coming to America? I could go on. But no question is more pressing in my mind right now than this one: How on Earth did you get through TSA wearing Balenciaga's controversial Pantaleggings? 

The pants in question were worn by Beckham on a flight into New York City's JFK Airport alongside a cinched cargo-style jacket, a black clutch bag, and oversize sunglasses of her own design. Essentially, they're leggings, but instead of cutting off at the ankle, they keep going all the way around a pair of attached stiletto heels. Named the Anatomic Pantaleggings, her exact style first debuted in Balenciaga's winter 2023 collection and features an even sharper heel than past versions. Basically, they're TSA's worst nightmare, which is why I'm still left wondering how the former Spice Girls member made it past security with her outfit intact. 


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On Victoria Beckham: Balenciaga Anatomic Pantaleggings ($3650); Victoria Beckham Layered Mask Sunglasses ($330)

It's important to remember that we're talking about *the* Posh Spice, though. We all know that heels and a good outfit are paramount to the Beckham matriarch's happiness. We're not meant to question her sometimes daring fashion choices, even at the airport, where practicality almost always wins out over style. Clearly, she made it onto her flight and to NYC just fine. I probably wouldn't follow her lead in this exact instance, but more power to anyone who wants to try. 

On the off chance that you're not ready to press copy and paste on her Balenciaga bottoms but still want to mimic the overall airport ensemble, I went ahead and added a few pairs of leggings that don't have heels attached to them for you to shop ahead of your next trip. 

Shop Victoria Beckham's Pantaleggings:

Shop 14 leggings that feel a touch more TSA approved:

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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.