During this transitional time of year I am continuously bouncing off questions about tights, pantyhose, stockings, L’eggs Eggs or whatever you call them!
The debate continues and I hear it all. “The millennials don’t wear stockings why should I?” Hmmm, let me think about that answer before I stab myself in the foot.
Whether or not to wear hosiery remains a contested issue among women. Changes in fashion and workplace dress codes have caused some women to forgo hosiery for bare legs, while other women claim pantyhose are still essential. So who is right?
Let’s start with your company and their dress code, if it’s in the rules then you must play by the rules. Another consideration is well…your legs! If you have a great pair of legs then perhaps you accentuate the positive and bare all. However if you play co-ed soccer on the weekends and your legs are a tad banged up, the decision seems obvious, let’s disguise the liabilities!
Then of course we have to talk weather and peep toes! I don’t know about you but when it is 32 degrees, naked skin is painful and the last thing I am thinking about grabbing are peep-toe shoes. Those babies need to be packed away for the Winter. Yes we all see the housewives of make-believe-USA strutting around in bare legs and Louboutins, but the reality show is the here and now.
If you are on the hosiery side of the fence then it is seasonally time to incorporate those babies into your fashion statement either as a quiet canvas or a trendy statement.
However, even once you decide to wear or not to wear, the bigger questions loom.
Where do I buy them – CVS, Whole Foods (seriously now), Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, Cosco, the train station? The options are endless and it is up to you based on what you like, what you find, what’s convenient and what’s in your budget. Just do the homework to find the best option, then you are good to repeat shop!
What do I have to pay for them? Women seem to be at a loss when it comes to defining, selecting and purchasing hosiery. Some think they should pay 2.99, some think they have to pay 40.99! Yes Lucy, the prices are all over the place – navigate within your budget.
Talk about a subject where women are all over the board! I know women who only shop Neiman’s for their clothes and only shop Target for their hosiery. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the selection process. Ladies are way more adept at choosing a bottle of wine. (Actually no surprise there, I probably could have come up with a better example).
Let’s cover a few of the basics when it comes to covering the gams.
We’ll go from minimal bondage to ultimate bondage and include a few other textile finishes in between.
Also realize there are combos amongst the offerings such as the fabrications and the amount of control!
Features: Made of fine nylon, ultra-sheer hosiery requires extra careful handling. These nylons are the best choice for allowing your natural skin tones to shine through.
Features: Made from stretchy nylon that clings gently to legs. Less sheer, more durable than ultra-sheers. Perfect for everyday office wear.
Opaque Tights & Pantyhose
Features: The main difference between opaques and tights is the weight. Tights are typically heavier and less sheer than opaques. Tights are usually made of cotton, wool, or nylon/Lycra. Opaques are usually nylon/Lycra or microfibers.
Features: Made of nylon and available in various style options, typically with either a sheer or opaque brief.
Control Top Pantyhose
Features: Made with spandex, the control top adds compression, which provides you with mid-section and hip control. Several levels of control top choices are available including light, medium and turbo!
Body Shaper Pantyhose
Features: The full monty! Made with spandex, body shaper pantyhose offer a longer line control top which covers thighs in addition to the mid-section, bootie and hips. Like control tops, bodyshapers are available in varying levels of control.
Control Top & Support Hose
Features: You have the torso control and the leg support that you may need.
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