Monday, September 2, 2013

Do Stockings Age You?

We all know the Queen of England would never step out in public bare legged!  Goodness gracious no...she always wears nude stockings.

Ladies my age were brought up to wear nude stockings, especially to church, dressy functions, or in the workplace.  I agree that in the heat of the summer, it's wonderful to wear a Lilly Pulitzer shift with a pair of Tory Burch Revas or Jack Rogers sandals...bare legged.  Bare legs seem to be the new trend for young ladies; I see them at church, at weddings, and in the workplace.  When did ladies stop wearing stockings?  Do stockings age those of us who still wear them?

I think not!  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge always appears in public wearing nude stockings.  Of course, Buckingham Palace enforces a strict dress code for women...they must wear stockings and closed-toed shoes.

Nude stockings are like a foundation for your legs and they also add a nice sheer finish to lilly-white legs.  Suntan stockings are a definite no-no.  Your stockings should match your skin tone.  And please ladies, don't wear stockings with open-toed shoes!

I remember the day my Mama allowed me to wear stockings.  I was so excited and have been wearing them every since!  I even saved my garter belt and stockings from the Christian Dior store in Paris that I wore on my wedding day.

Opaque tights are really fashionable now and I love wearing them.  I think black tights make heavy legs look slimmer and hide any flaws on the legs.  It looks nice to coordinate the color of your tights with the color of your sweater/blouse/jacket, et cetera.

Do you think ladies look better when they wear stockings or do you think stockings age you?

22 comments:

Donna said...

I like the look of a good-quality stocking but hate wearing panty hose. The current trend of going bare-legged works for some gals but some look sloppy and unfinished. I totally agree with you about the color choice for stockings. Stockings should enhance the legs, not make them look like belong to someone else.

eHa said...

I am in my twenties and I wear panty hose to work most of the time. I think they're an essential part of a business formal wardrobe and I would be embarrassed to be seen in court without them. But I do not think most people seem to feel that way anymore. Part of the reason I wear hose is because I think they make me look more grown-up and responsible and that's what I want. But, I definitely think that wearing stockings that are too thick or are a bad match for your skin tone may age you in a bad kind of way.

Since I am always cold but like to wear skirts and dresses more so than pants I often wear hose to keep warm in air conditioned buildings and in the winter I wear opaque tights with long underwear underneath.

Suburban Charm said...

I am with you....if I'm sporting a Lilly Pulitzer skirt or casual dress, I will skip the stockings and wear a ballet flat or my Jack's, but any other occasion that I'm wearing a suit or dress, I have them on. I actually love the Spanx pantyhose....very helpful after having four kids! Definitely in the nude color...I also like black or navy tights in the fall and winter with my casual skirts and dresses.

Tammy B said...

I always wear stockings to work. I am appalled at the women who wear a nice suit and expensive shoes with bare legs. I've also heard that bare feet can ruin the inside of shoes.

AngelaV said...

I wear hose to church and dressy functions. It just makes you look more polished.

Gramspearls said...

Miss Janice,

Thank you for this post. Those of us who live 'up north' have never been able to stop wearing nude stockings, even if we wanted to! There events where the weather is just too cold to even think of not wearing nude stockings...you can only wear sheer black with some dressy outfits. I always felt a bit odd, but I always wear them when it's appropriate. I agree with all these comments, much more classy and polished and it just makes your legs look better. (no
blisters either). Thank you Donna Karen, The Nudes!

Warmly, Kathleen

Tricia said...

Perfect timing for this post, as I'm wearing stockings for the first time since classes ended in early May. Somehow, after Labor Day, no matter how hot it still is here in Texas, stockings feel right for work.

Genuine Lustre said...

I'm so glad they are back. I wear them to church about 9 mos of the year and feel much more "together."

Bama Girl in AZ said...

Oh boy. While I think they are probably appropriate, I haven't worn hose in 15 years - unless you count tights in the winter with boots? I can honestly say in Arizona, I NEVER see anyone wearing hose unless they are 60+. Again, I might not agree with it. I will say I do not like the feelign of wearing hose.

Kari said...

Depends on where you live, I believe. I personally hate them but wouldn't be caught dead without them on a January day in N.Y.C. But imagine your legs ( and other personal areas) wrapped in them on a 115 degree day in Scottsdale. Most stockings sold today are hideous and few of us have the inclination to spend $50+ for Wolfords when the $ would be better donated to the local food bank or animal rescue.
Aging? Absolutely! It's interesting that, about a year ago, a few obnoxious gentleman at the club were guessing women's ages. One particularly attractive gentleman (who was obviously full of himself) made the comment that "if they're wearing stockings, they're over 60". On the topic of stockings another followed up with " it's dating my granny".

Mona said...

Miss Janice, I concur with your post. Being over 50, I believe there is a time and place for nude nylons. I feel they are classy, and are a definite flaw hider for most ladies.

The Conservative Prep said...

I do not typically wear nude stockings (my Cajun mother does not leave house without them on), but I definitely wear navy and black opaque stockings in the winter.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

While I certainly admit to not always wearing stockings when it's warmer weather.....I would say that stockings don't age my legs as much as the ugly veins do....and of course, without stockings they show all the more. I try to wear slacks often.

Ali said...

I think the popularity of fake tan is making bare legs look better. But the skin has to be pretty flawless to really carry it off. I know stockings or hose isn't very comfortable on hot days, so Sally Hansen airbrushed legs works wonders to hide imperfections, even skin tone and add colour, while still letting you go bare legged.

Depending on the industry you work in, bare legs may not be acceptable in the workplace. And I certainly wouldn't attend a religious service or a formal occasion with naked pins.

Tights for the Winter are nice. Keep your legs warm and they come in so many colours and patterns, they are almost like another accessory.

Ali x

Monique Lehnhardt said...

In the past I wouldn't have step foot out the house without nude hose even when wearing pants. Now I've given in to the heat and wear them less but still to church and brunch. I hate fake tans and flip flops except at the beach or the spa.

Miss Jane said...

When I see a woman in a suit without pantyhose it always makes me think that she must have had a huge run in the ones she was wearing and had to take them off. It's not a polished, professional look.
Nordstrom has (or at least had) a dress code policy that if a female sales associate's legs were showing, she had to wear some kind of leg covering. I talked to one woman who dealt with the heat of the summer by wearing a very large weave fishnet hose in a nude color.
In winter a wool skirt with matching tights is a great look!

Kara said...

Oh my! I have my hose and garter belt from my wedding as well.

I think it is a MUST.

Kara said...

Oh my definitely YES! I, too, have my garters and stockings from my wedding in 1989! ♥

Lori said...

I think that stockings make you look polished. However, personally I am glad that bare legs are now acceptable. I spent a fortune buying hosiery when I worked. In Florida, they are just unbearable in the heat and humidity. I do keep a couple of pairs around just in case I need them, but I do everything possible to avoid them.

Kathie Truitt said...

Hmmm...I have noticed that the younger ladies in the organizations I'm in are bare. But the ladies 60 and over are usually in nude stockings. I agree that the stockings do look better but I just can not stand it in the humidity.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I haven't seen anyone wearing panty hose in 10 years, wow, don't send us back to the dark ages...

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