Weekly Wonder #36 -Hosiery “Rules”

Hosiery Rules

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Hosiery Rules

Of course as older women, we all have worn hosiery. Yet it has been quite the trend for the last few years to NOT wear hosiery. As for the word “rules”—we should realize, there are now very few rules (besides having to wear clothes in the first place) and I think as long as you are trying to look nice, you’ll succeed. But I’m sure you always want to look somewhat appropriate? And remember, not everybody agrees on these points. Much of the hullabaloo depends on where you live, where you’re going, and your mood. And for the sake of argument, let’s take comfort out of the equation because there are so many different brands now that you should have no issue with finding one that fits fabulously!  Let’s review three options:

1-Nude Hose—These are now okay again thanks to Kate Middleton (see what being a princess does?). But there still are some controversies on this. If it’s warm enough and you like your legs—it’s easier to go without hose. If you need to wear hose, the best ones are those that match your skin tone—basically you want to mimic the bare leg look. That means, no sun-tan color hose!! And please no toe covering pantyhose with open toed shoes. My mom has these fabulous hose that are toeless (see below—both are under $10)) And for those of you who are embarrassed by “spots” on their legs—there is the option of body/leg makeup!

Bare NecessitiesHosiery Rules (Lord & Taylor have them in plus size also)

Hosiery Rules  Amazon.com 

2. Tights—Tights are a great option to give your legs coverage both for warmth & looks! Of course you can wear the black ones, but at this time in our lives, I think we should have fun with the colored tights too! Remember, fashion is all about expressing yourself. If you want to portray fun and youthfulness, wear the print tights. They may not be appropriate for the conservative work place, but how fun to wear them touring around the art museum. The only rule with this would be to stay away from too much mathcy-matchy. All purple from head to toe is a terrible remembrance of Barney the dinosaur!

3-Sheer Colored Hose—Now here’s where many disagreements come into play. I think black sheer hosiery can look fine with your formal wear. I like playing with different colors for fun! As I said before…fashion is all about expressing yourself and how your feel. If you want to blend in, then wear what everyone else is wearing, however, if you want to stand out…wear what you love!

Realistically, hosiery will never be truly “out” because there is a lot of money to be made from the product! It’s like everything else in the fashion world—they will tweak the  product to make it a little different and hopefully better for us consumers! And just like the toeless hose, there are some interesting products out there you probably didn’t even realize existed. Go to the store and check out the newer selections!

Thanks to Cathy for asking the question about hosiery!!  This week the three of us will be wearing our LBD for the autumn months!

  • Lorena

    I last wore hoisery was about a year ago during a business trip to Mexico because it was really cold, however I do keep a stash of colourful, nude or dark tights around.

  • Kathy

    As a woman in her sixties, I fully realize that my legs are not the same as a 25 year old, so I was thrilled when Duchess Kate made hose acceptable again. They cover up a multitude of “sins” and while I don’t enjoy wearing them, I’m glad my legs don’t have to be exposed in the name of fashion anymore. Because I’m retired, I don’t have to wear them often, but when I do, it is usually nude or flesh colored, or black.

    • I totally agree…the good thing about the “no hose” trend was it was much less expensive, but living in Colorado makes it unrealistic in the colder months!

  • I absolutely HATE wearing hose! (of course, as I am African American, I do not suffer from pale legs either! And, I live in California. LOL) At any rate, I am happy the old fashioned hose are mostly a thing of the past. Remember how expensive they could be and then instantly you got a run in them? I can remember when I was younger putting nail polish on the run to stop it and later cutting the bad leg out and and wearing another pair of pant hose with a good leg. Oh the memories!!!

    I do wear knee high hose from time to time but mostly the designer fishnet style (both knee high and panty style. I also wear tights. But, I still prefer a bare leg!!!

    • OMG…I totally remember cutting out one leg and wearing two top portions!! And I even kept clear fingernail polish with me at all times…just in case! But either I have gotten more careful, or they don’t seem to run as easily nowadays? Of course if the weather is nice—why would you wear hosiery? But here in Colorado…there is this thing called snow and it’s a bit chilly!! So I’ve been known to layer 2 pair of hose/tights together for warmth (and I’m a true lover of the fleece lined tights—bet you don’t have any of those…ha ha) Thanks for the great memories!

  • samantha4blair

    Well jodie, You know that his post caught my attention! I do love my tights (or hosiery). I laughed at your Barney comment (remembering what you said about your Mum and her purple tights..haha).
    There are some fantastic products out there..in every colour possible and amazing patterns and finishes….there is no excuse for boring legs, is there?
    As for “barely blacks”…..shudder…. you know my feeling on those! Hahaha.
    Great post (I love your writing style).

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    • I knew you’d love to weigh in on these thoughts Samantha!! And you are quite the inspiration—you’ve made me rethink colored tights (but I still draw the line at purple ones with a purple dress/skirt & purple pumps)!! As for your shuddering at barely blacks—I hear you…but sometimes with my older women friends…I think you have to pick your battles! Thanks for always giving a hoot!!!