Nude Hosiery - Yay or Nay?
Ah, the nude hosiery debate. While Michelle Obama made it popular to show off bare legs, Kate Middleton, Ariana Grande and Beyonce are all fans.
Just a few short years ago — “pantyhose” as they have been unflatteringly referred to — were passé. No respectable woman would be caught dead wearing them lest she be relegated to grandma status. We remember those days well, recommending micro-fishnet nude tights as a substitute.
Enter Kate Middleton and her perfectly polished pantyhose-covered legs! All of the sudden it was ok to do nude hosiery again. Quite a few of our clients still have a strong aversion to them — so strong that they refuse to wear skirts and dresses because of it. But, for our clients who do not find hosiery to be a huge hassle, they ask us what our professional opinion is: nude hosiery - yay or nay?
I say, “Yay!” Why? For one, we live in an area that gets frigid each season. For those who don’t want to wear pants all winter long, you still need some coverage for your legs. Enter pantyhose.
If you work in a business professional environment or have to dress up for evening events, opaque tights won’t cut it because they can often dress a look down, while pantyhose provide the finishing touch to tailored, professional and evening looks.
Nude hosiery/stockings/pantyhose has come a long way since they brought on to the open market in 1959. While some find the look to be too “antiquated,” millennial sales of sheer hosiery alone have gone up from 9 percent to 27 percent in the past year. That’s a huge jump in sales, since Americans tend to shy away from them, while in European countries women wear them all year round for that flawless finish.
Nude hosiery also hide any imperfections you might have, like varicose veins, scars, etc. They’re like makeup for your legs! And just like finding the right foundation, you have to find the right shade to your skin. I’m not promoting the ultra-suntanned, or the pair with a lot of sheen. Nowadays they come in many colors. But remember, the best kind of sheer hose are the kind you can’t see, so make sure you check the denier - the unit of weight indicating the fineness or thickness of hosiery. The lower the denier, the more transparent they are.
The technology has changed as well! This hosiery now comes with added spandex, which they lacked before. They are more resistant to snags and keep their shape. So say goodbye to the saggy knee look! Many brands offer a roll-resistant waistband, which is, for me, the best change!
So when it comes to nude hosiery, tell us, are you a “yay” or a “nay”?
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