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Markxxx
04-25-2011, 10:11 AM
I just finished listening to a pretty funny George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (radio) where Gracie makes a typical boneheaded move (at least George thinks so) of buying a LOT of nylon stockings. Of course everything works out well, 'cause this episode is just after WWII, when nylon stocking weren't available, and so the whole city has to have nylons and Gracie now has a monopoly on them.

From The History Of Hosiery

The first nylon stockings appeared in New York stores on May 15, 1940 and over 780,000 pairs were sold in the first day alone. In the first year, 64 million pairs were sold in the US, and “nylons” soon became the generic name for all hosiery products containing nylon (The History of Nylons).

When America entered World War II (1939- 1945), the production of nylon only supplied defensive needs. This meant nylon stockings became very hard to obtain. Overnight, all stockings became hard to find

This got me to thinking, women (and men if you wear them), just how much do you love/like nylon stockings? Would you miss them if they were not available like in WWII? Or could you be happy with the alternatives?

Bad News Baboon
04-25-2011, 10:20 AM
This being the dope and all, you'll be asked to clarify:
Do you specifically mean stockings - the kind worn with garters or do you mean any type of nylons (pantyhose, thigh highs, etc). What do you mean by alternatives? Fishnets? Or do you mean an alternative material.

It seems to me that generally speaking, women below 40 don't wear them much anymore, even in office settings. I think they are nice but I haven't worn any work related in years. I don't particularly miss them. I am more than fed up to spend $5-20 on a pair that tears within hours.

For me, if they fell off the face of the earth, I wouldn't particularly miss them.

Hello Again
04-25-2011, 10:21 AM
I think they are fairly out of fashion. Once upon a time bare legs on a women was deathly scandalous; today, in NYC, I rarely see women wearing stockings. Personally, I'd like to see them all burned in a great big bonfire.

Markxxx
04-25-2011, 11:20 AM
I know nothing about nylon stockings, being a male and a gay male at that. I just thought it I'd ask as the Burn and Allen episode was so funny. And of all the things that women couldn't get during WWII, it seems they really went nuts for nylon stockings. Whatever that was referring to back then.

So feel free to contribute whatever you think. I didn't even realize that women wear them anymore, so much for the egg and the stocking thing eh? :)

Vihaga
04-25-2011, 11:26 AM
Do I love them compared to the options I have now, such as going bare-legged, wearing pants, or wearing, say, tights with modern elastics? Hell no. I'll wear pants, thank you. I do occasionally wear nylon pantyhose for weddings and such, but often I don't even do that.


Would I love them compared to wearing the uncomfortable, non-elastic garter-based options that were available 40s, since bare legs/ pants weren't really acceptable for women?

Hells yes.

Lynn Bodoni
04-25-2011, 11:39 AM
I'm female and 53. I have worn traditional hose with a girdle with garters only a few times (my mother decided that I needed to wear stockings, and that's what she had, no pantyhose in the house). I despise nylon hose and panty hose. I am perfectly content to wear actual socks, that is, sort of like men wear. I've worn knee highs and I don't like them, but they're better than actual pantyhose.

Nylon hosiery tends to be too delicate for me, and it also requires too much special care.

Ferret Herder
04-25-2011, 11:51 AM
Hose is out of style currently and has been for a couple years - typically women who wear them are seen as older or unfashionable, or under a strict corporate dress code. (Alternately, more concerned about the appearance of their pale/veined/etc. legs than about appearing in style.)

So speaking for nylon stockings as a whole - no, I don't love them currently. If I were expected to wear them, I'd certainly love them more than what women in the '40s had to deal with.

DiosaBellissima
04-25-2011, 11:55 AM
I'm 25 years old and women of my generation generally do not wear pantyhose/nylons/ etc. Now, in the winter, leggings (sometimes in fun colors and patterns) do get some popularity, but even then. . . I live in Southern California, so it's not like coldness necessitates me covering my legs. I don't wear stockings to work, to formal events, or to anything, really. Well, that's not true- I wear fishnets and stuff every so often for costume purposes, but that's about it.

I think an older woman (not old, just older than me) would be a little more concerned about the loss of nylons. Besides the generational social conditioning they've had (COVER YOUR LEGS, HUSSY!), women of a certain age generally like hose because it covers the imperfections on their legs (veins, wrinkles, scars, etc etc).

janis_and_c0
04-25-2011, 12:06 PM
*snip* Personally, I'd like to see them all burned in a great big bonfire.

I'll bring the matches!!

missred
04-25-2011, 12:31 PM
I wouldn't really miss them if they fell off the face of the earth. Just about the only time that I wear them is when I'm expected to dress like a grown-up and slacks aren't an option.

As far as stockings go, when I do wear them, I prefer silk. And I hate, hate, hate pantyhose! I've never gotten a pair that fit in both the legs and waist.

missred (F, 48)

TruCelt
04-25-2011, 02:00 PM
I almost never wear skirts anymore. When I do, I'd much rather have silk. Back when that was an every day thing, silk was too expensive, and I wore nylon. hated them, still do.

Scarlett67
04-25-2011, 02:04 PM
I think an older woman (not old, just older than me) would be a little more concerned about the loss of nylons. Besides the generational social conditioning they've had (COVER YOUR LEGS, HUSSY!), women of a certain age generally like hose because it covers the imperfections on their legs (veins, wrinkles, scars, etc etc).

Color me an old fuddy-duddy, then. Not so much about avoiding the "hussy" label as for the firming and smoothing effects (both physical and visual). I also think they feel nice and provide a "finished" look. I should note that I don't have to wear them except when I want to; I work at home, so most days I'm just wearing comfy things, but when I go out and about I do like to look nice, and that includes dresses and skirts. I don't always wear nylons, but I'm more likely to wear them with shorter skirts.

I'll be 44 next month.

Audrey Levins
04-25-2011, 02:09 PM
I work with a woman who's 40 (I'm 32) and she wore black stockings to the Christmas party...and every woman there made an almost involuntary face, like "Cute dress...oh...why did she wear HOSE with it??" I dunno anybody under 50 who wears hosiery without appearing dated and/or clueless. I haven't worn stockings since I was a little girl; that's about the only people who can get away with it, IMHO. Little girl + Easter dress + hat + white stockings = aww...how cute. And old ladies wear them cuz old ladies dress like...old ladies.


But if you're between puberty and old age, chances are good you won't be wearing stockings. I hate them and I'm glad they're out of style.

Glory
04-25-2011, 02:37 PM
Hate them. They are horribly uncomfortable and hot. I have worn hose once in the past 10 years (my stepfather's memorial, I just knew it was expected and the "right" thing to do). I do occasionally wear tights - particularly black tights, slim black skirt and black knee boots. Also hate tights, but they aren't quite as yucky as hose.

Broomstick
04-25-2011, 02:53 PM
I absolutely loathe nylon stockings.

Though, honestly, I'm not sure any of the alternatives would make me happy either.

Dung Beetle
04-25-2011, 02:55 PM
Hose is out of style currently and has been for a couple years - typically women who wear them are seen as older or unfashionable, or under a strict corporate dress code. (Alternately, more concerned about the appearance of their pale/veined/etc. legs than about appearing in style.)

Yep, that would be me.

I go bare-legged when I think itís appropriate for the outfit, other times I wear fishnets or off-black hosiery. I did swear off the beige color thoughÖ

carlotta
04-25-2011, 04:13 PM
I think the reason women were so desperate for nylons during wartime was that they were easily damaged. Before the rationing they could be replaced easily and cheaply but after that they couldn't be replaced at all. That left you with the option of wearing tattered stockings, going bare-legged (apparently not acceptable), or wearing old fashioned old lady lisle stocking that would sag.

I'm glad I have the Dope. I'm 41 and I hardly ever wear skirts, nor, I guess, do I check out the legs of other women much, so I didn't know hose had fallen so out of fashion. Should I have occasion to wear a shortish skirt I'll go bare (though it will feel a little weird)

I'm trying to think of some sort of equivalent loss in my own life. I think if mascara suddenly became unavailable for reasons of national defense you would see me hoarding, begging, borrowing, hopefully not going so far as stealing, so loathe am I to appear in public without it (not because I like to be made up but because mascara lets me look much prettier without seeming to have any makeup on.)

dangermom
04-25-2011, 04:26 PM
Color me an old fuddy-duddy, then. Not so much about avoiding the "hussy" label as for the firming and smoothing effects (both physical and visual). I also think they feel nice and provide a "finished" look. I should note that I don't have to wear them except when I want to; I work at home, so most days I'm just wearing comfy things, but when I go out and about I do like to look nice, and that includes dresses and skirts. I don't always wear nylons, but I'm more likely to wear them with shorter skirts.

I'll be 44 next month.
Yeah, me too. If I'm wearing a dress, I'm wearing nylons. Trust me, it's better this way. I'm 37. And I don't care much if they're out of style.

I usually wear pants to work and most of the time, I'm wearing knee-high stockings unless I'm wearing shoes that need socks. My work shoes are more comfortable that way. You can't actually see any evidence of it about 80% of the time, but my feet are happier.


My friend who is uber-stylish wears patterned nylons all the time, so it can't be that awful.

StGermain
04-25-2011, 04:29 PM
I've read (can't vouch for veracity) that during WWII women who had to go bare-legged because of the unavailability of silk or nyoln stockings drew lines up the backs of their legs to look like the seams in silk stockings.

Personally, I can't stand them. But my pasty white legs look horrible, too. I generally wear long pants.

StG

Maiira
04-25-2011, 04:47 PM
Ick, I hate nylons. I can never get them to stay up, and because of this I'm always distinctly aware that I'm wearing them.

I like the look of ones with fun patterns, but I prefer wearing American Apparel's thigh-high socks, seen here: http:// store .americanapparel .net/rsaskth1.html (breaking the link because while the picture linked is SFW, there are others on the site that are not). They're nearly as long as actual tights, but I've never had them fall down on me. They're also warm enough for winter.

kittenblue
04-25-2011, 05:12 PM
Hated nylons when I started wearing them, with a garter belt, back in the late 60's, but only because pantyhose were the trendy thing then and I would have been laughed at by my peers if they had caught a glimpse of the simply ugly garter belt my mom gave me.

Love pantyhose, and care not that they are supposedly out of fashion.The bare-legged look is fine for sundresses and skinny girls who work out and tan, but for those of us who are pale and plus size and need to look professional, pantyhose smooth and firm and make little veins less noticeable. Plus I hate the feeling of bare feet in dress shoes. And they do help keep you warm in the winter, though I often wear tights instead. I simply could not wear a dressy dress and have bare legs. And you really wouldn't want to see that, trust me. In fact, I have a very bad bruise on my calf right now, and even with sheer pantyhose at church yesterday, it was a lot less noticeable than it would have been if my legs were bare.

Nylons back in the forties, according to my mother, were very much a sign of refinement and no longer being a child who wore white ankle socks with dressy dresses. They were a coming-of-age symbol, and sexy, too. One of my old stuffed toys is filled with old nylons, some with the seams!

Scarlett67
04-25-2011, 06:34 PM
Forgot to add: If they're so horribly out of style and only frumpy little old ladies wear them, why does every department store have a rack with a large selection of brands, sizes, styles, and colors?

I haven't noticed huge displays of bullet bras or bloomers.

YogSothoth
04-25-2011, 06:39 PM
This thread needs pictures!

Bad News Baboon
04-26-2011, 01:45 AM
Forgot to add: If they're so horribly out of style and only frumpy little old ladies wear them, why does every department store have a rack with a large selection of brands, sizes, styles, and colors?

I haven't noticed huge displays of bullet bras or bloomers.

Lots of reasons:
Not all older women that wear them are "frumpy old ladies"- IMO, women 40+ tend to wear them.
There are a ton of older women.
A lot of corporate women have to wear them.
Those that do wear them have to buy a lot because they always run.
Quite a few women buy stockings for sex (the gartered stocking look is hot to a lot of people)

It seems to me that the racks of pantyhose have gotten much smaller. I remember the big racks of Leggs as a kid (the eggs fascinated me). Now they are down to an endcap at Target. Their hosiery section seems to have way more tights and support products (such as assets brand) than actual pantyhose.

lshaw
04-26-2011, 02:55 AM
I wear tights a lot - with skirts or shorts, layered with thigh high socks or knee highs, boots, anything really. Whenever I say this, people are like, tights are different from nylons! That gets me confused because when I look at the composition of most tights, they still have nylon in them. Others say the difference between tights and pantyhose is the opacity, but if you look at retailers like ASOS or urbanoutfitters (certainly not for the more mature), there are plenty of sheer "tights" being sold; what makes something like this (http://lookbook.nu/look/1576926-lazy-days) tights and not nylons (or vice versa).

Anywhere, I love them; they are so versatile. Here are a few looks I like:

With boots + cape (http://lookbook.nu/look/399505-Pont-Marie)
With shorts (http://lookbook.nu/look/1148129-PFW)
With skirt (http://lookbook.nu/look/784081-muted)
With coat (http://lookbook.nu/look/1733000-Romantic-me)
With ankle boots (http://lookbook.nu/look/1457937-Adele-Hometown-Glory-High-Contrast-Remix)
With dress (http://lookbook.nu/look/1480295-The-Secret-Garden)

HazelNutCoffee
04-26-2011, 03:27 AM
I wish I lived in a climate where they weren't necessary. I'll wear skin-colored stockings in the spring/fall and patterned/colored tights in the winter with skirts or shorts. Sometimes I'll wear garter stockings, but only if I know my boyfriend will be in a position to appreciate my wearing them.

Anaamika
04-26-2011, 08:33 AM
I hate them and I totally don't see the point. My legs are pre-tanned, I don't need the color, and as others have said, they rip and tear so easily it's ridiculous.

I also wear tights in the winter if need be, but I haven't worn a pair of nylons in several years. Oh, and I'm 35 - so I guess just on the cusp of the REBELLION!

Sometimes I'll wear garter stockings, but only if I know my boyfriend will be in a position to appreciate my wearing them.

This made my inner 12 year old come out. You said "position"...snerk.

Dung Beetle
04-26-2011, 08:43 AM
I forgot to put my age before: I’m forty and a half.

I don’t have any trouble with hose tearing…I think I’ve had the same couple of pairs for about a year now. I get some that have a high spandex content (in the leg, not the panty!) and wash them in a lingerie bag on the delicate cycle.

Guinastasia
04-26-2011, 12:53 PM
I'm 32 and I HATE them. (Pantyhose) They're hot, itchy and uncomfortable and I hardly ever wear them. Fishnets are fine, because they have "holes" so you can get air to your legs, but nylons are just, ugh.

Bad News Baboon
04-26-2011, 10:20 PM
I forgot to put my age before: Iím forty and a half.

I donít have any trouble with hose tearingÖI think Iíve had the same couple of pairs for about a year now. I get some that have a high spandex content (in the leg, not the panty!) and wash them in a lingerie bag on the delicate cycle.

Mine never seem to make it to the wash. I'm always snagging them on something, it seems.

Plus one more thing to hate about them: putting them on when you are fresh from the shower. Blah!

salinqmind
04-27-2011, 09:22 AM
Getting dressed up? Dress, skirt, suit, for a wedding or other somewhat formal occasion? Absolutely, I will wear pantyhose on my white stubbly legs, I wouldn't leave the house without them. But this happens maybe once a year, if that. In the summer I wear sundresses, shorts, skirts, and I don't care if my white stubbly legs are exposed for everyday, especially in the hot summer. I'll be damned if I'm going to spend money and time slathering on 'leg tanner' (awful blotchy orange stuff!) or 'leg makeup'. I'd rather pick up a pair of cheapo pantyhose and wear them once...I do remember the panty-girdle and stockings day, back in, oh, middle school, I was in my early teens. Then the mini-skirt arrived and pantyhose were invented because of that...I swear, the topic of 'hose for women' is equivalant to 'ties for men'. Maybe everyone ought to wear unisex jumpsuits and be done with all the nit-picking!

Ferret Herder
04-27-2011, 09:56 AM
Age 40 here. The times I do wear a skirt/dress (rare), I just sport my whiter-than-white skin tone, which borders on transparency enough to show veins through it in places. I wouldn't try to cover my legs with tights in a swimsuit, so I'm not going to be ashamed of my legs otherwise. I may feel differently later in life.

Broomstick
04-27-2011, 10:28 AM
Frankly, I find it rather offensive that those women with extremely pale skin tone are expected to hide their legs, as if being white was somehow shameful or offensive. Can you imagine the outrage if black women were expected to hide how dark their legs are?

Nice double-standard there.

(Not - this does not apply to women of any skin color with scars, prominent veins, or other blemishes, who may choose to conceal such cosmetic defects. This is an objection to the idea that inherently pale skin is to be hidden even when healthy and unmarked.)

Anaamika
04-27-2011, 11:32 AM
Frankly, I find it rather offensive that those women with extremely pale skin tone are expected to hide their legs, as if being white was somehow shameful or offensive. Can you imagine the outrage if black women were expected to hide how dark their legs are?



I totally agree. Pale skin tone can be damn sexy, I feel. Wear them if you want, don't wear them if you can't stand them. I was just pointing out that one of their so-called purposes (making the skin look tanned) is totally wasted on me anyway. I see absolutely no point in wearing something that is almost the exact color of my skin anyway!

Broomstick
04-27-2011, 01:17 PM
That didn't apply to you, Anaamika, but others going "Oh! My legs are too pale to be seen!"

Anaamika
04-27-2011, 01:35 PM
That didn't apply to you, Anaamika, but others going "Oh! My legs are too pale to be seen!"

Iknow. :) I just didn't want people to think I was saying that I could go without but pale women could not. Fight the power! or don't! It's all up to you!

Markxxx
04-27-2011, 02:22 PM
OK since my questioned seemed to be answered as today's women don't love nylons, let me ask, why did the women before WWII go nuts over them. Why did they come back so fast after the war? What did women in the 40s see in them that today's women don't.

Or was it just a change of style?

DiosaBellissima
04-27-2011, 02:32 PM
I totally agree. Pale skin tone can be damn sexy, I feel. Wear them if you want, don't wear them if you can't stand them. I was just pointing out that one of their so-called purposes (making the skin look tanned) is totally wasted on me anyway. I see absolutely no point in wearing something that is almost the exact color of my skin anyway!

I don't get white people wearing them to look tan, actually. Ok, so if the rest of you is white and your legs are brown. . . how is that an attractive look? So, then you're wearing something the same color as your skin and unless you're trying to cover up wrinkles or marks, I don't see the point in that.

And if you ARE trying to cover up marks, they sell spray foundation for legs just for that purpose.

Anaamika
04-27-2011, 02:32 PM
OK since my questioned seemed to be answered as today's women don't love nylons, let me ask, why did the women before WWII go nuts over them. Why did they come back so fast after the war? What did women in the 40s see in them that today's women don't.

Or was it just a change of style?

There is no doubt they can be sexy, if on the right woman and if untorn. Maybe it was just a way for women to wear shorter skirts and still be "decent", as it were.

DiosaBellissima
04-27-2011, 02:34 PM
OK since my questioned seemed to be answered as today's women don't love nylons, let me ask, why did the women before WWII go nuts over them. Why did they come back so fast after the war? What did women in the 40s see in them that today's women don't.

Or was it just a change of style?

I think it was a more conservative era. The women wanted to be sexy (show their legs) without being a hussy (being uncovered).

Anaamika
04-27-2011, 02:35 PM
I don't get white people wearing them to look tan, actually. Ok, so if the rest of you is white and your legs are brown. . . how is that an attractive look? So, then you're wearing something the same color as your skin and unless you're trying to cover up wrinkles or marks, I don't see the point in that.

And if you ARE trying to cover up marks, they sell spray foundation for legs just for that purpose.

I presume it was because your legs were way whiter than the rest of you, having been covered up all year. But I never really thought about it.

DiosaBellissima
04-27-2011, 02:38 PM
I presume it was because your legs were way whiter than the rest of you, having been covered up all year. But I never really thought about it.

Good point. I suppose I hadn't thought about it that way, since my legs are generally the same color as the rest of me.

Anaamika
04-27-2011, 02:43 PM
Good point. I suppose I hadn't thought about it that way, since my legs are generally the same color as the rest of me.

We're kind of both the same color. But I have heard women say before, "I just can't wear shorts yet, since my legs are so white!" I presume they mean to go tan them before they can.

At the whitest, after a long winter, my legs are still caramel-ish. And then I only need 2-3 bike rides to work before they start darkening again.

DiosaBellissima
04-27-2011, 02:46 PM
We're kind of both the same color. But I have heard women say before, "I just can't wear shorts yet, since my legs are so white!" I presume they mean to go tan them before they can.

At the whitest, after a long winter, my legs are still caramel-ish. And then I only need 2-3 bike rides to work before they start darkening again.

Agreed on us being about the same color. Yeah, even if my legs are a bit lighter than my arms, I brown up pretty quickly out in the sunshine.

Anaamika
04-27-2011, 02:52 PM
Agreed on us being about the same color. Yeah, even if my legs are a bit lighter than my arms, I brown up pretty quickly out in the sunshine.

It's ridiculous. On the right day, if the sun is directly beating down on me, I can tan a shade darker in ten minutes.

kittenblue
04-27-2011, 05:00 PM
And if you ARE trying to cover up marks, they sell spray foundation for legs just for that purpose. Don't quite see how spray foundation is easier/quicker/cheaper than pantyhose. I've never tried it, but seems like I'd need an awful lot to cover the vast expanses of my legs, plus isn't it hard to get on evenly? and where does all the overspray go...do you have to apply it in the shower to keep from getting it on the carpet and bedding? And I'm not all that bendy...shaving is awkward enough, I know I'd miss the backs of my knees! Plus my pale white skin is a bit (oh, this is really hard to say as an older woman who has lost some weight) saggy and crepey (there, I said it) and you cannot see that when I wear hose. And I'm not going for a dark tan look on my legs...just less pale and pasty and dead-fish-underbelly look. Even. The same color as my arms.

DiosaBellissima
04-27-2011, 05:20 PM
Don't quite see how spray foundation is easier/quicker/cheaper than pantyhose. I've never tried it, but seems like I'd need an awful lot to cover the vast expanses of my legs, plus isn't it hard to get on evenly? and where does all the overspray go...do you have to apply it in the shower to keep from getting it on the carpet and bedding?

It's a spray can, like hair spray. Surprisingly easy, actually- no bendiness necessary.

Personally, I'm not sure it's EASIER than throwing on a pair of pantyhose, but I'd definitely find it a whole lot more comfortable. Personally, I don't wear pantyhose OR leg foundation, but I have covered my tattoos (on my ankles) up with regular old makeup when need be. I can't imagine covering a rogue vein would be all that different.

KinkiNipponTourist
04-27-2011, 05:32 PM
I live in Japan, and they're just as widely used here as they've ever been. Gross in the hot, humid summer, and I do occasionally sneak around without them, but otherwise yep, got a dress/skirt on, yer pulling on hose too. No way no how would I go to any outside client meeting without them.

I can't wait to visit the US next month and show off my pasty white, sickly-looking, varicose-vein sporting (thanks Mom! and Grandma on Dad's side! Way to ensure I get 'em too!) splotchy legs that never, ever tan! Because yeah, hose do suck.

salinqmind
04-27-2011, 06:12 PM
MY legs don't "brown up", tan to a delightful caramel color, or any other color except staying a glaring, blinding pork belly white with a bright red overlay if I am unfortunate enough to be stuck in the sun for any length of time. I remember years ago, everyone in my office building wore white hose, and then it went out of fashion overnight, because it made your legs look 'fat'. Well, without hose, if my bare legs look 'fat, should I then wear black tights or dark hose?

Flutterby
04-27-2011, 06:34 PM
I hate them. For one, since I'm clumsy, I'm lucky if they last for more than a single wearing without getting a run. For two, I haven't found a pair that fit since I was ten. Last time I tried to wear some I couldn't get them past my thighs, before that they wouldn't stay up so I'd end up walking around with the crotch at my thighs and ducking into a bathroom at every opportunity to tug them up again.

The same goes with tights. Thigh highs? More like knee highs. I'm just too tall/big for even the largest sizes I've been able to find easily, so I just go bare legged in skirts and look for shoes that feel comfy with bare feet.

Two Many Cats
04-27-2011, 10:11 PM
I rarely wear skirts anymore. The only reason I'd wear nylons is to wear a skirt. Even now, all my skirts are mid-shin length, so I wear nylon knee-highs with those. It doesn't feel any different wearing knee-high nylons from wearing socks which is what I normally wear.

I like wearing long skirts, oddly enough. I just don't do it very often.

But yeah, nylons suck.

Cubsfan
04-28-2011, 10:35 PM
Man. Love them. But I do have a nylon foot fetish so I'm biased.

sinusoidal
04-29-2011, 12:58 PM
Among a certain subset of younger women (see the lookbook.nu links previously posted), sheer stockings/hose are definitely in style, with the caveat that they are not skin toned. Note that these women tend to be on the fashion-forward side of things. For the more typical 20-somethings, bare legs and tan is in. However the typical 20-somethings don't often get dressed up to the extent that nylons would be appropriate. The only exception are weddings, which are normally in the summer, when it is hot enough that most eschew nylons.


Personally, I love nylon stockings, but I have a retro/fashion-forward vibe to my wardrobe. Stockings > hose, always. The entire hose has to be replaced if one side gets a run, hose is a pita in the bathroom, it makes you prone to yeast infections, and looks unsexy when your clothes are off. I love the look of garters, and I love wearing them to work, being all sexy without anyone knowing. Work-appropriate shoes often give me blisters - not just the heels; flats too - and nylons protect against this.

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