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Do women still wear pantyhose?

redheadfullofcurlsredheadfullofcurls Posts: 409Registered Users
I have a funeral to go to and I have a black dress to wear but I'm super white right now and I was thinking of wearing hose.. But as I'm thinking about it, I don't remember the last time I wore hose and I don't even know if women still wear them.. Do you?
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  • A_N@TUR@L_BETTYA_N@TUR@L_BETTY Posts: 10Registered Users
    I do. Try sheer black.

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  • TRBLTRBL Posts: 5,289Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I do in the winter time.
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  • sleepymekosleepymeko Posts: 1,002Registered Users
    They've been back in style for some time now. Perhaps a year. They haven't really hit HARD yet, but it's coming. I wear them all the time, but they have cute designs in them. Give it a year and everyone would be wearing them.

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  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users
    Opaque tights of all colours are in style at the moment ... but nobody my age (20's- early 30's) really wear sheer pantyhose anymore.
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  • TanyaJoleneTanyaJolene Banned Posts: 85Banned Users
    In the spring/summer, no. This time of year, since it goes back and forth, depends on the weather. I feel a little uncomfortable wearing skirts with sandals (no hose) in the office, but I am NOT wearing hose and dress shoes when it's hot out. That is why I tend to stick with dress capris and dress sandals or lightweight pants for most everything.

    For a funeral, I probably would (wear pantyhose) if you choose to wear a dress. Don't wear dark ones if you're pale - that looks awful. Even if you're self-conscious about your legs, match them to your skintone.
  • NaturalSassENaturalSassE Posts: 125Registered Users
    Yes n the winter time!!


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  • TanyaJoleneTanyaJolene Banned Posts: 85Banned Users
    Nej wrote: »
    Opaque tights of all colours are in style at the moment ... but nobody my age (20's- early 30's) really wear sheer pantyhose anymore.

    Really? I do. I would never wear opaque tights.
  • The New BlackThe New Black Posts: 16,738Registered Users
    I don't wear them. But you won't look out of place if you do. If it's cold out, try tights, which are much more comfortable.
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    Tights are certainly in fashion, but I still wear hose. I usually only wear them with boots and a skirt or dress with a hemline that hits just a bit above the boots, since like you I"m suuuuuper white and if too much of the hose show, it becomes pretty obvious the differential between my skin tone and the hose.
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  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    Our of respect for the dignity and somberness of a funeral, I would definitely not go bare-legged when wearing a dress. Whether you choose tights or other hoisery, the choice is up to you.
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  • naturale_deenaturale_dee Posts: 9Registered Users
    Nej wrote: »
    Opaque tights of all colours are in style at the moment ... but nobody my age (20's- early 30's) really wear sheer pantyhose anymore.

    I still where sheers in the winter time and in the summer for special occasions. I think funerals and weddings are special occasions.
    Opaque tights are in style, but I haven't wore them in decades. They are more comfortable and keep you warmer than sheers tho.

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  • 3c4d7zwhatevs3c4d7zwhatevs Posts: 1,589Registered Users
    I wear hose when I wear dresses. I was raised by my super-proper grandma and I still hear her voice when I even think about going out in a dress of a certain length, or without proper foundation garments lol.

    In all seriousness, I do think it is professional to wear sheers at work and I just do it for church and all special occasions like the ladies here say. I just wish it was more common. It is hard to find every day sheers, especially in colors for African American skintones. So, if they come back in fashion I wil be so happy.

    And sorry, back to the OP, I say wear a pair. Either in a dark color so your skin tone won't be an issue or get some in a shade or two darker. If it's a nice dress I say invest in a nice pair from Macy's or someplace where they carry a lot of shade. Hanes make a pearl white, a barely there, little color (all actual product names) which go well with lighter skintones, in a variety of thicknesses, from opaque to extra sheer.
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Hosiery has never gone out of style. There was a backlash against it for a while, but women pretty quickly figured out that barefeet + heels = blisters and barelegs + winter = cold.

    Besides, it's pretty unprofessional looking to be barelegged in conservative business environments, so women serious about their careers generally aren't barelegged in dresses and skirts...they're wearing hose, or pants.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I've always worn them. I feel underdressed without them.
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    misspam wrote: »
    Our of respect for the dignity and somberness of a funeral, I would definitely not go bare-legged when wearing a dress. Whether you choose tights or other hoisery, the choice is up to you.

    +1. I wouldn't go bare legged to a funeral.


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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I wear hose in the winter when opaque tights aren't appropriate. I also wear them with suits for job interviews. In my work world, bare legs are only appropriate on hot days.

    I'd wear black hose with a black dress but with other colors, I wear nude hose. Yes, I mean nude, not suntan.
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  • wavyblondewavyblonde Posts: 1,637Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I haven't worn nude hose in 10 or more years. They feel uncomfortable and look old-fashioned to me. I will wear tights or black hose in the winter, though.

    My pet peeve in life is people wearing pantyhose with sandals or open toed shoes, though. Yuck. Makes it look like you have webbed feet.
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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Novice
    I wear opaque tights in winter. In warmer weather I wear sheer black, nude or very pale grey (with grey lizard look pumps) for work interviews. I would wear hose or tights for a funeral - not go barelegged.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Yes, but I don't. I'll accept it(as not to offend anyone at a sensitive time) but I really don't understand the respect factor in wearing hose to a funeral. You can still see your legs, it's just a thin seeh through barely existant layer. If I think it's disrespectful to bare my legs somewhere, I just cover them with clothes.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I still wear them once in a while -- mostly at this time of year, when it's too spring-like to wear opaque tights, but too chilly to go bare-legged. Actually I tend to avoid skirts at this time of year, for this reason.

    I never really understood this loathing for sheer hose. They make most people's legs look better -- especially if, like me, you are not a spring chicken any more.
  • wonderdiana - shopaholic takes a napwonderdiana - shopaholic takes a nap Posts: 1,728Registered Users
    wavyblonde wrote: »
    I haven't worn nude hose in 10 or more years. They feel uncomfortable and look old-fashioned to me. I will wear tights or black hose in the winter, though.

    My pet peeve in life is people wearing pantyhose with sandals or open toed shoes, though. Yuck. Makes it look like you have webbed feet.

    My pet peeve is the women who take public transit to and from work and wear athletic sneakers and thick socks with their pantyhose for the commute. But I digress.

    I'm not really a fan of sheer hose. I wear opaque tights, patterned tights (lace, dots, ribbed, etc) or fishnets.
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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    I rarely wear pantyhose. Opaque tights are way more comfortable and much warmer in cooler weather. In the summer, I usually go barelegged since hosiery is beyond uncomfortable in the heat. For a funeral in the summer, I would break down and get sheer hose, though.
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    SuZenGuide wrote: »
    I still wear them once in a while -- mostly at this time of year, when it's too spring-like to wear opaque tights, but too chilly to go bare-legged. Actually I tend to avoid skirts at this time of year, for this reason.

    I never really understood this loathing for sheer hose. They make most people's legs look better -- especially if, like me, you are not a spring chicken any more.

    Sheer hose may make your legs look better but they run a lot faster too, at the slightest provacation, meaning a lot of money down the drain. I rarely wear them for this reason.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    SuZenGuide wrote: »
    I never really understood this loathing for sheer hose. They make most people's legs look better -- especially if, like me, you are not a spring chicken any more.

    I don't mind hose(sheer) if it's colored but when it's supposed to be 'natural' it doesn't really look natural and it just looks silly to me. I suppose it's not too different than wearing thick layers of foundation that's obvious and I don't care for that either but that makes more sense since it's your face. I just don't see the big deal with some imperfections on your legs.
  • FieryCurlsFieryCurls Posts: 2,904Registered Users
    The only time that I have/will wear hosiery has been for a job interview. I wear pants in the winter.
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  • NejNej Posts: 2,444Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    Yes, but I don't. I'll accept it(as not to offend anyone at a sensitive time) but I really don't understand the respect factor in wearing hose to a funeral. You can still see your legs, it's just a thin seeh through barely existant layer. If I think it's disrespectful to bare my legs somewhere, I just cover them with clothes.

    Yea I agree. I guess I just don't see how bare legs is being disrepectful .. as long as everyother part of you is dressed appropriately and it's warmer out who cares?

    If I knew that I would be in the company of extremelly conservative people who would freak over the sight of my naked calves then I would either wear pants or opaque tights/patterned hose.

    ETA: People can be weird sometimes. I remember it was early spring and I was at a funeral. I remember I didn't really have much to wear and the most appropriate shoes I had were open toes. Apparently my open-toed shoes were the talk of the funeral ... I was like seriously? Someone died and the most important thing on your mind is the footwear of an otherwise very nicely dressed 15 year old girl whose just putting her grown-up wardrobe together? Get a life.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    I wear high denier tights but I really don't like sheer or light denier. They remind me of school and I've yet to find a shade that resembles human in any colour. I wouldn't go bare legged to a funeral though is wear dark or patterned opaque tights.

    Does anyone remember the pantyhose invasion to the site we had a few years ago? I think the thread got lost in a purge :(


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  • LISA LISALISA LISA Posts: 566Registered Users
    I would - but I'm sooooo old school. I still wear a slip under all skirts/dresses too.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,250Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I love sheer black hose. I rarely have occasion to wear them tho. It's been years. I won't wear hose with sandals or open toed shoes of any kind.

    I would go to a funeral with bare legs. I've often gone to funerals in jeans. And in sandals. Same with church. I don't think decent clothes of any kind make someone disrespectful.
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  • wavyblondewavyblonde Posts: 1,637Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Josephine wrote: »
    SuZenGuide wrote: »
    I never really understood this loathing for sheer hose. They make most people's legs look better -- especially if, like me, you are not a spring chicken any more.

    I don't mind hose(sheer) if it's colored but when it's supposed to be 'natural' it doesn't really look natural and it just looks silly to me. I suppose it's not too different than wearing thick layers of foundation that's obvious and I don't care for that either but that makes more sense since it's your face. I just don't see the big deal with some imperfections on your legs.

    This. The only sheer hose that look halfway natural are really expensive. I wore a Calvin Klein pair to my sister's wedding, since I was in the wedding party, but I'm not sure I've worn sheer hose since. The CK pair was nice, but then if they rip, you've blown a wad of cash on something that's just not necessary in my world.

    My legs are okay without them, and I'm pale on every part of my body; why do I need my legs to be darker than my arms and face? I understand camouflaging imperfections if you're insecure about them, though. Before stuff like Spanx came out, I remember wearing control top pantyhose to make a slim skirt fit better, too.

    I guess I just don't like it because it calls attention to itself in an effort to look natural, but isn't natural. Pantyhose are usually too dark, or you see a run or a seam or something. I love pantyhose with the seam up the back ala the 1940s, or tights, because you can actually add to the character of your outfit with those.
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