Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, has had a huge impact on the trend back toward wearing sheer, nude hose. It has not been that long ago when women in business rebelled against being required to wear hose at the office. I remember my daughter’s delight when her boss officially kicked off the beginning of summer: the date women in the organization could go without wearing hose. Of course, this was just for the three official months of summer with no bearing on actual temperatures!
This summer, wearing sheer, nude pantyhose has come full circle. Gone is the image of looking like granny wearing support hose only slightly resemble skin tones! Fashion designers have promoted hose on their runway looks, some even adding ankle socks.
There are definite benefits to wearing pantyhose. Hose give a finished look to your outfit. It also adds a professional note. Just as one avoids a skirt that is too short or low cut blouse that exposes too much cleavage, hose add a touch of modesty. You want your male clients and coworkers to focus on your expertise, not your other attributes!
Hosiery also covers flaws that you would prefer not be advertised. They give a uniformity of color. At the beginning of the summer, most of us have pasty white legs. Add a few spider veins or other flaws and: not a very pretty picture.
Go sheer to rock this look. If you really want to be a little fashion forward, look for some of the patterned styles. Some offer a line up the back as in the old fashioned seamed hose of yesteryear. Just be sure to keep the line straight up the back of your leg! Other styles offer a mesh pattern or other designs. If you are wearing something dark or have dark skin, sheer, darker shades are a great choice. Of course, you need dark shoes to complete the look.
Donna Karen and Wolford are two brands offering some nice choices. They are a bit more expensive but in my experience, they will last much longer. Jenny Altman, marketing consultant for Australian brand Wolford, recommends choosing from their “Skintone” line.
These nudes are designed to resemble skin without the orange tones that often comes from self-tanning products. Wolford even offers a thigh- high to keep cool on hot summer days. The gummy band at the top effectively keeps them in place while being comfortable.
Enjoy your elegant new take on summer dressing!
All hosiery images from Saks.