Pantyhose have been demonized over the last several years. Bosses who insist their women employees wear hose are considered ogres and face rebellion in the workplace. If an image consultant (or worse yet, a mother) suggested a young woman would have a more finished look they were discounted as old-lady and out of touch.
Kate Middleton to the rescue! The new Duchess of Cambridge, who is anything but old-lady or frumpy, wears pantyhose. She was criticized for wearing hose with a shine but the vast majority of reviews I have seen have been very positive.
I think pantyhose give a more finished look, important for professions where a suit is daily attire or for a dressy occasion. Of course, the future queen of England will spend the much of her life in the eye of the public, something few of us will ever experience.
The average woman may want to rethink her absolute aversion to pantyhose and consider a more moderate approach. In the summertime when your legs are tan, it is generally acceptable to go barelegged. If your legs resemble the Pillsbury Dough Boy (I’m talking color) pantyhose or tights will give a more finished look. Another consideration is to achieve a long leg line. If you have dark shoes and bare legs, or boots with a span of bare skin, you have created visual breaks, which shorten the leg.
Consider these pictures of the Duchess. The white and black is dramatic, which she can carry off, but notice how the black shoes and black hose or tights make her appear to have such long legs. The other photos just give a beautifully finished look.
Now let’s look at the picture in shorts. Really! Those shiny hose look ridiculous! This is definitely a time when tanned bare legs would win, hands down! If you don’t tan well or don’t have time, there are always self-tanning creams that work wonders.
So, if you are in the anti-pantyhose crowd, how about keeping an open mind. If not pantyhose, how about tights that create the same long-legged look?