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I bought this blazer years ago at a random little clothing shop in North Hollywood. You heard me right; it’s corduroy. I don’t like corduroy when it’s the typical 70s throwback style, but this one is made from very tiny micro-corduroy lines. It looks a bit like velvet but without the sheen.
The fancy blouse you see is really just a silk scarf which I tied into a bow. I wore a white t-shirt underneath and used Fashion Tape to keep the trailing ends of the scarf tacked to the neckline of the shirt so the shirt doesn’t show. The brooch was $2.99 at Michael’s. It’s very cheap and will probably start to lose rhinestones within a few wearings, but at that price it’s worth just enjoying for a short time. The lace pencil skirt is from Target.
I finally found a high-quality brand of back-seam hosiery, which happened to be right under my nose the whole time. You might remember my disappointment in the pricey Frederick’s back-seam stockings due to their pathetic quality. Last time I was stocking up (no pun intended) on fishnets and sheer stockings on the Hue Web site, it dawned on me to check whether they offer a back-seam variety. They do! But only in pantyhose, not stockings. I promptly ordered a pair, and am delighted to announce that they are the same smooth, sleek, luxurious quality as the rest of the Hue line.
However, I’m going to indulge in a little rant here. Not about Hue, but about pantyhose (the ones that go up to your waist) versus stockings (thigh-highs). You see, I wear stockings 95% of the time. Even most of my opaque tights get converted into stockings via my sewing machine (I cut off the legs and sew on the old lace bands from retired sheer stockings [this only works with heavy tights, not sheer pantyhose]). Not only are stockings infinitely more comfortable (as long as they fit properly), but they last longer too.
First, let’s address the comfort factor. A well-fitting band around the thigh that doesn’t squeeze or slip is totally undetectable by the wearer throughout the day. Whether they have the stay-up rubber stuff in them or require garters, I can wear stockings for 12+ hours easily without even realizing they are there. Pantyhose, on the other hand, invariably have a too-tight waistband that pinches and binds and causes unnecessary lumpiness, even on a ridiculously tiny person like me. Make them “control top” as most of them seem to be these days, and let’s just make the binding and lumpiness worse!
Now, let’s move on to the issue of durability. Okay, all sheer hosiery are going to be quite delicate. With stockings, at least you only have to put them on once and they stay put for the day (again, assuming they fit correctly). Unless your legs come into contact with some nefarious object that they shouldn’t be coming into contact with, they don’t stand any risk of sustaining damage once they are in place. With pantyhose, you’ve gotta deal with them all day long every time you go “down the hall” (That’s what we call it at work. The ladies in my office used to constantly announce “I’m going pee” until I made them stop 10 years ago. Dignity, please!) So, __(insert however many times you go “down the hall” in an average day here)__ times per day you have to tug your pantyhose around and rearrange them. Each time, you risk snagging them with your rings or putting a fingernail right through them. I’m lucky if I can wear a pair of pantyhose twice without ruining them. And once one leg has a run, the whole pair is trash (yeah, I’ve heard the tip about cutting the bad legs off of two pairs, but then we have TWO binding waistbands to contend with).
I do realize that some women find pantyhose more comfortable than stockings, so my message is this: To all the hosiery manufacturers of the world, please please offer all of your hosiery selections in both stocking and pantyhose versions, so us ladies can choose what is most comfortable to each of us without having to sacrifice style or quality.
I promise to return to my regular non-ranting self for my next post, when I can assure you I’ll be wearing a nice, comfy pair of thigh-highs. Thanks for listening.
Where do you stand on the Pantyhose versus Stockings issue?