Making the Case for Hosiery

Carollyn in hosieryTake a look around. Have women become passé when it comes to wearing hosiery?

Now, there’s nothing wrong with bare legs in the spring/summer or when wearing shorts or capris and sandals, but bare legs with a nice dress or two-piece suit and heels. Come on!!! Legs, especially those of trans women, are to be displayed as much as any other bodily feature.

Often, in my experiences, I have found men, when their legs are encased in hosiery, have much better looking legs than most genetic females. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the beautiful trans models on display in the Suddenly Fem catalog  or the recent winners of the Glamour Boutique Sexy Legs contest.

Do you remember when New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath shook up the hosiery industry in 1973 by appearing in a television commercial for Hanes’ Beauty Mist pantyhose? In the spot, Namath appeared, lying on his side as the camera panned slowly up from his toes to his face, wearing a pair of panty hose to which he proclaimed: “Now, I don’t wear pantyhose, but if Beauty Mist can make my legs look good, imagine what they’ll do for yours…”

It was a well-known that, after the commercial success, Namath wore pantyhose under his uniform in cold weather.  “They gave me support, kept my legs warm and the blood circulating,” he once said during a post-game interview.

I have participated in sports my entire life, which has helped my legs develop muscle, tone, shape and form. However, my bare legs don’t even compare to the overall beauty of my hose covered legs.

Carollyn showing legs in hosiery

I love wearing various styles of hose, from the basic department store brand L’eggs pantyhose to the garter belt-needed leg-sculpturing styles from Secrets In Lace (, Suddenly Fem and Glamour Boutique. The feeling of the nylon texture on my legs can make me feel so classy, stylish and feminine.  I can’t understand why women don’t wear hose as often as appropriate.

Recently, when shopping at two of my favorite malls in my hometown, I was astounded by the appearance of many of the women I walked past and what they were wearing. Semi-casual, more casual, overly casual and who cares? I was probably over dressed and one of the few wearing hosiery on a cold winter day (I was dressed in a black and grey sweater dress and jacket, off black hose and black sling back heels).

I decided to get to the bottom of the hose “controversy,” so I stop at the Victoria’s Secret, and Macy’s stores and talked with the sales staff.

victoria Secret store managerSue, the adorable manager at the VS store, gave me an eye-opening report. (I had explained to Sue the reason for my inquiry).

We haven’t sold hosiery for as long as I’ve been here, because the market is just not there. It’s a shame, but more and more women are not wearing hose. However, we do get a lot of questions,” she said.

“We sell a lot of lingerie to women who want to make an impression with their boyfriend or husband…you know sexy things. Our customers ask where they can buy nylons with seams, thigh high nylons to go with their garter belts, corsets and the skimpy underwear we sell. Like I said, we don’t sell hose, but we are always open to offering advice…and then I point them down to Macy’s or Nordstrom’s for a good selection of hosiery.”

“Women dress a lot more casually today and they don’t want to take the time to put on nylons unless it’s to impress,” Sue continued, accentuating her lovely legs with a twist of her waist as she balanced on the toe of one of her four inch platform heels. “I love wearing hose to work…today I’m wearing thigh highs…it’s not one of the requirements of the job, but I just do. I wish more women would show off their legs too.

“By the way, your legs look great! Is there anything I can show you?”

We toured the store and Sue presented the latest styles. When I thanked her for her time, she handed me a small gift bag, which included a pair of panties “just like I’m wearing,” she said, as she lifted side of her skirt to expose the hemline of her panties. We both laughed as we hugged good-bye and I headed down the mall to Macy’s.

Melissa, a petite woman’s shoes and hosiery sales person at the massive Macy’s store (I found out later she wears a size-6 shoe), welcomed my questions and was just as informative when echoing Sue’s sentiments.

“Our nylon sales are down; it’s just the styles are changing,” she replied after I explained what Sue had expressed. “We don’t carry as big of an assortment as we have in the past. But, our shoe sales are up significantly.

Shop assistant putting shoes on clients foot.“I like seeing women in hose,” Melissa said. “We’re an upper-end store and we cater to the higher class client. I hate when women come in with bare legs and feet and tries on shoes without wearing the complimentary tabby nylons. I go though more cans of disinfectant than you can image. Seriously, women should be wearing hose when they try on a new pair of heels.  The shoes will accentuate the heels and the heels will accentuate their legs.”

Melissa said wearing nylons were not as important to her or a store requirement since shoes were the priority in her department.

“I wear knee-highs with slacks and pantyhose with a dress or skirt, but I always wear one of our latest shoe styles so customers can see what our shoes look like off the rack. Its part of the company’s branding and I like showing off our shoes.”

I agree wearing hose or going bare legged is up to the individual and their style, but take it from the experts, “nothing beats a great pair of (hose covered) legs.”

Note from the House Mistress:

In my article, A Return to Elegance, we talk about how dress in particular has taken a hit in the last 25 years as we become more and more casual. Fifty years ago, you weren’t considered properly dressed without a hat and gloves. Today, people leave the house in their pajamas and think dressing up means “the good jeans. Carollyn’s most pointed comments above reflect this trend. Fortunately most crossdressers do indeed enjoy wearing hose but should there be any doubt, then here are

The Benefits of Pantyhose

  • Pantyhose will keep you warmer than going out with bare legs.
  • Pantyhose will hide any shortcomings including cellulite, moles, bumps, pimples. varicose veins,  calluses, rolls of fat, unshaven legs and other personal details that the wearer might want to keep hidden.
  • They help your shoes fit better.  You won’t get nasty blisters walking around and your feet won’t get all sweaty and stick to your shoes, and as a result your shoes won’t smell when you take them off.
  • kate Middleton showing her hosiery covered legsMen consider them sexy because they add a touch of mystery.
  • A good pair of control top pantyhose will smooth out your figure and hide any bulges so your clothes fit and look better.
  • Control top pantyhose or support hose can help hold you up, especially if you need to stand for a long period of time.
  • You will look professional, well-dressed, sophisticated and elegant.  The Duchess of Cambridge knows this and always wears pantyhose (called “tights” in England) and that’s why her legs always look great.
  • You don’t have to shave your legs as often.
  • They are another way to accessorize.
  • They will make your legs look thinner.







2 thoughts on “Making the Case for Hosiery

  1. Excellent article, Carollyn! And bang on – women these days just can’t be bothered to get dressed up – I attended a gun club’s AGM dinner at a high-end hotel, and while ten of the forty+ members were female, I was the only one dressed up and in hose. It’s sad. And verily, my legs look much better in nylons!

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