For many fashionistas, wearing pantyhose is sheer misery

Pantyhose are the difference between dressing like a lady and not - or so my mother says. Full Story
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Lucy

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jul 19, 2008
I only wear them because I get blisters if I don't.
ABC123

Uniontown, PA

#2 Jul 20, 2008
Women look like slutty high-schoolers with bare legs. No wonder every country in the world hates America. Look at Japan - women there never go out with bare legs - they have the best technology and best style.
anonymous

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jul 21, 2008
My then 16 year old daughter shocked me when she put on a dress for a school dance without panty hose. Surely this was an oversight on her part and I, wanting to make that first school dance outfit complete, was ready to dash off to purchase a pair. That was until she stopped me in my tracks informing me "nobody wears them". I felt she must be mistaken, then observed as her classmates arrived. Not a pair on the legs that were coming through the door. My old imperfect legs need (and I mean need!)panty hose, but bravo to those who don't feel the need.
Buttomfly

Madison, WI

#4 Jul 21, 2008
Once again the fashion industry wants to dictate what we should be wearing. The hosiery industry is trying to stay afloat. Tights sales have made up the difference in negative numbers for stocking but have not provided increased profits. If they are uncomfortable, don't wear them, it you like them, wear them, everything should be so simple.
Sarah D

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jul 21, 2008
I find them uncomfortable but it really depends on what I'm wearing. If I want to look dressed up then I wear them because my bare pale legs just detract from the "dressed up" look.

Also unless you have really great looking legs then you just don't look elegant without them. On the other hand if you're just being casual then I see no need to wear them.

But then I am of the older generation so that probably has a lot to do with my opinion on them.
Cindy Stainker

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 21, 2008
I have never seen the need to wear them with slacks. They are very uncomfortable to begin with, and wearing them under slacks is just plain torture. I like knee hi's for slacks. Or trouser socks, they are pretty comfortable.
Patrish

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jul 21, 2008
I summertime, it's wonderful to go bare-legged. It also helps that my legs are tan.

In colder months, there's no way I can go without nylons with my white legs. I wear skirts/dresses often for work. I think women who go bare-legged with pale legs look awful, except those who take the time to hit the tanning booths.
Pantyhose are a pain, but I think they make legs look much, much better. And, yes, I wear them under pants on occasion in winter when it's very cold.
Another tip

Big Lake, MN

#8 Jul 30, 2008
For those of you with fair skin (as am I), another alternative to the "fish belly white" look is to use a lotion with sunless tanning properties. It takes a few days for the skin to darken, but it works great. I'm not a fan of tanning booths and I don't get very dark from the sun, so it's a great alternative for me.

As for me, I haven't worn a pair of hosiery in over a year. Between trouser socks and going without, I'm perfectly happy and comfy, even if my 47-year old legs aren't perfect ;).
Hawkdriver

United States

#9 Jul 30, 2008
Most women who refuse to wear hosiery generally have an inaccurate perception of how attractive their legs are. Pasty white legs with red sores, cellulite and bruises just does not get it done. Some women pull it off, but that is a tiny minority. Hosiery helps hide small imperfections and adds allure to any outfit. When a woman wants to dress sexy in the bedroom she will usually wear a Garter belt and stockings and heels. Chances are if it is attractive in the bedroom, odds are it is attractive out on the town. My Wife would never go out on the town without some type of hosiery and heels. The current fashion may say no hosiery, but go to any nightclub and see which women get all the attention, most are probably wearing some type of hosiery and attractive heels. Most of the women i have run into who resent those who are wearing hosiery and heels in a nightclub are usually wearing flip flops and dressed like they are going to a barbeque or possibly frog gigging. I do not go to clubs to see people who got dressed at the Make A Wish Foundation. A little effort in the appearance is all I ask. Hosiery may not be for every day and every situation, but hosiery sure completes an outfit and makes a statement.

On the flip flop issue at a nightclub (Man or Woman); If the drink you are holding costs more than the shoes you are wearing, in my opinion you are wrong.
Sarah D

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jul 30, 2008
Flip flops in a nightclub? How do they manage to dance in those things?

Foot doctors say that flip flops are the worst thing that people can wear on their feet.
Kim

El Paso, TX

#11 Aug 3, 2008
Women have the most relaxed dress code and freedom of clothing choices, yet women always demand more to the point of not wanting any restrictions. Women can wear pants, capris, skirts, dresses, sweaters, shirts, and blouses that leave nothing to the imagination. Women are pretty much free to choose daily clothing according to weather, mode or just because. Men on the other hand have very limited choices without running the risk of being labeled strange or gay. Women should appreciate all the freedom of choice they do have.

Wearing support pantyhose is great for leg health, improving circulation, and reduction of leg pain, swelling,and discomfort. Both women and men should be able to make use of this garment with proven benefits to leg health. There is nothing gay about wearing pantyhose; and it is time that men should be able to wear clothing that will make them more comfortable and healthy without having people think they are strange or labeling them as gay.

Perhaps it is time to have uniform dress codes that apply to all employees. How about something like all employees shall be required to wear slacks or trousers, with blouses or shirts with collars and sleeves, and closed toe shoes and socks. Alternately, employees may be able to wear professional dresses, capris or skirts of appropriate length and appearance with blouses or shirts with collars and sleeves, with conservative pantyhose or stockings.

Many men are being advised by their doctors to wear support pantyhose to address poor leg circulation, swelling and pain of legs and feet, leg fatigue, and blood pooling in the lower legs caused by the above. Yet most of those men hide the fact they are wearing these garmets that will bring health benefits, out of fear of being labeled strange or gay. Why should men have so many restrictions and be required to hide clothing they wear even for medical benefits; yet women have almost no restrictions, and demand to be set free of the few they may have in a few situations.

And yes especially on hot days, men should be free to wear support pantyhose openly with shorts any place that women are permitted to wear them. Actually, in a non work enviroment, nobody seems to notice or care what anyone is wearing anyhow.

There are a lot of men secretly wearing support pantyhose under their jeans and trousers as if they are ashamed of what they aer doing, even though wearing them is good for their leg health and in many cases from doctorís advise. No wonder some people will label this as strange.

When more men who are already wearing support pantyhose, begin doing so openly these garmets will be fully accepted as male clothing, and will even be more readily available in the menís departments. Because women have raided all other clothing from menís departments, women just may start wearing them again when they are sold in the menís department.
Michael

AOL

#12 Aug 26, 2008
well Kim hit it on the nose! yes I started at age 16 now 40 I wear pantyhose during the fall/winter and if any one says they wear them under there pants in the summer is nuts there hot! I could see shorts, skirt, so on but a guy? yes I do have capris but I only wear them at home in the summer time.. I wear Knee HI's during the summer time in tan or black I think you look more polished wearing a sheer with a design or plain, yes they are cooler and not thick like some socks... Michael from Macomb, MI. stjohnhealthcare@aol.com
Sarah D

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Aug 26, 2008
Why do men have more restrictions on what they wear? Because other men make fun of them if they aren't wearing what's considered "masculine" attire.
deshawna

United States

#14 Sep 28, 2008
Here is an interesting thought I learned over the years.

Most women LOVE shoes while most men LOVE hosiery.

Crazy!
kat

Hudson, WI

#15 Sep 28, 2008
tights are fine in the winter...uncomfortable, but necessary to stay warm. i'm a girl who likes to wear dresses year round, but what is the point of wearing pantyhose in the summer? they're hot!!! and wear them with capris? u-g-l-y!!! or with open toed shoes? ish!!!

thanks, but no thanks to the 'suggested dress code'. don't punish all because a few have no style.

and i've gone to clubs and had no trouble getting attention while not wearing stockings, i think it's the legs, not the stockings men are attracted too. legs in stocking can look better, but it's kind of like a "flat" girl wearing a padded bra, the truth does come out!!
bulldogdutch

United States

#16 Sep 28, 2008
hot legs and fun bags magically delicious
vinnie

Corona, CA

#17 Aug 30, 2009
Generally speaking, women living in the U.S. dress like slobs, period. It is rare to see women take the time to get dressed up for any occasion unless it involves the opposite sex or business attire. Flip flops are now parr for the course and feminine heels are out. I'm talking about the normal, everyday woman, married or not. Is wearing a dress with a nice pair of heels and hosiery really that difficult? Are American women really that lazy? They have really lost their sense of style. Thank god european women have not lost this sense of style and have some self respect in the clothes they wear and watching their weight. I remember not so long ago I was in Paris on a flight back to the States. The announcement to board the flight was made. To my amazement and confirmation, many fat, poorly dressed women boarded the plane. I thought, "Yep, I'm on my way back home''......
Golf Guy

Deerwood, MN

#18 Aug 31, 2009
Sarah D wrote:
Why do men have more restrictions on what they wear? Because other men make fun of them if they aren't wearing what's considered "masculine" attire.
So you have no problem with a man wearing pantyhose, or for that matter, panties? Seems strange to me. To each his own.
Kristin

New York, NY

#19 Sep 9, 2009
I generally consider myself a very proper dresser compared to the average American woman. I don't wear flip-flops unless I'm at the beach or pool (sometimes not even then), and I wear skirts or dresses pretty much every day -- it's very rare to see me in pants. That said, I do not wear "pantyhose" in the traditional sense, ever. When it's warm enough to go bare, I go bare, and when it's cold I wear opaque black tights. Pantyhose -- if by which we mean those frightful "nude" things that are supposed to match your skin, and are way, way too often worn with sandals -- seem totally antiquated to me, and most of the time, they look really silly because many people wear the wrong shade for their skin tone. No thanks.
dave

Saint Johns, PA

#20 Dec 7, 2010
Kim wrote:
Women have the most relaxed dress code and freedom of clothing choices, yet women always demand more to the point of not wanting any restrictions. Women can wear pants, capris, skirts, dresses, sweaters, shirts, and blouses that leave nothing to the imagination. Women are pretty much free to choose daily clothing according to weather, mode or just because. Men on the other hand have very limited choices without running the risk of being labeled strange or gay. Women should appreciate all the freedom of choice they do have.
Wearing support pantyhose is great for leg health, improving circulation, and reduction of leg pain, swelling,and discomfort. Both women and men should be able to make use of this garment with proven benefits to leg health. There is nothing gay about wearing pantyhose; and it is time that men should be able to wear clothing that will make them more comfortable and healthy without having people think they are strange or labeling them as gay.
Perhaps it is time to have uniform dress codes that apply to all employees. How about something like all employees shall be required to wear slacks or trousers, with blouses or shirts with collars and sleeves, and closed toe shoes and socks. Alternately, employees may be able to wear professional dresses, capris or skirts of appropriate length and appearance with blouses or shirts with collars and sleeves, with conservative pantyhose or stockings.
Many men are being advised by their doctors to wear support pantyhose to address poor leg circulation, swelling and pain of legs and feet, leg fatigue, and blood pooling in the lower legs caused by the above. Yet most of those men hide the fact they are wearing these garmets that will bring health benefits, out of fear of being labeled strange or gay. Why should men have so many restrictions and be required to hide clothing they wear even for medical benefits; yet women have almost no restrictions, and demand to be set free of the few they may have in a few situations.
And yes especially on hot days, men should be free to wear support pantyhose openly with shorts any place that women are permitted to wear them. Actually, in a non work enviroment, nobody seems to notice or care what anyone is wearing anyhow.
There are a lot of men secretly wearing support pantyhose under their jeans and trousers as if they are ashamed of what they aer doing, even though wearing them is good for their leg health and in many cases from doctorís advise. No wonder some people will label this as strange.
When more men who are already wearing support pantyhose, begin doing so openly these garmets will be fully accepted as male clothing, and will even be more readily available in the menís departments. Because women have raided all other clothing from menís departments, women just may start wearing them again when they are sold in the menís department.
i love wearing hosiery whenever i can.

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