Whenever I wear a skirt or a dress I almost always wear either pantyhose or leggings of some kind. But recently I’ve been paying attention to a very vocal debate about whether or not pantyhose are acceptable anymore as a part of one’s wardrobe. On one hand you have many fashion experts like Stacy London and Clinton Kelly of “What Not to Wear” saying that natural or tan colored hose should never be worn ever. But then you see a very vocal chorus of women fighting back against that rule in posts like this recent one over at MORE Magazine with comments like, “I’m so glad to read other women fighting back against this silly rule!” and, “This is the most ridiculous article.”
While the debate rages on in the genetic girl community, the issue seems to be more clear cut in the crossdresser and transgender community. Many genetic girls (and men) are quick to point out that a good pair of hose can make your legs look great, and that if properly fitted they aren’t uncomfortable. On cooler days, or in cooler climates hose can keep your legs a little warmer, and many hose improve circulation making it easier to stand on your feet for long periods (if your job requires it.) For transgender women or crossdressers though I think the single biggest benefit is that hose can help smooth out the appearance of the legs and help them look more feminine.
If someone has great skin, and great looking legs I can totally see feeling good about going without hose. There are also many who have confidence to show off their legs, even when they don’t feel they have nice skin. But for me anyway, I need to play down my masculine features as much as possible – and like many women out there I think hose really improve the look of my legs. This might be one area where the fashion police may be out of touch with a lot of women in the world.
Normally, when it comes to my feminine appearance I do try to avoid as many a fashion faux pas as possible, but when it comes to hose I just can’t make a break away from them. They help my figure look a little smoother, and they help make the imperfections in my legs (like the red bumps) less noticeable. This is a huge benefit for me, big enough that I’m willing to risk a fashion faux pas.
At least I know there are lots of genetic girls out there pointing out the many benefits of wearing hose, and exposing some of the more silly rules of the fashion police.
I’m curious, what do you think of pantyhose, and do you wear them? Is it really a fashion faux pas, or is this just a silly rule?