Last week there was a news item about stockings being back in fashion.
Kate Middleton was quoted as the one driving this current trend. Of course! It’s well known that anything Kate wears becomes trendy.
I wrote an article on stockings in 2011. Nothing much has changed as I commented on Facebook last week.
Here is the article as a reminder why stockings never go out of fashion for smart, modern women.
Stockings – Sensual or Sensible
‘What brand of stockings do you wear?’ was a question that came out of the blue at a networking event I attended.
It got me thinking. Why wear stockings when the world is becoming more casual?
Here’s why I do it and how you can tap into stocking magic.
Only Women Look Great in Stockings
I see far too many women over 40 who always wear pants. Some I have never seen in a skirt with stockings. Ok, your legs are not perfect! Whose are? You think they are too skinny, too fat, too freckly or too pale. You have scars or splotches and blotches. So what! You are a woman not an insecure teenager. Only women look great in stockings. Men wear socks and socks are not very sexy. Yes, you are a serious, grown-up woman but who said you have to hide your legs in pants all the time.
Celebrate being a woman at least on some of your days. Yes, even in winter.
Stockings Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative
Most women are too busy noticing and cataloguing their faults rather than noticing what is great about themselves. We under-rate our legs because we can always find someone taller and slimmer whose legs are better than ours. Time to stop.
The right stockings for you will show off your legs as a whole and downplay your perceived faults. Sheer stockings in a light tan colour or sheer black will emphasise your leg curves and make you feel good. A bit of shine or sheen will take the attention to your whole leg not the individual bits of it. (Notice in the main graphic that Duchess Kate is wearing stockings with sheen.)
Find the Best. Ignore the Rest
Age brings wisdom. Use it. Think dining out. Do not buy the cheap ‘buffet’ stockings. Go for ‘sit down menu’ or ‘a la carte’ brand stockings.
What brand stockings do I wear? I wear ‘wicked’ brand by KolotexTM. They are medium-priced. Yes, I choose the ‘body slimming’ or ‘in control’ for a bit of tummy support. They are still comfortable, have some shine to them and they hide all my freckles, red marks etc.
Depending on your individual needs, ‘wicked’ may or may not suit. Experiment to find the best quality, best feel, best look and best price for you. Ignore the ‘knee highs’. Even if you wear pants, knee highs make you feel old and staid. Choose ‘stay ups’ instead. These go up your thigh, feel sexy and leave your tummy in peace.
There are lovely stockings out there. Even under pants, a glimpse of good quality stockings is a great morale booster.
BONUS: Yes, you can go the false tanned leg look. BUT stockings feel nicer and cover imperfections. There’s no mess putting them on and you can take them off when you get home. Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, knows what she’s doing.
Action Steps (because Information is NOT Transformation):
* If you already have stockings with sheen, wear them this week. Notice both how you feel in them and notice the reactions and compliments from others.
* Don’t own stockings with sheen? Check out ‘wicked’ brand or go to a department store and ask for a brand recommendation from the assistant.
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