Friday, September 5, 2014

That nip in the air is back, which means it's time to cover up. But that doesn't mean that fashionistas who have been wearing shorts and skirts over the summer have to give up doing that entirely. All they need to do is grab a pair of stockings — that 80s wardrobe staple that has now made a fashion comeback — and wear them over their legs.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing stockings:

- Color: The most popular colors when it comes to stockings are nude and black. While the nude variety works best for the day, black stockings are usually worn at night. However, if you want to get adventurous, you can also pick up colored stockings — such as red or green — and team them with light and bright dresses.

- Pattern: While the most popular picks come in solid colors, there are some in wacky patterns as well. Women who want to look extra feminine can opt for lace stockings and those who want to make an edgy statement can try out the geometric or graphics variety. And though it's usually a no-no to get a run in your stockings, there are some stars like Rihanna who have channeled their inner grunge diva by wearing a deliberately ripped pair.

- Footwear: It's important to choose the right footwear when you're wearing stockings. The safest bet is a pair of ballet flats if you're wearing a short skirt, or heels if you're dressing up formally. However, you can wear stockings with wedge sneakers, like Cara Delevingne.

The perks of wearing stockings:
- Stockings keep your legs warm when the weather is cold
- They give women who don't have the confidence to bare their legs a way to wear skirts, shorts and short dresses
- Stockings have a slimming effect on the legs, especially if they're black

Stockings vs pantyhose
Stockings cover only the feet and thighs, while pantyhose goes all the way up to the waist

TIP: If you're worried about your stockings rolling down your legs, use a pair of garters to hold them up.

Hosiery comes in a range of thicknesses and weight, which is measured in terms of denier. The basic rule to follow is, the lower the denier number, the more sheer the stockings, and vice-versa.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hosiery choice is personal  By Jean Patteson, Orlando Sentinel
Question: Please clarify the rules of hosiery these days. I am aware that stockings are worn less frequently. However, does a woman in her 60s wear stockings for after-five dressing? If so, what is the appropriate color to wear with a champagne or mocha-colored sheath dress -- nude-toned or lighter? Answer: There really are no hosiery rules anymore. Whether or not you wear stockings is simply a matter of personal preference. Me? I think sheer stockings the same shade as your legs add a touch of elegance to after-five dress.
 
Appliqued Hosiery Adds Romantic Touch  By Davin Light of the Sentinel Staff
When you're a bride planning a stroll down the aisle, you want everything perfect. Whether you prefer a long, traditional gown, a shorter, modern style or something in between, you want to look and feel your most romantic.Feminine, romantic touches don't have to be extravagant to be effective; sometimes it's the little things that make the difference. Bridal hosiery with delicate appliques of flowers, wedding bells, pearls or rhinestones can enhance a wedding outfit and make the bride feel special.
 
Trends Put Dull Hosiery On The Run  By Anne-Marie Schiro New York Times
One fashion decision a woman hasn't had to make in the last few years is what to wear on her legs during the fall and winter months. Black opaque tights have been the right choice with just about any skirt length. But those carefree days may be over.There are signs of anarchy in the hosiery area, with designers suggesting sheer nude or sheer black pantyhose, opaque white tights, over-the-knee stockings and even knee-highs with a skirt and ankle socks with high-heel shoes.Women with an interest in fashion have already started experimenting, going barelegged in the summer, wearing thigh-high stockings with mini dresses or white tights with dark skirts.
  Denier And Hose: It's A Sheer Thing  By Jean Patteson, Sentinel Columnist
Question: I was ordering pantyhose off the Internet recently and noticed the term "denier" cropping up in some of the product descriptions. What is this denier creature? Also, is support hose just thicker than regular hose? Answer: "Denier" is a term that has long been used in Europe but is only now showing up on hosiery packaging in the United States. Technically speaking, denier is a unit of weight used to measure the fineness of threads. The lower the denier, the finer the thread. More simply stated: Denier indicates the sheerness of hosiery.
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Change the Look by Layering 
 
Layering has become a big trend over the past seasons. And now, layering with tights has become a bigger trend. Tights have exploded in the fashion industry and now come in different colors, textures, and styles. You can layer tights with dresses, sweaters, and tunics. It’s becoming more acceptable to wear tights as leggings. But of course they may not be appropriate to wear everywhere. Layering tights is easier than you think. You can give yourself a quick makeover by having one different unique look.

First, you should buy high quality tights. These tights should be durable and have several purposes. Your best bet would be to have tights that offer shaping and tummy control. This way, no lumps or bumps will show underneath your tunic or dress. Plus, these tights will give you extra room when wearing tight skirts.

Always pick tights that compliment the colors in your wardrobe. If you’re dressing for the office, think conservatively. Wear tights in blacks, browns, or navys. If you’re dressing for a party, then pick tights that contrast with your wardrobe. Spice up a little black dress by layering a red or cobalt blue tight. Or do the exact opposite. Wear a black tight with a sexy red dress. The color of the tight will tone down the look and feel of the dress. Plus, it adds interest to your look without having to be sexy. Leave the white tights to the nurses and children. This is a big fashion don’t for older women. Play with tone on tone colors such as a tan dress with chocolate tights, and a baby blue sweater with navy tights. It’ll break up the monotony of your look.

Tights come in a variety of textures and prints, so don’t be afraid to experiment with those. The textures of tights can range from lace designs or fishnets. If you’re ever planning to wear fishnets, it’s best to layer them with a darker tight underneath, preferably black or brown. Your total look won’t appear as suggestive. Colorful patterned tights should only be layered with the natural colors in your wardrobe such as black, brown, white, and navy.

Now that you have the type, style, and color tights you need, you can learn how to layer them with other pieces in your wardrobe. Layer tights with a mini or knee-length skirt. Depending on the length of your skirt, you can add boots to your look. This creates a more finished look than traditional flats and Maryjanes. You should layer tights with a casual dress or tunic and knee-high boots. Evening and cocktail dresses look best with pumps or open-toe shoes. Don’t be afraid to contrast the color of your shoe with your tights and outfit, as long as it matches.
 
This article was written by Lisa, fashion expert and entrepreneur for FML (Fashion My Legs) who, we think, knows young persons hosiery fashions and has some interesting ideas on using hosiery to create and improve fashion. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

It seems that Suspender Hose or "All-in-one Garter Belt Sheer Lace-Top Stockings" are trending, seeing that they come complete with their own attached "built-in Garter Belt" so that you can have that gartered look without the fuss of a garter belt. Similar to the ease of Pantyhose, but much better looking and sexier too. This one has Lace waist belt, Lace attached straps and a Lace-top sheer stocking in Regular one size and Queensize in colors Black, Nude, Red, and White.  Look sexy, stay cool!  Click here and take a look. http://www.stockingstore.com/allison-stockings-with-garters-p/la1767.htm
Suspender Hose

Friday, April 25, 2014

Sexy Looking Cat

Don't let this cat get too upset. At least, not until you get her home. This hot little number comes in Regular size and Queensize, for the club room or the bedroom. Keep the claws under control.   We call this a Leopard Print Mini-Dress, but it is so light that you could use it as Lingerie in the boudoir too.  Dress this with some black, leopard, Coffee, or fishnet tights and you'll be ready to go anywhere.  Have a good time but don't tear it up too much. 
Sexy Low Cut Leopard Mini-Dress
Sheer Hosiery...still a necessity 

Sheer hosiery is an excellent way to showcase your womanly side while making your outfits look more complete and classy. Sheer tights is timeless and ooze sex & style appeal! Wear them to create a statement that says that you really care about how you look. For many ,Not only do sheer hosiery attract the opposite sex , they're god-sent for you who wants to disguise razor bumps, pasty skin, cellulite and other imperfections that make you feel self-conscious about your legs. It's simply a great way to give your legs a stunning look and feel. Nude pantyhose is also a solution for those who don't feel comfortable going bare-legged   in a skirt or dress. You can find sheer tights in an ultra-sheer finish that lets your legs breathe in the summer.

Beautiful Beyonce wearing sheer pantyhose with denim shorts.  Sheer pantyhose is an underestimated piece of accessory. It has been given a bad reputation because many women associate it with grannies.

We consider it as a wardrobe essential because it completes many outfits worn for special occasions - from formal-to semi formal events (let's face it many 'black tie occasions' require a classy dress code, and baring your legs is inappropriate) to office work and even casual parties. 
All in all, sheer hosiery is a wardrobe staple because it:  Makes your legs look flawless,  Makes you feel feminine and great,   Makes you look more attractive,   Makes you look classy with a little bit of sex appeal,     Keeps you covered on many occasions,   Attracts the opposite sex (this gives your confidence a boost, admit it!),   Quick makeup for your legs

    Pantyhosed legs are WAY sexier than bare legs any day. Like what has been said before; go out in bare legs and then go out in the same outfit with pantyhose on and you’ll see the results. If I'm in a club setting and I see two women next to each other and one is hot looking with bare legs and the other is average looking with pantyhose on, I'll talk to the average looking woman wearing the pantyhose. It just says something about a woman when she's willing to take that extra step to make herself look better. That's a very attractive trait."

Sheer Hosiery Never Goes Out of Style.  Since sheer hosiery is such an essential piece, it will never go out of style. There are times of the year when sheer pantyhose is becomes less popular because opaques or bare legs are all the rage in the fashion scene, but it's still 'in style'.

It's also about how you wear it. I can tell you that wearing nude glossy pantyhose with a little black dress creates an amazing party look. Also, if you're into a chic, laid-back look you'll discover how great a pair of relaxed denim shorts looks with black sheer pantyhose. Not to mention with casual sweater dresses paired with trendy high heels or casual heel boots.

Sheer hose looks nude on your skin, but yet it's revealing and sexy without looking tacky!
You need at least secure one pair of sheer tights that match the color of your skin - this will keep you covered on special occasions where the dress code is a little strict. However black sheer is much, much, much more versatile and chic, and goes with a lot of outfit and clothing styles.  Sheer pattern hosiery is awesome for fun and play. I particularly like pantyhose with polkadots. Very cute yet subtle.  Stockings are more sexier and convenient than pantyhose. Wear them to office work or semi-formal occasions but make sure that the lace top doesn't peek from beneath your dress/skirt.

What's 'denier'?  The first step in buying sheer pantyhose is to gain a basic understanding of the term 'denier'. Basically, 'denier' indicates how sheer a pair of hosiery is. Anything below 20 is considered sheer.  20 is stronger than 10 and are more durable for everyday wear (or heavy partying!). Anything below a denier 10 is ultra sheer and perfect for summer. 


From the Chic Fashionista


Friday, September 6, 2013

GA GA  FOR TIGHTSfrom FML (http://fashionmylegs.blogspot.com) and StockingStore.com

Celebrity Lady Ga Ga  loves her legwear. This is one entertainer that has tights as her trademark whether she is performing or running around in town. Lady Ga Ga has helped demonstrate to the younger generation that tights are cool and can be fun to wear on a regular basis.



think old school fashion flip flops and bare legs are over, it is time to start wearing tights as outwear, as a fashion statement like Lady Ga Ga.
When Lady Ga Ga was a little girl, she would sing along on her mini plastic tape recorder to Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper hits and get twirled in the air in daddy’s arms to the sounds of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. The precocious child would dance around the table at fancy Upper West Side restaurants using the breadsticks as a baton. And, she would innocently greet a new babysitter in nothing but her birthday suit.
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t’s no wonder that little girl from a good Italian New York family, turned into the exhibitionist, multi-talented singer-songwriter with a flair for theatrics that she is today:Lady Ga Ga.
“I was always an entertainer. I was a ham as a little girl and I’m a ham today,” saysLady Ga Ga, 22, who made a name for herself on the Lower East Side club scene with the infectious dance-pop party song “Beautiful Dirty Rich,” and wild, theatrical, and often tongue-in-cheek “shock art” performances where Ga Ga – who designs and makes many of her stage outfits — would strip down to her hand-crafted hot pants and bikini top, light cans of hairspray on fire, and strike a pose as a disco ball lowered from the ceiling to the orchestral sounds of A Clockwork Orange.


“I always loved rock and pop and theater. When I discovered Queen and David Bowie is when it really came together for me and I realized I could do all three,” says Ga Ga, who nicked her name from Queen’s song “Radio Ga ga” and who cites rock star girlfriends, Peggy Bundy, and Donatella Versace as her fashion icons. “I look at those artists as icons in art. It’s not just about the music. It’s about the performance, the attitude, the look; it’s everything. And, that is where I live as an artist and that is what I want to accomplish.”


“My goal as an artist is to funnel a pop record to a world in a very interesting way,” says Lady Ga Ga, who wrote all of her lyrics, all of her melodies, and played most of the synth work on her album, The Fame (Streamline/Interscope/KonLive). “I almost want to trick people into hanging with something that is really cool with a pop song. It’s almost like the spoonful of sugar and I’m the medicine.”

On The Fame, it’s as if Lady Ga Ga took two parts dance-pop, one part electro-pop, and one part rock with a splash of disco and burlesque and generously poured it into the figurative martini glasses of the world in an effort to get everyone drunk with her Famous pantyhose legs. “The Fame is about how anyone can feel famous,” she explains. “Pop culture is art. It doesn’t make you cool to hate pop culture, so I embraced it and you hear it all over The Fame. But, it’s a sharable fame. I want to invite you all to the party. I want people to feel a part of this pantyhose lifestyle.”

The CD’s opener and first single, “Just Dance,” gets the dance floor rocking in her shiny tights with it’s “fun, L.A., celebratory vibe.” As for the equally catchy, “Boys Boys Boys,” Lady Ga Ga doesn’t mind wearing pantyhose and her influences on her sleeve. “I wanted to write the female version of Motley Crue’s ‘Girls Girls Girls,’ but with my own twist. I wanted to write a pop song that rockers would like.”

“Beautiful Dirty Rich” sums up her time of self-discovery, living in the Lower East Side and dabbling in drugs and the party scene. “That time, and that song, was just me trying to figure things out,” says GaGa. “Once I grabbed the reigns of my artistry, I fell in love with that more than I did with the party life.” On first listen, “Paparazzi” might come off as a love song to cameras, and in all honestly, GaGa jokes “on one level it IS about wooing the paparazzi and wanting fame. But, it’s not to be taken completely seriously. It’s about everyone’s obsession with that idea. But, it’s also about wanting a guy to love you and the struggle of whether you can have success or love or both.”


Lady Ga Ga shows her passion for pantyhose fashion in public and for love songs on such softer tracks as the Queen-influenced “Brown Eyes” and the sweet kiss-off break-up song “Nothing I can Say (eh eh).” “‘Brown Eyes’ is the most vulnerable song on the album,” she explains. “‘Eh Eh’ is my simple pop song about finding someone new and breaking up with the old boyfriend.”


For the new tour for this album, fans will be treated to a more polished version of what they saw (and loved) at her critically acclaimed Lollapalooza show in August 2007 and Winter Music Conference performance in March 2008. “This new show is the couture version of my handmade downtown performance of the past few years. It’s more fine-tuned, but some of my favorite elements to my past shows – the disco balls, hot pants, sequin, and stilettos complimenting my choice of pantyhose for the evening – will still be there. Just more fierce and more of a conceptual show with a vision for pop performance art.”


It’s been a while since a new pop artist has made her way in the music industry the old-fashioned/grass roots way by paying her dues with seedy club gigs and self-promotion. This is one rising pop star who hasn’t been plucked from a model casting call, born into a famous family, won a reality TV singing contest, or emerged from a teen cable TV sitcom. “I did this the way you are supposed to. I played every club in New York City and I bombed in every club and then killed it in every club and I found myself as an artist. I learned how to survive as an artist, get real, and how to fail and then figure out who I was as singer and performer. And, I worked hard.”

Lady Ga Ga adds with a wink in her eye, “And, now, I’m just trying to change the world in my pantyhose one sequin at a time.”