Real-life ‘Covert Affairs’ type loves her pantyhose


Robin Maryland
Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

When I created ActSensuous in 2001, I was hoping there was at least a small market for 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose.

I never dreamed we’d have several hundred customers from every corner of the world, including in almost every state in the U.S.

But we do.  From Atlanta to Australia, from Boston to Bangkok, from California to Chile’, from Denver to Denmark, we have devoted customers.  And they’re also in China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam.  I love it.

I get many email letters from customers, and I answer each one.  I’ve gotten to know many of them, and they include bankers, lawyers, doctors, business owners, and now, add spy!

Lacey prepares to leave her house to head to her “spy” job, wearing her usual ensemble of a fabulous skirt and top, high heels and Act III Suntan pantyhose.

OK, well, I don’t know if she’s really a spy (but getting information out of her is practically impossible, so maybe), but one of our newest customers – we’ll call her Lacey (because she told us to) – works for the U.S. government, specifically, the Department of Defense.

In this blog, you’ve read my criticism of the costume designer for the movie “Salt,” because he or she didn’t dress Angelina Jolie’s character in pantyhose with her impressive skirt suit.  (Idiot!)  And you’ve read my lashing of the costume director of the TV drama, “Covert Affairs,” because he or she misses too many opportunities to dress Piper Perabo’s character in pantyhose to complement the gorgeous dresses and stilletos she wears.

C’mon, I say.  A female spy or operative for the CIA goes “bear”-legged with her suits and high heels?  I don’t think so.

And neither does Lacey.

“I work from home most days, but do have to go to the office one or two days a week,” she said.  “When I go to the office, I am always in a skirt, heels and pantyhose. When I work from home, usually, I wear just a cami (camisole) top, shorts and pantyhose.”

Even when working from home, Lacey wears only a comfortable shirt and pantyhose, in this case, Act III Nude.

Wow, even when working from home, Lacey wears pantyhose.  Now, this is my kind of girl.

(Note: In the gallery below, you’ll see several pics of Lacey at home wearing her favorite colors in our Act III line.)

Despite today’s dressed-down society, which seems to prefer casual attire regardless of the event or venue, Lacey, 29, embraces the wearing of pantyhose.

“I love being in just my cami, shorts and pantyhose at home,” she said.  “But I know how to dress for the function and occasion.  A wedding, a funeral, a party thrown by and for high-level business associates, a formal event or important social gathering – pantyhose are for all those occasions.”

And Lacey doesn’t waste any time or energy wondering or worrying about whether other women will be wearing during these occasions.

“I wear pantyhose because I love them,” she said.  “It has nothing to do with the others at a function.  In any case, I know my legs will get looks.”

Indeed, Lacey gets noticed all the time at work and everywhere she goes.  She gets lots of compliments, too.  Sometimes by acquaintances, sometimes by strangers, and often by coworkers.  Her favorite compliment?

“It was from one of the interns we had,” Lacey said.  “She told me she never wore pantyhose and rarely wore skirts, but after seeing my legs, she said she was going to wear skirts and try pantyhose.”

Lacey adheres to an exercise routine, which includes yoga, to maintain her fighting figure, and those incredible legs of hers. Here, she works out in Act III Pink.

It would seem impossible not to notice Lacey’s legs.  They are quite muscular, yet, very shapely.  And, supporting her 5’3, 120-pound, size 4 figure, those legs are kept in shape by Lacey’s regimen, which includes running 2 miles a day, practicing yoga, playing tennis, and walking her dogs every day.

Lacey says her legs are the part of her body of which she’s most proud.

“A lot of it is genetics,” she said. “I have a muscular frame to begin with.  I don’t work out my upper body because I would look too masculine.  I think my legs look strong and feminine though.”

Lacey’s sculpted legs are softened a bit by wearing sheer pantyhose, in this case, Act III Suntan.

She’s got that right.  What’s really cool is that she most often wears very sheer pantyhose that not only enhance the look of, but actually soften those impressive muscles and glamourize, her super toned legs.

From where did Lacey’s devotion to pantyhose come?  She said it started when she was a little girl growing up in the Philadelphia area.  Lacey’s mother wanted her to wear dressses even though most girls her age didn’t.

“If I wore a dress, I always had on tights,” Lacey said.  “When I got older, I moved to skirts and pantyhose.  When I got to the business world, I felt hosiery was a part of professionalism. Pantyhose give your legs a nice, sleek glow.”

Lacey, who holds a college degree in business, said if she weren’t working for the D.O.D., she’d like to be “A professional shopper and party hopper.  I love to be in a sexy cocktail dress, pantyhose and heels, going from one party to the next.”

To Lacey, it’s all about being a good person and looking her best.  She describes herself as being passionate about friends, shopping, and fashion. And that means complementing her pretty outfits with pantyhose.

“I love to get dressed in a cute dress, pantyhose and heels for a night on the town, she said.”

More about Lacey and pantyhose:

On wearing – For me, pantyhose are proper with any dress or skirt. I think pantyhose add to any style.  I wear mostly sheer pantyhose, but do have lots of patterned and specialty pantyhose and tights.

When did you first realize you love them – 7th grade dance (my first formal). When I was in middle school, I realized that high heels fit more comfortably when wearing pantyhose, and they covered imperfections in your legs, such as cuts and bruises from playing sports.

What size do you wear – Size A or small.

Your favorite shade – Tan.  I like the neutral colors that are more skintone.

On how they make you feel – More confident and sexy.

On getting compliments – Others notice because pantyhose make your legs stand out in a positive way.  I have received compliments about how nice my legs look and I know it was because of the sheerness of the pantyhose.

On the bare legs movement – I think women overlook the enhancement value pantyhose give to your legs and do not realize that all pantyhose are not uncomfortable.

I am so happy to have gotten to know Lacey, and I thank her for agreeing to model some of her favorite colors of Act III pantyhose for us.  You can view a gallery of her pics below.  They were taken by a mutual friend of ours, Kim, a professional photographer whom you’ll get to know in an upcoming feature on The ActSensuous Blog.

Meanwhile, enjoy Lacey’s gallery.