While more and more young women today are discovering
the beauty, glamor and femininity in wearing pantyhose, at least one college girl has celebrated its virtues for about as long as she can remember.
Mylani, one of my favorite models on my friend, Kim’s, new website — PantyhoseClass.com — wouldn’t have it any other way.
A Business Management major in college, Mylani is intelligent, professional and goal-oriented, convicted in her own personal values, while also possessing a keen self-awareness as it relates to all aspects of life in today’s society.
To that end, Mylani understands how rare it is to be a young lady who is devoted to wearing pantyhose, but to her, it’s more about just doing what she thinks is right.
“I don’t see myself as special,” she said. “I just see myself as knowing how to be sexy and sensual. I like to look my best and have allure. For me, that includes wearing pantyhose.”
And, while she can’t help but attract a great deal of attention for how she dresses, Mylani doesn’t concern herself about what others think.
Asked if she thinks men notice her more when she’s wearing pantyhose than when she isn’t, Mylani said the answer is yes.
“I have gotten many compliments on my pantyhose. As a waitress, I wear shiny pantyhose. Lots of guys seem to love that.
“It is easy to tell that you get more looks when wearing pantyhose — especially, shiny pantyhose — but your question is flawed. I get more looks from men AND women.”
Mylani said some women (not surprisingly) question her about why she wears pantyhose so often, but they have never tried to talk her out of wearing them, and she says, a few have started wearing after seeing her in them so much.
Overview: “Mylani is a business major in college. She loves to shop and rarely finds a pair of heels she doesnt like. On the weekends, she works as a waitress in one of the hottest nightspots in the city. The other girls wear tight pants but Mylani wears short skirts, shiny Peavey pantyhose and heels. Can you guess who gets more tips?” – PantyhoseClass.com
Asked what it is that she loves so much about pantyhose, Mylani said it’s the way they make her legs look.
“When I wear pantyhose, it is obvious my legs stand out. Even with pantyhose so sheer, you can barely tell I am wearing, they just accent my legs so nicely.
“For me, I feel naked without pantyhose. Not only do I love how my feet feel when they slip into the silky nylon, but it makes me feel dressed and ready.”
I wondered if Mylani could ever have a boyfriend or husband who didn’t realize how lucky he was and appreciate her for wearing pantyhose, and her answer surprised me.
“Well, men are men,” she said. “I don’t wear for them. If they love me in pantyhose, that is fine, but I am going to wear no matter what they think.”
(I don’t think it’s a matter of IF. Men, those with at least a pulse anyway, would definitely love her in pantyhose.)
But when did Mylani first realize that she loves pantyhose?
“I’ve always loved tights since I was little, but wanted to wear sheer pantyhose,” Mylani told me. “Pantyhose look sexy. From very young, I have been in tights and pantyhose.”
For Mylani, it was the influence of her culture and heritage as a Chinese-American girl, as well as the example set by her aunt that shaped her love of pantyhose. A love that would continue to blossom and is in full bloom today.
“When I was 12, I saw my aunt at a wedding,” Mylani said. “Her legs looked so spectacular in her pantyhose. She and I talked about clothes and pantyhose. She took me shopping to buy my first pair of pantyhose. I still love my tights, but pantyhose make me feel more mature.”
To this day, Mylani credits her aunt as her hero and role model in her life.
“She was a cocktail waitress at a casino and always wore the sexiest uniforms with shiny pantyhose,” Mylani said. “When she wasn’t working, she usually wore pantyhose too. Her legs always looked so elegant and sexy.”
Frequent readers of this blog know that I believe Asian women are the world’s most prolific wearers of pantyhose. I’ve often written that I believe part of the reason for this is Asian women are more devoted to femininity, and carry themselves with grace and elegance much moreso than women of other nationalities. I wanted to know if Mylani agrees with this.
I feel that I am just doing my job to be noticed, and flirt with my legs.
“Asian culture is more gender strict,” she said. “Asian women are supposed to look like women, and being bare-legged is not an option. To me, American women have forgotten what being feminine is. They wear T-shirts, jeans, sneakers and baseball caps. Those are men’s clothes. Yes, they tailor them for women, but it is not feminine to me.”
What a great answer. I couldn’t help pursuing the issue, so I asked Mylani whether she was aware that Asian women are appreciated all over the world for their feminine qualities, especially, for wearing pantyhose, and wondered how this makes her feel. And, in typical, Mylani fashion, this was her answer:
“I feel that I am just doing my job to be noticed, and flirt with my legs.”
Cute the way she worded that — “I am just doing my job …”
I love the commitment Mylani has to being beautiful and sexy. I asked whether she would would wear pantyhose to a job interview for a high-level professional career opportunity? It was a feeble attempt on my part to test her professionalism. Who was I kidding.?
“That is a no-brainer,” she said. “Of course. When I go for an interview, it is always in a pencil skirt, pantyhose and heels. It just makes me stand out among the other women in pants suits.”
I asked Mylani what she is studying in college, and what her career aspirations are, and her answer was priceless.
“Business Management. I hope to someday have my own office with lots of people at my pantyhosed feet.”
Guys, is she a dream-come-true, or what?
Of course, Mylani was showing off her cute sense of humor, but her commitment to her college studies is no joke. I asked whether she had ever considered a career in acting or as a professional model and she said, “Yes, I thought of modeling as a career, but it probably will be just more of a hobby. I think my future lies in the business world.”
But speaking of actresses and professional models, I wanted to know who Mylani’s favorite Asian celebrity is, and she was quick to name one who is both: Maggie Q.
“I always loved Maggie Q,” Mylani said. “She looks so sexy, but is also very athletic. She is compact, super cute, and has great legs.”
Finally, as I always do, I asked if there were anything she wanted to say that I hadn’t thought to ask in our interview. I didn’t expect this answer, but it is appreciated:
“I love your pantyhose,” Mylani said. “I wish you would make some with shine and gloss, but I know that probably would take away from their feel.”
Wow, another thing to love about Mylani. She “gets” about pantyhose what I love about them, and what ActSensuous pantyhose in particular are all about — besides how beautiful they look, what’s amazing is the way they feel to the touch, and how they feel on.
My thanks to the beautiful and sexy Mylani for sharing her story with us.
You can see lots and lots of photos of Mylani in her beloved shiny pantyhose and tights on Kim’s website at http://www.PantyhoseClass.com . You’ll even find a few pics of her wearing ActSensuous pantyhose on Kim’s site.
Thankfully, Kim, a professional photographer, also shot lots of pics of Mylani wearing her favorite ActSensuous Act II colors for this blog. Enjoy them in the gallery below. And please leave some comments, telling Mylani what you think of her in pantyhose.
In addition to the many great comments and suggestions from the wonderful readers of this blog since 2009, during ActSensuous’ 12 years in business, I’ve also been contacted out of the blue many times by pantyhose lovers. Along the way, I’ve made a few friends.
I love it when a professional photographer asks for ActSenuous pantyhose to do a photo shoot. A year or so ago, I was contacted by Kim who is an amazing photographer. She asked to shoot several models in ActSensuous for a new website she was developing. I saw the preview of her site and was extremely impressed, so I was only too happy to agree to the project.
Kim’s new website, PantyHoseClass.com, officially launched this month, and you can find it at One of the reasons I love the site is that it is in a fairly unique genre’ – sort of “The Girl Next Door in Pantyhose.”
Sure, there are thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, but Kim’s is different because it features “real girls” who truly love wearing pantyhose – and what’s even more unique – most of them are college students.
Yes, you read that correctly – COLLEGE STUDENTS. I love Kim’s website for a couple of reasons. First, the site is extremely well done. It’s professional, it’s classy, and the photography is outstanding. Second, it’s COLLEGE GIRLS. Well, mostly. At least a couple of them are college-age professionals.
This is further evidence that one of the biggest objections that pantyhose haters cite, and use in a feable attempt to brainwash today’s girls, is that pantyhose are outdated – something only older women would wear.
Of course, we know this argument doesn’t hold water because we continue to find young celebrities today who are devoted pantyhose wearers. You know who they are: Anne Hathaway, Kate Middleton, Katie Holmes, Katy Perry, Miranda Cosgrove, Paris Hilton, Selina Gomez, and Zooey Deschanel to name only a few.
But college-age girls who love to wear pantyhose all the time? That is such a positive.
Some of you may remember it was Kim who shot the pictures of her friend, Lacey, who I featured in a recent post, so you understand the kind of girls Kim finds and features in her new website, and you know the quality of Kim’s photography.
I am impressed with each of the many models on PantyHoseClass.com, but I have singled out a few I simply cannot resist. You will find them featured here one at a time, wearing ActSensuous pantyhose.
This feature is about Yesenia. The 20-year-old Yesenia is an artist in Philadelphia. A pantyhose size A, Yesenia, loves to dress professionally and glamorously for work and all other occasions. And that means pantyhose. The young professional of European and Latin ethnicity says she wears pantyhose to work, to her yoga classes, around the house, and even to sleep in.
I asked Yesenia what she loves so much about pantyhose?
“Pantyhose are good for every day and every season of the year,” she said. “Pantyhose feel like such a great piece of apparel to have on because they have many uses, and of course, pantyhose go with everything.”
Yesenia said she first realized she loved pantyhose at a young age, but the feeling took off when she was around 9 years old, starting ballet classes and wearing pink tights every day.
“It used to be the best feeling in the world, and to this day, still is,” Yesenia said. “When I put on those pink tights, I wasn’t Yesenia – I was someone else. I was a strong ballerina. I could be anyone I wanted.”
Yesenia is quick to give credit to her dance instructor, who once told her: “In these pink tights, you will live and become this beautiful work of dancing art.”
“So, of course, naturally, being a little girl, I was very eager to throw those tights on and get to dancing,” she said.
Today, Yesenia loves the feeling she gets when she slips into a pair of sheer pantyhose, saying it’s “Overwhelming and awesome that this delicate fabric could make my legs look so good.”
Yesenia isn’t sure whether men notice her more when she’s wearing pantyhose, than when she isn’t, but then again, she’s in pantyhose most of the time, and she certainly attracts a great deal of attention. Describing herself as a “natural born Gothic,” Yesenia likes to stand out, and she gets attention because of the way she dressses in general. Still, she feels that a pair of black pantyhose will always make her look better.
Asked if she could ever have a boyfriend or husband who didn’t appreciate her for wearing pantyhose, Yesenia wasn’t sure how to respond.
“I haven’t been with a guy who has had a pantyhose fetish,” she said. Then, she added: “I mean, I am sure if I worked it a certain way and worked it right, I could totally make a guy fall for it.”
No doubt about that.
Yesenia did say she frequently gets compliments from strangers about the pantyhose she wears.
“Anywhere I go, I hear all the time: “Hey, I love your pantyhose.”
Of course, not everyone appreciates her commitment to looking professional, glamorous and classy.
“I have had female friends ask me why I wear pantyhose,” Yesenia said. “Back in high school, when it really wasn’t so popular to wear them, I would get questions all the time – and not like positive ones, but more like negative ones.
“I wouldn’t say they tried to discourage me, but rather they just didn’t understand the world of pantyhose and all its wonders. I tried to explain to them it’s a magical world and pantyhose go with everything. Of course, now that it’s popular to wear tights, I never get questions anymore.”
In any case, Yesenia doesn’t consider herself special because she wears pantyhose during a time when other women find it old-fashioned to do so, or just refuse to wear them. Rather, she said she considers herself “One of those lucky old-fashioned women who love pantyhose because of all the beautiful things they can do for you and your body.”
Yesenia doesn’t pay much attention to the “bare legs culture” of today. What she would tell women who think pantyhose are so terrible? “Hah! More for me and none for you. No, really, I wouldn’t say much,” Yesenia said.
One thing Yesenia could never imagine is not wearing pantyhose to a job interview.
“I have always worn, and will always wear, pantyhose to a job interview, even if it were for something less than a very high-level professional position.
“I think it’s very unprofessional for high-level businesswomen to not wear pantyhose. It’s almost like you have this amazing suit on, but you forgot to put on your pants if you understand what I mean. I would feel so bare without pantyhose, I wouldn’t feel like I had a suit on at all.”
Wise and mature beyond her years, Yesenia says she doesn’t watch TV or movies, and doesn’t know anything about celebrities or pay attention to what they’re wearing.
“I don’t have any role models. I just try to do what’s good for me and leave it at that.”
For now, that means being a devoted daughter, sister and girlfriend who works to support her family and herself, she said.
“I believe in being good to people. I believe in putting my family first. I believe in being loyal and honest, and to never be bad to others. I always try to be understanding of everyone, and realize that the person next to you or 10 feet away from you is fighting a battle every day.”
Asked if there was anything she wanted to say that she wasn’t asked, Yesenia said:
“Sure. I love your pantyhose. Great feeling and great colors. My personal favorite is Suntan.”
Well, that was nice.
Yesenia is a lovely young lady. She is professional, classy and quite feminine. My thanks to her for wanting to model ActSensuous pantyhose for PantyHoseClass.com and my blog.
Enjoy the gallery (below) of Yesenia in ActSensuous pantyhose, and see many more photo sets of her wearing all kinds of different brands and styles on Kim’s website at (http://www.PantyHoseClass.com).
Note: I don’t know what I did, but somehow the gallery below is linked to another page where the gallery actually lives. Trust me, there are more than 2 pictures in the gallery. Clink that link, and you’ll find the real gallery.
One of the things I enjoy most about writing this blog is the feedback I get from you in the form of comments you make about my various posts. I can’t tell you how meaningful that is.
First, I need to feel that someone really cares about what I’m doing here. Second, it would be no fun writing award-winning-quality pieces and not hear your reactions. Third, reading your opinions, questions and experiences not only help me to stay motivated, but often gives me ideas for new posts.
Case in point: Our newest reader/commenter, Richard, wrote yesterday that he first developed his love of pantyhose during his 4th grade through 8th grade school days, as a pretty teacher wore dresses or skirts with high heels and pantyhose all the time. He added that she even wore hose the few times she wore slacks. And he said that sometimes she slipped out of her high heels and walked throughout the classroom in just her pantyhosed feet.
Richard, like so many other longtime ActSensuous Blog readers ponders how and why he has a pantyhose fetish. This phenomenon seems to plague hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world. They question it and seem almost tormented by it.
I’m certainly no expert, but it seems to me that we start to become who we are at an early stage in life, and one of the biggest influencers on us besides our parents (especially, before cable TV and the Internet) was our elementary and middle school teachers. And back in the day (before cable TV and the Internet, and “Sex and the City”) teachers, like all professional women wouldn’t dream of not wearing pantyhose.
It happened that way for me. I can’t remember what grade I was in, but I’m guessing 4th or so. There was a pretty young teacher who always wore dresses or skirts with heels and nylons, and under her desk we could see her shoe-play, and she had pretty feet.
I think it was the last day of school, when the teacher was seated at her desk occupied by papers and a couple of kids talking with her at her desk. One boy lost all control and parked himself in a prone position under her desk and kissed her feet for a few minutes. He later said he was kissing her shoes, but none of us bought that.
I hadn’t thought about that in a hundred years, but Richard’s comment brought back those memories. I am still amazed that the teacher was unfazed by the thing (maybe it happened to her all the time), and that none of the other kids seemed too shocked by it either. Most just laughed, but I am sure there were some among us who couldn’t believe that kid had the nerve to act on his fantasy right there for the whole class to see.
I don’t know about the other kids in that class, but I was probably ruined for life after witnessing that scene. A couple of years later, 6th grade I think, I began to notice other teachers who always wore dresses, complete with high heels and pantyhose. Of course, that was just the way it was back then, but it still was pretty exciting to see, especially when some of the teachers seemed to tease a little by frequently running their hands over their nylons to feel the silky fabric on their legs. I always thought that was sexy. I wondered how any of the boys learned anything (academically) during those classes.
That was a great time (notice I’m not revealing the year so as not to age myself). Looking back, I see things for what they might have been. We were so young that to us teachers were just adults. But I’m betting that the teachers were probably fresh out of college and they might have been just starting their professional careers.
And back in the day, dressing professionally and wearing pantyhose might have been new and exciting to them, too. They probably enjoyed being looked up to by the kids, and wearing the proper business attire likely contributed to their own self-esteem. That, and the attention they probably got from students, as well as from other teachers and faculty, couldn’t have hurt.
Did those pretty teachers know they were making an impression among many of the students in ways other than academically? Maybe, but it was a more innocent time, so perhaps some of those teachers thought they were looked upon as goddesses, but I doubt back then, they had any idea they were the cause of many kids developing a pantyhose and/or foot fetish for life.
But, in many cases, that’s exactly what they were doing.
I don’t think that’s a bad thing in any sense. While there is no doubt that today millions of us find pantyhose, and sheer nylons over pretty feet, extremely sexy, I still believe that wearing pantyhose makes a woman stand out from those who don’t. To me, when a woman chooses to wear pantyhose when she goes to work, out to a nice restaurant, or just out and about, she is professional, classy and beautiful.
How sad it is that probably the majority of today’s teachers don’t wear pantyhose. Heck, today’s teachers probably don’t even wear dresses or skirts. They are at the front lines, charged with educating and setting an example for today’s youth. And the decisions these teachers so recklessly make to dress in jeans or pants outfits only reinforces in our kids’ minds that the school system is a casual experience that carries with it not much in the way of expectations.
How sad it is that seemingly most women today don’t get it. It seems so many women have been poisoned about the very concept of wearing pantyhose by negative influences created in Hollywood and filtered into mainstream life.
It’s sad that something as beautiful and decidedly feminine as pantyhose has been vilified in the fashion world to the point that otherwise normal women think they hate pantyhose now.
But the true haters notwithstanding, I can’t help but feel there are millions of women out there who have no negative agenda against pantyhose, yet, because they believe that pantyhose are “out” today, they feel obligated to go “bear”-legged because “everyone else is doing it.” That’s why we see women who should know better, such as celebrities, lawyers, real estate agents, and corporate executives ditching the pantyhose with their dresses, skirts, suits and pumps. They know it’s the right thing to do to wear those outfits, but they have been brainwashed into thinking that it’s OK to skip the hose.
I really think that secretly many of them don’t feel comfortable dressed up but with bear legs, yet, they don’t have the courage to go against the grain.
I can’t help but believe that some day, they’re going to look back at old pictures of themselves in a beautiful dress, high heels and bear legs, and say to themselves, “What was I thinking?”
Polls reflect your views
Another recent comment from a reader, libertariangman, posed the question: “Do Men PREFER Women in Hosiery over Bare Legs?”
That comment/question inspired a recent post from me, “Future of Pantyhose in Men’s Hands?” (03/12/2012). Attached to that post is a poll: “Do Men PREFER Women in Hosiery over Bare Legs?”
As of this writing, 161 individuals have weighed in. Assuming the voters are who they say they are, so far, 154 men have voted Yes (95%); 4 women voted Yes (2%) that they think men prefer women in hosiery; and 3 men (Tabitha’s “special” friends) voted No (2%). Surprisingly, not a single No vote was cast by a woman.
Wow, 95 percent of voters believe that men prefer women in hosiery over bare legs! That’s pretty good. But what does this mean? Perhaps not much. Most of those voting were (ostensibly) men. I think the world pretty much knows that men prefer women in pantyhose. And 161 votes ain’t gonna make the Guinness Book of World Records. Still, I believe that if there were 161,000 votes, it would still work out that 95 percent of them favor women in pantyhose.
To me, the troubling reality is that women get that men prefer them in pantyhose, but they still ain’t gonna do it. Shouldn’t you guys be highly insulted here? I’ve said it before, and I guess I’m going to keep saying it: Men need to communicate better with women. Somehow, you’ve got to make it clear that you love them in pantyhose, and you have to make them care.
I’m curious, do you guys ever fantasize that you’re the hiring authority of the most highly-sought-after corporation in your city, where everyone wants to work. It’s a highly-successful and extremely professional business that enjoys the best reputation in its industry. You run an ad for a female Vice President of Marketing, and you get a lobby full of qualified applicants. You do a quick scan and see that 90 percent of the women aren’t wearing pantyhose.
What do you do? You very professionally and gracefully single out the women wearing pantyhose (without acknowledging the fact) and ask each one to sit on this side of the lobby, while those not wearing, are to sit on that side. Then, you retreat to your office and ask your assistant (who knows better and always wears) to, one-after-another, escort the women in pantyhose to your office for the interview, completely ignoring the non-wearers, regardless of who was there first, or who might have the stronger resume.
After a while, one of those with bear legs questions your assistant about what’s going on, and she tells those women that they really should go home and come back another time when they are dressed professionally for the executive level position and the nature of the corporation.
The women in that group look at themselves and each other and see that they are all wearing perfectly tailored corporate grey or black business suits and skirts with white blouses and closed toe pumps. What the heck is this lady talking about? But one or two of them get it. A few of them knew better. They knew they should wear pantyhose, but they chose not to, figuring it just doesn’t matter in today’s world — even at a highly-successful and extremely professional business environment. Because they know they screwed up, they don’t say anything, but one of the young, hot-shot, overly-aggressive corporate fireballs, speaks up:
“Is he (you) not seeing us because we’re not wearing pantyhose? That’s ridiculous. Pantyhose are so outdated. They’re irrelevant today. No one wears them anymore.” And another chimes in: “He can’t do that. (Yes he/you can.) That’s illegal. (No it’s not.) That’s discrimination. (Yeah, so what? It’s the right of any business to establish a dress code, and if you don’t agree with it, no one’s forcing you to work here. Bimbo!) I don’t want to work for a place like this. I’m out of here.” (Good. Go!)
Just a thought.
OK, how about this: You’re deep in the throes of the zombie apocalypse. There are only a few survivors. You are holed up in a makeshift fortress. Two women on foot have stumbled upon your sanctuary, and are pounding on the door pleading to be let in, as the zombie horde closes in. Unfortunately, there is room for only one more person. You see that one is an absolutely gorgeous woman wearing a dress and high heels, but no pantyhose, while the other is semi-attractive, wearing a dress and high heels AND sheer suntan pantyhose. The gorgeous woman expects to be let in because, well, she’s always gotten preferential treatment her whole life. The undead are closing in. What do you do?
Simple. You let the one wearing pantyhose in, and say “Missed it by THAT much” to the beauty with bear legs.
OK, OK, fine. You let them both in. But to make a point, you first say “Wow, you’re gorgeous, but I’m gonna have to go with her because she’s got the class, elegance and femininity to wear pantyhose with that pretty outfit, and you don’t.” Then, you let that girl in, closing the door on the one with bear legs. The brain munchers are almost on top of her now, and she’s crying out, and you say “Alright, alright, I’ll let you in on one condition: First time we come across a store that sells pantyhose, you grab a pair and put them on. Deal?” She agrees and you let her in. I mean, c’mon, you’re a reasonable fellow.
You guys get me here? You’ve got to deliver the message: “We are sick of the bear legs look. Enough already. We want you wearing pantyhose.”
Hey, it’s worth a try. What ideas do you have? Let’s get a forum going about the ways men can get the point across to women.
From time to time, I hear from ladies who say they love wearing pantyhose because of the extra attention they get from men when they do.
They say they love it when they catch men staring at their pantyhose-adorned legs out in public.
Others tell me that their boyfriends or husbands are so grateful whenever they wear pantyhose, that they wear them often to please their men.
More than anyone else, I hear from ladies who wear pantyhose at the office, sometimes because it’s required, or at least, expected.
In offices where the wearing of pantyhose is not required or particularly encouraged, it’s the ladies who are highly professional and classy who wear pantyhose of their own volition. Those are my heroes.
These ladies tell me that when they wear pantyhose, they get a great deal more attention from their male co-workers. But they say that this often causes a sense of uneasiness or even resentment among their fellow female employees.
They tell me that female co-workers will approach them and say something to the effect of “You know, you don’t have to wear pantyhose. You can go bare-legged.” Or, “How can you stand to wear pantyhose every day?” Or (and I love this one), “Pantyhose are so ‘out’ these days.”
Well, you know me – I think it’s downright pathetic when women blindly jump on the bandwagon in the name of what is thought to be “in or out of fashion,” especially if it gives them an excuse to be less feminine and not as desirable. And I think it’s just plain wrong when women use that same excuse to go against time-honored business acumen, and then try to encourage others to do so, as well.
Anyway, it got me thinking: How many of you have been approached by your co-workers about your wearing pantyhose at the office? Or how many of you have noticed that you get more attention from co-workers, those in your circle, or people on the street when you wear pantyhose?
Are you seen as a threat to your fellow females who don’t wear pantyhose and don’t want you to wear them either? (And is that to keep you from garnering the attention of men, or to help them somehow justify their own choice to not wear pantyhose?)
I’ll bet you have some stories to share. Please do.
Ever since the global bare legs movement began right around the year 2000, I’ve tried to figure out how and why this happened.
We know that it was actress Sarah Jessica Parker’s character on Sex and the City that is universally “credited” with running pantyhose as a fashion staple out of Hollywood. As the show was set in New York City – fashion capital of the world – it’s easy to see how women everywhere would jump on the bare legs bandwagon.
Its effect has been felt all over the world – although nowhere more prevalent among modern nations than in the United States.
Initially, the reason women gave for arbitrarily ending their decades-long commitment to wearing pantyhose was that the accessory had gone out of vogue, as evidenced by the fashion fad Parker’s show spawned.
But fads in fashion typically don’t stay around long, and eventually, women’s excuses for not wearing pantyhose turned to:
They’re uncomfortable (the fabric being hot, itchy and saggy most often cited)
They’re not necessary (my legs are tanned enough)
I’ve never bought into the fad thing because I believe fashion always should be about good taste – especially when it comes to being professional in the workplace.
As for the excuse: “I don’t need to wear pantyhose because my legs are tan enough,” I think some women are just missing the point. It’s not that simple. Nylons do so much more than add a little color to your skin. They cover minor skin blemishes, soften lines, and enhance the shape of your legs, giving them a look of perfection that bare or oiled legs will never have. More than all that, pantyhose offer an allure, a sense of glamour and good taste.
If you read almost any blog about pantyhose, you’ll always find some women complaining that they’re uncomfortable. Oh, come now! That is a weak excuse given by those who are lazy, spoiled and apparently not well educated, as most of them can’t even spell the word pantyhose correctly.
I Googled this subject: “most uncomfortable women’s clothes” and was pleased to see that pantyhose, while they certainly made the list, weren’t exactly the Number One bad guy. Most women cited high heels, bras and thongs as the most uncomfortable things they wore.
Somehow, I got sidetracked to uncomfortable uniforms, and found that female police officers in almost every country except the USA wear much more feminine uniforms, complete with high heels and pantyhose. Check out this picture of Russian policewomen.
In the U.S., where everyone is spoiled, we can’t get most women to wear pantyhose with a business suit in an air conditioned office. Our women wouldn’t last a day in Russia, China, Japan, Korea, and most other countries, who clearly have higher standards of what constitutes proper dress, if not good taste.
But I’m not picking on just women here. I stumbled across one blog in which the founder of some computer software company wrote that he didn’t wear business suits anymore and couldn’t imagine why anyone ever would. His post elicited 416 comments – most agreeing with his point of view.
I think we have lost some of our good sense, our values and our judgment about how we present ourselves. Pretty soon, Casual Friday will turn into Casual Tuesday-through-Friday-but-wear-something-businessy-on-Monday, just for old times sake.
Here are some pics of female police officers in other countries. And if you think these female officers are decked out in dress uniforms for only ceremonial occasions, notice that they’re also dressed this way on the street for routine duty.
It is said that millions of people struggle with the question of what to wear to a job interview.
Having worked in an executive search and recruitment business for nearly 20 years, I’ve coached hundreds of women (and men, although not about wearing pantyhose) on this subject, but just to be fair, I researched the subject on the Internet today to learn what is being taught right now.
Happily, Ive found that the advice of career experts is exactly the same as it’s been forever. Yes, women should wear pantyhose to a job interview.
Look, if you’re going to interview for a job at Wendy’s, you don’t need to wear a corporate grey skirted suit, with high heels and sheer nude pantyhose. Unless the opportunity there is for a regional manager or higher level position.
So let’s say you’re interviewing for an office position in corporate America, and the company adheres to a business-casual dress code. What then? Still, you wear a suit, heels and pantyhose. Why? Because you’re on duty.
It doesn’t matter what the company’s dress code is, or if you’re just lucky enough to be interviewing on casual Friday. You are the one who needs to make a good impression. You should always dress the way a senior manager would, or should, because it shows good character, a good attitude and demonstrates that you are serious about wanting to work at that company.
You will never not get a job offer because you dressed better than you needed to during the interview. But not dressing according to accepted standards of business attire could cost you an opportunity.
In his book, When Job-Hunting: Dress for Success, Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., of Quintessential Careers, writes:
“The standard job interviewing attire for women is a conservative dark navy or gray skirted wool blend suit. Job experts and employers seem split on the notion of pants suits, so a skirted suit is a safer choice. Makeup should be minimal, with lipstick and nail polish conservative tones. Pantyhose should be flawless (no runs) and conservative in color.”
Yes, but he’s a man, you say? OK, well, according to Kim Zoller at Image Dynamics, 55 percent of another person’s perception of you is based on how you look. Her Dressing for Success suggestions:
Solid color, conservative suit
Neat, professional hairstyle
Tan or light hosiery
OK, think that’s just old school?
How about what CollegeGrad.com has to say:
Always wear a suit with a jacket; no dresses
Shoes with conservative heels
Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)
It’s not rocket surgery (a cross between rocket science and heart surgery) here, people. Just because Hollywood created the bare legs phenomenon to which women all over the world now subscribe, it doesn’t change the fact that in the real world, there still are standards of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable.
And in the workplace, especially during a job interview, pantyhose should always be worn.