Hello, my name is Rachel. Just wanted to give a proper introduction to myself. I have had the pleasure of working with Robin over the past few years, mostly behind the scenes. Just to give a bit of background on me… growing up I was a majorette, and so I know the impact that pantyhose can have especially for performances. However, since working with Robin she has given me a bigger perspective and appreciation for pantyhose and their impact on people. She has a lot of knowledge that I have tried to learn from, and I hope that I can continue with the same passion as she has. I look forward to meeting new people with those same passions and inspirations we have.
I would like to first start by saying It has been my pleasure to share my thoughts with you these past few years. I have really enjoyed our time together. It has been a wonderful experience, however due to some health issues as well as needing to spend more time with family, it is time to pass the torch. My trusted colleague and best friend, Rachel, whom has been helping out behind the scenes for a long time, will be taking the reins. She shares my passion for our products and looks forward to working with you all. Please join me in welcoming her into our fashion hosiery community.
Did you know that January 4 is “National Triva Day?”
I just learned that while doing research to write this post. Turns out there are about 20 other little celebrations associated with January, including “National write the wrong year on your check month,” “Bath Safety Month” (seriously?) and “Stalking awareness month.” (OK, there’s one for you.)
I found this a few days ago when I went Googling for validation of something I saw on a TV commercial. It’s an ad by ShoeDazzle (link below), referencing the celebration of “National Bootie Month.” https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ACvp I thought, “What? Is that really a thing?”
OK, apparently, mostly, it is, only it’s really called “National Bootie Day,” and it’s actually on September 10, according to JustFab.com and other references I’ve now seen.
So, ShoeDazzle jumped the gun a bit (just nine months) to promote its products, but the timing of that commercial was spot-on for me, as it got me wondering all about booties worn with pantyhose, and this ad prompted me to look into the whole idea and write about it here.
Those of you who’ve gotten to know me throughout the years probably realize I don’t like the wearing of boots with dresses or skirts, but what about booties? Hmmmm, let me think … NO.
Why do I dislike boots or booties with a dress or skirt? Because it hides too much leg and foot. My preference has always been any kind of high heels (but not so much the platform kind), or pumps or dress sandals. And the less the shoe, and the more the foot, the better.
On the other hand (OK, the foot), open- or peep-toe booties worn with sheer pantyhose apparently is a thing these days.
And you know what? I’m good with that.
I mean, you ain’t never gonna find me sporting the look, as actress Diane Kruger (right) does, but I officially state here that I am all for it on anyone else. Why? If women will wear pantyhose with open- or peep-toe booties, it’s another win for all of us.
Further, it’s just one more thing that ought to drive the “fashion experts” crazy.
We all know how much the fashion police out there despise, not only pantyhose, but even more so, pantyhose worn with open-toe high heels, even while no one ever follows their stupid advise.
Nevertheless (and this is huge), it now appears we’ve all finally worn down some of those fashion freak naysayers. Case in point, check out this Vogue.com story that ran a few months ago:
If, with the new year upon us, you’re looking for signs of hope and optimism about the return to mainstream status of sheer pantyhose, this Vogue.com story is a giant leap forward.
Too bad, though, that the only photo (I could find anyway) related to this new concession about sheer pantyhose being worn with open-toe shoes on the runway, is this one (left) with the model wearing some ridiculous-looking pantyhose.
Still, there’s no denying this is a huge step forward for pantyhose lovers.
I mean first, the fashion police told us pantyhose for any situation and venue were an absolute no-no. Yes, they won quite a number of blind followers, yet, pantyhose didn’t die, did they?
And, you’ll remember, ActSensuous (which started in 2001, at the very height of the “bear” legs movement), was always here telling you not to worry; to keep the faith, as there remained a sizable pocket of resistance by classy ladies, female business execs, celebrities and thousands upon thousands of “real girls” who never gave up on pantyhose.
When the fashion watchdogs realized, but couldn’t admit, that pantyhose were still a force, they shined their negative spotlight a little lower, barking out that, of all the horrible things about pantyhose, the absolute worst was wearing them with dress sandals.
They actually plastered this pic (left) all across the Internet, trying to show how bad that idea is, as if anybody believed anyone actually wore ugly hosiery like that with sandals.
To that, I present this image (below).
The wearer (right) is Abbey Clancy, a lingerie, catwalk model and television personality in England.
Anyone who would try to discourage this look is, well, most likely jealous, as Abbey’s feet are beautiful in those sheer pantyhose. Often, I smiled when seeing absolutely everywhere that NOBODY was buying that rubbish the so-called fashion experts wanted women to believe: That it was taboo to wear sheer pantyhose with open-toe shoes.
And, thankfully, from the most successful and highest profile women to the everyday real girls out and about across the whole wide world, everyone who wears pantyhose always has been wearing them with open-toe shoes.
During the past few years, the latest manifestation of that trend has been wearing pantyhose or tights with open- or peep-toe booties. To me, that’s sorta like giving a big “Take that” to all those fashion know-it-alls.
Still, I didn’t really care, and just forgot about the whole thing until I remembered seeing this picture (above) of young TV personality, Kylie Jenner, wearing open-toe booties (quite beautifully) with sheer black pantyhose during a Nickelodeon awards show a few years ago.
I thought she looked amazing, but I still figured this was a very unique thing, and as usual for me, I somehow missed the point and largely forgot about Kylie’s look back back then. Until, that is, I saw the ShoeDazzle commercial earlier this month.
So I launched an Internet search to see whether anyone else really was sporting this look?
To my surprise after three days of research, I was able to file only a handful of pics, such as this one of actress, Jessica Alba (right), to share with you.
Now, that doesn’t mean that’s all I found. No-no-no. I actually saved 93 pics that have something to do with the subject of this post.
And, lest ye think that what I do for you here is all just fun and games for me, let me share the dilemma I came to have. When laying out the copy and then trying to illustrate it with the perfect artwork (meaning choosing just the right image to illustrate a specific point I make), it’s way too cumbersome to sift through the 93 choices in one folder. So, being the super-organized type, I sorted all 93 images into different subfolders — nine to be exact.
I can hear what you’re thinking now: “That Robin, she’s a clever gal.” Yeah, but nine subfolders to do with wearing pantyhose or tights with open- or peep-toe booties, you ask? You bet.
You see, the problem I encountered was this whole booties thing ain’t all that black and white here. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, let’s go through all nine subfolders of images. C’mon, it’ll be fun …
1. Open- or peep-toe booties with pantyhose
The very point of this post, right? Well, the most significant photo I found was the one that started it all for me: Kylie Jenner’s look (right) during that Nickelodeon awards show.
In my opinion, she is the signature example of wearing sheer pantyhose with open-toe booties, although, I don’t get black pantyhose with white footwear.
Still, I have to give her credit for this look. With those toes in those hose, she could pull off anything.
2. Open- or peep-toe booties without pantyhose
I know what you’re thinking: Why would you show a picture of that, Robin?
Well, one cannot know what cold feels like, if one has lived one’s whole life in 90-degree weather. (Prophetic, huh?)
And since open- or peep-toe booties exist, naturally, they are (most often, I found) going to be worn with bear legs.
So here ya go. See how they look? Now, aren’t you glad you saw Kylie Jenner’s way of wearing them?
3. Booties with pantyhose
You get that? Just plain old booties (not open- or peep-toe). In my search, I found many more pics of regular booties, but at least, I found a bunch of pictures of women wearing them with pantyhose. So you have to see one of them.
Probably, the most compelling pic I found of someone wearing just plain old booties (but with pantyhose) is this one of actress Morena Baccarin. There are precious few photos of Baccarin wearing pantyhose, so to find one of her wearing pantyhose with booties seemed too significant not to show you.
Why do we care, though? Well, it’s “National Bootie Month.” OK, actually, it isn’t (as we covered in the beginning), but since that goof-up was what spawned this blog post, look at this picture and be thankful. Good job.
4. Booties without pantyhose
OK, just kidding. I’m not going to show you that. I mean, I found a lot more of those pictures than anything else, and I did put a few of them in a folder with this name, but we’ve got more important things to cover here. So, we’ll move on. (You’re welcome.)
5. Just booties
Seriously. With pantyhose or without, I found so many things that might, or might not, be booties, I had to create and fill a subfolder with that name.
So, to be clear, the image you see here (right) is an authentic bootie.
6. Not actually booties
You see where I’m going with this? Some footwear pics I found (below, left) kinda, sorta looked like booties and even had pantyhosed feet in them. I have no idea what the heck these things are called, maybe just boots (low ones), but they aren’t in the spirit of the booties we’re talking about here. Maybe they are just some kind of funky, chunky shoes.
In any case, since I collected and stored those pics (then, realized after all the experience I’d gained) that they actually aren’t booties, you have to see a pic of one of them.
Pretty nice pic, too. At least, the girl is wearing these regular old boots with pantyhose.
7. Not sure
That’s right. There are some pics of women in pantyhose wearing something that might, or might not, be a bootie. The only thing I know for sure now is that I have no real idea what the heck a bootie is. Hey, sue me, OK?
So here’s a picture (left) of Australian mega performer, Kylie Minogue. See if you can tell whether those things on her feet are booties, or something else, smarty pants. Hey, at least, she’s wearing pantyhose with them.
8. Not this
One thing I had no trouble with was being pretty clear that this image (right) is not what this blog post is about. But I really I liked the picture.
So here it is.
9. Absolutely stupid, doesn’t count
Seriously, I made a subfolder with this title.
That’s because these pics I found, but didn’t want to find (or even see) are the dumbest thing I have ever seen in our beloved pantyhose industry.
And because I had to see it, you have to see it.
I would like to find the moron who came up with this idea, and karatefy him or her.
In fact, I’d also like to kick the frick out of the bigger moron who actually bought this idea.
Here’s how I imagine the first meeting about this product design went:
Pitchman: Hey, I’ve got a great idea here. How about we make pantyhose that go from the waist all the way down to the feet, but stop at the toes?
Boss: Wait a minute, did you really just say what I think you said? What the heck is wrong with you?
Pitchman: Now, hear me out, hear me out. We’ll call them toeless pantyhose, and that alone probably would get some women out there to buy them.
Boss: Why on Earth would anyone buy such a thing?
Pitchman: Well, for years, all those fashion experts have been telling and making some truly dumbass women out there believe that they should never wear pantyhose with open-toe shoes.
So, with this new product, they can now wear pantyhose so that their legs look great, but … and here’s the best part … their toes will be bare, so they can wear their open-toe shoes the way the fashion experts tell them to. Huh? Huh? Brilliant, right?
Boss: OK, let me get this straight. The women who …
Pitchman, interrupting the boss: … dumbass women …
Boss: Right, right. The dumbass women who wear these things would have on real pantyhose that make their legs look, well, fabulous, all the way down the foot, but stop at the toes?
Pitchman: Yes, yes …
Boss: OK, so to be clear, these …..
Pitchman, chiming in: dumbass …
Boss: Right, dumbass women, they go about their daily routines wearing, say, black pantyhose down through the shoe, and then their bare, white, pasty toes peek out to the world, and ….. I’m sorry, tell me again … why would any woman in her right mind do such an incredibly stupid thing?
Pitchman: That’s just it. They do incredibly stupid things. We don’t even have to tell them it’s what the fashion experts agree with … I mean, if we make this product, they’ll think it’s the thing, and they’ll buy ‘em and wear them.
Boss: Yeah, OK, I’m sold. Let’s do it.
Are these people kidding? I guess not, because even Hanes bought in to this concept (right), and their ad campaign actually reads: “Hanes Silk Reflections Ultra Sheer pantyhose toeless design lets you wear sandals and open-toe shoes and show off your pedicure.”
OK, now I’ve definitely seen everything in this business. I will have a difficult time trying to get these images out of my head now.
Readers, seriously now, is this the dumbest thing you’ve ever seen related to pantyhose?
In any case, it’s a new year. And with it, comes renewed optimism that pantyhose will continue to make leaps and bounds toward returning to mainstream acceptance.
Already, we’ve seen some great signs, such as Vogue.com actually promoting the wearing of sheer pantyhose with open-toe shoes on fashion runways. Don’t discount the significance of that.
And, with the growing fad of wearing sheer pantyhose or tights with open- or peep-toe booties making inroads, there’s definitely reason for increased confidence that we are taking the right steps forward toward bringing pantyhose all the way back.
It should be a fun ride.
Wishing you all “sheer” happiness, health and prosperity in 2017.