Since the “bear” legs movement first reared its ugly head (and legs) during the mid-to-late 1990s, women throughout America have been trying to permanently “run” pantyhose out of town.
(If you’re new here and wonder about my use of the word, “bear” instead of bare, please see my explanation in the About Me section.)
But during all this time, the fashion accessory — once the staple of female professionalism, class, glamour, femininity and just plain good taste — has showed a remarkable resilience that would belie its otherwise delicate nature.
Launch an Internet search for pantyhose and you can see that not only are nylons still relevant today, but, in fact, they appear to be growing more and more popular every day. There must be thousands of websites devoted to women wearing pantyhose, and the men who love them.
And if you want to see celebrities from every corner of the planet wearing pantyhose, there are hundreds of websites, featuring millions of pictures devoted to that subject. In fact, it is more difficult to find a celebrity today who isn’t wearing pantyhose in at least a few pictures. Seeing this, one might actually think there never was a bear legs movement.
In this blog, my column, Credit “Wear” Credit is Due, has glorified many celebs who could be considered devoted pantyhose wearers. But here’s the thing: Each one I’ve praised has let me down one time or another, going bear-legged during appearances that I would have thought were the perfect venues for wearing pantyhose.
One exception is actress Jessica Alba (left), who never stopped being classy, elegant and professional enough to always wear sheer pantyhose even during the heyday of the bear legs movement.
Of course, there are some celebs, such as Sofia Vergara, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, and Zooey Deschanel, who are consistent pantyhose wearers; and some who are very frequent wearers even just out-and-about (Paris Hilton comes to mind). Nevertheless, the vast majority of celebs, including most of the aforementioned, more often than not, appear bear-legged on late night talk shows and awards ceremonies.
Similarly, there are many veteran singers/dancers who almost always wear pantyhose on stage (Madonna, Cher, Beyonce’, Jennifer Lopez), just as there are many young, rising stars (Katy Perry, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande) whom we’ve come to expect to see in pantyhose during such events.
And among that group, I’ve observed that Ariana Grande is the most dedicated pantyhose-wearer. And, as she is only 20 years old, I could not be more impressed with her. And grateful to her.
And I love her for being a shining example for her legion of young fans in always dressing beautifully, including wearing sheer suntan pantyhose.
From this, we can conclude that these performers are professional (and maybe classy) enough to wear pantyhose on stage, realizing their legs look better under the lights.
So how in the world do some of these superstars show up to receive awards, such as during Sunday night’s American Music Awards (AMA) presentation, wearing gorgeous gowns and stilettos, yet, with bear legs?
I don’t get it. These stars mostly are consistent pantyhose wearers when performing concerts and often when making publicity appearances (Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Rihanna), then, on what should be the most special night of their careers — a night where they are recognized for their achievements among their peers, and before a national television audience — they almost to a woman, attend bear-legged.
Here’s what I don’t understand: They seem to recognize that this special night calls for the most expensive designer dresses, fabulous jewelry and amazing shoes. But pantyhose? Nah!
I present this as the first snag in the comeback of pantyhose because for all the steps forward we take when celebs wear during performances, it’s like a huge step backward when all of them gather on one stage at one time for such a significant event, and practically no one wears.
Incidentally, I didn’t watch the AMAs. Instead, I was watching Sunday Night Football and recording The Good Wife. So on commercials, I’d check in on the AMAs. I was happy for Taylor Swift, winning awards for Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Country Female Artist, and Favorite Country Album.
Taylor is one of the young stars who more often than not wears sheer nude pantyhose on stage, and frequently wears when she’s out-and-about.
I couldn’t wait to see what she’d wear during the AMAs. Then, I saw. Her dress wasn’t all that fancy, but it was nice. And it was super short. And I liked her high heel dress sandals.
But how could she not wear pantyhose with this outfit, for this event?
Similarly, Rihanna is extremely likely to wear pantyhose on stage with all kinds of outfits from elegant to exotic to what-the- what?
And, she’s frequently seen wearing pantyhose during public appearances.
Like Taylor, I fully expected to see Rihanna (Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award) standing out from the herd (all disrespect fully intended) during the AMAs. However, she didn’t wear.
Then, there was my new fave, Ariana Grande, who wore the most beautiful and elegant gown of any of them.
It was floor length, but when she climbed the steps up to the stage to accept the “New Artist of the Year” award, I noticed she indeed was wearing her trademark sheer suntan pantyhose.
I am so happy that Ariana won New Artist of the Year.
I also happened to check in on the AMAs in time to see Lady Gaga’s performance of “Do what you want with my body,” and that’s about all I want to say on that subject. Other than that I think that song and performance was just another example of the all-too-many-just-like-it songs/videos that glamorize a lack of values in society today.
The only reason I bring up the performance at all is because Lady Gaga did wear her signature nude fishnet pantyhose with her outfit. Since I’m complaining that almost no one did Sunday night, I have to point out that Lady Gaga did. Nuff said about her, though.
What I loved was the performance I happened to catch by Jennifer Lopez. Now, J Lo knows how to put on a show, belting out some great vocals and high-energy salsa dance moves in three different outfits (all accessorized with suntan fishnet pantyhose).
In addition to celebs opting for bear legs during awards shows and other venues, those dreaded so-called fashion experts still are waging war on pantyhose. Granted, we don’t hear as much from them today as we did during the late 1990s through most of the decade of 2000. But they’re still out there.
Of course, I never read fashion magazines or websites, and I couldn’t care less what their so-called experts think, but when I noticed last month a picture of one of my favorite actresses wearing a cute outfit, I clicked on it, only to be taken to an online fashion site, which I found was actually putting her down.
Here’s that picture (left). It’s of Taiwanese actress Shu Qi.
She is an extremely popular model and actress throughout the world. Her first English speaking role came in the movie, The Transporter, in which she co-starred (very delightfully) with English actor Jason Statham.
Qi (her given name, pronounced Chee) is adorable and extremely professional and classy, almost always appearing in pantyhose on stage and during publicity appearances.
But the online website RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards) last month slammed Qi for wearing nude tights with her outfit during an appearance at a Jimmy Choo accessories store opening ceremony in Hong Kong.
The author of RCFA, Catherine Kallon, wrote:
The actress’ Jimmy Choo accessories included a crystal-accented ‘Charlize’ clutch and ‘Anouk’ pointy pumps as expected; however, the same can’t be said for her dress.
On this occasion, the usually conservative star wore a Calla Spring 2013 printed frock with a gauze sheer insert at the waist.
It’s a cute, fun, flirty look, but the dress doesn’t sit as well as it does on the model … I could’ve overlooked most of the flaws to give Shu a pass for stepping outside the box, but why oh why is she wearing nude tights? (Robin’s note: I added the bold to highlight my point.)
And what’s up with the Paris Hilton pose?”
Wait a minute. Kallon thinks the outfit looks better on the model in the pic on the left? Really? Uh … I don’t think so. First, she looks like a refugee from a third world country. (Please … someone give that girl a cheeseburger.) How did she even get a job as a model? Second, I’d like to kick Kallon’s you know what. OK, OK, I’m not really like that, but …
I think Qi looked adorable in this outfit, and even though I’m not a fan of shiny tights (as my love is for sheer nude pantyhose), Qi absolutely rocked in them.
Fortunately, Qi almost always can be seen in sheer nude pantyhose in the many movies she’s starred in, whether romantic comedies, action or dramas.
And, another thing: While Shu Qi typically does dress professionally, elegantly and beautifully, I wouldn’t call it “conservatively,” as Kallon does. Certainly, I love that Qi has the class and good taste to most-often wear sheer pantyhose, but if Kallon and her readers think the tights she wore at Jimmy Choo’s were an eyesore, they really haven’t seen anything.
Qi has been known to wear some pretty exotic-looking pantyhose and tights during publicity events, as you’ll see later in this post.
Besides, Kallon’s stupid remarks, her post generated 23 comments, one of which was:
The dress is too young, cutesy and girly for her and sits awkwardly on her to begin with, a very wrong choice for her, the nude tights are an eyesore and bring the look down completely.
OK, I really do want to kick Nat39’s a$$. Oh, and Nat, know what a run-on sentence is? You’ve got about three sentences all rolled into one there. Hey, good job with that. And, I think we all can tell what Nat’s gender preference is.
Worse, it seemed (I’m not sure because I stopped reading, as my blood pressure was starting to soar) that all 23 comments were in support of Kallon’s opinion.
Well, I can live with an idiot “fashion expert” dissing a lovely celebrity once, but recently, I stumbled across another post by Kallon (written last year) this time, putting down Megan Fox. Seriously, Megan Fox?
Kallon posted this pic of a model wearing an outfit she liked, and contrasted it with the same look on Megan Fox, disapproving because Megan wore it with pantyhose.
OK, you decide: Who looks better, the model or Megan?
Here’s what Kallon wrote:
Getting up for the 5am Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement this morning would’ve been easy for Megan Fox, considering she’s probably used to being up at that ungodly hour with her newborn.
… Megan also opted for a lady-like look. Clearly the new mum is putting her sassy days behind her.
She wore a beautiful floral Giambattista Valli Resort 2013 dress with an ivory top and moss-green skirt which she styled with nude platform Louboutins.
This is a great look for Megan. I couldn’t be more envious of her hair, but those nude fishnet tights are jarring.” (Note: Again, I added the bold to highlight my point.)
Posted by Catherine Kallon (right) on Dec. 13, 2012 RCFA (Red Carpet Fashion Awards).
What’s next, Kallon? You going to criticize your countrywoman, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, for wearing sheer nude pantyhose? Unbelievable.
Now, if like me, you can’t fathom how a site like RCFA could be so demeaning to superstar celebrities for wearing pantyhose, here’s example for you:
In this case, The Fashionable Teacher didn’t like an outfit Jennifer Hudson (left) wore to a movie premiere in April of this year.
Here’s what mochababe73 wrote:
“Jennifer Hudson really stood out from the crowd.
“And, not in a good way. This Emmanuel Ungaro dress was really, really busy. The animal print and polka dots have no business being in the same dress, and it’s wrong on so many levels. The two prints together are just and assault to the eyes.
On top of that, the white cuffs, gold details, and visible bra just add to the carnage.
“Love the Saint Laurent shoes, but what’s with the pantyhose?” (Note: Well, you get it by now …)
Well, for starters, they represent professionalism and class, mochababe73. And, like makeup, pantyhose greatly beautify the look of a woman’s legs, mochababe73.
Great, another “fashion expert” who knocks a celebrity for having the good sense and class to wear pantyhose with her outfit.
Actually, I don’t disagree with what the “fashion expert” said about the ensemble. That was a really strange-looking outfit. I disagree only with her nasty comment about the pantyhose Jennifer wore.
I decided to look for other photos of Jennifer Hudson wearing pantyhose. Unfortunately, I found only two.
Of course I don’t think that the negative comments of mochababe73 on her website influenced Jennifer to not wear pantyhose.
I do think it’s a shame that those who don’t have professionalism or class, use their forum as “fashion experts” to criticize celebs who do.
I suppose the pic of Jennifer (above, right) in the red dress with bear legs represents the look that mochababe73 finds more appropriate?
In any case, here is the author’s profile:
Houston, TX baby!
I am a wife and mother. I am a teacher. And, I am one wife, mother, and teacher who devours fashion. My fashion magazine collection is insane.
Hey, mochababe73, you’re a teacher? Shouldn’t you end that last part of your tagline (way up above at the start of the whole Jennifer Hudson bit) with a question mark, not a period? You have: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail. It should read: Are you an A+ or a Fashion Fail?
More ‘expert’ advice
Finally, it would amaze me if anyone really listens to these so-called fashion experts. I am always amused when I see an online post from a woman asking for advice about what she should or shouldn’t wear to a function.
A frequent question is “Can I wear pantyhose with open-toe dress shoes?” And all the “experts” jump on that one like vultures on road pizza. Naturally, they all attempt to talk women out of committing such a fashion no-no, and I always love how NO ONE ever follows their advice.
It remains one of the dumbest things these “fashion experts” wax on about.
Fortunately, no one’s listening.
Look at this picture of beautiful Chinese actress Cecilia Cheung (right). What could possibly be wrong with her wearing sheer pantyhose with these peep-toe heels? She has perfect toes that look all the more gorgeous under those deliciously sheer nylons.
Perhaps, there will always be a few snags that slightly delay the return of pantyhose to favor.
Still, it is so wonderful that we see cases every day in which celebrities and everyday women throughout the world choose the class, elegance and femininity that comes with wearing pantyhose.
Now, here are some of my favorite pics of Shu Qi wearing a wide variety of pantyhose and tights styles:
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.
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.
This month, I’ve watched two very different Angelina Jolie thrillers on DirecTV, both of which I had missed at the theater. One was a Hitchcock-inspired thriller set against the beautiful backdrops of Paris, France and Venice, Italy, “The Tourist,” complete with classic film noir glamour in its costumes. The other was a better action-oriented, spy movie that wasn’t worth its “Salt” when it came to the costumes.
Oh, the difference a movie’s costume designer can make.
Responding to one of my earlier posts, “A treat when pantyhose show up unexpectedly,” Julio commented about Jolie wearing pantyhose throughout “The Tourist.”
“The Tourist,” tells the story of an American tourist, Frank, (played by Depp) who meets a mysterious beauty, Elise, (Jolie) on a train, while traveling through Europe. While the flirtatious encounter appears innocent, we soon learn that Elise deliberately crosses Frank’s path as part of a much more sinister plot, leading to a whirlwind romance and dangerous pursuits, as both dodge deadly criminals through historic streets of Paris, and the winding canals inVenice.
While “The Tourist” is a pretty good thriller on its own merits, the movie is helped by the beautiful scenery, which includes Jolie herself.
Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood dressed the characters in classic, contemporary clothes “to complement but not overwhelm the breathtaking settings of Paris andVenice.”
Atwood, who won Oscars for costume design for “Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” told People Magazine, “My inspiration for Elise’s costumes were the Hitchcock movies – minimal elegance. In a Hitchcock movie, everyone looked great, even if (he or she) was not a particularly chic or fashionable character.”
Mission accomplished in “The Tourist.”
From the outset, one cannot take one’s eyes off Jolie. In the opening sequences of the movie, Jolie wears a cream silk dress, a mocha wrap, elbow-length leather gloves, towering stilettos, and very sheer nude pantyhose, which in some lighting seem to have a cream tone themselves.
It was so nice seeing Jolie in those very sheer and soft-textured pantyhose, especially because of the shoes she wore with that outfit, supplied by legendary designer Salvatore Ferragamo.
Those suede, rose-colored stilettos with gold metal heels quickly earned their own identity (the Elise), named after Jolie’s character in “The Tourist,” and available at retail for $750 a pair.
Knowing Atwood’s work on such films as “Chicago” and “Nine,” as well as her devotion to classic film glamour, it’s no surprise that Jolie wore pantyhose throughout the entire film.
What is a surprise, however, is that wonderful scene our reader, Julio, described earlier.
Another lovely surpise happened in “The Tourist” starring the always sexy Angelina Jolie. About halfway through the movie, both she and Johnny Depp start to undress, each in their own rooms, and there it was – a very short glimpse of Angelina stepping out of her shoes, revealing the most lovely pantyhosed feet. Too bad the surprise only lasted a second, but the image lasts forever.
Right then, I made a mental note to see “The Tourist,” and I got that opportunity, as it was on one of the Starz channels last night.
That scene is exactly what’s been missing in film for decades. When Elise slips out of her heels, the camera doesn’t cut away or pull back, or come at an inconvenient (for us) angle. Rather, the scene is shot close up, and we get a close, clear look at Jolie’s very pretty nylon-covered toes, albeit, for only a couple of seconds. It’s the sexiest such scene I’ve seen in about a hundred years.
It makes me wonder why a scene like this is never shot today, and why it was shot in “The Tourist.” For the past, well, ever really, a scene like this – if it were done at all – would be shot far away, the angle would be wrong, and the actress would have curled her toes in a way that the audience wouldn’t have gotten a good look. And, if she were actually in pantyhose, they would have had a reinforced toe, or would have been so dark or so thick, you wouldn’t have been able to see anything.
But in “The Tourist,” this scene is delicious. The pantyhose is so sheer and delicate that they do what they’re supposed to do – enhance the beauty of what they cover. This is what so many women today don’t get.
If those stilettos Elise was wearing were open-toe or even peep-toe shoes, all the “fashion experts” would have said that the character shouldn’t have been wearing pantyhose with them. Yet, this scene in “The Tourist” clearly shows why that thinking is just ridiculous. The pantyhose Jolie wore were completely sheer. One couldn’t even see a seam (not that it would matter to me because I think it’s sexy anyway), and the nylon made Jolie’s feet absolutely beautiful.
It makes me wonder how this scene even made it into the final cut. It wasn’t essential to the story in any way, but it was done so beautifully and tastefully. Could this mean that someone with influence over the script – a writer or director – “gets it?” Is this a case of someone giving the millions of people out there with a foot fetish or a pantyhose fetish (or both if we’re truly tortured souls) what they so long for – a closeup of pretty toes in pantyhose?
Or, could it be that this scene was shot to focus our attention on those fabulous shoes, and Jolie’s pantyhosed feet were just a freebie for us? I guess if you’re the sexiest shoes on the planet, you deserve a closeup, and ….. wait for it ….. the lovely lady wearing you had better be in pantyhose to honor your true beauty and sexiness.
More often than not, I am disappointed in movies because the costume designer ruins the look of its female lead by dressing her in fabulous costumes, but bare legs.
A case in point is the other thriller starring Jolie, “Salt.” Jolie plays a CIA agent named Evelyn Salt, who, while interrogating a Russian defector, is told (as her superiors listen) that she is actually a Russian sleeper agent who will assassinate the president of Russia during his upcoming visit to New York City.
The movie then goes into practically nonstop action, as Salt employs all her spy skills to elude capture. She runs, climbs buildings, jumps on moving trucks, and pretty much just kicks everyone’s rear end who tries to stop her, while she tries to learn the truth about her identity and clear her name.
In this movie, Jolie is at first dressed in what would seem to be the usual “spy wear” for a female agent, a skirt suit, pumps and ….. wait, no pantyhose? That can’t be. I can’t believe a CIA agent based in Washington, D.C. would be bare-legged.
This is all the more disturbing because it follows the same thinking as another disappointing spy show, starring Piper Perabo, who is almost always bare-legged in the TV drama, “Covert Affairs.”
While I have no way of knowing whether real-life female spys routinely wear pantyhose as part of their usual dress, I know this: costume designer Sarah Edwards didn’t do Jolie any favors in calling for bare legs with her suit.
I hate missed opportunities, and so when Salt tries to extricate herself from CIA headquarters, there’s a scene where she kicks off her pumps, exposing some Casper-like white tootsies with bright red toenail polish. I thought then (before I saw “The Tourist”) that this scene would have been really sexy if she had been wearing pantyhose.
Now that I’ve seen just how gorgeous Jolie’s feet were in pantyhose in “The Tourist,” I feel even stronger that costume designer Edwards blew it in “Salt.”
For those who think it doesn’t make much difference, consider these movie stills from “Salt” and “The Tourist.”
When seen in their expanded state, who could honestly say that Jolie’s character in “Salt” looks equally as lovely as her character in “The Touist?”
I have to wonder how much credit the costume designer in movies gets, versus how much influence the actress has over what she wears. I would have to think that someone of Angelina Jolie’s status would insist on her character wearing pantyhose if she felt strongly about it, but maybe it doesn’t work that way.
But how can Jolie watch herself in “Salt” after seeing how much more beautiful she looked in “The Tourist?”
Maybe next time, she’ll demand more say over her wardrobe and choose pantyhose.
December 30, 2010 — Since I started my blog in May 2009, I’ve written 30 posts. I am really proud of a few of them: “Why Bears don’t wear Pantyhose,” “A good time to be Asian,” “Even Aliens wear Pantyhose.”
But the post that has been, by a wide margin, the most read, and seemingly, the most appreciated, is the one I wrote in January of this year, “Why not Pantyhose with open-toe high heels?” So, as 2010 comes to a close, and I want to finish as strongly as I began this year, I feel compelled to give you what you obviously want.
Now, please don’t think that I couldn’t come up with something fresh and so decided to reheat this one. OK, that’s actually pretty much the case, but during this entire year, I’ve been struck with what the stats show – that, when I have, for example, 200 visits in a day, 120 people read “Why not Pantyhose with open-toe high heels?”
Similarly, more readers have participated in the poll attached to that post than any of the others. And the results? As of this writing, of the 109 votes cast, 106 (97 percent) were for “Absolutely! Yes, please!” (to wearing pantyhose with open-toe high heels); only three were for “No way! No how! Never!” (3 percent); and zero for “Who cares?”
Because this post, and the ongoing debate over the subject, struck such a nerve with you, I decided to dig a bit further into the matter. In January, my post began this way:
Lately, I’ve read several posts on various blogs in which girls are asking for advice about what to wear to a special event. Often – and I love this – they are open to wearing pantyhose but for the fact that they want to wear some sexy open-toe high heels and believe one is not supposed to wear pantyhose with such shoes. Who made that rule?
Today, my question is: Who made these people “fashion experts?”
This time, instead of stating my views, I went the scientific route and visited some websites of fashion magazines. Like everything else on the Internet, you can find tons more information than you’re looking for, so if you want to see some of what I saw, you can write this in your Google search engine: top fashion experts on pantyhose and open-toe shoes
In the interest of keeping the length of this post reasonable, I’ve selected for your viewing pleasure just three excerpts of advice/opinions about the topic from “fashion experts.’’
Here’s the question posed to the experts:
Should you wear stockings with open-toe shoes?
(Stockings? Who wears stockings today? I’m already offended. Why couldn’t they just write pantyhose?)
Below, you’ll see direct quotes from some of what these “experts” wrote, a blurb about who they are and their qualifications (as well as mug shots where available), and my polite response to their idiotic statements.
“I view it as one of the worst fashion offenses a woman can commit… “When I see a woman wearing stockings with open-toed shoes, my first thought is that she must have some kind of nasty toenail fungus or calves covered with varicose veins. Wearing stockings when it is not appropriate to wear stockings always makes it look as though you have some dirty little secret to hide. So if you must wear stockings, wear them with sensible shoes. And if you must wear open-toed shoes, make sure that your toes are showing. After all, that is the whole point of open-toed shoes in the first place.”
(Marlin Bressi: An award-winning hairstylist and beauty expert whose work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers on several websites, such as Suite101.com, where he was Beauty Editor for two years.)
My polite response: Hey, Marlin, it could be that the reason you used to be the beauty editor for two years is that someone finally realized that you actually have no sense of fashion. You said: “If you must wear open-toed shoes, make sure that your toes are showing…” Uh, two things for you, dude: 1.) Toes most certainly will be showing in open-toe shoes; 2.) Toes do show through pantyhose. Nylon is sheer. That means they’re see-through. Go back to strumming your guitar and smoking dope, dope. By the way, real nice outfit.
“Breathless with anticipation and wondering if you can wear pantyhose with bare toes? Relax, take a breath. The answer is no. Pantyhose and bare toes are not complimentary.”
(Anne Warchol: A retired mother of three married children. People think I’m in my 30s, and I never tell them I’m 50.)
My polite response: I got news for you, Anne. It ain’t just that people think you’re in your 30s (maybe a couple of the neighborhood kids where you live). They also think you’re a moron. “…wondering if you can wear pantyhose with bare toes?” Seriously? You can’t even pose the question properly. Of course one can wear pantyhose with bare toes. What – you think pantyhose are usually worn over socks? “Pantyhose and bare toes are not complimentary.” Huh? Anne, you’re not only not qualified to weigh in on the topic at hand, you’re not qualified to leave your house. And get a hairdo, will ya? How can you hope to be thought of as a fashion expert with that do?
“Tights and stockings should not be paired together. No way. No how…”
(Chelia Copeland: Highly motivated, creative and versatile journalist with a graduate degree in journalism. Over five years of writing/editing experience at a variety of newspapers, magazines, web sites, publishing companies and organizations. No photo available.)
My polite response: Chelia, you’re a journalist with a graduate degree in journalism? You’ve been a professional writer and an editor? Well, so have I, and when I see two mistakes in one paragraph, I stop reading. First, the issue is whether one should wear stockings with open-toe shoes, yet, your opening statement is “Tights and stockings should not be paired together.” Huh? The question was pairing hosiery with open-toe shoes, not pairing tights and stockings. Why would anyone do that?
Then, you write that you have “over” five years of writing/editing experience …” Didn’t you learn in journalism school that the word “over” refers to a position in space, such as over the hill, or over the rainbow? You should have written that you have “more than” five years of writing/editing experience …
Whenever professional writers get the little details wrong, they lose credibility in my book. You lost me after your first paragraph, Chelia, and I stopped reading. So, while I don’t know why you are arguing against wearing hose with open-toe shoes, I really just don’t care what you have to say. You have no credibility with me because, if you’re this sloppy in your own profession, you’re not qualified to comment on what is or isn’t fashionable. And what kind of name is Chelia, anyway? Bimbo.
There, see how delicately I handled these so-called experts and their idiotic statements? Sorry, but I have little patience with stupid people – especially those who tout themselves as experts and then have the nerve to publish their views, despite the fact that they can’t construct a simple sentence. I mean one knucklehead wrote that wearing pantyhose with open-toe shoes is ugly because the “seem” shows. I guess he means the “seam.”
I wonder if any of these people have really seen a woman wearing pantyhose with open-toe shoes lately? Could anyone tell Sandra Bullock (left) she can’t wear pantyhose with open-toe shoes?
And in the case of sheer nude pantyhose, in many cases, unless you get probably way too close and/or stare with great intensity, you can hardly tell if a lady is wearing pantyhose or not. And what if a delicate little seam shows? Heck, I think that’s sexy.
Seriously, who made these people “fashion experts?”
As long as barely-educated windbags have a forum to express themselves, unfortunately, some women will be influenced by their stupid opinions. I should point out that, thankfully, there are several writers taking the exact opposite position, so perhaps it all balances out.
One positive about this raging debate is that there is one. I mean as long as so many women are asking, and so many “experts” are answering, at least it’s a good sign for pantyhose lovers that so many people care. Unfortunately, I believe the prevailing thought is this:
“The universal no-no is to never wear sheer nude hosiery with open toe shoes or strappy sandals — it just looks tacky.”
I disagree with her. Fortunately, so do many women who most influence fashion – actresses from throughout the world. Check out the celebrities below (starting from the second row down. I don’t know why the first three pics are repeating in this gallery). Who’s going to tell these women they are committing a fashion no-no?
Sooner or later, I had to write this post. I had tried several times before, but during my research to find scientific facts, I grew increasingly discouraged because there are so many conflicting reports, every subject is debatable, and most of the material focuses on the weird or disturbing aspects of behavior.
I wanted to learn where pantyhose rank on a list of the most prevalent fetishes, but I couldn’t find credible material that could be documented. I did find one thing I expected – that the foot fetish is still No. 1, apparently, the most common. Suffice it to say that pantyhose are high up there somewhere.
And, thankfully, pantyhose and foot fetishes seem to go hand-in-hand, or make that foot-in-hand, or foot-in-mouth, often appearing simultaneously (“dogs and cats living together …”).
According to a Wikipedia report about a pantyhose fetish, the allure has to do with the following:
Pantyhose remove the appearance of blemishes, making the legs “perfect.”
The reflectiveness of the material, coupled with the way they appear less transparent at the edges, often gives legs more contrast and definition, as though lit by dramatic lighting. This accentuates the curves of the legs, making them less “flat.”
They often have a silky texture, which is pleasing to both the wearer and her partner.
They do not actually hide what they cover.
The slipperiness and smoothness of sheer pantyhose makes women’s shoes slip off more easily. This vulnerability often is sexually attractive and can result in women engaging in shoe dangling or shoe play, which also is appealing to shoe and foot fetishists.
Obviously, there’s more to a pantyhose fetish than this, but this is a good start. Ultimately, I decided to just write about what I know. To me, pantyhose always have been about three things: The way they look, the way they feel to the touch, and the very concept of them in the first place. Maybe it’s just that they are designed to enhance the beauty of everything they cover.
To me, there’s a profound dichotomy about pantyhose, which I find very exciting: Pantyhose possess enormous power, yet, by design, they are extremely delicate and feminine, causing an irresistible vulnerability for the wearer.
Once on, any item of clothing a person wears sort of disappears. You stop feeling it on your body. And even though you can touch the pantyhose on yourself, it isn’t the same as feeling them on someone else.
Want your lover to feel what you feel when you caress her legs in pantyhose? All it takes is to move that delicate nylon fabric over her skin. The sensation is incredible for both parties.
Now I ask you, readers: What do you think drives our pantyhose fetish?
Update: As of May 15, 2010, 74 of you had voted on the poll attached to the original post I wrote on this subject in January. Of those, 72 (97 percent) chose the answer, “Absolutely! Yes, please.” So only 2 of the 74 cast a “No” vote. That begs the question: What monkey came up with the rule that one should NEVER wear pantyhose with open-toe high heels?
I like it when you agree with me. Good job with that.
Thank you to those who wrote comments about my January post, “Why not pantyhose with open-toe high heels?”
I try to be relevant, if not compelling, in this blog — hoping to get more of you involved in it. I really thought more of you would weigh in about pantyhose with dress sandals because my research showed that so many women absolutely believe this is a fashion no-no.
Well, of the whole six (yeah, six) comments I got about my post in January that it’s not only OK, but really sexy, to wear pantyhose with open-toe high heels, all of them were positive. Men and women agreed.
But while I wrote in the first sentence of this post that I like when you agree with me, seriously, it’s OK if you have a different opinion. The content in this blog is open to debate.
I would just like to know why so many women believe it is wrong to wear pantyhose with open-toe dress shoes. I think women everywhere believe they should never do this, but I’ve never heard anyone explain why?
Just look at the attached photo (you can expand it by clicking on it). I dare anyone to say that pantyhose should not be worn with open-toe high heels.
And for those who say that it is unsightly for the (delicate little) seam across the toes to show, I say that that is actually kinda sexy.
Lately, I’ve read several posts on various blogs in which girls are asking for advice about what to wear to a special event. Often – and I love this – they are open to wearing pantyhose but for the fact that they want to wear some sexy open-toe high heels and believe one is not supposed to wear pantyhose with such shoes.
Who made that rule?
While pantyhose of the 1960s predominantly were made with a reinforced heel and toe, beginning in the early 1970s, pantyhose evolved to sheer heels and toes, specificially for wear with dress sandals.
In fact, some pantyhose are so sheer, it can be difficult to tell whether a woman is wearing them with open-toe high heels or not. And on a TV show or a movie, without a closeup, it’s practically impossible to tell.
I say it can be beautiful and extremely sexy to wear sheer pantyhose with open-toe high heels. Pantyhose can make nice legs lethal weapons. Likewise, they can make nice feet incredibly gorgeous and erotic. Remember, that’s the whole idea behind pantyhose – they enhance a woman’s natural beauty. Most guys get that. Funny how so many girls don’t seem to.
To support my case, I’ve attached this photo for your viewing pleasure. Now, you tell me ….. pantyhose, or no pantyhose, with open toe high heels?
Want more? See the gallery I’ve put together for you of a few notable celebrities wearing pantyhose with dress sandals. (Scroll down below the poll.)
I rest my case.
Happy New Year, everyone.
Here’s a gallery of celebrities (what do they know?), who must not have gotten that memo about not wearing pantyhose with open-toe high heels. Enjoy!