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.
During the months of October and November this year, I partnered with an outstanding photographer to conduct a photo shoot with three professional models wearing our NewAct IV line of super sheer pantyhose for an “Autumn at Central Park in NYC” theme.
The idea was to make a new slide for the home page of the ActSensuous website.
A few (seriously, only a few) of the devoted readers of this blog have raved about the new slide, so I thought some of you might want to see more pictures from the sets among the three professional models.
Originally from Moscow, Russia, Dinara’s professional modeling experience includes taking part in car shows, exhibitions and a bikini contest in Moscow. Additionally, Dinara has been a runway model, performed in promotional modeling assignments, and she has stood in foot modeling gigs in New York. You’ll see why the foot modeling. Wow!
Besides all that, the 5’6, 110-pound, Eastern European beauty with olive skin has made her presence known in a variety of genres, including acting, dance, fashion, fitness, glamour, sports and stunts. And, she’s been a host and spokesperson.
Here is Dinara in Central Park:
Describing herself as “a natural performer since the age of 2,” Daryann is talented in various forms of dance, such as ballet/pointe, modern/contemporary, African, jazz, tap, hip hop and lyrical.
“As I grew in age and talent, I expanded my versatile abilities, going into the fields of modeling, as well as singing and acting,” Daryann tells us. “As I continue to get older, I look to better myself and my career, while taking modeling, acting and dancing to the next level.”
The 22-year-old New Yorker is 5’4, 98 pounds and wears a size 0 dress. Daryann performs in many genres, including acting, art, dance, fashion, fitness, glamour, hair/makeup, lifestyle, artistic, and promotional. Additionally, she’s been a hostess and a spokesperson.
One of the things we loved about Daryann from the beginning is she wrote in response to our casting call: “The shoot seems very classy and I am comfortable in pantyhose.”
Daryann in Old Westbury Gardens in NY:
Originally from Belarus, the 25-year-old is a professional psychologist and a freelance model who is passionate about everything she does.
Alisa’s list of projects includes acting, body paint, fashion modeling, fitness modeling, glamour, hair/makeup, lifestyle, lingerie, pinup, promotional modeling, runway and swimwear modeling. Also, Alisa has been a spokesperson and hostess.
After the shoot, Alisa wrote: “Just wanted to let you know that it was a pleasure to shoot for ActSensuous!!! I fell in love with the pantyhose! I’d be honored to be considered for future projects.”
Alisa in Central Park:
My deepest thanks to professional models, Dinara, Daryann and Alisa for representing ActSensuous with beauty, glamour and class.
I have worked many times before with professional photographers, but this time, I was looking for someone new; someone with a New York state of mind.
I had been talking with a few of our customers in NYC, hoping that maybe someone knew of a good photographer, and my hunch paid off, as one couple who own a gift shop recently had professional photography done for their store’s catalog. They highly recommended a fellow entrepreneur who also is a professional photographer, and that’s how I became introduced to Linley of LawrenceNyPhoto. I pitched the idea of “Autumn at Central Park in NYC” to Linley, and he instantly jumped on board, bringing tons of energy, enthusiasm and professionalism to the project.
So I have to give a special shout-out to Linley, who truly deserves all the credit for pulling this thing off under a tight budget and a tighter deadline. Almost single-handedly, Linley helped to identify and screen the best models out of many dozens based in the NYC area. He also chose the venues, coordinated the shoots, handled all the little details, and along the way, delivered some fantastic photos. Wouldn’t you say?
Again, my thanks to Linley.
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Whenever I invest in a project for our website or blog, I always try to steer the business to one of our customers or loyal readers of this blog. I enjoy keeping things in the family. Case in point, our website was created by a customer, David (and his wife, Sheri).
So customers, or readers here, sometimes, it pays (literally) to let me know what you do for a living, as I have lots of ideas in my head, many of which can turn into paying opportunities. If you offer a special talent or skill set that could be useful in my campaign to bring pantyhose back into the mainstream of fashion, entertainment, and as a staple in American culture, and if you desire to cooperate on a project, please approach me.
Finally, a note to all our customers from all over the world, in case you miss it on our website (http://www.actsensuous.com), we are running a Christmas promotion now through Dec. 31: Take 33% off your purchase of at least 4 pairs of our NewAct IV. Just enter coupon code Santa33 at Checkout.
Note: The coupon is for NewAct IV only, as Orig. Act IV, Act III, Act II, and our NewAct IV-BP for our beauty pageant organizations’ delegates already are discounted to practically giving them away status.
It is said that “Knowledge is power” (Francis Bacon).
We’ve also heard that money is power, and that there is power in numbers. And, two music artists: Huey Lewis and the News, and Celine Dion, sang two different songs called The Power of Love.
Male or female, many people possess such power, but there’s a very special power reserved strictly for the ladies. Ironically, however, very many more men than ladies appear to be aware of it.
What am I talking about here? The power women wield when wearing sheer pantyhose today.
Some ladies do get it, and they embrace this power. Most of the celebrity ones, you’ve read about many times here. But this time, we’re talking about everyday real ladies.
How would wearing pantyhose give me this power, you ladies ask? Apparently, most of you today don’t realize this (or don’t care), but the vast majority of men from practically every civilized country in the world love and adore you when you wear pantyhose. And they will do almost anything you want when you wear.
You’ll get tons more looks from gentlemen out in public and at the office. And, more compliments will be given to you, more doors will be held for you, more opportunities will open up to you, and more favors will be done for you. Mostly, more men will notice you, admiringly.
You see, most gentlemen feel that ladies who wear sheer pantyhose for all the right reasons and at all the proper venues are very special. And this is all the more significant in today’s time where too many women think, act and even try to look more like men.
A lovely young lady in beautiful pantyhose has inadvertantly captured the attention of a man who can’t take his eyes off her, even while the woman he is with is trying to conduct a conversation with him.
And guess what? You not only have power over men when you wear sheer pantyhose, but also over other women who don’t. When you wear (and get all the attention and adoration of men), that makes the women who don’t wear feel uncomfortable, insecure and jealous.
Don’t think so? Look around. Sheer pantyhose aren’t just coming back. They’re already back. If you pay attention, you can see that pantyhose are showing up everywhere again — on TV shows, TV commercials and print ads, in movies … and (hold your breath) … even on fashion runways. There’s your biggest proof (and your worst nightmare if you’re a devoted “bear” legs practitioner).
That’s why I wrote above that women who don’t wear are uncomfortable in the presence of the special ladies who do. Those bear-leggers are beginning to notice more and more ladies wearing pantyhose, and they’re feeling insecure about it because deep down they knew all along that this bear legs thing is ugly and stupid, but because it existed, they jumped on and stayed on that bandwagon.
And now, they are being confronted with the reality that (as fashion always does) the bear legs trend is swinging in the opposite direction, back toward sheer pantyhose again.
This makes the bear legs disciples jealous of the lovely ladies who already have returned to pantyhose (or never abandoned them in the first place), as those ladies have the courage and convictions of femininity, which includes class, grace and elegance, which the bears don’t possess.
The bears know pantyhose are returning, but most of them can’t accept it, or are hibernating in denial.
As the president of ActSensuous, who’s self-imposed mission in life since 2001 is to carry the torch for the return to favor of pantyhose, I wear every day. And when I say every day, I mean Sunday through Saturday no matter how hot it is in Florida. When I go out into the real world, I set an example, whether anyone notices or appreciates it or not.
For a while there, I was beginning to think that men were so long-beaten-down by the bear-leggers, they had gotten conditioned to seeing only Carrie Underwood legs, as they seemed not to even glance my way. This just couldn’t be, I thought.
So, recently, I resorted to blending into the shadows, while observing my best gal pal, Angela, as she gallivants out and about in our NewAct IV line.
That’s when I came to realize, oh, men are most definitely looking. It’s just that they’ve become all Jason Bourne about it, adept at very discreetly surveilling a babe in pantyhose. These guys don’t miss a single delicate (but totally in-control) step, as Angela glides down streets, aisles and parking lots.
And here’s something interesting I found along the way: Unlike what I expected, the looks from many women weren’t always those of daggers flying from their eyes, as much as ones that carried a hint of envy in them.
They were seeing someone else doing what they probably secretly want to do, but wouldn’t, for fear of seeming out of place according to what they viewed as “just the way things are these days.”
Here’s the reality: Being out and about in sheer pantyhose — the most beautiful, delicately sensuous and decidedly feminine thing a woman could ever wear — has an effect on men (and many women), which can make the wearer feel like a million bucks because she is setting herself apart from the masses in the most classy and elegant of ways.
Readers saying it, too
Many of you have read comments here from some of those real ladies who get it. Case in point: Kim, who wrote this comment last month:
As a woman, I love my position and the attention I get from my hub especially when I dress up and put on my pantyhose and heels.
And believe it or not, I think he likes the attention I get from other men in the room. They…notice. It’s a real turn-on for him.
(The results are very good for me at the end of the night too, wink wink.)
What I find funny are the cady reactions I see from other women. “What is she wearing? Look.” I actually find that more funny.
As so many of the comments we read here are from men who express their dismay and sadness at their wives’ or girlfriends’ refusal to wear (and not just in general, but not even once in a great while for their men’s enjoyment), it’s refreshing to see such a positive comment from a real lady out there who definitely gets it. Go, Kim.
That reminded me of a similar comment we saw here last year. It came from Aimelous:
For me personally I like wearing (pantyhose) for the man I’m with because I like the fact that it turns him on and it makes me feel desired and in control. It is such a simple request by a man asking me to wear a pair, who would say no?
I’m confused by all the women that do say no or think it’s weird there are so many fetishes and I find this one to be so easy to accommodate. I also like the feeling of somebody rubbing my legs or feet while I have on a pair. It feels nice and I actually really do like it.
I do read the men’s comments and they seem to have problems asking women or finding women that want to do this and I can’t understand why a woman wouldn’t? Again that is just how I feel because it’s just so easy.
I do also find the nylons to be a very intimate thing and that is more my style. I’m sure I could wear a pair for a guy who didn’t really like them because men basically do whatever you want and ask him to rub my legs but it simply would not be the same feeling to me as a man who truly enjoyed that.
I would rather have a relationship now with a man who prefers them and likes them than a man who didn’t.
Ahhhhh, now there’s a lady who truly gets it. Notice that in Aimelous’ very first sentence, she writes “ … and it makes me feel desired and in control.”
This is the power I’m talking about. Sadly, most women today don’t seem to realize they could wield that power if they would wear sheer pantyhose.
Rather, they must find it easier to just complain and cite the same old lame excuses about how bad pantyhose must be. I say “must be” because I believe most of them don’t actually know, as they are merely following along, riding the bandwagon that others like them started a decade-and-a-half ago.
Back to Aimelous: A bit later when a male reader (who mentioned that his wife doesn’t wear), asked Aimelous what her favorite shade of pantyhose is, she responded:
For me its the nude and i prefer a better quality nylon. I like very soft/silky feels like cashmere. Since you like them so much as do most men here im confused why you all forgo them (i know its not your choice).
How important is it to you in your relationship on a scale from 1/10. Im confused why people are with others when they cant really be themselves? I dont think i could ever do that. Dont get me wrong i understand life obligations, jobs, kids, wife, etc and nylons shouldnt be more important by any means, but isnt it a part of you and who you are or no?
And that is exactly what I’ve been saying for years to men who write comments here, or letters they email me. It is so refreshing to hear another lady ask: Why do you guys forgo so easily the thing you love most in life? And how important is it to you in your relationship?
Now, I’m no therapist, and it’s a good thing I’m not a marriage counselor either. I wouldn’t be a good one because I’d tell these guys to send their wives or girlfriends packing when they refuse to do such a simple and innocent little favor for their husbands or boyfriends.
Think I’m too harsh? How many times have I written here: It’s not as if guys are asking their ladies to wear leather from head to toe, stilettos or corsets? We’re talking about soft, sheer pantyhose here, people. They weigh like 1.6 ounces and that includes the packaging. They are like silk.
Well, that’s true about ActSensuous pantyhose, anyway. Ours are 100 percent nylon (no spandex). Any woman who would say these are uncomfortable is simply fooling herself. In such a case, the real issue must be that she has no sense of femininity, elegance, beauty or glamour.
Comments on this blog like those from Kim, Amielous and a few others are very encouraging, as it’s good for everyone to see in writing that not all women out there are simple cows who just don’t get (or worse, don’t care) what their men want.
Also last year, came this positive, but at the same time, heart-wrenching comment from Annie:
I’m twenty four, I live in the UK and I’ve just come out of a relationship with a guy who I absolutely adored and he had a tights (that’s what we call them here!) fetish.
Before meeting him I thought of tights as nothing special really. I assumed men preferred bare legs. I had to wear them for work and I never even took a second glance at deniers or finishes when buying them. But now, I see the true beauty of them. I can tell which denier and finish someone is wearing when they pass me in the street.
I absolutely loved the fetish and it became a huge part of my life. I found the entire concept of it so exciting and I now wear them every single day. I also notice that a pair of heels and low denier black tights have turned more than a few heads when I’ve walked by! I do think there’s something about them now!
The hardest thing I’m finding now that we’ve broken up it’s kind of like ‘Well what now?’ Do I just hope someone will find me who has the same fetish? Do I actively look for someone with this fetish? I’ve looked online and found websites and forums but something about looking for someone with a fetish seems a bit ‘not right’ to me?
I don’t have the fetish myself, but I feel I have been conditioned to link tights with sex now and I find the thought of having sex without them very mundane, I enjoyed it so much!
It made me feel so much more attractive, and teaming them with outfits became something I absolutely threw myself into with enthusiasm.
At first, I thought it was just because I missed him, but it would seem not.
I’ve posted this here because I feel this blog is the most ‘clean’ and I’ve really enjoyed reading it. I felt I might get some kind of helpful feedback as opposed to people responding with crude comments followed by their telephone numbers! Thanks.
Wow, what a great girl Annie is. She truly is a dream come true for most of the men on this planet. I hope she will follow up and let us know how things are going for her today, and whether she’s found a new boyfriend who surely would consider himself among the luckiest guys in the world.
In today’s world filled with negativity, hatred, madness (and ugliness in how most women present themselves), it’s wonderful to see that there still are some very special ladies out there who truly get it? They have learned, accepted and embraced (or, in some cases, always knew in the first place) the reality that they wield true power when wearing pantyhose.
However, this comment came through last year from Elsa:
I recently started dating a guy with a pantyhose fetish. I don’t know what to think about it. I’ve tried indulging him as much as he wants, but honestly I just don’t like the feel of them and can only take them on my legs for a short period of time.
Should I just give up on him and hope he finds someone who enjoys them as much as he does?
It’s not a big deal to endure a little discomfort now and then for his pleasure, but honestly, why is his fetish more important than my aversion to these not-so-natural clothing items?
I get it you guys love the look and feel of them, but isn’t it just a tad bit unhealthy to be so obsessed with an item of clothing? It’s starting to cause problems when he wants me to wear them and I don’t feel like it. It’s not like I haven’t happily gone along with it countless times already, but it can’t be every time. It is just getting boring.
OK, I appreciate that Elsa at least tried to indulge her boyfriend’s love for pantyhose. Yet, while perhaps she isn’t quite the man-hating bear who couldn’t care less about the wants and needs of the one in her life, she is one of those females I find so perplexing. She just doesn’t like the feel of pantyhose, and “can take them on her legs for only a short period of time?” Uh, could that be because they are too tight maybe?
This is one of those issues I’ve been trying to educate women about for … I don’t know, a hundred years now? For a woman to say she doesn’t like the feel of pantyhose on her legs, tells me she doesn’t know how to choose pantyhose.
As I’ve said for (ever), women have choices! I suppose even I wouldn’t like the feel of pantyhose on my legs if I were buying the kind with a high concentration of spandex in them.
Of course, I realize there are thousands of men who love the tight-fitting shiny kind of pantyhose, which might actually have more to do with an encasement or bondage fetish than a pantyhose fetish.
Spandex, a synthetic compound of rubberized particles, was invented in the 1980s for athletic apparel, such as compression shorts.
Their application in pantyhose allowed manufacturers to make a (money saving) one-size-fits-all style because spandex would allow the garment to stretch, but then return to it’s original size and shape.
My belief is that probably most women, but definitely the ones who are slightly willing to “sacrifice” (I’m using that word sarcastically) their comfort and principles for their man’s pleasure, have little if any education or experience in shopping for pantyhose.
So they either buy a brand/style haphazardly, or just wear whatever their men buy for them.
Now, wearing pantyhose made with a ton of spandex on one’s legs for an extended length of time certainly could be considered uncomfortable. And since the vast majority of pantyhose today have some degree of spandex in them, it stands to reason that those are the kind most women are buying.
They must not realize they have more than just that style from which to choose.
Those are the women who try pantyhose once or maybe a couple times and come away with a negative feeling about them.
In Elsa’s case, she admits she has an aversion to pantyhose, and calls them a “not-so-natural” item of clothing. Her hostility toward pantyhose is obvious, making me surprised that she tried to indulge her man’s love for them even once.
Have you noticed the well-conceived and brilliantly written comments that have been appearing here lately? They’re quite impressive. A couple of months ago, Russell, a reader I believe is a lawyer, wrote (in part) this:
In this season of presidential election politics, I pose the question “Do women who lean toward the right or conservatism tend to wear pantyhose more frequently than their left or liberal leaning cohorts?”
I submit the answer is yes and here is my argument in support of my position. Conservative women favor preservation of tradition, class, good looks, being well dressed and polished. They are typically not subject to what I call the lemur phenomena, meaning they will not follow others off a cliff just because that’s the direction the rest of the crowd is heading.
Liberals, or left leaning women follow current trends and fads. Once pantyhose became a pariah of feminists who viewed them as a symbol of male oppression and sexism, they followed suit and continue to do so in the honest belief that they have no other function save for objectifying women.
Well, I don’t disagree with anything Russell wrote, although clearly, there’s more to it than that.
Similarly, writer Kinsley Goldman of Celeb Dirty Laundry, an Internet entertainment news publication, on March 26, 2012 wrote:
“Kate Middleton (above left) is becoming a fashion leader and this means that the conservative look is definitely on rise. Duchess Catherine is now the most looked-at woman in the world, as well as the most admired. Her clothing choices are elegant, modest, and conservative while always fresh and never dowdy.”
A couple of weeks ago, another wise reader, JA, expanded on Russell’s comment, writing (in part) this:
I see the women who refuse to wear pantyhose today as falling into either one of two categories: “Copy Cats” or “Scaredy Cats”.
The Copy Cats are followers who simply do whatever they’re told and what everyone else does because they are incapable of acting out of independent thought. When wearing pantyhose was in vogue, they wore them, and would never think of doing otherwise. When pantyhose fell out of favor, they followed suit and perpetuated the trend. Lemmings, pure and simple.
The Scaredy Cats know better than this, but lack the confidence to do what they feel is right because doing so would make them look like outcasts and subject them to ridicule.
Both groups lack conviction, and both groups share the blame for our current “drought”, but there is one startling difference between the two. Since the Scaredy Cats are not being true to themselves, they feel guilty for going “bear”. The Copy Cats, on the other hand, feel a sense of pride.
That’s an interesting and entertaining way of putting it, and I agree with JA. But it was something else JA wrote that really resonated with me, as it is something I have believed for a long time.
Here’s how JA put it (in part):
… like it or not, “bear legs” have become the traditional style of dress. As recent comments on this site point out, it is the women who wear pantyhose in today’s world who are looked upon as being the “non-traditional” ones, whose actions are viewed as being “radical”, “pushing the envelope”, “upsetting the status quo”, “being risque”, and who are actively testing modern society’s comfort levels. A decade and a half ago, it was the “bears” who fell into this category.
Beauties and the beasts
The reason I like JA’s statement is its reality takes away what I believe was always the beasts’ greatest goal in life — to change the decent and good values of society in the areas of professionalism, class, elegance and good taste — probably mostly for the sake of just being counter culture, but maybe also because those are the standards they fear the most. I believe they can’t handle the pressure of living up to such values, and view it as easier to look and act like beasts than to carry themselves with any kind of grace and elegance like the beauties.
The best part is that the beasts sought attention for trying to bring all of society down to their level, but it backfired, as it’s now the outnumbered beauties (those who continued to embrace the traditional values by daring to wear sheer pantyhose for all the right reasons) who are now getting all the attention the beasts so craved in the first place. And that attention is growing stronger and faster than the beasts ever could have imagined for their own cause.
And, men everywhere are noticing and applauding the beauties. So tired men are of beast mode. They’ve had it with this ugliness and their voices are beginning to get a little louder. For the most part, look at the advertising on TV, which too often portrays women as wanting to look, act and dress like men.
This currently airing TV commercial (right) for a Checkers steak burger, features a woman dressed in leather from head to toe, ratcheting up her jaw to about three times normal size to take a huge bite. This look isn’t attractive to civilized men, and it doesn’t do women any favors, unless they aspire to be biker chicks maybe.
And garbage like this is only helping to perpetuate beast mode in America.
A few years ago, I stumbled across this site: boycottamericanwomen.blogspot.com
It’s about the ever-growing number of men who are dismayed and disgusted at how so many American women have long lost their sense of beauty and femininity, and when I first saw it, the main example was the way women dress these days, particularly, the fact that they had stopped wearing pantyhose.
Today, I had to search to find the site again. I Googled what I thought was the website’s name: Don’t date American women. OK, that wasn’t it, but there were at least 10 pages of links to that subject. I say “at least” because I stopped at page 10. It was getting too depressing.
Sadly, most women today continue to miss or ignore two great principles: (1.) The vast majority of men throughout the world always profess that they love and desire women in pantyhose; (2.) Women appear to have no clue about the power they could wield if they wore sheer pantyhose.
(Or, they don’t care, which is even worse.)
Maybe women today think it doesn’t matter what men love and want. If that’s their attitude, they are selling themselves and sealing their own doom, as more and more men are becoming fed up with the beasts in America and are now getting the conviction to seek foreign beauties who have strong values, enjoy being female, and dress and act like ladies.
Indeed, the ladies in most civilized countries throughout the world embrace the wearing of sheer pantyhose as part of their culture of beauty, class and elegance. (As pantyhose once were here, where they were invented.)
It’s much more routine for ladies throughout Europe to wear sheer pantyhose with attractive outfits.
And, women throughout Asia in particular don’t have to be persuaded (or begged) to wear pantyhose.
They wouldn’t think of doing otherwise, as sheer pantyhose are that ingrained in their culture. It’s almost funny to me to see that Asian men often don’t even offer a glance when a beautiful woman in pantyhose walks by.
That might be because, to them, it’s no big deal. They see it all the time, every single day.
To the beasts who have no interest in the values of femininity and beauty, those who don’t think it’s important to wear pantyhose to the office, to a wedding or even to a funeral; who wouldn’t consider wearing even on date night, or for just 20 minutes to please their men on special occasions, know this: Time is running out for you. And men are keeping score.
For men, time is now
Back in 2012, I wrote a post here: Future of pantyhose in men’s hands?
In it, I suggest that men need to do a better job of communicating with the ladies. They need to express (the right way) their feelings about pantyhose.
I still believe that to some extent it is men who can bring pantyhose back into the mainstream. It’s already beginning to happen. We can see pantyhose coming back a little every day.
The timing is right for all good men to make it known to their wives/gfs they want to see them wearing pantyhose.
I could be wrong here (it happened once … unless I’m mistaken). So, to those men whose wives/gfs refuse to wear pantyhose to work, out and about, and definitely not for you, there are two things you should consider:
Life is short. Do you really want to waste your youth, energy and passion? Find the right match for yourself.
Sacrifice and denial can be good (if you’re into the whole zen thing), but can you live with regret?
I understand that you’re responsible, loyal, and don’t want to seem as if you’re too shallow, and that’s very noble of you. But, at some point, shouldn’t you ask yourself:
“How strong is my marriage (or relationship)? Isn’t this thing supposed to be a partnership here, like you know, 50-50 or something? What message is my wife (or gf) sending me if she won’t do such a simple thing as wear pantyhose for me even once in a while?
“And, do I really want to be with a woman anyway, who thinks it’s OK to go ‘bear’-legged at the office, or to a formal event? Seriously, can I really be with a woman who has such hatred and aversion to something as beautiful, delicate and decidedly feminine as pantyhose?”
Sorry, but to me, it sounds as if too many of your wives/gfs aren’t trying all that hard to be in their marriages/relationships. That can’t be good.
Still, all these factors aside, if you’re willing to live without your passion, and you can justify to yourself this whole issue, even though you get no fairness in your relationship (not even a little quid pro quo), here are some things you can do for yourself so that you can at least achieve some measure of sick satisfaction:
Retaliation strategies for men
Longtime readers here might remember, I once suggested a few things men whose wives/gfs refuse to wear pantyhose for them should do in retaliation. I meant it as a joke back then, but now I really think you ought to try these things.
So, here you go … If your wife or girlfriend won’t wear pantyhose for you, try these things:
Don’t wear a necktie — If she loves to see you in a tie, don’t wear one. Tell her ties are uncomfortable, out of style, too grandpa, and irrelevant in today’s more casual dress styles.
Don’t wear a belt — When you go out with her, wear dress pants with a tucked-in dress shirt and dress shoes, but skip the belt. Tell her the same as above.
Don’t wear socks — See above explanation.
If she doesn’t like a beard, grow one.
If she does like a beard, shave or don’t grow one.
Well, guys, there you have it. I’ve showed you how you can solve the biggest dilemma in your life. Now, the results are up to you.
Ladies, you knew “Knowledge is power.” Now, you should know Wearing pantyhose is power.
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A few of our favorite “real girls who love pantyhose” models have gotten all decked out in cute costumes and ActSensuous pantyhose for your Halloween viewing pleasure.
You’ve met Yesenia in the preceding feature and gallery, as well as back on Jan. 21, 2013. Yesenia appears in the gallery below, as does:
Olivia, who (along with her sister, Ariel, and friend Leilani) modeled for us at Christmastime last year. Today, Olivia, 23, is a secretary who aspires to work in the legal field.
Originally from New York, Olivia currently lives in Pennsylvania and says she wears pantyhose to work every day.
The 5’4″ model of Puerto Rican descent is 115 pounds and wears a size 2 dress. Her favorite pantyhose shades are nude and black.
Mylani, who was featured here on Feb. 24, 2013, is now a college graduate, climbing her way up the corporate ladder.
“For my internship, I worked in a company that had about 100 employees, mostly female,” Mylani said. “What I noticed was very few women wore skirts, dresses or heels, and hardly any of them wore pantyhose. It struck me as unprofessional all these women walking around in pants and loafers or oxfords. I am all for equality in the workplace, but you don’t have to look like a man.”
Mylani, who is Chinese-American, says she wears skirts, dresses and high heels every day.
“And that includes pantyhose,” she added. “Act IV are my favorite pantyhose to wear to the office, and they look great with all my costumes. I never miss a chance to get dressed up in a cute costume and show off my pantyhose legs.”
There are no tricks here. Just treats. See what you think …
In a comment earlier this week, one of our newest readers, Sheer Mike, made an interesting observation about a potentially negative effect of the “bear” legs movement that isn’t being talked about.
In part, this was Sheer Mike’s comment:
If we’re not careful and the “bear” legs trend continues another 8 to 10 years, I’m concerned we’ll lose a generation of women wearing pantyhose. Yes, we need to continue finding ways to get more women under 40 to dress up and wear pantyhose … Maybe think about focusing on a younger demographic — girls age 10-16.
It’s a legitimate perspective (the prospect of losing a whole generation of potential pantyhose wearers) that probably has crossed many minds. But not mine. For some time, I’d been contemplating writing a post praising the many girls in their late teens and women in their 20s who already are devoted pantyhose wearers.
Occasionally, I visit some of the hundreds of websites on the Internet that are devoted to women in pantyhose, and am always happily amazed at the uncountable number of pictures they feature of women in pantyhose. It makes me wonder how there ever was a bear (I quote the use of bear for the word bare on the first reference only) legs culture. It also makes me wonder how the proponents of the bear legs movement sleep at night, because their collective hopes surely must be dying on the vine every day and in ever-increasing numbers.
While it is clear that there are millions of real girls throughout the world today who love pantyhose, there’s no way to begin to recognize them. So this post is my attempt to praise the many young celebrities out there who seem to be devoted pantyhose wearers. First, it’s easier to identify celebrities because they’re in the public eye, and second (and you’ve heard me say this a million times), celebrities have almost always been among the main influencers of society on fashion.
We owe a great thank-you to the hundreds of thousands of celebrities throughout the world who today continue to buck the once-widely-popular-but-not so-much-anymore-yet-still-lingering-in-some-numbers bear legs culture. And they are doing that every day by wearing pantyhose in astounding numbers for all occasions and at all venues.
And while in this blog I have praised the likes of veteran actresses Milla Jovovich, Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeifer, Linda Fiorentino, Fran Drescher, and others who seemed to never buy in to the bear legs movement, today’s post shines the spotlight on young celebrities who are frequent pantyhose wearers.
And it’s long overdue because these younger wearers are in the best position to influence the very generation Sheer Mike expressed concern over possibly losing.
Before we get into it, let me say that it is impossible to recognize everyone who deserves Credit, “Wear” Credit is Due, so please bear with me here. I’m going to feature the young celebs I’ve observed as the most deserving of credit, not only because they most often wear pantyhose in the roles they play on TV or in the movies, but also, and actually more importantly, because they wear even when out in the real world, even when they don’t have to, and certainly, when no one would expect them to. That is extremely credit-worthy.
Note: When investigating the hundreds of websites that post pictures of celebs in pantyhose, the numbers are so staggering, it’s almost impossible not to find a star who isn’t wearing at least once or twice. Obviously, those celebs who wear that infrequently don’t really count as much, but hey, if they wear at all today, they deserve a bit of credit.
It’s possible that a couple of the young celebs I’ve chosen for this feature might actually belong in that only-once-in-a-while category, but they made it here because they look so good in pantyhose. Case in point …
Kylie Jenner (16)
Let’s start with the youngest celeb (for this feature), Kylie Jenner. Actually, I know nothing about her. I’ve read that she is best known for appearing on the E! reality TV show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”
Well, that explains why I’d never heard of her. I am not a fan of reality TV shows. But here’s why she’s in this post. She’s 16, and look at the outfit she wore (right) to Nickelodeon’s 26th annual Kids’ Choice Awards earlier this year in Los Angeles, Calif.
I did a quick Google images search about the event and didn’t see one other celebrity wearing pantyhose. Hate the booties, but love that they are open-toe and love her toenail polish under the sheer black pantyhose. (Or is it that I love that she is not in the least influenced by those so-called fashion experts who try so hard to convince everyone that not only should pantyhose never be worn, but especially not with open-toe shoes?)
In researching Kylie, I saw no evidence that she is a dedicated, or even frequent pantyhose wearer, but the fact that she was convicted enough to wear this outfit during an event that was seen by an estimated 350 million households around the world, to me, she deserves praise. Talk about setting a positive example for young women and girls in their late teen years! Way to go, Kylie.
Molly Quinn (19)
An American actress of theatre, film and television, Molly might best be known for playing the daughter of mystery novelist and consultant to the New York Police Department Richard Castle on the ABC TV show, “Castle.”
I’ve watched the show occasionally and it’s pretty entertaining, but I never paid much attention to Molly’s character, so I’m not sure how often she’s in pantyhose on the show. But considering the show’s been on since 2009, Molly would have been only 15 during the first season.
In any case, I’ve seen many pics of Molly wearing sheer pantyhose during publicity events or other public appearances, and at 19, that gets her the nod for this post.
AnnaSophia Robb (19)
Star of “The Carrie Diaries” teen television series on The CW, AnnaSophia plays a young Carrie Bradshaw in the prequel to HBO’s “Sex and the City” TV series.
Frequent readers of this blog know how I feel about that whole SATC thing, so suffice it to say that AnnaSophia is recognized here not so much because her infamous character actually wears pantyhose, as the show is set in 1984 (a fabulous year for pantyhose during an incredibly great pantyhose decade), but more because she is a frequent wearer in real life.
The few times I’ve paid attention, I’ve never not seen AnnaSophia appear as a guest on a talk show in which she didn’t wear a beautiful dress, high heels and sheer pantyhose.
Considering so few of today’s veteran TV and movie stars bother to wear pantyhose with their lovely outfits during talk show appearances, AnnaSophia deserves much credit for being a role model to young women.
Victoria Justice (20)
Here’s another young star I know nothing about, but in doing the research for this post, I’ve learned that she is an actress, singer-songwriter, and dancer who has appeared in several films and television series including Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” and “Victorious.”
She has performed several songs for the soundtrack to the Nickelodeon musical, “Spectacular,” in which she starred. She has recorded a number of songs for the “Victorious” series. Victoria earlier this year announced the release of her debut album.
At first, I wasn’t sure she belongs on this post, as she was bear-legged in most of the photos I could find of her. But after further review, I was able to find several pics of her wearing sheer pantyhose in some of her roles on stage, TV shows and movies.
And while I didn’t find as many pics of her wearing just kind of out-and-about, ultimately, she makes this post because of the pics I’ve found of her wearing sheer pantyhose during her appearances on the red carpet, and as a hostess or a guest on TV awards and talk shows.
Hey, she’s only 20, and she most often presents herself professionally and with grace and elegance. And, in the pics I have seen of her in sheer pantyhose, it would be difficult to find someone much more beautiful.
I hope Victoria continues to dress professionally and elegantly and set a positive example for other young women.
Ariana Grande (20)
Yet another young American actress, singer/songwriter I know nothing about, as I’ve never heard of any of the movies she’s been in, nor any of the songs she’s performed. I just know this: There must be thousands of pics of Ariana in pantyhose.
Oh, and she grew up in Boca Raton, Florida — you know, where it’s hot. All the time. I’m sure there are many times she doesn’t wear pantyhose, but everytime I stumble across a photo of her, she’s wearing. And, thankfully, her tights and pantyhose are most-often in a nude shade — not black.
If young women and girls in their late teens follow Ariana, she most certainly is setting a good example in the way she dresses, not only on stage, but also during promotional events and public appearances. I am impressed.
Miranda Cosgrove (20)
Probably my favorite 20-year-old celeb, Miranda starred in “iCarly”, a teen sitcom that ran on Nickelodeon from September 2007 until November 2012.
I’ve watched the show a couple of times just to see her, and I can tell you that “iCarly” is most definitely a teen comedy, meaning it’s far too silly for me to watch for very long periods of time. Nevertheless, Miranda is awfully cute. And it’s not unusual to see her wearing sheer pantyhose in one or two scenes.
Considering that her age range was 14 to 19 during the show’s run, I think Miranda is truly exceptional for the sweet and good character she played, as well as for dressing pretty nicely while she was at it.
More importantly, today at 20, she frequently dresses professionally and quite femininely. Appearing on TV shows, movies and talk and awards show, and performing on stage as a singer/songwriter, Miranda always seems to dress beautifully, most often wearing sheer pantyhose.
She is adorable, and I am becoming a fan.
Selena Gomez (21)
As much as I am lovin’ me some Miranda Cosgrove, you had to know Selena Gomez would make this feature.
The American singer and actress has a long list of hits, and always seems to conduct herself professionally, mostly dressing in beautiful outfits, complete with high heels and sheer pantyhose.
While it’s perfectly understandable that any 21-year-old woman today is going to want to dress comfortably, casually and for fun, what makes Selena special is how often she wears dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose not only on the job and for publicity appearances, but also just going shopping or out on the town.
I don’t know whether Selena is truly a devoted pantyhose wearer, but it certainly appears that she wears more often than not.
I like what I’ve seen of Selena and I believe she deserves much credit for setting a good example for other young women in the way she dresses.
Taylor Swift (23)
During the early days of her career, it seems we’d often see Country pop/pop rock superstar singer/songwriter Taylor Swift in a dress with bear legs and cowboy boots or flat shoes. Then, for a while there, she was more likely to be seen bear-legged, or in some cotton-ish tights, or sometimes in funky patterned hosiery.
But lately, I am seeing Taylor in heels and sheer pantyhose in her on-stage performances, as well as during public appearances. And she looks awesome.
I am amazed at her songwriting prowess and it seems she can’t miss today, chalking up hit after hit.
I like Taylor Swift, and I hope she continues to grow as an artist and a role model in the way she dresses as a professional young entertainer.
Emma Watson (23)
Emma is an English actress and model who likely is best known for her role in the Harry Potter movies.
I know nothing about Emma.
(I’m trying to be the only person on the planet to not read the books or see the movies about Harry Potter). I’m funny that way.
Consequently, I don’t know whether or not she’s really a devoted pantyhose wearer, but in tooling about pantyhose websites on the Internet, it’s not particularly difficult to find pics of her wearing, and that’s good enough for me.
While I love that so many of today’s young celebrities more often than not seem to favor wearing pantyhose, I have to wonder why that is? How did they develop this devotion to pantyhose during an era when it was not considered fashionable to do so? Was it because of values they learned from their parents, or the influence of some veteran actresses who always wore? Or, was it their own desire to be professional?
Or was it something else? Many of the young celebs I researched to feature in this post earned their claim to fame on TV shows or in movies in which their characters wore pantyhose. So maybe it was the different costume designers’ decisions that their characters should be dressed in pantyhose, and the experience carried over into the young stars’ lives.
One of the first young celebs I chose to feature in this post is Alexis Bledel because she is a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose.
Alexis, 31, probably is best known for her role as Rory Gilmore in the comedy/drama television series, “Gilmore Girls.”
As the series ran from October 2000 to May 2007, Alexis was 19 to 26 years old when she was exposed to the fancy costumes she would wear as her character, Rory, a member of the wealthy Gilmore family. Of course, all those beautiful outfits she wore for those seven years were typically paired with high heels and sheer nude pantyhose.
Today, as a star of TV shows and movies, and as a professional model, Alexis continues to dress beautifully, and often is seen in high heels and sheer pantyhose during many publicity events and public appearances.
If my theory is accurate, and we should thank “Gilmore Girls” for positively influencing a young pantyhose goddess in Alexis Bledel, then we should all get down on our knees and worship “Gossip Girl.” That’s because the CW’s teen drama television series must have instilled a pantyhose mentality in at least four young celebs who appear to be devoted wearers today.
OK, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’ve never seen a single episode of “Gossip Girl.” The title alone was enough to keep me away, and I never gave it a chance. So, I admit that I might be completely wrong here. I may have no idea of what I’m talking about. But in the few advertisements I’ve seen for the show, both on TV and in photos, it appears that the girls are usually wearing pantyhose or tights. Somehow, anyway, I came away with the idea that “Gossip Girl” was a pantyhose kind of show.
One thing is certain: The show, which ran from September 2007 to December 2012, produced the likes of Blake Lively (26), Leighton Meester (27), Michelle Trachtenberg (27) and Taylor Momsen (20), each very often photographed wearing pantyhose during public appearances today.
During the show’s run, Blake ranged in age from 20 to 25; Leighton from 21 to 26; Michelle from 20 to 25; and Taylor from 14 to 19.
Again, we have young stars who wore tights and pantyhose in their roles on a popular TV drama series for a teen audience, each of whom went on to become (seemingly) devoted pantyhose wearers.
Obviously, there’s no way (that I am aware of) to know for certain whether these celebs (or any of the ones featured in this post) truly are devoted pantyhose wearers, so I am basing my reasoning on how easy it is to find pictures on the Internet of them wearing.
And in the case of all of them in this post — and particularly, Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Taylor Momsen — my conclusion is they indeed are devoted wearers of pantyhose.
Incidentally, since I’ve never watched “Gossip Girl,” my apologies if there were other young actresses on the show who equally deserve to be featured here. These four are the ones with whom I am familiar.
Just as there have been several television series that featured young characters who frequently wore pantyhose, there are even more movies that did the same thing, also possibly being the influence of some awesome young celebs who’ve become known for being dedicated pantyhose wearers today.
With all due respect to “Adventures in Babysitting,” for this post, I’m not talking about movies that had one or two scenes in which a character appeared in pantyhose, but rather ones in which the main character(s) wore pantyhose through most of the film. And one of my favorites is …
Set in Beverly Hills, Calif., “Clueless” stars a young Alicia Silverstone as the beautiful, super popular and fabulously wealthy Cher, a sweet and innocent, but totally superficial teenage girl who is oblivious to anything but her status atop her high school social scene. The 1995 comedy is cute, fun and funny.
But, I’m not a film critic, and the reason “Clueless” makes this post is because Alicia wears beautiful dresses with high heels and sheer (thankfully, nude or suntan) pantyhose throughout most of the movie.
While “Clueless” was never going to win any awards, it was considered a “sleeper” hit in 1995, and helped to launch other lucrative offers for Alicia, who herself won five awards for her performance, including Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (American Comedy Awards), Best Female Newcomer (Blockbuster Entertainment Awards), Best Female Performance, and Most Desirable Female (MTV Movie Awards), and Best Breakthrough Performer (National Board of Review).
Alicia has enjoyed a successful career as an actress, film and television producer, author, and animal rights and environmental activist, but unlike the young celebs featured above, Alicia, who was just 19 when she starred in “Clueless,” never really became what I’d think of as a pantyhose kind of girl.
Indeed, it is nearly impossible to find a picture of her in pantyhose on a Google image search. Too bad because she looked so fabulous in pantyhose in “Clueless.”
Still, because the film was released in 1995, just at the cusp of the onset of the awful bears legs movement, Alicia should hold a special place in our hearts for her role in “Clueless.”
“Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”
This cute teen comedy released in February 2004 starred, in particular, two young actresses, each of whom have become high profile celebrities in their own rights. Today, each has a pretty strong connection to pantyhose; one I would call an absolute pantyhose goddess.
Lindsay Lohan (27)
With 26 movies to her credit so far, starting with the 1998 Disney movie, “Parent Trap,” in which she won Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress, and a lead role in the 2004 movie, “Mean Girls,” for which she won an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, Lindsay is an accomplished actress.
But before “Mean Girls,” her first lead role was in the 2004 movie, “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” for which she won a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star.
Throughout the majority of the movie, Lindsay’s character wears dresses, heels and sheer pantyhose.
As Lindsay was only 18 years old at the time she made the movie, I wonder if it was the influence of her character’s wardrobe that ultimately led to her becoming a bona fide pantyhose kind of girl?
Lindsay may not exactly have a Disney image anymore, but the drama queen at least gets my praise for being a frequent wearer of sheer pantyhose in movie roles, TV show roles, modeling gigs, work as a professional recording artist, and perhaps more importantly, in public appearances on and off the clock.
Megan Fox (27)
If Lindsay Lohan could be considered a frequent, if not devoted, pantyhose wearer, then Megan Fox is the ultimate pantyhose goddess of the universe. There! I said it.
Beginning her acting career in 2001, Megan already has been nominated for awards 19 times, and won six times, including: For her role in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” in 2009, a Teen Choice Award for Summer Movie Star Female and a Scream Award for Best Sci-Fi Actress; for her starring role in “Jennifer’s Body” in 2010, two Teen Choice Awards for Female Hottie, and Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller.
But it was in 2004 when Megan made her film debut in “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen,” co-starring opposite Lindsay in a supporting role as Lindsay’s character’s rival. And, as lovely as Lindsay looked in a dress and pantyhose and heels, Megan looked incredibly amazing dressed the same way.
Like Lindsay, Megan was 18 years old when “Confessions” was released. Today, the actress and professional model is in every sense of the word a devoted pantyhose goddess, always dressing beautifully in a dress, high heels and sheer (thankfully, usually, nude or suntan) pantyhose when appearing as a guest, a host, or just making a public appearance.
From what I’ve observed, and with all due respect and thanks to Zooey Deschanel, there may not be any other young female celebrity on the planet who more consistently is seen wearing sheer pantyhose.
With so many young women and girls in their late teens all over the world demonstrating their love for wearing pantyhose today, the future indeed looks bright. And much of the credit for this should go to young actresses, models, singers and entertainers for setting such good examples.
This is why we shouldn’t expend any energy worrying about the negative propaganda by so-called fashion experts, and the haterizing by proponents of the bear legs culture, potentially causing a whole generation of young women to miss the opportunity of dressing professionally, femininely, and with class and elegance by including sheer pantyhose in their wardrobes.
Undoubtedly, I’ve left out lots of young celebs, TV shows and movies that honor our love of pantyhose. So, my friends, here’s your chance to recognize your favorites. Send me your comments and tell me who else deserves Credit “Wear” Credit is Due.
Meanwhile, here is a gallery of pics of some of the celebs featured in this post, and some who weren’t (only because of space issues). And, if you’re nice, I’ll keep this section fluid, so you can send me your own pics of your favorite young celebrities in pantyhose, and I’ll add them here.
When I created ActSensuous in 2001, I was hoping there was at least a small market for 100 percent nylon, completely sheer-to-waist pantyhose.
I never dreamed we’d have several hundred customers from every corner of the world, including in almost every state in the U.S.
But we do. From Atlanta to Australia, from Boston to Bangkok, from California to Chile’, from Denver to Denmark, we have devoted customers. And they’re also in China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam. I love it.
I get many email letters from customers, and I answer each one. I’ve gotten to know many of them, and they include bankers, lawyers, doctors, business owners, and now, add spy!
OK, well, I don’t know if she’s really a spy (but getting information out of her is practically impossible, so maybe), but one of our newest customers – we’ll call her Lacey (because she told us to) – works for the U.S. government, specifically, the Department of Defense.
In this blog, you’ve read my criticism of the costume designer for the movie “Salt,” because he or she didn’t dress Angelina Jolie’s character in pantyhose with her impressive skirt suit. (Idiot!) And you’ve read my lashing of the costume director of the TV drama, “Covert Affairs,” because he or she misses too many opportunities to dress Piper Perabo’s character in pantyhose to complement the gorgeous dresses and stilletos she wears.
C’mon, I say. A female spy or operative for the CIA goes “bear”-legged with her suits and high heels? I don’t think so.
And neither does Lacey.
“I work from home most days, but do have to go to the office one or two days a week,” she said. “When I go to the office, I am always in a skirt, heels and pantyhose. When I work from home, usually, I wear just a cami (camisole) top, shorts and pantyhose.”
Wow, even when working from home, Lacey wears pantyhose. Now, this is my kind of girl.
(Note: In the gallery below, you’ll see several pics of Lacey at home wearing her favorite colors in our Act III line.)
Despite today’s dressed-down society, which seems to prefer casual attire regardless of the event or venue, Lacey, 29, embraces the wearing of pantyhose.
“I love being in just my cami, shorts and pantyhose at home,” she said. “But I know how to dress for the function and occasion. A wedding, a funeral, a party thrown by and for high-level business associates, a formal event or important social gathering – pantyhose are for all those occasions.”
And Lacey doesn’t waste any time or energy wondering or worrying about whether other women will be wearing during these occasions.
“I wear pantyhose because I love them,” she said. “It has nothing to do with the others at a function. In any case, I know my legs will get looks.”
Indeed, Lacey gets noticed all the time at work and everywhere she goes. She gets lots of compliments, too. Sometimes by acquaintances, sometimes by strangers, and often by coworkers. Her favorite compliment?
“It was from one of the interns we had,” Lacey said. “She told me she never wore pantyhose and rarely wore skirts, but after seeing my legs, she said she was going to wear skirts and try pantyhose.”
It would seem impossible not to notice Lacey’s legs. They are quite muscular, yet, very shapely. And, supporting her 5’3, 120-pound, size 4 figure, those legs are kept in shape by Lacey’s regimen, which includes running 2 miles a day, practicing yoga, playing tennis, and walking her dogs every day.
Lacey says her legs are the part of her body of which she’s most proud.
“A lot of it is genetics,” she said. “I have a muscular frame to begin with. I don’t work out my upper body because I would look too masculine. I think my legs look strong and feminine though.”
She’s got that right. What’s really cool is that she most often wears very sheer pantyhose that not only enhance the look of, but actually soften those impressive muscles and glamourize, her super toned legs.
From where did Lacey’s devotion to pantyhose come? She said it started when she was a little girl growing up in the Philadelphia area. Lacey’s mother wanted her to wear dressses even though most girls her age didn’t.
“If I wore a dress, I always had on tights,” Lacey said. “When I got older, I moved to skirts and pantyhose. When I got to the business world, I felt hosiery was a part of professionalism. Pantyhose give your legs a nice, sleek glow.”
Lacey, who holds a college degree in business, said if she weren’t working for the D.O.D., she’d like to be “A professional shopper and party hopper. I love to be in a sexy cocktail dress, pantyhose and heels, going from one party to the next.”
To Lacey, it’s all about being a good person and looking her best. She describes herself as being passionate about friends, shopping, and fashion. And that means complementing her pretty outfits with pantyhose.
“I love to get dressed in a cute dress, pantyhose and heels for a night on the town, she said.”
More about Lacey and pantyhose:
On wearing – For me, pantyhose are proper with any dress or skirt. I think pantyhose add to any style. I wear mostly sheer pantyhose, but do have lots of patterned and specialty pantyhose and tights.
When did you first realize you love them – 7th grade dance (my first formal). When I was in middle school, I realized that high heels fit more comfortably when wearing pantyhose, and they covered imperfections in your legs, such as cuts and bruises from playing sports.
What size do you wear – Size A or small.
Your favorite shade – Tan. I like the neutral colors that are more skintone.
On how they make you feel – More confident and sexy.
On getting compliments – Others notice because pantyhose make your legs stand out in a positive way. I have received compliments about how nice my legs look and I know it was because of the sheerness of the pantyhose.
On the bare legs movement – I think women overlook the enhancement value pantyhose give to your legs and do not realize that all pantyhose are not uncomfortable.
I am so happy to have gotten to know Lacey, and I thank her for agreeing to model some of her favorite colors of Act III pantyhose for us. You can view a gallery of her pics below. They were taken by a mutual friend of ours, Kim, a professional photographer whom you’ll get to know in an upcoming feature on The ActSensuous Blog.