Recently, probably on Facebook, I saw a drawing of a pair of pantyhose with wording to the effect that they were a torture device for women.
Seriously? I thought. I know that pantyhose are not currently “in,” but after many decades of wearing them, I’d hardly consider them the stuff of torture.
This did lead me to think of memories of pantyhose.
I saw another photo lately of a woman in the ’90s wearing white hose. No, she was not a nurse. And yes, “regular people” did wear white hose back then. It was a fashion “thing,” in fact. In the first photo, you’ll see me with my 2 sisters. Two of us are wearing white hose. Even Princess Diana did it (if you’re on Pinterest, you’ll be able to see an example here).
In those days, pantyhose weren’t just skin-colored or white, either. I remember wearing pantyhose that were blue and even red. Here’s Princess Diana wearing blue pantyhose.
Somewhere in the past couple of decades, pantyhose fell out of fashion. I’m not sure why; while admittedly they’re a bit of a pain (who hasn’t experienced putting one leg on with a twist which threatens to cut off circulation at the top of your thigh? and then there are the runs and snags), I have to say that I find it hard to adjust to bare legs — at least on myself. Maybe teens and those in their 20s can get away with it, but the sight of my legs with a dress and no pantyhose is not a good one. They’re just too … white. They need the air-brush effect that pantyhose give.
I’m glad that Kate Middleton is bringing back pantyhose. They give the leg a nice finish, and let’s face it: bare legs are cold in the winter!
Do you have any pantyhose-related memories? (I know — this could be good!) Share them in the comments!
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