Menopause

Confession: I Am a Pantyhose Nerd

A few weeks ago at a bridal shower, a friend pointed to my legs and said in a voice of astonishment, “You’re wearing pantyhose!”

She was right. It’s true.

As the world has turned against pantyhose, I embrace them. Here’s why.

  • In cooler weather, they keeps my legs at least somewhat warm.
  • They  smooth out all imperfections in the skin on my legs. Pantyhose cover pokey veins too.
  • Dress shoes eat my feet. When I wear pantyhose, I have no trouble with blisters. I know I could wear the footie things, but they slip down. Plus they hide in my dresser drawers, never to be found again.

I don’t find pantyhose uncomfortable like so many women do. I buy a size that fits me well.

I don’t wear them in the summer. They definitely are hot. But the rest of the year, I’m a pantyhose girl.

Menopause brings bravery and a what the hell attitude (some of the time). Yet I am definitely interested in staying stylish and watching the nerd appeal as I age.

So what to do? Wear them or not?

I’ve decided to be a pantyhose nerd. I wear super nude shades (to try to hid the fact I’m wearing them) and in the winter, black sometimes, which I swear still looks stylish under the right dresses.

What about you? Are you a pantyhose nerd or do you hate them? Do tell!

23 thoughts on “Confession: I Am a Pantyhose Nerd”

  1. I understand the dilemma! Seemingly passe, I still believe there are times when panty hose help put my best foot forward. I don’t want to seem antiquated, but bare legs sometimes pose a challenge depending on the dress and/or occasion.

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  2. Not a nylons girl. However, when I see a woman wearing them, I think she’s more pulled together and dressed than one who isn’t.

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  3. This topic came up in some conversation a few days ago. We debated whether they actually manufactured panty hose any more! Obviously they do! I can’t stand them and haven’t worn them since I was working back in the 1990s. But then I very rarely wear a dress. I am also fond of black opaque tights in the winter time – I get cold, even wearing pants – and they look good under skirts or dresses, I think.

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  4. I don’t have good legs so anything that helps! I wear dresses or skirts that come to mid leg. In the winter I wear tights/black panty hose. In the summer I don’t wear hose but my hemline is long enough to hide most of my leg issues. Textured and black hose is making a come back according to my fashionista 30 year old!

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  5. I’m with you Barb! I wear them in the winter and cool weather bc I don’t want my legs to be COLD! Never in summer time bc they are too much then. Nothing looks more odd to me that a woman wearing a wool coat over a dress but no stockings! If it’s cold enough for a coat, it’s cold enough for stockings! And they do make a more polished look imo! Look at Kate Middleton. She wears them! I rest my case! 🙂

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  6. Wearing Hose definitely makes for a more polished look when you are wearing a nice dress or skirt. And they do provide some warmth in the winter. Bare legs just do not look finished to me. However, I deal with it by mostly wearing pants—I have never really liked wearing dresses. You don’t have to worry about hose or no hose or legs that are too white. And I think you can wear more comfortable shoes with pants. And there are dressy pants outfits if you need to dress up.

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    1. Isn’t it funny how some people hate them and then people like me don’t at all? But I do hate them if they are too tight or roll down. I’ve had a few occasions where I thought they might go all the way down!

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  7. When I taught I wore colored tights to match my outfits. I loved crazy patterns- stripes, paisleys, whatever to get the kids attention. When I left teaching, I gave many of the tights to the art teacher for projects. I still love opaques in winter but more blacks, browns, and navy etc. As for pantyhose– wear only when I have to dress up and that’s rare. Bare legs in summer. Here’s my post on the subject: https://cyclingrandma.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/bare-legs-in-winter/

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  8. I didn’t hate them when I wore them, I found lovely light support hose at JC Penney’s that a flight attendant friend told me about. They were nice shades, nice texture, nice price, and lasted longer than other types of hosiery.

    Then I moved south, and I don’t wear hose for years, sometimes decades at a time. It’s just one more thing to keep track of. I prefer long skirts so there’s nothing to cover up. I did buy some fleece-lined tights for a business trip to Boston in January a few years ago, but other than that, nope!

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  9. I realize that I’m a little late to this party but count me in as a pantyhose girl! I don’t really think there’s anything nerdy about wearing an article of clothing that makes me feel put-together and completes my overall look.
    To each their own, but I even think they’re comfortable if you find the right size…
    None of my friends in my age group wear nylons but I seriously don’t mind; some of them have actually complimented my outfits and asked what brand of pantyhose I’m wearing.
    Bare legs have there place but so does a nice pair of sheer hosiery.

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