Saturday, July 26, 2008

Stockings

Since I'm already in the topic about legs, I just want to dwell on the fact on how you can enhance your legs by being a bit more adventurous. Besides taking care of your legs of course, you can start experimenting on some hosiery, stockings or tights. Well, if you are a first timer, you might want to know how you can choose a pair of suitable stockings. But let us first look at the history of stockings.

For the previous 400 years stockings had ruled supreme - ever since the knitting machine was invented in 1589 by Reverend William Lee and stockings made from wool, silk and cotton appeared for the first time. These early stockings were frequently referred to as hose, from which the term hosiery was derived, and were generally worn by men. Ooh, how interesting considering the fact that the men were the ones wearing the stockings first!


The stockings market was revolutionised by the change of fashions in the 20th Century when it became socially acceptable for women to show their legs. In recent years, although increasing numbers of women go bare legged, hosiery technology has developed considerably and a wide range of new products are now commonly available from body toning control top tights and thigh-highs (hold-ups) to moisturising and massaging tights.

So how do we go about buying a pair of hosiery? Here are the tips from the experts:



Step1 : Consider color. When in doubt, go with nude or black.

For subtle and a sexy style


Step2 : Consider texture and opacity.

Step3 : Consider whether you want pantyhose or stockings.

Wear pantyhose with short dresses and skirts, and with anything clingy. Stockings, especially the kind that stay up on their own, can be fun, sexy and more comfortable than pantyhose.


Step4 : Consider price vs. durability.

Good hose can be very expensive, but sometimes are worth it.
Remember the rule cheap no good, good no cheap. But if you plan to just wear it once or twice, then get the cheap ones la.


Step5 : Consider flair vs. subtlety.

Usually the right choice in stockings means no one will notice them. Occasionally, stockings can make a dramatic statement - a pattern or a seam up the back, for example. Use these judiciously as they can easily overwhelm an outfit.


For the flowery side of you


Well, they are also other things to consider. How about choosing the colour or pattern. You can also follow these guides:


Step 1 : Match your hemline.

If your dress is dark, dark hose are probably best. Go with black, navy or charcoal.


Pair a black hose with black Italian heels.

Step 2 : Match your shoes.

If your shoes are dark, your hose should be, too. If your shoes are dark and your hem is light (or vice versa), go with hose that match the color of your skin.


Step 3 : Match your skin.

Flesh-colored hose are fairly safe with all outfits. Strive for sheerness and invisibility. Avoid a tan shade unless you have the skin to match.


Step 4 : Consider going au natural.

No hose is often the best hose of all. If it's warm enough, go for it.

Step 5 : Take the middle ground.

Woven stockings, such as black or beige fishnets, can provide a nice solution to a challenging outfit. These hose offer coverage without masking your legs completely.

Maroon fish net stockings anyone?


Step 6 : Consider a bold statement.

A wacky pattern or bright color can help you bust out of your usual look. Just be aware of the message you are sending, though. Job interviews, weddings and first dates might not be the best times to try out a new look. For me it includes not trying bold styles for funerals, or meeting your date's parents and family.


From La Senza

So don't you think a little bit of accessories for the legs will spice up your day or your style? Let your legs sizzle the crowd. Let them stare at your legs that they stumbled and fall. Let them envy your style and best of all let them wonder where you got those hosiery. For me I like to get them from various stores. I will get the normal black or nude ones from departmental stores at about RM10, black tights from SoxWorld at less than RM25, and bold ones from Topshop which will cost around RM49-55. As for those on a sexy side, you can always go for garters and they're sexily available in La Senza. I have one in black, white and beige all from a good bargain during the FJ Benjamin Sales.


Myownstyle : Stockings from Topshop. Shoes from Guess.

What do you think about wearing this to work?!!

P/S: THE ABOVE TIPS CAN BE USED FOR THOSE WHO INTENDS TO BUY HOSIERY FOR THEIR GIRLFRIENDS/WIVES!!!

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

eiling, you really done lots of research,pretty impress with your hardwork..so from long legs to stockings, tomorrow what? i am sure most girls will find these informative. dont be biase towards male-post something about males for comparison sake. Thanks and take care. Ray111

KY said...

what do i think about wearing this to work? I won't wear them!

-eiling- said...

Ray111: Haha... I just like fashion. Well, I'll post something about male soon when I have finished my research.

KY: No one asked you to wear them!!

Janefen said...

Eiling, I don't mind wearing black stockings but I have problem with the nude ones. My skin is quite tan if you could recalled. haha...i find it hard to find a pair of nude stockings that suit my skin tone. I find the ones i have a bit too fair for my skin so it makes it so obvious that i'm wearing a stocking. sigh..when you see from the packaging, it looks ok but when you stretch it, the colour looks different.

rubberseeds said...

Quite disappointed for not seeing your pictures in some of those stockings. No body taking pictures for you?

-eiling- said...

JANE: That's why you have to keep trying until you get the right ones and then you'll know what brand and where to buy the next time.

PHILIP: Haha, is that a trap for me to post more pictures? Like I said, flaunt the best part of your body...LOL

ziling said...

Good! Buy more... then I can curi and use FOC!

Muahahaha... what are sisters for?

-eiling- said...

Ziling: Muahaha your legs too short to use my hosiery!

woodyooi said...

In the last photo, the stockings with a line, gives an illusion long slim look. Neat idea. I have not seen local ladies wearing that design of stockings before but only in UK before. Way to go, dare to be different.

"The world is shaped by those people dare to be different"

-woody

-eiling- said...

Woodyooi: Haha thanks. You can leave the adventurous things to me. I liked to be different, in an acceptable way of course.

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ZX said...

how bout men wearing tights? manly ones and not thigh high stocking/hold up stocking?

any opinion?

Anonymous said...

ZX: men wearing tights? err robin hood days are over u know...

Anonymous said...

eiling, why dont you put on a pair and let us see it :P

eiling lim said...

Anon: I did, the last photo is me.

ZX said...

to those who are skeptical about men wearing tights, you might wanna check out Activskin's wbepage (http://www.comfilon.com/) and http://www.e-mancipate.net/

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