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My sister Audrey (we call each other ‘Dolly, Doll, Dollette’… long story) emailed me the other day with a question about hosiery, aka ‘stockings’.

Doll (My sister to me),
What is the rule on stockings? I noticed Michelle Obama isn’t wearing them on the White House special with Oprah. Maya and Suzanne had bare legs at Granny’s party. When I showed up at Billy’s baptism without them, I felt horrified.

Hi Doll (Me responding to my sister),
Wellllllllll. Here’s my two cents…

I believe instead of being a rule of Etiquette or Protocol, it has evolved into something much more complicated.
I personally think it boils down to a number of things:
1- Generational issues….I don’t think Laura (Mrs. Bush) would EVER have appeared on National television without hose.
2- Can your legs stand on their own?…Maya and Suzanne, yep. Me, not so much.
3- Season, will your legs have goose bumps and be pasty … Summer, not a problem. Winter, bleh – opt for tights.
4- Flat out preference…. I feel more confident WITH them, other people can’t stand them.
5- And last but not least: Depends on what company you will be keeping…. If you’re with a more ‘mature’ (meaning older) group, then out of respect I would don hosiery. Generation X, you’ll see a bit of both. Generation Y, I don’t think they know what stockings are, unless your talking Christmas and it’s a ‘stocking stuffer’.

Hope that helps!
Love, Dolly

3 Comments

  1. Christi says:

    BIG fan of tights and fishnets, but not so much regular hose. Thank goodness for SPANX. This time of year, I ususally have on boots &/or tights, so bare legs aren’t an option. If it’s evening, I’ll go w/ nude fishnet. I think I have a pair of hose in my lingerie drawer, but I’m not sure …

  2. You hit it right on Dolly, generational. Could I take that a step further and say dressing “appropriate” for the situation?
    Assess your audience and the condition of your legs (mentioned in your blog), and determine the best cover for them, if any? This is the exact reason so many are wearing pants these days! Don’t forget the leg “make-up”, self-tanners, and tanning lotions; they make all our legs look better!

    1. Thank Shelly!
      Great tips, thanks for sharing!!!

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