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It seems as though hosiery, aka “stockings”, can stir up some interesting conversations.  A friend of mine was having a discussion with some of her coworkers recently on the topic when one of the junior employees proudly stated she has never, to date, donned a pair of “stockings”.  Needless to say, an interesting conversation ensued prompting her to ask a question similar to the one my sister recently posed.

Here is an excerpt from a previous post on the topic:

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 hosiery.
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 you’re talking Christmas and it’s a ‘stocking stuffer’.

Hope that helps!
Love, Dolly

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5 Comments

  1. Stockings? I hate them. They are uncomfortable, they are too hot most of the year, and they make me look like an old lady. But wait, I AM an old lady–or at least my legs look like an old lady’s. Years of “taking care of my skin” (i.e., staying out of the sun) have left me with such pale legs that baring them is crazy. (Mrs. Obama, who is the same as me, doesn’t have that problem.) My current solution goes more in the Hillary Clinton direction: just don’t wear a skirt. My longer-term solution: work out more and use a fake (chemical) tanning product.

    1. Margaret,
      Your comment made me chuckle! Thanks for the humor!… and I REALLY like your “Hillary Clinton approach”!

  2. Lillie-Beth says:

    We just addressed the hose/stocking issue in the last month at 20-40-60 etiquette on NewsOK! I didn’t realize there were so many opinions until it ran. Interesting!

    Here’s the link, if you want to add to the discussion: http://newsok.com/20-40-60-etiquette-socks-pantyhose-tights-leggings/article/3525293

  3. Check out the question and answers on 20-40-60 Etiquette….All interesting takes on the subject. http://blog.newsok.com/partiesextra/2010/12/22/20-40-60-etiquette-socks-leggings-tights-pantyhose/ HFW

    1. Thanks Helen and Lillie-Beth! I need to subscribe to an RSS feed of your 20-40-60 so I don’t miss them! Thank you so much for posting the link! Love the different comments!

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