So I was in Target the other day to pick up a few essentials when I decided to make a quick pass through the lingerie section. I now believe Target is trying to give the luxury lingerie manufacturers a run for their money.
I saw several pieces which reminded me of items from other, more expensive collections (these ruffled boyshorts, for example). I’ve not tried anything on yet, but I may have to do a bit of “research” here very soon.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love my new job. And one of the many, many things that makes it better than my old job is the fact that I can wear tights to work. I’ve already talked about some of my favorite stockings in the article “Nude Hosiery for Women of Color,” but now that it’s starting to get a bit chilly outside, I’ll need to exchange my dresses for pants and my pantyhose for knee highs. Like the rest of you though, I’m operating on a much smaller lingerie budget than usual, so why don’t we look at fab knee-high finds for $10 or less?
I’ve been using a lot of words to sing the praises of We Love Colors and Sock Dreams lately, and there’s a reason for that. They have good stuff at good prices. Both We Love Colors and Sock Dreams stock a plethora of work-friendly knee highs at prices ranging from $3.50 to $8.00 a pair. That’s right; you can buy an entire week’s worth of knee-highs socks from either of these fine companies and still have enough left over for a nice dinner.
If you’d rather go with basic sheers, Nordstrom’s has several very reasonable options. Those of you who spend a lot of time on your feet might like the Cushioned Sole Light Support Knee Highs while my Spanx fans (I know you’re out there!) may want to give their 2/$14 trouser socks a try. In addition, Bare Necessities sells opaque knee-high socks from the ever popular budget brand, Hue, for only $6/pair or 3/$15.
Finally, you all know that no discussion of hosiery is complete without talking about the European brands. MyTights stocks a couple of excellent selections from Aristoc and Transparenze at $8.95 and $9.95/pair, respectively. Either of these would be perfect for adding a bit of sass to your workday wardrobe.
If you have a go-to brand for your work hosiery needs, why don’t you tell us about in the comments section? As always, Happy Shopping!
Every once in awhile, people stop by my blog or Twitter to ask me questions about hosiery. Of all the things I do on the blog, helping people find the right lingerie is one of my favorites. This particular question is taken from my Twitter, where an acquaintance of mine asked where she could find vertically striped tights. In the interests of conveying the “real-time” flavor of the conversation, I’ll cut and paste our Tweets directly.
@StockingsAddict–oy! name me a good pair of vertical stripe stockings that will not fall apart after one night!
@StockingsFangirl–You want fishnets, opaques, or sheers? Real stockings (garters required), stay-ups, or tights? I need details! ;-)
@StockingsAddict–garters, vertical black stripes, not fishnets maybe half opaque half sheer or all opaque.
@StockingsAddict–garters meaning real stockings.
@StockingsFanGirl–I’d definitely start with these people: www.sockdreams.com Good selection, good quality, good prices, good customer service.
@StockingsFanGirl–Just saw your most recent tweets. I still recommend Sock Dreams; they have a vertical stripes section.
@StockingsFanGirl–Dollhouse Bettie has striped stockings. I haven’ t tried Belle Epoque but they’re only $8.95.
@StockingsFanGirl–We Love Colors also has opaque vertically striped stockings in fifty colors.
I haven’t yet heard back from StockingsFanGirl, so I don’t know what pair she decided on. But if any of you ever have a stockings-related question, please don’t hesitate to either post it in the comments section of any entry, message me via Twitter, or even write to me at my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a great question on bra washing from the August 27th edition of Slate:
My girlfriend of six months has worn the same bra every day now for two weeks. I really wonder: Is this a normal thing for most women or a psychological issue? I feel it is a matter of hygiene, abnormal behavior, and also really gross.
And Prudie responds… [edited for length]
Perhaps your worries about hygiene arise from watching too much soft-core porn in which women get in the shower and soap their breasts for extended periods. This is not because breasts are intrinsically dirty but because such scenes are gratifying to dirty minds. If bra hygiene were an actual issue, don’t you think American womanhood would have been subjected to decades of commercials along the lines of, “What’s that smell?” “It’s Myrna’s bra. Someone has to tell her!”
On your behalf, I actually polled some of the cleanest women I know on their bra-washing schedules. The answers ranged from “weekly” to “when my white bras look black and can walk themselves to the washing machine.” The average was a monthly laundering. So your girlfriend’s behavior is perfectly normal and neither unhygienic nor gross.
Your friendly neighborhood Lingerie Addict washes her bras once a week in the spring and summer, and once every two to three weeks during the fall and winter. I have several favorite “everyday” bras so I rotate them during the course of the week; each bra only gets worn once every 2-3 (or more!) days.
The general rule is that the more you sweat, the more often you should wash them, as sweat not only decomposes the fibers, but could also rust the underwires, and even result in a lingering “sour” smell (one that doesn’t go away).
Other tips include not wearing the same bra more than one day in a row (bras need time to air out as well as regain their original shape so as not to lose elasticity), always washing your bras by hand (though if you do use a washing machine, always use a lingerie wash bag), never machine-drying your bras, and using a special lingerie cleanser when you wash your bras to help them last longer.
Disclaimer: We Love Colors sponsored this article by sending me the tights to review. However, they in no requested or mandated any of the content you will read in the following review. All opinions presented here are the author’s own.
Previously mentioned in my Runway to Realway series, We Love Colors is a newcomer on the nylon scene, but they are rapidly cornering the market on colored pantyhose.
Offering opaque tights in over 50 colors (and that’s not including their fishnets, knee highs, checkered, or striped tights), We Love Colors currently has the best selection in their niche on the internet. For this article, I sampled the Nylon/Lycra Microfiber Tights in Rust (size M/L), the Wide Mesh Fishnets in Maroon, and the Sheer Knee Highs in Teal.
Let’s start with the fishnets. I knew I’d made a good decision when my date complimented me on my tights within the first five minutes. I like the widenets in particular because they’re perfect for wearing on their own or layering over other tights. I found these tights to be both comfortable and durable; they didn’t stretch out of shape or become baggy even after several hours of wear. A denser weave over the toes keeps them from poking through. At only $9.00/pair, I really don’t think you can go wrong here.
One important note…since the tights are one size fits all, pay attention to the sizing chart on the web page. I’m on the high end of their height/weight maximum and I’m pretty sure these tights would not work as well for someone who was much taller or weighed much more than me.
I have nothing but rave reviews for the knee highs and the opaque tights. I wore these both to work, and, like the fishnets, earned several compliments in the first five minutes. What I like about both the opaque tights and the sheer knee highs is that they’re fun enough to satisfy my yen for nylon, but conservative enough to wear under nice business slacks or even a dress.
The colors are rich, vibrant, and true even through a washing machine cycle (I know, I know…naughty Treacle). Most importantly, they’re comfortable. I wore the knee highs and the tights for a full nine hour work day, and they felt just as good at 6:00 p.m as they did at 9:00 a.m. No sagging, no bagging, no stretching, no falling, no runs…just great hosiery.
Like the fishnets, these tights and socks aren’t anything fancy, but they are fun and functional. Plus, at only $12.50/pair for the microfiber tights and $3.50/pair for the knee high socks, they’re cheap enough to build a good tights and stockings wardrobe with.
Major trend alert, nylon lovers…embellished tights will be HUGE this Fall/Winter 2009 fashion season. Designers from Doo Ri to Dior were parading sequined stockings down the catwalk, and I am in lust with this trend.
Embellished tights serve my undernourished appetite for glitter and sparkles while still remaining entirely wearable. I may not be able to work a sequined dress, but I am 100% certain I can rock a pair of sequined tights.
While this look runs upwards of $250.00 if you go the designer route, there are several Do-It-Yourself guides floating about on the internet, and they look easy enough for even the non-crafty types (like myself) to do. Go here, here, or here to learn how to make your own!