Should You Wear Stockings to Work?

Today is the first day of Wear Stockings at Work Week initiated and sponsored by Joanna’s Wardrobe. Perhaps I’m just an old-fashioned Southern girl in me, but I believe in wearing hosiery to work everyday. For me, the nylon is a reminder that I’m at work, and that I have a job to do.

All the same, I can’t deny that I enjoy overlapping my personal passion for lingerie with my working life. Tomorrow, I’ll begin reviewing the stockings I wear to work this week, but for tonight let’s talk about what I think are the three most important things to consider if you’re considering wearing hosiery to the workplace.

1) Culture–Is your office liberal or conservative? Casual or formal? Primarily male or primarily female? It’s a good idea to have a sense of what’s not only appropriate but also desirable attire in your work environment. In my region of the country, for example, very few people dress up for the job, so I stand out when I wear tights to the office. While I don’t intend to stop wearing my hosiery, I do make sure to keep it “toned down.” Think micronets, sheer hold-ups, and opaque tights not eye-catching patterns, bright colors, or seductive backseams.

2) Comfort–Keep in mind that, in most cases, whatever you wear to the office will be worn all day. If you don’t think you can wear stockings for eight hours, it may be a good idea to try something smaller, like trouser socks. In my opinion, the office is not the place for a lot of experimentation. If you’re not sure if a certain pair of tights is comfortable enough for a full workday, leave them at home and try them on over the weekend. My favorite wear to work brand is Wolford because I always forget I have them on. Remember: if your stockings are uncomfortable after 5 minutes, they won’t feel any better after 5 hours.


3) Style–Back home, it’s pretty typical for women to wear pantyhose to work. Unfortunately, it’s also typical for them to wear the ugliest nylons I have ever laid eyes on. Work-appropriate does not mean unattractive. You can be trendy and classy at the same time. I find that when it comes to patterned hosiery (think lace or fishnets), high end brands like Falke and Wolford strike the right balance between fun and serious. For more basic nylons, like sheer or opaque tights, I prefer budget brands like Pretty Polly, Charnos, Aristoc, Jonathan Aston, Levante, and We Love Colors. You can visit Figleaves, My Tights, or We Love Colors to find most of these.

I hope this article helps if you’re still debating whether to participate in this week’s event. I’ve written a few more articles on work-related hosiery and you can find them here, here, and here.

4 Comments

  1. Kelly
    21/09/09 at 11:41

    I do wear stockings to work (well, I haven't in months, but now that it's getting cooler I'll start it up again) but I have to be totally positive that my skirt is long enough to keep anyone from seeing the welt/garter clips. I don't want anyone to know that they're stockings and not pantyhose – letting a peek of welt show in a date can be seductive, but at work it's like wearing an inappropriately low blouse IMO

  2. Blk Tights
    21/09/09 at 11:43

    Great post. I'm looking forward to the crowd participation!

  3. Treacle
    21/09/09 at 21:26

    @Kelly–
    That's a brilliant analogy. Work is not the place to bring on the sexy.

    @Blk Tights–
    Thanks for stopping by! :-)

  4. amy
    27/01/14 at 6:17

    I’m with you. I’m 33, but if I see someone not wearing stockings, it’s almost like they’re missing a piece of their clothing, like a bra. Where are your stockings??? I think that it’s inappropriate for some reason, and also tacky.

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