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Ask the Addict: Durable Stockings for Work?

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Today's question comes from long-time reader LunarCamel:

Q: Hi! This is totally unrelated to this post (it's an *awesome* photo shoot indeed). I am going to be working soon (whoo!) and was wondering if you had a recommendation for stockings that are durable (I walk about 3 miles/day). Even some of the pricier pairs are too fine to walk in that much... but if you have a good reasonably priced-recommendation, that's even better! And by stockings I do mean stockings, I refuse to wear pantyhose. I'd appreciate any help you can offer :)

A: Hi! For all-day wear, I'd purchase mid-weight (around 15 denier), stretch stockings. 15 denier is sheer enough for work, but durable enough for mild physical activity and the lycra will help your stockings hold their shape and "snap back" after wear. 15 denier stretch stockings are also inexpensive and available everywhere which makes them easy to replace if something unfortunate does happen to your hosiery.

I recommend these Berkshire lacetop stockings from Bare Necessities, these plain top stretch stockings from Victoria's Secret, or these stretch stockings with decorative welt from Stockingirl. All three are reasonably priced at $6.95, $8.50, and $21.99, respectively.

I'd also recommend buying a couple of sock liners (HUE makes great ones for only $6) to cushion the parts of your foot that experience the most friction (primarily the ball and the heel). If it's cold where you live, you can even wear socks over your stockings to help protect them further.

As always, a durable six-strap garter belt will go a long way towards keeping your stockings in place all day, reducing the kinds of stress that will eventually result in a run. Secrets in Lace manufactures several excellent six-strap garter belts which are great for all day wear.

I hope this helps, lovely! Got a question for the addict? Ask me here or e-mail me at [email protected]! I love talking about lingerie, and if I get enough responses, I'll turn "Ask the Addict" into a weekly feature.

LunarCamel also had a great stockings-related story she wanted to share:

"So I had an internship interview this afternoon at the Attorney General's Office. I set off the metal detector going through it. The (not terribly attractive, male) security guard wanded me. The belt on my suit beeped the thingy so I was hoping he'd stop, but he didn't. I beeped again, lower. "You got something under there?" I looked him dead in the eye and said, "It's my underwear." (I'm wearing my daily-use six-strap garter belt, which you *know* has metal clasps cause the plastic ones aren't worth shit).

Thought you'd enjoy my mild embarassment :) "

Keep those stories coming, folks! I'm happy to publish them on the blog. Oh, and the photo above is one of my workday outfits. Hope you like! :-)


Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.