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How to Choose Hosiery for the Summer Months

Today's Ask the Addict feature comes courtesy of one of my Twitter followers, @Wilde_Hunt, who designs some of the most amazing leather corsets I've ever seen (seriously, go check out her 2009 lookbook and tell me if that leather corset dress isn't one of the most badass things you've ever seen). A couple of days ago, Larissa asked for my favorite summertime hosiery recommendations, and I was happy to oblige.  Since this might be a question shared by a few more readers, I thought I'd post my selections here as well.

But first, a couple of things to remember about choosing stockings for the hot season.

1) Avoid anything with a control top. Not only are control top tights massively uncomfortable, they also don't allow your skin (including your delicate bits) to breathe. For women, that's a special concern since the combination of dark, damp, and dense can lead to yeast infections.

2) Make sure that whatever hosiery you buy has a cotton gusset. Cotton (unlike nylon) allows air both in and out which is essential to preventing, well, you know.

3) The lower the denier the better. For people unfamiliar with the word, denier refers to the density of the hosiery fibers, and is given in number form. The lower the denier, the sheerer the stocking. For summertime, you want to look for deniers of approximately 15 or below, with single-digit deniers being ideal.

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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.

9 Comments on this post

  1. Leila says:

    I’m a patrol officer and summertime KILLS me as a “lady cop”. I totally prefer wearing something to keep my shirts and vest flap tucked in and prevent wedgies (gross, uncomfortable and unattractive [professionally speaking]). Last summer I tried compression shorts — NEVER again. The legs rolled up, continuously. I’m very active – in and out of my car, manhunts, etc. I cannot be tugging on ANYTHING.
    Also….for uniform shorts – any suggestions. Those things crawl, BAD.
    I think the “problem” is that I’m small-waisted so everything gathers tight at the waist, pulling up on my seat. Especially once I put on a duty belt. Any suggestions – brands?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I agree with you Kate, especially if you are working in an office or professional environment. I had no idea about summer stockings and the deniers. Thanks ladies!

  3. Kate says:

    I think you can still pull off tights in summer as long as they're not made out of wool!

  4. Lydia says:

    Great, I just totally misspelled my own domain. This one should work

  5. Lydia says:

    Denier…thanks for the vocab lesson! Didn't think I would ever consider wearing stockings in the summer, but I just may…

  6. Geo says:

    Great post and great suggestions. I was just talking with my girlfriend about hose in summer, and she believed in a hard cut off date, like June 1st. I argued that hose can (and should, lol!) be worn all year long.

    And those 8 denier Wolfords! Oh my goodness! Swoon.

  7. aspyre says:

    Commando! Best solution to prevent yeast infections. :) It's a great season for slips.

  8. sexylegsandbody says:

    Everything you wrote down there is news to me, so I learned a lot, thanks. Great post, lovely pics.

    Have a super day!

  9. Petra Bellejambes says:

    Great advice and loverly picks Treacle. Heat around the feet is another reason to not love tights in the good old summertime.

    Perhaps your fellow addicts might benefit from a feature on footless / toeless tights sometime soon.

    Heat index put us well over 100f yesterday. I am afraid zero denier is just about right for now… :(

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