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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.

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.