Disclosure: The lingerie discussed here was sent to me free of charge for review purposes by Sweet Pins. All opinions are my own.
I always wish I were one of those women who looks sharp all the time. You know the types: hair always in place, evenly applied lipstick, flattering clothing that she wears with comfort, heels that seem not to hurt her feet, and stockings — stockings with no runs.
I look sharp sometimes, like maybe every fifth evening when post-gym I’ll change into something ladylike and do the evening right. It can be one little sartorial detail that makes all the difference between feeling mundane and getting hit with that little zing. The shortcut to a spicy mood and outfit, I’ve discovered, is stockings.
Normally I associate wearing stockings with a whole composed look. Generally when we see images of stockings, they’re in a pinup or burlesque context, so the stockings themselves are in the good, commensurately fancy company of red lipstick, heavily set hair, statement retro lingerie, and dramatic poses.
But actually, stockings are the perfect accessory for a lazy woman. I don’t really go for a pinup statement myself, for reasons both of style and a life too busy for extreme primping. But I do love stockings. Stockings and a garter belt are the sauciest thing a woman can put on in four minutes.
So I was excited to try out the Australian brand Sweet Pins Back Seam Stretch Stockings. Sweetpins.com.au is an online boutique specializing in hosiery, and they’ve launched their own line of stockings, which is designed in Australia and made in Italy.
The style I wore is sheer black with a retro-inspired back seam. It has a reinforced foot and welt, and is made of poly with some lycra. And it has an adorable intarsia bow at the back thigh. It requires a garter belt. I loved wearing these stockings because they are classically sexy and the bow adds a little kick of delight to tone down the seriousness. They’re 20 denier (denier is a measure of the thickness of the yarn used to create the stocking), which is a nice weight — sheer enough to feel light, but with enough heft that I didn’t have to worry about stubble runs. I also managed to wear them all day AND take them off with no major destruction, a feat that reflects both to the durability of the stocking as well as my own feelings of true love and protectiveness of them.
In addition to this favorite style, Sweet Pins offers a whole bevy of hosiery, and some useful tips on how to shop for them. Here are some of my favorites:
It’s October, which is the time to get serious with your tights. Depending on where you live, you may be still flouncing around bare-legged, but here in New York I’ve dug out my opaque tights, which I can still get away with wearing under a mini. But any minute we’ll need to upgrade to wool. This winter I’m liking the looks of these Italian-made wool tights by Trasparenze. I love the rich Rubino color.
I wasn’t exactly thinking about ankle socks when browsing this sexy site, but when I came across the Trasparenze Monique Ankle Socks, I couldn’t understand how I don’t already have these. They seem like a fun essential — what have I been wearing under my ankle boots all my life? They’d add a fun like hit of color just peeking out above a leather bootie.
A sexy classic, French brand Gerbe has been creating gorgeous hosiery since 1904. Here’s a sophisticated linear graphic patterned hold up.
In addition to hosiery, the site offers a nice small selection of lingerie, including some pinup-inspired garter belts. You can complete your stocking look with this gorgeous garter belt from Dottie’s Delights. This lacy one looks especially pretty and flattering, sitting high at the natural waist. It looks like it does a job while looking pretty.
For the bride who is looking for something special, there’s the Florrie Mitton Carrie Draped Pearl Wedding Garter, named for the extravagantly fashionable BFF, Carrie Bradshaw. This made-to-order garter combines blush-colored silk draped with a vintage pearl necklace and trimmed with ribbon bows.
October 18 is National Stocking Day in Australia! In honor of this official federal holiday, Sweet Pins is donating $2 of all Sweet Pins Seamed Stockings sold in October to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. So get to it, ladies! And please share with us your favorite stocking tips and styles.