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Pantyhose or no pantyhose?

Started 1301195120.31 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1304695031.517 by Hayfield

I know this has been discussed before, but I'm still at a loss. Here's the scenario: I'm going to an evening wedding in May. The wedding will be in south Mississippi so it will be hot. The wedding will not be extremely formal. I will be wearing an above the knee little black dress. I am a petite plus size gal with VERY pale skin. I am 41 and I don't want to look like a teenager but I want to look polished. Any suggestions?

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Ty771301195372.7934182 PostsRegistered 4/26/2007Pacifica, CA

blackcatz, if it were me, I'd have an exception pedicure, USE A SELF-TANNER, and wear a strappy sandle.

I'm a size 16 and also have white legs!

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blackcatz130119618663 PostsRegistered 7/19/2006

Thanks Ty! I know no one will be looking at me too much (they will be focused on the bride) but I don't want to scare anyone with my Casper legs! I guess now I'll be on the lookout for a self-tanner that is not too dark or orange.

crdlb1301196231.2313173 PostsRegistered 6/24/2009So. Cal.

I'd wear black stockings.

akaGoldie1301196458.2075712 PostsRegistered 4/14/2010Mid America

I vote for stockings, unless your skin is perfect and your calves are toned and tan, I say black stockings. I guess I'm old fashioned.

josiesopin­ion1301196543.613502 PostsRegistered 3/16/2010

South Mississippi in May? No hose in the south in May. Use some self tanner and wear nice shoes! Or get a light spray tan. Have a great time!

Ty771301196709.7374182 PostsRegistered 4/26/2007Pacifica, CA

blackcatz, I've used a number of self-tanners and the one I like best is by Nivea. My skin responded very well; no oompa loompa or funky toe knuckles/heels. Just remember to rub it in and not let it sit on the skin.

If you *do* get steaks they can be buffed out using salt and lemon juice. (1:1)

Have a great time!

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Papillon M­om1301197702.9971588 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I don't wear dresses so I would find the perfect pants outfit.

sunshine451301198300.00342073 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

i say sheer black stockings and closed toe heels. use some colorful accessories brighten up the look....jewelry, clutch, wrap.

"When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?" - Eleanor Roosevelt

saversmom1301217076.055667 PostsRegistered 5/10/2009

I would vote for sheer stockings in a shade close to your skin color.

The stockings give the legs a polished look.

I am not a fan of self tanners as I have had poor results with them.

Most importantly, be comfortable and happy with your choice.

I have the Casper skin also and beautiful sheer stockings work well. Of course, i would not wear them in summer with strappy shoes. Everything has to fall into place.

Have a good time.

1mamaj1301221986.41577 PostsRegistered 10/24/2007Georgia

I had 1 daughter that got married in April (hot here in the south) and another that got married in October (was still warm here) and BOTH of them begged me to NOT wear panyhose; they said it would embarress them! I used a self tanner (Jergens mousse, light to medium) and had good results with it. Not orange at all, just a little color to keep me from being "Casper",definitely not a fake bake look.

Life is not about weathering the storm...it's about learning to dance in the rain.

rjean1301224712.391434 PostsRegistered 10/22/2007

no pantyhose ever....dont even own a pair anymore

avey1301225424.411202 PostsRegistered 2/22/2010TN

This southerner say no hose ever. You will be fine in a light to med self tanner. Practice early. My mom is in her sixtys and goes bare legged in pretty skirts and dresses and looks great. No hose in the South.Smile

Avey

Roseyglow1301227791.2931018 PostsRegistered 1/11/2011east coast

{#emotions_dlg.scared} No, would not go without pantyhose, I would wear a very sheer black hose. Have a wonderful time at the wedding.{#emotions_dlg.thumbup}

Rosena

Zcat1301228391.612700 PostsRegistered 2/3/2010Florida

I live in Florida, and I truly hate pantyhose.

I vote for self-tanner and Spanx.

So Happy G­irl1301228938.69676 PostsRegistered 9/7/2005

Pantyhose are finally coming back in style. The fashion designers are thrilled and last year when I was wearing a pair of hose at a luncheon a man leaned over to me and said " I am so glad you are wearing hose, you look so put together and polished. Other women should take your lead."

I will admit it's a great look and I am back to hose unless I am in a sundress and it's casual. I will add that I wear a dress pretty much every single day, pants are a rarity on me.

Pook1301231217.8733821 PostsRegistered 5/5/2007

I personally think very few look even ok without the finished look of pantyhose. Even the stars who are in the best shape look unfinished with bare legs. For very informal summerwear maybe - but to see women with veins and a sorry attempt at self tanning which is streeky or blotchy ruins the look. My stepdaughter got married last year and I wore toeless pantyhose. So many commented that they thought I had lost weight as my legs looked thinner. When it's very hot (especailly for those of us with a little extra thigh jiggle), I am sweaty and my thighs rub and I am very uncomfortable. Feet also sweat when not in hose. The whole leg looks so much better and polished. Very few have nice legs and most women's knees are either chubby or knobby. Give me pantyhose anyday. Most better businesses require hose on women for a more professional look.

Bobbisue1301231887.20713704 PostsRegistered 4/25/2010

If I were going to an important event like a wedding I would go with the panty hose, but I hate them. I prefer tights. You cannot wear tights with formal dress so go with the panty hose and take them off the minute you get home.

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Numbers gi­rl1301237779.1928 PostsRegistered 12/4/2010

Definitely self tanner. No pantyhose ever. Even for special events, work, etc. I don't wear panty hose. I too am self conscious about my white legs, but the self tanner really helps. Start early so that you can develop a nice color. Panty hose are just uncomfortable in the summer and not flattering. That's why I like fall and winter fashion so much because I can wear tights and boots!

Daysdee1301237872.65319045 PostsRegistered 1/23/2007

Pantyhose.

Kathleen1301238093.41313176 PostsRegistered 8/7/2006East Side, West Side, All Around The Town ... London Bridge is Falling Down

Just the fact you are asking indicates you'd be uncomfortable with bare legs.

Personally - I never go anywhere "dressy" w/o pantyhose. That's my style and I'm sticking with it. I do have toeless hose to wear with sandals, but I have no problem wearing sandal foot hose with sandals.

I always wear off-black hose with a black dress.

Do your own thing. Make your own statement!

smhr661301238175.9532384 PostsRegistered 9/5/2010Laid Back and Mellow Small Town USA
On 3/26/2011 Papillon Mom said:

I don't wear dresses so I would find the perfect pants outfit.

She didn't ask what you would be wearing, and has decided on a nice dress to wear. It would depend on the temperature at that time of the month. If the weather is still cool, you may want to consider wearing pantyhose. If the opposite and the weather is nice, you could consider a nice spray tan or self tanner. Have a good time at the wedding!

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Mathilde1301243764.641091 PostsRegistered 2/29/2008

If you don't feel comfortable going bare-legged, I'd opt for skintone pantyhose with a closed toe shoe. There are some very open strappy sling-back heels that have a closed toe that would work perfectly.

But, if you can do it, I'd get a professional spray tan a couple of days before the ceremony. Get recommendations from friends or at your hair or nail salon. Have a test run a couple of weeks before.

Eithier way, you'll look lovely.

ITA that pantyhose are making a comeback. On TV shows this past season the female stars frequently wore black sheer nylons, and nude pantyhose can't be far behind. The only thing certain about fashion is change.

ladyroxanne1301244373.42311005 PostsRegistered 3/25/2008northern ca

sheer black pantyhose with your dress. you'll look divine!

oppia1301244550.5533083 PostsRegistered 10/26/2004
On 3/27/2011 rjean said:

no pantyhose ever....dont even own a pair anymore

Do you wear bare feet? (in your shoes/sandals.) anyone..

decbabe1301246180.8331543 PostsRegistered 1/21/2008
On 3/27/2011 Pook said:

I personally think very few look even ok without the finished look of pantyhose. Even the stars who are in the best shape look unfinished with bare legs. For very informal summerwear maybe - but to see women with veins and a sorry attempt at self tanning which is streeky or blotchy ruins the look. My stepdaughter got married last year and I wore toeless pantyhose. So many commented that they thought I had lost weight as my legs looked thinner. When it's very hot (especailly for those of us with a little extra thigh jiggle), I am sweaty and my thighs rub and I am very uncomfortable. Feet also sweat when not in hose. The whole leg looks so much better and polished. Very few have nice legs and most women's knees are either chubby or knobby. Give me pantyhose anyday. Most better businesses require hose on women for a more professional look.

ITA with you! I have said this many times; unless you have beautiful legs, tanned and young..wear pantyhose. I have lived in the south, and when I wore a dress or skirt (unless totally casual) I always wore pantyhose. As far as comfort, I will state this again, I am only comfortable if I look good.

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