It's Friday again and fashion questions have been piling up. As you can see, Ruth Furtado, a wonderful and talented graphic artist who helps me with all kinds of graphics, was patient enough to tweak my new Friday logo a million different ways. This is what we finally came up with (at least so far). I'd love to hear any comments or feedback you have on the new graphic.
And now, on to the questions for today:
Is there a hard and fast rule on panty hose in Los Angeles? None of the stars ever seem to wear them no matter how cold it is.
mj: I would go as far as to say that pantyhose in Los Angeles is a fashion-don't. The sunny weather and availability of self-tanner makes pantyhose obsolete. And you are right about the celebs--I attend at least one red carpet event every week and have yet to see pantyhose (the nude kind) on any starlet.
That said, certain conservative offices require pantyhose with dresses and skirts. If you work in a very corporate environment, for example, legal, accounting, etc. and need to wear the dreaded pantyhose, there are still ways to keep your look updated and chic.
To avoid the tacky 70s rendition of pantyhose, chose a noticeably darker or lighter color than your skintone, i.e., cream, very pale pastels, dark brown, and dark black. If you're wearing an expensive Armani suit, do not try and save money on pantyhose! The more expensive brands like Wolford and La Perla have a beautiful sexy sheen and can make or break your look. Maybe it's just a personal preference, but I'm not big on large patterned hose. Small patterns are much less likely to clash with your outfits and they look more expensive.
Just to be clear, the cardinal sin of pantyhose is to wear them with open-toe shoes--and yes, even hose with peep-toe shoes is a huge fashion faux-pas.
If you work in a less conservative atmosphere, you can avoid the complicated nuances of sheer hosiery completely with opaque colored tights.
I should also mention that shiny black tights are going to be a must-have for fall; they were seen on every major runway and this is a trend that will definitely translate to real life.
Are fishnets, nude, not black (duh) appropriate for the corporate world? Also, is it true that fishnets are "in", conversely, are they ever really "out"?
mj: I know some guys think they're hot, but I also know some guys who think only ladies of the night should wear them, so you're pushing the envelope if you decide to wear them in a conservative environment. I think they can pass in the corporate world as long as you chose a very small net, in a soft netural color like nude--unlike pantyhose, nude fishnets are hip. Keep in mind that any stocking that has a medium to large pattern, whether it's fishnet or other, is going to be distracting and inappropriate in a corporate environment. Personally, I've never liked fishnets, they always feel like they're falling down plus they leave little rectangles on your butt if you sit down in them too long. However, Spanx genius, Sara Blakely, has come out with a control top fishnet that not only shapes you under your tightest skirts, but also avoids the grid-on-the-bum syndrome. You can order them in nude, black, and chocolate here. Other good sites for stockings are www.stockingirl.com and www.bareneccesities.com.
1) Cardinal Sin: never wear hose or fishnets with open toe sandals, not even your cutest peep-toes!
2) Pale bare legs can be beautiful, just keep them moisturized. For a special occasion try a lotion or cream that has a little sparkle in it. So much more comfortable than wearing hose!
3) You will always look fine in pantyhose if you wear a color noticeably lighter or darker than your skintone.
4) Fishnets can pass in the office as long as they are very small mesh and very pale or nude. Try and avoid seams if you are (hopefully) going for an upscale look.
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