What Are The Age Guidelines For Hosiery?

Q. I’m a 27 year old who recently moved from the rolling plains of Mississippi to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. The weather of course is drastically different. I would like to wear skirts to work but some seem to look better with bare legs. I feel I’m too young to wear old lady panty-hose but don’t want my legs to freeze. I do wear tights but it all depends on the outfit. What are the age guidelines for hosiery? I don’t want to look too old or too young for my age.

A. Whether you choose opaque black or colored tights, textured hosiery or even sheers this season, hosiery has never been more stylish. You almost can’t go wrong with whatever legwear you choose. That being said, there are a few tips to remember:

1. When wearing nude hosiery, make sure it is an ultra sheer shade that matches your skin tone. The quickest road to “old lady” hosiery (as you put it) is to wear nudes that are too dark or light for your legs or are too opaque.

2. Don’t wear white tights unless you are 7 years old.

3. Though sheer colored hosiery is a trend this season, it is easier to wear tights during the day instead. Unless the rest of your outfit is very fashion forward, you risk looking dated (or older) with your sheers.

If you prefer to wear bare legs and the weather isn’t too cool, then by all means, go for it!

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