Is Pantyhose Making a Comeback in Black?

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This morning on Live! With Regis and Kelly, co-host Kelly Ripa paired black pantyhose with a chiffon, polka-dot dress and red heels, explaining that she switched up her usual "childlike" tights out of solidarity with StuckInHose, a guy tweeting his adventures in hosiery since promising a female co-worker he'd wear nylons under his pants.

"I'm not sure why," she told Regis. "You know, it's only 140 characters; we can't get into the why. But every day he comments on my leg wear and he's been feeling like my tights have been too dark and too childlike, so StuckInHose, this one's for you."

But what if Ripa's really on to something and it's time to ditch the kiddie tights and slip into something more mature?

My first job was selling hosiery in a small New Jersey department store, and I knew everything there was to know about hose: sandalfoot vs. reinforced toe, Jet vs. Barely Black, control top or non-control top, etc. I was also forced to wear hose every day, even in the summer, so it brings back some very uncomfortable memories. They snag, they itch, they're tight, and your lady doesn't get much room to breathe.

But there's no denying a pair of legs looks better in hose, especially black hose. Take Melanie Griffith (sans sneakers) in Working Girl. Or The Graduate's Mrs. Robinson. Or Mad Men's Joan Holloway. Hot, hot, hot!

Designers showing at New York Fashion Week have the same idea. Douglas Hannant incorporated the look into his glamorous, Roaring '20s-inspired runway show, as did Theyskens' Theory, pairing sheer black hose with shorts, a look I could definitely get into this spring.

I like an opaque silhouette -- black skirt, black tights, and black pumps (or a pop of color for fun) -- but it's so wintry and I'm so sick of seeing it in New York. With warmer weather approaching, I think spring's chiffons, florals, and chambray would look great with a pair of hose.

Pantyhose: hot or not?


Image via Hanes

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Nicho... NicholasMama608

Um...maybe I'm slow....I've never not worn pantyhose since I was like 14.(now I'm 25)  I never even 'thought' to wear tights anymore.  I always thought tights were for little girls....SMH....

Lynette Lynette

I wear them.  My fav color is nude.  Keeps my legs a little warmer during WI winters and gives them a little color(We cheeseheads get pretty pale in the winter!)

nonmember avatar Jillian

I moved to London this last month and it seems like everyone wears hose. Lots of shorts with hose (yes in the winter) and any woman in a skirt has hose on. Barelegged is not done in London it seems.

nonmember avatar Paul

I want to move to London! Its a shame women don't wear pantyhose like they used to.Esp. nude pantyhose. There is nothing more sexy than a woman in a skirt with nude hose.Hopeflly people will catch on that bare legg's just don't look right.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

I have not wore panty hose since I was in high school and now i'm older i would never wear them again because they are too uncomfortable, ichty, always falling down, get runs in them and too tight.

jmtmn jmtmn

I am wearing grey hose right now!!

nonmember avatar Donna H Philly

I wear Pantyhose everyday. The fabrics today make them easier to put on and more comfortable to wear then in the 70’s & 80’s. On avg I get 6 wears or more out of tha newly opened package. I wear them in the summer with short & Snorks, and I wear them with pants and skirts other days. I like the way they make my legs look and feel,and I have received nice compliments from men, and some ladies when I have a skrit or shorts on. Think of hose as make-up for the legs. If you take a 10 – 30 minutes in the morning to makeup your face and do your hair, and pick an outfit, then why not take an extra 5 minutes to makeup your legs.
More and More younger women are wearing hose again, and they are showing up on the fashion runways too.
They are making a come back. I have seen more women wearing them latly.

Mary Janes

I hope so. Woman rock in in pantyhose hose. They look so good. Boo to bare legs!!!!!!!

nonmember avatar Jake

I think they make a woman's legs look very attractive and add a touch of sophistication and class to an outfit.

nonmember avatar Joe King

Most women don't have the legs to go bare. Please! Smooth out those cracks, wrinkles, bumps, veins, and ligaments with some smooth nylon!

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