For some, wearing pantyhose can be as unpleasant as getting a filling. They’re tight, they itch, and they’re a real hassle to get on and off. On last week’s episode of Dexter, a less-than-refined Debra Morgan wonders if anyone has ever died from “crotch asphyxiation.” Although we’re certain that no one has—yet—we can definitely relate. But with the temps drop, drop, dropping, we’ve come to realize that our beloved leg-baring days are nearly over. So when, exactly, are we expected to officially bust out the nylons? When it reaches 5 C? –3 C? Once the snow falls?
“I used to go to an all-girls private school in Winnipeg and during winter, pantyhose were mandatory,” says Toronto-based designer Lara Vincent, who’s known for her year-round leggy look and sprightly floral crowns. No longer under the supervision of a headmistress, Vincent has vowed to never again wear pantyhose—even on the coldest day of the year. “I hate feeling restricted! I wear dresses to be comfortable,” she says. “Why would I jeopardize that comfort by wearing stockings?”
But what if pantyhose were actually comfortable? What if they didn’t chafe, run, ride up, or render us numb from the waist down? Hosiery designers have taken stock of this anti-stocking movement and have come up with a solution: pantyhose that DON’T suck.
Don’t freeze your cheeks off this season—consider giving tights another try. Today, FASHION has picked five perfect pantyhose that even the most discriminating legs can bear.
<b>For the vixen</b><br />
With a split seam running up the back, these hose are the difference between semi-blah and super babe. And with a little peek-a-boo bow at the top, only you’ll know where the seam ends…<br />
<b>Wolford</b> Secret Bow back seam pantyhose (<i>$66, <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/wolford-secret-bow-pantyhose/3223161?origin=category&cm_ven=Linkshare&cm_cat=partner&cm_pla=10&cm_ite=1&siteId=J84DHJLQkR4-Smrqgj4veKMlOqYpDmjtTQ” target="_blank">nordstrom.com</a></i>)
<b>For the decide-a-phobe</b><br />
Bet you’ve never had the chance to wear two types of pants at once? <br />
<b>American Apparel</b> two-colour pantyhose (<i>$19, <a href="http://store.americanapparel.ca/rsaphtc.html”<br />
<b>For the sweetheart</b><br />
Get your flirt on with these floral print slimmers. The unexpected side print floral adds an extra bit of flair, like a tattoo, but prettier!<br />
<b>Urban Outfitters</b> sheer tight with side floral detail (<i>$14, <a href=" http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=19109826&color=001&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump<br />
<b>For the klutz</b><br />
If you’re one to run your stockings, Secret’s opaque tights are an ideal choice. Completely black and totally durable, you won’t have to shave your legs all winter. Hooray!<br />
<b>Secret</b> opaque tight (<i>$9, <a href="http://www.secretlegwear.com/?lang=en”<br />