Of all the fashion advice that I give, one of the most frequently recurring fashion questions centers around hosiery: What type should I wear? Can I wear it with sandals? What about tights?
So let me play personal stylist for a minute and tell you in a nutshell what you need to know about hosiery in midlife and beyond.
1. Regular pantyhose with open-toed shoes doesn't work. Even with a so-called sandalfoot toe (which doesn't have the thicker, reinforced piece) it has an unsightly line. Your best option if you want to wear sandals with hose is to opt for the new, toeless hoes like these from Silkies.com.
2. What color hosiery should I wear? Well, it depends on what the outfit is. Black, opaque tights are flattering and slenderizing, but they can be too dark and heavy-looking with a light-colored outfit. Your best option for a nude leg look is to choose something very close to your own skintone and very sheer.
3. What other legwear options are there? One of my favorite looks involves patterned tights – monochromatic looks that have designs on them. It's a great way to dress up a plain little black dress. If you are worried about making your legs look too heavy, opt for designs with a strong vertical line such as variegated stripes, a chain-look, etc.
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