The opinion on wearing pantyhose is definitely split on generational lines.  The 50+ crowd grew up wearing pantyhose and on the other end of the spectrum  many of the 20 and younger ladies out there have never worn a pair.

Mom and I talk about this all the time.  In summertime we both usually go the bare legged route, especially when wearing casual skirts and dresses.  Even for formal occasions in the summer I tend to go without because I like wearing open-toed shoes.  I cringe when I see ladies wearing strappy sandals with a reinforced-toed pair of hose.

My only summertime exception would be for days I’m wearing a suit.  Without the pantyhose, the business professional look seems to fall a little short.  So, I wear them with a pair of closed-toed shoes and hope it stays cool.

Wintertime is a completely different (and chilly) story.  If I’m dressed in a knee length cocktail dress or a pencil skirt the hose get put on too.  Usually super sheer so as not to be noticeable; I am very fair skinned and can’t stand when my legs look darker than my arms.  Or, I’ll do a sheer black, gray, or patterned pair.  I love all the patterned pantyhose out there this season- lots of options.

With my more casual dresses and skirts I go with tights.  Colored and patterned tights are really popular this season.  They can be worn with boots, heels, and ballet flats.  I wear leggins under my tunic tops and long sweaters.  Remember ladies, leggins are not pants, the top you wear over them should cover your bum.

For more examples check out our
Looks with Tights/Leggins Pinterest board.

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