Hello Laides- This is a common question–by all. Spring time, brings cooler fabrics (cottons) shorts, knee length dresses, with a light shrug (I love them as they are not a HOT sweater, but a light weight,very short sweater. Now, what color hoseiry do you were, if you decide to not use Sally Hansons Spray On Legs? Certainly, put the dark hoseriy away, and bring out the new lighter colors!
“What color of hose should I wear?” is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from my TG clients, second only to “What color should my hair be?”
Hosiery is the finishing touch, not the focal point. A lot of women get this wrong by wearing hose that are either too dark or too light for the rest of their ensemble. Of course, if your CD and do not shave your legs, perhaps a darker shade is your option. For others, herewith some basic 101 rules to help you.
Here are some guidelines:
1. Hosiery needs to be in the same color base as your garment. Don’t mix warm hosiery colors (sun-tan orange color) with cool garment colors (Light peach, light peach, teal, light whites). I use Carole Jacksons paper back from Amazon under $25.00–Color Me Beautiful. Fabulous book, with pull outs you can use and take to the store with you.
2. To instantly look taller and trimmer, go monochromatic by matching the color tone of your hosiery to your shoe and your hem.
3. With neutral colored skirt or pants, match all three color elements. Example: black skirt, off-black hose, black shoes.
4. Colored hosiery for dressy or business situations needs to be very sheer. Charcoal gray or off-black is more subtle than a solid black.
5. Colored hosiery may either match the garment or the accessory/accent color.
If the hose match the color of the dress or skirt, they add the illusion of height and slimness. This concept works especially well with neutrals like navy, gray, brown, beige, taupe, and even burgundy and rust, but NOT with red.
If the hosiery color matches the accessory/accent color, it should not outshine the garment color.
6. With a brightly colored garment, choose neutral shoes and match hose to shoes. Example: red dress, taupe hose, and taupe shoes.
7. Two-color spectator pumps look best with hose matched to the lighter color, NOT the darker one.
8. Very dark, light or bright hosiery colors and patterns or textures draw attention to your legs.
9. Off-white or light beige can be worn with black during the summer season.
10. Keep leg coverings in the same mood and weight as your shoes. Chunky, casual shoes work with heavier, textured hose or socks.
11. Control top hose are more durable than regular hose, and Lycra extends the resiliency of both.
12. Avoid emergencies by purchasing hose in quantity and keeping a spare pair in your desk drawer and glove compartment.
So what’s one of the biggest bugaboos I see? Wearing dark hose to hide spider veins. Unless your ensemble is dark, you’re calling attention TO your legs, not AWAY from them. Dress in darker colors to match the hose, or wear a longer skirt to cover what you want to hide.
Wearing hosiery gives you a refined, polished look that can’t be beat, so do incorporate it in your wardrobe. With a few guidelines and a nice hosiery wardrobe, you can look great no matter what occasion comes your way.
I hope this helps give you a guideline when purchasing and when coordinating.
P S ~ If you were sandles…and you don’t want a “scandal toe showing from your hosiery” you can find Donna Karen Summer Hosiery at many of your better Macy’s. They have a natural “hook: over your large toe…which does not show…leaving all 5 painted TOES showing, instead of being covered. To find mine, I did a computer search, as walking from many stores was simply a waste of time and energy. In addidtion…if you have some type of “After Five” event coming soon–look for her gold or silver “Shimmering” hosiery. They do not have “sparkles, but she has put a hink of color or silver hue in them, they are stunning. On my web page, wearing the white dress…I am most asked what brand hosiery I wear…than any other question!! Yes, they run around $25.00 however they are beautiful and strong. If you always get the TAllER size, you will be more comfortable. For any brand–if you find panty hose “roll down”…I have the perfect solution, told to me by several 1X up girls. Purchase on line, Pregancy Panty Hose. Not only do that HOLD your tummy in better, they have a special spandax thicker band…which prevents your pantyhose from “rolling down:” which is a # 1 problem most TG men have (womans weight is in their hips and upper thighs, where most men who carry weight will carry it in their “barrel” style stomach. However, this does the trick! And, the best part about pregnancy pantyhose? They are sooo inexpensive, as not that used. Try Sears, one client got each pair for $2.00. Do, do your Goggle for Maternity Panty Hose, and don’t forget stores such as Target, Wal Mart. If anyone is 6 foot and you are a size 14 up….please DON’T BE AFRAID OF the Queen size panty hose in the egg. I tried them one time….and at 130 poiunds and 5.9′ I found the Womans 1X (they have them from 1x up to 3X) VERY COMFORTABLE. I learned in modeling, years ago…to not look at the label or size…but go for what size “fits” you best. In both modeling schools I have owned, many of the teachers would “cut” out the label in the back of a jacket or even a pantsuit–so others would not know what size she wore…but—IF the jacket looked, and fitted great…she would be compliemnts and feel good about herself instead of being totally worried everyone was a smaller size. There are sooo many body frames. We must find OUR body frame and realize each of us may have broader hips, or longer arms, or shorter legs, and the list is endless. So, my suggestion after working with thousand of genetic woman in two modeling schools I have owned…Try to focus on what fits you best, and not worry about the size. And, you may need to mix and match your top clothing from your bottom. There are lines such as Mix It…that allows you to mix. Again, do a Goggle for Mix It or Mixing Tops and Buttons which require different sizes. There is a way to shop, which will help you not feel discouragement. Find, the fashion consultant at each store. Call her, and tell her you’re very serious and you will be buying some summer/spring clothing. List your sizes for her, and go in to her Shop For One Service (at Macy’s) this is a FREE charge….at a low time–not a Sat or Sun. However, got at dinner time on a Monday night around 7;00 when she has plenty of tim to give you. First, greet her over the phone, tell her your trasitioning (even if that might be a far away plan) and that YOU NEED HER HELP> And, that you will not waste her time. First, take a tape measure and measure yourself. She will ask what your hip, waist, height and weight. Remember, don’t be embarrressed by the size. Be honest. She will be 100% more capable of finding outfits within her store, which is knows about (and you don’t) and she will help you with what needs any alternrations, jewelry, etc. This service is never used as most people don’t know about it! When I am taking a difficult person to fit, I will always measure her, and call my Shop For one or Image Cosultant for that area. This is–her, and you get this service free at most Macy’s store. Call and ask questions. They are happy to help the serious tg woman. Go in dressed in your best presentation, keeping a soft voice.
PICK UP HAND UP EACH OUTFIT YOU TAKE OFF….AS
…MEN ARE NOT TAUGHT TO DO THAT IN DRESSINGS ROOMS…AND YOU MUST DO THIS IF YOU WANT TO BE ASKED BACK. Take A FREIENDLY salesladys name and number down and mark down–
the beginning of each season, to go in. You must shop at the beginning of each season, as the END of the season has sales..but it is picked over and only odd sizes. So, shop for Spring Summer in Mid Feb to March. Shop for Winter by S=Auyg 15 or Sept 1.
I hope this is helpful. Happy Shopping. PS Do not be afraid of Internet shopping, as long as you measure yourself and use their size charge. Start from your wasiteline, and add breast pads and hip pads to match that waist measurement….so your clothing fits, buttons and zips. Most mistakes are to large of pads….as they were not coordinated by your waist. Call me for a private telephone consultation if you have additional questions on buying clothin g, colors, hair, partials, creating your feminine voice, and creating feminine movement and bodylanguage and flirting while dating. If you’re going to do it, go slow, get good help, practice and do it right and on a budget!