I suppose I should have posted this photo a bit back, but ah well... I am posting it now. A couple of weeks ago Phoenix was having a street fair so I gussied myself up (not really) and decided to head down and support Hollywood Regency and The Jump Back Brothers. While there, I had my friend Doc take a fun photo of my stockings and Coke bottle. Little did I know the dog sitting on the futon was looking up at me completing the photo.
There was a cute conversation my friend CC overheard about my stockings. A young boy about 10-11 took noticed of my stockings and pointed them out to his Pa. Trying to be subtle the Dad kept quickly agreeing and trying to hush his son as the kid said things like, "Dad, look at her stockings" and "They have a line up the back". You could tell the Dad was admiring the stockings as well, but was trying to be less obvious than his son! :-D
I really do love wearing stockings and now that I have a decent garterbelt and girdle I can wear them with confidence as opposed to the cheapy garterbelts that are sold for fashion rather than function from places like Fredericks and Victoria's Secret.
For those who are concidering wearing stockings (seamed or not) for daily wear I really recommend investing in a good garterbelt, one with metal clips and not the plastic ones. It may be more expensive, but you will have less wardrobe malfunctions. Also make sure there is some material to the actual belt itself... those horrible "belts" that are an inch thick with straps attached are a waste. They are pulled down too easily by the stockings and won't support the stockings.
To aid in the shape of the stockings spray a quick burst of areosol hairspray over your legs once you have the stockings on. This helps them from sagging and giving you "old lady ankles".
I prefer nylon seamed FF stockings as opposed to lycra stockings one can find at VS. I have to order my stockings online, so if you do too be prepared to pay on average $20 a pair. You can find them for less and you can find them for WAY more as well. For the most part modern or "newly manufactured" stockings will run in 3 sizes S, M, and L in too lengths reg and opera length. Opera are a bit longer for tall ladies or heavier ladies. If you choose to buy vintage stockings know your size. For example I am a size 8 in shoes (10 inch insole) and in stockings I am a 10 1/2. This will make a difference... as my feet won't fit in a 9 1/2. I unfortunately don't know any size charts. Vintage stockings like shoes were made with a more varied range in sizes... unlike the generic size matches we have today.
I also like to carry a small bottle of clear nail polish with me just in case of a run. I believe Bon Bons carry a clear polish and the bottles are tiny and an usually be found under a buck.
If they don't have clear, just use up the color you get or dump it and put some clear in it.
I wish I could offer more care on washing and care of stockings, but quite frankly I usually end up running them and have to get a new pair before I get to washing them.
Here are some more vintage ads for stockings that I really enjoy.