Tuesday, September 1, 2009

London Fashion Part 2: Pantyhose Under Shorts

I get nostalgic...the fact that there are no more horses and buggies, email has all but replaced letter-sending...I mean, I wanted to BE Laura Ingalls.  Although I was super jealous of Nellie Olson's ringlets, she was sorta a meanie.  When I watch Mad Men, I'm glad that people don't still smoke like demons in public places, but at the same time, I get sentimental that I don't go to the beauty shop weekly to get my hair set like my Nana, that I don't wear short little gloves and a hat home from work and that men don't wear suits everywhere.  

So imagine how excited I was in London to see that pantyhose, which I thought were long since gone, are making a major comeback.  (Which my Nana never leaves home without, even when she's just wearing knee-highs with her polyester pants to "run to town.") However, these are not your grandma's "suntan" shade Leggs.  

Here are the basics:  Like Kate Moss there on the left, most girls were wearing black pantyhose with denim shorts and flats or flat boots.  Plenty of girls were wearing opaque pantyhose with dresses and skirts, and yes, I saw some traditional suntan shades.  But mostly they were sheer black.  If you wanna really, really make a statement, then let your control top hang out of your shorts.  What?!  Yes.  Lots of girls were clearly wearing control top and clearly did not care that you knew that they were. That's a fresh take on pantyhose, huh, Nana?  That underwear as outerwear phenomenon is actually akin to a look I sported for a while in high school that my cousins will NOT let me live down (I don't blame them.)  Ever the trendsetter, I had a phase where I wore men's boxer shorts over jogging pants.  Wow, that sounds extra atrocious now that I've typed it.  Not sure what that was all about, but thanks for letting me share.  I know this is a safe place. 

Back to the topic at hand though.  Pantyhose under shorts really is a practical way to continue wearing shorts into the chillier months of fall.  Just make sure they are a fallish material--some sort of herringbone, tweed, or denim, not linen or lightweight cotton.  And how cute to mix bulkier knits on top and keep it slinkier on the bottom so people know that you're underneath all that wool--like our style icon in the pic up there.  

Gosh, I'm not gonna lie y'all, writing this post has gotten me very excited to go to Dillard's (the closest we have to an old school department store) to buy some Hanes Her Way black opaques.  I might even wear some gloves, a dress, and a scarf over my hair when I go.  Anyone got any AquaNet I can borrow?


Christine said...

Pantyhose under shorts? YES! My mom is finally in fashion!

ashleys said...

ive so been looking forward to the london fashion updates! you're my own little personal sartorialist :) thanks, amber! i did kind of get worried about when this makes it to the south seeing all the people on campus for gameday with purple pantyhose muffin tops. yikes! haha. otherwise- im all about this trend! love you.

Anonymous said...

I always wear pantyhose under shorts because I like the way they look on me.

Bob said...

Here in Berkeley, CA, I see lots of opaque and semi-sheer black pantyhose under short-shorts, typically denim. I couldn't be happier about it. I'm a leg man, and have always thought nylons/pantyhose were sexy. And yeah, I know how they feel (both the good and the bad, depending on the weather, how tight the waistband is, etc.), cuz I have worn them myself from time to time. Actually, my dermatologist has prescribed support hose for me, due to some vein problems, especially when on long airplane trips. Who'da thought I'd have to wear them due to doctors orders?