It’s finally spring and I can smell the summer slowly setting in. Flowers are blooming, not to mention my obsession with open toe heels and warm morning strolls to the office. It’s no wonder everyone’s mood has changed; the city’s quiet winter volume has totally transformed into a block party! And with the change in temperature, business casual for the office wardrobe gets much more interesting.
Is hosiery still deemed relevant in workplace attire? For those of us who work for corporate America, a business casual dress code is normal. People in suits, below-the-knee boat dresses, collared shirts, cardigans, flats, three-inch nude or black pumps—all popular sights in the courtyard during a lunch break. However, as spring ushers in beautiful temperatures, our wardrobe gets tricky. What to wear in the office to feel comfortable, and simultaneously, be appropriate? It’s no secret that the single most revolutionary invention during the 1930s in womenswear was the creation of seamless stockings. It created new avenues to showcase the legs.
So, while getting ready for a business meeting or a productive day at the office, is your Breakfast at Tiffany’s-inspired outfit completed with a pair of snag-less stockings? Or, dare I say it, does going bare signify modernity with women in the workplace? We asked the experts to weigh in.
Mona Lisa Jackson, Owner of Coeur Lingerie and Toy Boutique and all-around doyenne of lingerie, says:
“I believe that you are not fully dressed unless you have on stockings. Dressing down is one thing, but when you are getting fully dressed up—when you have your heels on, and you have somewhere that you need to go—it’s not appropriate to not have on stockings. If it’s a corporate setting, they should have stockings on. It’s unacceptable. Even in the summer? Absolutely! As much as you don’t want to hear that, and it’s hot as hell, it’s appropriate. Nowadays, I even see the newscasters doing their TV segments and they don’t wear stockings—you can tell, and it doesn’t look nice. I would recommend Fogal from Switzerland. I’m going to start carrying them soon…”
Jennifer Gach, Accessories Editor at ELLE Magazine, says:
“I think that hosiery in the summer is perfectly appropriate [especially in the workplace]. It’s more a matter of personal preference and comfort, but I think it’s best to stick to sheer options during the warmer months. Sheer, nude, or black can be nice with a summer dress—especially with a bit of texture, like a ladylike pointelle.”
Genail McKinley, a mid-level senior executive at PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC), says:
“I spend over three hundred dollars a year on stockings and I only wear them in the winter, fall, and spring. I don’t wear stockings in the summer—it’s too hot, and I like to wear open-toe heels. I usually go to Duane Reade or Century 21 for bargains. I go through like three pairs a week! They always rip; I should adapt to a better brand, but Duane Reade is everywhere! My co-workers don’t wear stockings in the summer either. That’s an after-thought. If I have a big meeting with clients, or a review, I usually just wear a pants! Case solved.”
So, what do you think? To hose or not to hose? Tell us in the comments!
Ask Claire Chambers, CEO and Founder of Journelle, what her opinion is on pantyhose in the summer!