Category: hosiery


Seamless Stockings Lingerie Ad

Nothing odd about this photo at all... I, for one, would totally wear a bowler hat with this combination, in public, most likely with a dress or a suit as well, but each to their own!

Nothing odd about this photo at all... I, for one, would totally wear a bowler hat with this combination, in public, most likely with a dress or a suit as well, but each to their own!

Happy Tuesday Swimwear and Lingerie Friends!

For today’s Totally Retro Tuesday post, we have a lovely vintage advertisement from those stockings wizards, Hanes!

What do we all think of this?

I don’t usually play all my cards at once, but I for one, LOVE THIS!

Me Likee, me likee a lot!

Me Likee, me likee a lot!

It’s an advertisement about stockings. The featured image is a pair of women’s legs.

Nooooooo, really?

Nooooooo, really?

Shocking!

They are selling seamless stockings and the tag line says exactly that and even gives a facile explanation of why we might like them.

No! No more... she can't take it!

No! No more... she can't take it!

Double shocking!

There are some who would be opposed to the ad due to the compartmentalization of a woman’s body… They prefer that a woman always be shown as a whole, never bits and pieces and body parts. Which is an argument I definitely get. I do. Just not in this case.

I'm just kidding. No one's anti EVERYTHING... side eyes

I'm just kidding. No one's anti EVERYTHING...side eyes

If they were selling a product unrelated to the body part being featured THEN I would say that it was a rotten example of the way in which women are always seen as an accumulation of parts that are meant to be used for any reason whatsoever.

But, you see, they’re selling a product for the legs. They’re featuring the legs. Why would I need to see the woman’s hair colour to know if the stockings look good on her legs?

That’s all.

Are you offended by this type of advertising? Feel free to disagree with me, I prefer it actually 🙂

Cheers,

Maggie

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Freaks.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today is supposed to be Friday Funnies: but I would much rather show you this vintage 1940/1950’s Nylon commercial.

Wasn’t that lovely? With such jaunty, happy music too!

Enjoy your Friday my friends and to those who celebrate Christmas, Have A Merry Christmas! Happy Ho Ho! And to my Jewish friends, Happy Hanukkah!

Cheers,

Maggie

Tattoo Socks, Peacock Feather Stockings

Tattoo Socks, Peacock Feather Stockings

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Friends.

Happy Monday! Or is it?

The weekends have been feeling so good lately, that I’ve actually begun disliking Mondays, which is odd, because usually my weekends were so exhausting and stressful that it was a relief to get back to my regular work routine. typical human… never happy.

To cheer myself up and give me a reason to look forward to Monday mornings, I decided that a sweet little piece of luxury lingerie would be just what I needed.

I thought, since I must look professional and can’t really express my quirkier, ‘creative’ side that a hidden message was just what I needed! Introducing Tattoo Socks “Bite Me” Stockings 🙂

Bite Me! Fabulous in every way!

Bite Me! Fabulous in every way!

{Please pardon the watermark, but I wouldn’t dream of removing it, after all, it is her property and I am just borrowing it to highlight her fabulous designs. Nothing but admiration here!}

Ack! Aren’t they absolutely awesome? I know, right?

Here’s the product description: “Gorgeous “Bite Me” stockings with a chic gothic font and bleeding letters. Sexy thigh-high nylons.

The design is printed in black on one sock. You get one printed and one blank sock. I really like the asymmetric look, it gives more focus and attracts more attention.

I love that you can play with the design and rotate the tattoo to position it wherever you want! 40 DEN thigh high nylons.”

Tattoo Socks, Hosiery for those who don't want Laser Tattoo Removal Surgery in the future!

Tattoo Socks: Hosiery for those who don't want Laser Tattoo Removal Surgery in the future!

Now, I know they’re supposed to be for Halloween, but c’mon. That message can work in so many mediums, they shouldn’t just be relegated to holiday wear! That would be a crime against fashion and individuality!

Tattoo Socks for the days when blah is too dreadful to do all over again

Tattoo Socks for the days when blah is too dreadful to do all over again

You can find Tattoo Socks on Etsy. From their profile: “Hi, thanks for visiting our shop! We are Gabby and Tal from Tel Aviv. Gabby is a designer/illustrator and makes the socks, decals and prints. Tal is a jewelry designer/sculptor and creates the unique silver rings. All items in this shop are made with love.”

I also adore the Peacock Feather and Swirly design in the first photo at the start of this post. Ahh, who am I kidding, I think they’re all awesome. especially the “mind the gap”… that one just makes me giggle! Gabby clearly has a great and slightly naughty sense of humour!

Tattoo Socks Mind The Gap

Tattoo Socks Mind The Gap

Check ’em out. I’ll bet you’ll be just as enthralled as me!

Cheers,

Maggie

FYI to the people at the office… just saying.

Happy Thursday Swimwear and Lingerie Freaks!

It’s almost Halloween and I haven’t even cracked open a box of candy yet!!! Usually by this time, our household is on its third round of candy and we’re posting signs on the boxes that say; “DO NOT TOUCH CANDY BEFORE HALLOWEEN OR WE WILL BE THE HOUSE THAT HAS TO GIVE OUT RAISINS AND WE WILL GET EGGED AND YOU WILL HAVE TO SCRAPE THE SIDING CLEAN!!!”

No candy for you, Two Years!!!

No candy for you, Two Years!!!

I love Halloween, the candy, the costumes, the threats… such happy memories.

I SAID DON'T TOUCH THE CANDY!!!! sheesh

I SAID DON'T TOUCH THE CANDY!!!! sheesh

So I’ve figured out my lingerie costume, as you saw on Monday’s Post; Hallowe’en Accessories from Ophelia Fancy!. Now I just need to figure out my evening/public costume.

I’m thinking that I’d like to wear something that won’t involve much changing for me to transition into the lingerie costume. Tights and stockings are pretty much an awesome way to accentuate any kind costume. They’re the perfect finishing touch that just seems to complete an ensemble. But just imagine how phenomenal your costume could be, if you started with the tights and went from there…. right?

Check out this hosiery from Cervin don’t they look like a Barber Poll? {and I am totally lusting after those shoes… anyone know where they’re from? Gah, they’re just so pretty!}

Cervine Sabine Tights from the Fantasie Collection

Cervine Sabine Tights from the Fantasie Collection

I love them! I could see myself wearing these if I were going as a Grecian column with vines winding all around me, or better yet as a weird windey witch. WINDEY witch, not flatulent, winding around my legs… sheesh, way to kill the fun of that costume.

Sadly, Falke didn’t have anything inspiring… shame on them for not getting into the spirit of things!

How about these awesome Wolford Bonny Dots Stay Up stockings?

Wolford Bonny Dots Stay Ups

Wolford Bonny Dots Stay Ups

Pretty awesome right? So for these stockings you could totally accent a cheetah or leopard costume, mini mouse or better yet an adult with chicken pox! Awesome right? Just draw dots on the rest of your body and pretend… that you have… a contagious and kinda gross disease. Huh. Didn’t really think that one through, did I? Besides, most adults get shingles instead of chickenpox and THAT my friends is nothing to giggle at. Hurts like Hades!

Ummm, okay, what about these cool Wolford stockings? They’re called the Wolford Wilderness Stay-Ups and they would definitely set the mood if you wanted to be a zebra or pretend that you were a tree, cause they look kind of like bark right?

Wolford Wilderness Stay-Ups

Wolford Wilderness Stay-Ups

What d’you mean my costume ideas suck? They’re awesome? What are you going to be? some kind of sexy fairy or a sexy pirate or a sexy devil… how come women always have to be something sexy?

{yes, yes, I DO realize that this entire post has been about incorporating stockings and hosiery into Halloween costumes, but c’mon… MY ideas involved covering up a bit more than this, and at least had some imagination! Kinda, sorta… twisted as it is…}

I think Lindsay Lohan had the right idea in Mean Girls:

I may just be a tree after all… could have some fun with that! What are you doing for your costume? Anything interesting? Let me know, inspire me so I don’t have to go with my Grecian column idea. PLEASE.

Cheers,

Maggie

Howdy Swimwear and Lingerie fanatics.

Happy Totally Retro Tuesday!

Van Raalte Lingerie Stockings Ad

Van Raalte Lingerie Stockings Ad

I love the colours in this advertisement, don’t you? From the model’s dress to the customers eyes and lips. It has that fabulous intensity and saturated pigments that make the visuals pop off the page.

The customer is holding up a stocking showing it’s transparency and strength while we look at it as worn on an actual model. What I love the most is that we get to see the product both on and off the model, it adds a sense of honesty that seems to be lacking in most vintage lingerie ads… oh who am I kidding, the honesty is lacking from most lingerie ads today as well!

If I were to caption this ad, I think that the model would be calling down to the customer and saying; “Frances…what are you doing? Put that back on! You can’t compare your stockings to mine right now… sheesh!” She would then snicker to the other stocking models, “That Frances, you can dress her up, but you can’t take her out! Once a peeler, always a peeler!”

How would you caption it?

Cheers,

Maggie

Munsingwear Nylons Retro Stocking Ad

Bonjour Swimwear and Lingerie friends.

Happy Wordless Wednesday.

Retro Stockings Advert from Munsingwear Nylons

Retro Stockings Advert from Munsingwear Nylons

Cheers,

Maggie

Hi Swimwear and Lingerie Buddies.

Happy Totally Retro Tuesday! Are ya ready for the next installment of “These are the flakes of our lives” Brought to you by Lux Laundry Soap. This is the real soap opera Ladies and Gents.

{Featuring the deranged ramblings of a woman who must buy double the amount of stocking she actually needs because she is guaranteed to snag the first pair just getting it on.}

Retro Stocking Ad from Lux Lingerie Flakes

Retro Stocking Ad from Lux Lingerie Flakes

Wow, I tell ya, that Betty Grable, amazing legs AND she’s also practical too. Crazy huh? Hollywood starlet…practical… she’s just a puzzle isn’t she. Although, I never knew she was such a hard-ass… She INSISTS on gentle Lux Flakes…clearly SHE isn’t the one rinsing the acid perspiration out of HER gossamer stockings either… she stands around, with smoke coming out of her ears, INSISTING that her cleaners ONLY use Lux.

I kinda don’t want to use it anymore. Only despots and meanies would INSIST on it.

I am curious though how they decided upon this tag line…”These Tiny Diamonds of Lux are Another Fine Product”. Because when I think of smooth-non-run-causing-things-I-want-near-my-stockings… diamonds? Not so much.

Wait…flakes or diamonds… how can the soap be both at the same time? I’m so confused…

Cheers,

Maggie

Tights, tights everywhere

Tights, tights everywhere

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie fanatics. Happy Monday everybody!

Hope your weekend was as wonderful as mine and that you’re all ready to dive back into the work week… No diving? That’s okay too. Just ease into it as best you can. In fact, to help you, I have a nice easy reading and looking post for you today. Nothing too stressful, not too much to think about.

{yup that’s me, nice. I’m a giver, it’s what I do}

Careful now... don't rip them!

Careful now... don't rip them!

For today’s Must Have Monday post, I thought I would delve into the wild and wonderful world of tights, also known as stockings, pantyhose or nylons or what have you. You see, it’s getting right cold around here in the evenings and getting up early in the mornings to leave for work is leaving me a wee bit shivery in my professional attire. I think it may be time to break out the warmish leg coverings.

Definitely NOT boring!

Definitely NOT boring!

But I don’t want to look blah… or boringly ordinary. Nope, I figure if they can insist that I wear pantyhose and look “polished”, then I can take the mickey and have a little fun. You know… express myself!

Sing it Madonna!

Seriously though, let’s take a little look at some of the awesome tights on the market and see if I could get away with a few leg designs.

Very professional attire, don't ya think?

Very professional attire, don't ya think?

First up are these seriously kickin’ tights from Wolford; the Cheryl Tights.

Cheryl Tights from Wolford

Cheryl Tights from Wolford

Bit of a houndstooth pattern thing going on here.

I also love the slinky feel to these ones. Don’t you love how the pattern wraps around and seems to coil about her legs? They’re the Starlette Leggings, also from Wolford.

Starlette Leggings from Wolford

Starlette Leggings from Wolford

Jumping on over to Falke, I was immediately struck by the linear feel of these tights, the “fine Stripes” design.

Falke Fine Stripes

Falke Fine Stripes

And last but not least, Falke Lace Net: All swirly and crazy but ordered and cool at the same time! Love, love, love these. Pretty sure I had a pair similar to them back in the 80’s… but in white… Hey! Don’t judge, we kids in the 80’s wore lot’s of smokin’ hot styles.

Falke Lace Net

Falke Lace Net

Have you got your fall leg wear all ready to go yet? Anything from the new lines catching your eye?

Cheers,

Maggie

Hosiery can be a boon or battle depending or both at the same time. Who hasn’t made it to their lunch hour and already had to change their panty hose at least once? I always buy them in sets of two because I am guaranteed to shred one just in the act of putting it on. I have also perfected the complex yet necessary art of hiking up my nylons to prevent the stretched out crotch from peeking out below my hem line. Otherwise known as having a bad case of kindergarten crotch, it is incredibly difficult to maintain any dignity in a professional situation when you need to haul them back into position.

droopy stockings

Photo Courtesy of Markusram

Womens stockings are made to stretch. It’s part of their appeal and the reason why they can come in such small packages. However, they can only stretch so far before losing their elasticity and drooping like the saggy skin of an aged elephant. Even fishnets lose their sex appeal when they are bunched and shapeless, you may as well be wearing compression stockings. You can either give up and just wear socks with your skirts and dresses or be brave and try a new approach.

If you really can’t find anything that doesn’t require readjusting every 10 minutes, then the best solution is thigh highs. Just avoid the issue all together. Thigh high womens stockings come in several different types to ensure proper comfort and fit. Some types have elasticized tops to keep them in place and others rely on garter belts. There really is something magical about the way the straps of a good garter belt feels on the body that you will notice an extra wiggle in your walk. Either way, you feel like Marilyn Monroe when you step out wearing them and that can only be a good thing. The best part of a garter belt is that it is designed to be combined with some seriously luxe looking lingerie and who are you to deny it the joy of matching separates?

Outfit by Kiss Me Deadly, Photo Courtesy of froufroufashionista blog

Cheers,
Maggie