Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hosiery fashion trend in Europe

If you haven't noticed, fashion hosiery is more than the ultra-sheer nylons, control-top hosiery, or knee-highs from years past. Today, fashion pantyhose do more than complement an outfit - they can make the outfit. From retro multi-color stripe pattern hosiery to opaque tights with a front see-through leaf pattern, today's hosiery makes a fashion statement all on its own. The variety of patterns and colors is endless, allowing you to change the look and tone of an outfit in a snap.

You may be one of the millions of American women who has her last pair of pantyhose tucked in the back of her dresser drawer and who has dismissed hosiery as shackles of the past, it's time to think again. We should take a page out of the playbooks of our sisters in Europe and Asia, who embrace hosiery as a wardrobe essential.

And let's face it, ladies.... Socks just aren't sexy, and bare feet in pumps don't cut it in the boardroom. If you can't remember the last time you felt sensual and sexy, it's time to invest in some great hosiery. Not only are there countless colors and patterns from which to choose, but there is also an abundance of styles available. If pantyhose simply don't cut it in your book, try traditional stockings. Even if no one else ever sees them, your garters will make you feel and act differently. Thigh-highs are another option for those who don't like the restrictive feel of pantyhose, while toeless hosiery works for those who want to dress up sandals or open-toed slingbacks. And, low-waist pantyhose go perfectly with low-waist slacks or jeans.

Although we sometimes loathe admitting it, hosiery is a basic foundation garment. Control-top pantyhose can give you the sleek line you seek when wearing a closefitting skirt, dress, or pair of pants. Even plain knee-highs can give your foot and ankle a supple appearance, while colored and patterned knee-highs can add a little sizzle to your outfit.

Hosiery already represents a fashion trend in Europe. It's time to bring that trend Stateside and embrace it. Just as a designer handbag or a great pair of earrings accessorizes an outfit while making a statement about your personality, so too does designer hosiery. It can give you wardrobe options you never knew you had, and can give you a sense of fun, joy, and sexiness. When you start wearing great hosiery, you'll not only stand out from the crowd, but you may also become a trendsetter!