Wolford: can men work at the boutique?

June 21, 2012 under Boys, Wolford

Wolford Boutique in Soho

Recently there was a post on Hosiery Advocate’s blog about him feeling that Wolford doesn’t wish to hire male staff.  Eugene, the Hosiery Advocate, even went as far as writing them a letter.

I was in the area, so I walked in and asked about that.  The lady working there told me that they have no problem with hiring men.  However, she did mention that some female customers would rather have another female assist them with the change room.

It seems to me that Wolford may lose sales if their customers are not comfortable wtih the sales staff.  At least when I try something on I ask the sales girl to come over and look so I can be confident that this is the proper fit.   If it’s lingerie, for sure I’d prefer female staff to check the fit.

I used to know a guy in Toronto who brought in a line of Latvian lingerie.  He distributed it to stores, but he also had a retail location where I went with  my mom for shopping.  There was a change room, but he obviously didn’t offer “assistance” beyond the curtain.  I don’t know for what reason, but his business closed down eventually.

Have you ever seen men assisting women in lingerie stores with change rooms (ex. Victoria Secret, La Senza, and so on)?

What is your opinion on this?  Would it hurt Wolford’s sales if they would hire male staff to assist clients at the boutique?

I asked for some opinions and most people seemed to think along the same lines as Jenny from United States who agreed to share her response with us.

“I would definitely feel weird if a guy tried to help me make a purchase at a Wolford store or Victoria Secret. It would say to me that he has a fetish for hosiery or lingerie, and that’s not the kind of person I want standing a foot away from me while I pick out my undergarments. My guess is that most women would feel the same way, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

On the pantyhose forum there were also mentions about the fact that men and women react differently in the same situation when it comes to a sales person of an opposite gender.  Another man stated that he saw gay men working at lingerie stores and women didn’t mind, they just perceived them as one of the girls.

I even consulted two women at work about this matter.  One lady said that for sure she would prefer female staff since they have the same anatomy, but she made an exception – drag queens are OK!  Another young woman said that she doesn’t mind men at all because even her gynecologist is male, she knows what she likes and all she doesn’t require any assistance or assurance in the changeroom.

Let’s say, so far from my little research most of the time both genders would say that lingerie stores should continue to hire only women.  Is this discrimination or not?  I remember that one time a professor told me that equality is a concept that generates a lot of confusion and is often misunderstood.  Perhaps Wolford is also having that dilemma.

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Trying on dark grey Wolford Pantyhose – Neon 40

April 22, 2012 under Wolford

These pantyhose were sent to me by my Canadian fan.  They are shiny, 40 denier, and very resistant.  Glorious Wolford Neon 40!

Here are some photos of me posing in them on the bed and at the grocery store.  Yes, that’s how I go grocery shopping!  Even for simple daily chores I prefer to look at least semi-decent.  In fact, at that grocery store I ran into probably at least 10 people from work, so I don’t want to look bad if that happens.

Thank you for sending them to me, my Canadian friend, they are very special!  This memory will stay with me forever of how I tried Wolford Neon 40 pantyhose.

Update at a later date:  I traveled with this pantyhose all over the world and let another model try it – she loved it!

 

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Brilliant Idea! What inspired Wolford shiny pantyhose, Versailles.

April 16, 2012 under Wolford

This shiny pantyhose has been inspired by a shiny candy wrap!

 Wolford Shiny Pantyhose Story

Inspiration and new ideas sometimes come from unexpected sources.  In 1990’s Wolford came out with Versailles – hosiery with a soft shine.

This idea came to the designer unexpectedly.  He came to a business meeting suffering from a cold and took out a cough candy.  As he unwrapped it, he was fascinated by the shine of the wrap from that lozenge.

As a result, in 1990’s super-sheer summer pantyhose were created.  They made the legs look as if they were bare.  Around the same time, Wolford also came out with a style for men.

This interesting fact about Wolford Shiny Pantyhose was presented by Voque magazine.

Below you can see a photo of Versailles pantyhose on a model from Fashion Tights UK.

Source: Russian Voque

This photo is a courtesy of Tights Fashion UK. The model is wearing Versailles by Wolford.

 

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updates: Wolford size chart is being changed – more accurate chart here!

April 8, 2012 under Wolford

Such Wolford pantyhose retails for over $200. Choosing the right size would be crucial if ordering online.

 … looking at the Wolford size chart

My sweet fan David from Canada offered to send me Wolford pantyhose, as you already know from the previous article.

I told him to buy size  Medium and not anything smaller then that, since Medium is what I usually take in all other brands.

When that pantyhose arrived, I looked at the back and for a moment there got scared.  Could it be that Medium is too large for me?

The size chart on the package didn’t mention the height at all, but according to my waist and hips measurements I would be XS!

My waist is about 65 cm maximum, depending on my what I eat that day, and my hips are always 90 cm.

Medium, according to those numbers, would fit a woman that is approaching plus size parameters in terms of her dress size.

I already had a thought creep through my mind that this pantyhose will be too big.  When I tried it on, Medium was a perfect fit, it couldn’t be better.

So, what’s going on?

I would say that the most important parameter for hosiery sizes is your HEIGHT, given that your weight is proportional. My height of 170 cm (or 5’7” for North America) corresponds to size Medium. However, for clothing like skirts and tops I usually take XS!

I went to the local Wolford store today and another slim and somewhat tall lady like me was assisting me with my questions.

I told her about this sizing confusion and she laughed,  according to the chart she’d also be a totally wrong size.  Just like me, she wears Medium, but according to the chart she’d be somewhere between Small and Extra Small.

Wolford is changing their size chart to show the fit more accurately.  This time they display the HEIGHT of the person too, not just waist and hip measurements.  She pulled out a new size chart and of course I snapped a picture for you.

Yes, according to this new chart I am for sure size Medium!

pantyhose by Wolford size chart changes - height weight hips

Wolford Size Chart

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Trying on Wolford Pantyhose – Neon 40 in Gobi Shade

April 1, 2012 under Wolford

This was my first pair of Wolford Neon 40 pantyhose!  40 denier, shiny, Gobi shade.  I got it as a present from another Canadian pantyhose lover along with another pair in charcoal that I haven’t tried yet.

I was filled with anticipation to try it.  Such pantyhose costs a lot of money and it has never been in my price range to actually go ahead and buy.  A lot of people told me that it feels great and they were right.

As I was putting on that Neon 40 pantyhose, I even stopped half way just to pet it and to feel how smooth they were.  The fabric is really silky, elastic, and resistant to damage.

Thank you to my Canadian friend for sending it!  It is a gift of excitement, anticipation, thrill, and of course two great pairs of pantyhose that came with it.

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Seamless pantyhose – Wolford

November 4, 2011 under Wolford

Seams have always left their imprints on me after wearing my pantyhose and I never even wondered if it can be any different.  However, I keep on hearing about SEAMLESS pantyhose.  What does it mean?

I was talking to another person today about seamless pantyhose and it looks like there are several brands out there with such styles.  I was wondering if anybody here would know which brands currently have this model.  Please let me know, I’d like to try them some day!

I’d assume that one of the benefits would be that there will be no marks from the seams left on my skin after wearing them.  Such marks take up to 40 minutes to fade.  For this reason models are required to come to photoshoots in loose clothing without any underwear to avoid marks.

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OK, adding some information at a later date, 3 months after.  I tried seamless pantyhose that a friend gave me to try – excellent feeling, very nice idea.  Too bad that they all tend to be so expensive!

Wolford seamless pantyhose in white shade

Wolford Fatal 15 in White

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Update, 8 months later – my fan David from Canada sent me some seamless Wolford!  That was amazing.  Wow, thanks! Now I have it in different colours.

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Update… a a few years later.  David from Canada got me Fogal.  Seamless Fogal pantyhose called Una is very nice.  Low rise.  Beautiful!  It was even featured in my newsletter.

Una low rise seamless tights, Fogal

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Fogal una seamless pantyhose in black