Cuban Hotel and Airport Staff in Pantyhose

May 4, 2014 under Travel

On my trip to Cuba I couldn’t help but notice how many maids and waitresses were wearing pantyhose! Of course, not every single one. Somehow in the hotel where I was staying pantyhose became optional and so did customer service in many instances (let’s just say we had a few issues at front desk).

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I took a photo of these two lovely people on the morning of my departure. The maid was holding such beautiful flower arrangement that I just couldn’t resist and asked her for a photo.

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As some of you already know, I went on this trip with my parents. The waitress that served us each dinner was really sweet. We gave her some used clothing and my suitcase that I no longer needed (with all the poverty in that country they really appreciate any kind of used items), and in exchange she brought us some Cuban souvenirs. We really didn’t expect anything in return. She also brought photos of her family to show us.

I also saw the guards at the airport in pantyhose. They even had patterned pantyhose on! That was really nice to look at. I must admit, I was afraid to take photos there though. Who knows what their rules are, I don’t want to find out the hard way.

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cuban airport staff in patterned beige pantyhose in cuba

Do you notice though how short the skirts are for the guards? I saw them even shorter! There was one guard at the airport in black pantyhose who had such a sexy walk, I wish I could film her, but I didn’t want to get in trouble because there was another guard right next to me.

And lastly, the tour guide was wearing pantyhose too! Here is a picture of my own leg sticking out in pantyhose and our guide standing in the background. She had a run in hers though, so I wonder whether she should consider carrying an extra pair around. It was really hot that day, but I don’t want to feel cold from the air conditioning, so I wear some kind of hosiery. I mean, I can always take it off if I get too hot.

cuban tour guide in pantyhose and short skirt

Natasha visits Skagit Tulip Festival

May 3, 2014 under Travel

tulip festival natalia in cecilia de rafael pantyhoseI gave Natasha a pair of 40 den Cecilia de Rafael tights in mustard colour and asked her if she can match it to some of her clothing.

Natasha sent in these photos to show how she wore it to the tulip festival near Seattle.

Mustard is a very hard colour to work with, but Natasha has a certain skill in combining colours.

 

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A Trip to Jordan

November 4, 2013 under Travel

Helene, one of the ladies who helps with this blog, just recently came back from her vacation in Jordan. She was fascinated with the beauty of that country. But with the dress code there being so conservative, she could not even wear most of her fancy outfits that she packed.

 

by Helene, from Belarus, about her visit to Jordan

Ajloun in Jordan - ancient Roman castle ruins

Ajloun in Jordan – ancient Roman castle ruins famous for its columns and great acoustics.

 

All starts here, in the international airport of Amman, Jordan. The atmosphere of friendliness, people are tired after exhausting flight but still smiling and friendly. After the customs checkpoint Jordan begins. All is new for me and really amazing.

Arabic music from all corners, girls wearing shawls and jackets, though I noticed at once the beautiful manner of how those shawls are arranged on their heads. But I understand immediately that my dresses and skirts will be not fit in here. The same as a full bag of tights which I took with me in hope that the weather here will be like our summer. But I also understand that my tights, different colours and patterns, would be out of place here. In Jordan women wear either long trousers or long skirts.  Even though some locals have quite well fitted pants, for me to flaunt my tights among them would be considered rather rude than attractive.

Here, in Amman, is the start of my first encounter with Jordan. There will be days full of impressions, journeys to ancient places, and meetings with people who managed to become a part of my life during those several days which I stayed there. The only problem was language, since only younger generation could speak more or less English, so they suffered most and in the evening they ran away to sleep very early, completely exhausted because of the whole day of translating.

Maybe that was the main reason why one of the girls decided to teach me Arabic. Well, in vain of course, as I was more busy with visiting new places, taking photos rather than revising words, but my bad luck was that I was accommodated in her room, so every evening she checked what words I remember. Really hard work for a holiday. Maybe that is why this impression is the strongest one, and this teacher is one of best teachers I have ever met. But the holiday ends sooner or later, I am at home now – all as usual again, work, autumn.

Sunset over the Dead Sea in Jordan

Sunset over the Dead Sea in Jordan.  Helene didn’t swim since she was not up to wearing a swimsuit among conservative locals.

Have you ever been to Jordan?  Both me and Helene would love to hear your comments and stories.  We love to travel and exchange experiences with others.

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Japanese Soft Spot for Stockings – Harajuku District

June 30, 2013 under Travel

by Inna, our Ukrainian Connection

Hosiery in Japan’s Harajuku District

Can you imagine a whole nation to be infatuated with mystical charm of tights and stockings? Let me assure you the one like that exists. And if you ever had a chance to travel to the Japanese capital, you’d get striking evidences first hand!

 

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White Stockings at Harajuku District in Japan

 

A Place Where Hosiery is Inborn

You probably would never find such a chic-filled and style-savvy place on the entire planet as Harajuku district. This Japanese centre of street fashion is located between two Tokyo subway stations.  Its style went through a lengthy time line of transforming traditional oriental attire into a modern look.

Historically, kimono costume would be worn with Japanese socks, so one could conclude that covering their legs with pantyhose is inherent in Japanese girls and women. By the same token, tights and stockings were never dealt with as an insignificant accessory in Tokyo culture, but rather the substantial part of dressing, and the showy one too!

 

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Cosy Sporty Mix, Harajuku District in Japan

Lavish of various teenage fashion styles, streets of Harajuku are glowing with vivid colours, exquisite adornments and thoughtful combinations of young girls’ ensembles, representing innocent Lolita, moody Gothic, multi-layered and glorious decora, cosy sports mix, and extravagant cyberpunk just to name a few. As we have highlighted before, garments consisting of skirts and dresses are generally more preferable than those with pants, although shorts are widely accepted by the younger generation.

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Gothic Outfit, Harajuku District in Japan

Depending on the chosen style, hosiery is matched accordingly to the outfit. Whether it will be above the knee length socks with red hearts to compliment playful girlie look or skin-tone pantyhose with spider-on-the-web prints to highlight Gothic disposition of the wearer, Japanese girls give their leg wear as much attention as to the rest components of outfit.

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Girly-Girl theme, Harajuku District in Japan

Due to numerous fashion shops and malls at the Harajuku district, there is no lack of textured, patterned, coloured, and of various thickness tights. Every type you could only wish for is there.

Lolita Style Outfits

What clothing element could more gracefully polish the tender Lolita appearance if not a pair of matching pantyhose?! Burgundy checkered tights decorate one Lolita’s hussar-style uniform outfit and kissing angels print on white tights highlight the holiday spirit in another Lolita’s attire.  These are just examples of two different forms of Lolita style that is featured by abundance of frills, lace, bows, ribbons, etc.

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Lolita Outfit with White Pantyhose

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Lolita Outfit with Checkered Pantyhose

Short Skirts are Balanced With Oversized Tops

As you can see in the accompanying photos, the determining factor of Japanese street fashion is experimenting with and mixing the styles for the sake of fun solely. No matter how short are the skirt hemlines, Harajuku fashion can never be called lewd and meaningless. Yes, girls show a lot of leg, but it is combined with flowing silhouettes of loosely tailored clothing that is quite often waist-concealing and voluminous on top.  Even with such omnipresent hosiery to boot, the style overall doesn’t come off as provocative. Tokyo teenage fashion is always fresh and fun, akin to its trend setters and trend bearers.

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Colourful Outfit, Harajuku District in Japan

 

Cosplay Fun Outfits

The similar rule is also applied to another prominent counterpart to Harajuku regular style shows, called cosplay (what literally means don the costume and play). Major Motoko Kusanagi’s disguise from Ghost in the Shell animated movie is one of the examples (the film which handles nudity in the most chaste way possible). Such cosplay enthusiasts usually dress themselves as fictional or iconic characters from renown band, game, feature film, manga or any other mainstream release, creating for this purpose actual piece-of-art costumes worthy of being exhibited on high fashion catwalks. And the tendency to plentifully use hosiery in cosplay outfits prevails here too.

Ghost In The Shell Major Kusanagi Cosplay

Ghost Cosplay Costume, Harajuku District in Japan

Women Oriented Hotel in Calgary Offers Pantyhose to Visitors

June 22, 2013 under Travel

Hyatt women oriented hotel in Calgary decided to offer women-friendly service with rooms equipped with curling irons, hairspray, deodorant, and even pantyhose!  For a travelling woman these are essential items that she just can’t do without.

Business woman sitting in airport lounge, feet on suit case

Hyatt Women Oriented Hotel in Calgary Offers Pantyhose to Visitors

I really hope that when I visit Calgary, I’ll stay at that pantyhose hotel.  Looks like I may need to go there soon anyway, after they recover from the flood.  It is a very developed city and I only managed to see it for about an hour before when I drove through it.  Many people come there for business.

Isn’t this a progress that a hotel finally decides to recognize pantyhose as a basic need for a business woman?  It’s just as important as groomed hair and clean clothes.

A big hosiery fan like me for sure won’t forget to pack pantyhose, but I still would be excited to dig through some pantyhose provided in my hotel room.  Do you have any thoughts on this new marketing technique for hotels?  With the growing number of female entrepreneurs, this could be a very smart strategy.

Eastern Europe: Pantyhose As a Sign of Financial Prosperity

January 17, 2013 under Travel

As you can learn from the history of hosiery, it was always regarded as something of higher class because simple peasants in villages could not afford it and only the wealthy would wear it.

In Eastern Europe this still holds true.  Here are some references for your interest from a variety of Eastern-European sources where women equate pantyhose with money.  Pantyhose as a sign of Financial Prosperity!

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Russian Deputy, Nina Ostanina, as a response to accusations of blackmail, makes a statement to show that she has enough money in order not to engage in criminal activities:

“I have enough money to buy myself a skirt and a pair of pantyhose!” – Nina Ostanina, Russian Deputy

Nina Ostanina at a talent show and a nice blond host in pantyhose ГђВќГђВёГђВЅГђ° ОстÐ°Р“ђВЅГђВёГђВЅГђ°, ГђВєГђВѕГђ»Р“ђВіГђВѕГ‘‚ки

Nina Ostanina is a mature lady on the left in a black knee high dress. At this concert the blond host is wearing pantyhose, but Nina isn’t from what it looks. Could it be in fact true that this poor deputy engages in blackmail because she doesn’t have enough money for pantyhose and a skirt?

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Svetlana Hodchenkova, a Russian actress, came to a fashion show in a strange outfit, according to a Ukrainian 7 Day Newspaper.  Despite the cold weather, she was wearing a fur coat and sandals worn on bare legs and the media was quick to issue a mocking headline to address such nonsense.

Is Svetlana Hodchenkova saving money on pantyhose? Newspaper Headline, mocking her bare leg appearance

Svetlana Hodchenkova in white pantyhose

But it looks like she changed her mind when it came to getting attention of the opposite sex.  Smart move, Svetlana!

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Natalya Tolstaya, a Russian psychologist/sexologist/writer, gives as an example of a greedy husband, saying that a woman should not beg her husband for some money to buy pantyhose.  She mentions all sorts of pantyhose scenarios in her videos. If requests are received, I’d be glad to retrieve them for you.

According to Natalya Tolstaya, the ultimate example of having a greedy husband is having to beg him for some money to buy pantyhose. 

Natalya Tolstaya, in the middle, wearing pantyhose and 2 women in hosiery on the sides from her.

Natalya Tolstaya is the lady in the middle. Do you think that this hosiery clad trio has generous enough husbands who give them money for pantyhose?

 

Would you like to imagine what people would think if a woman would come with bare legs to a business meeting?  I hope you read this article with a sense of humour, but keep in mind that in every joke there is a part of truth.

 

*Thank you to my Ukrainian and Russian friends who helped me to put together this article – Pantyhose As a Sign of Financial Prosperity.*

Sources (in foreign language):

Deputy ArticleMocking Bare Legs ArticleNatalia Tolstaya YT Videos

 

 

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What am I going to do with all these pretty things in my drawer?

January 7, 2013 under Travel

It seems to me that I inherit pantyhose almost at the same rate as I purchase it.  On my quest for friendship I somehow only click with ambitious women, but they often decide to leave Vancouver for better career options.

Whatever things they can’t take, including their stash of hosiery, ends up being given to me.  I already feel like I have more than enough to keep up my hosiery supply for the next 2 years.

Things like bathroom scales and other gadgets in good condition can be easily sold at easy auction websites like DealDash, so I don’t mind to do it for them and just send them the money afterwards.

If it’s clothing that doesn’t fit me, it’s not a problem – I give it away to a friend who runs a second hand store.  As they say, one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.

But I can’t possibly think of just giving hosiery away.  Even though I already have too much, I can never refuse to have some more.  But let’s look at the bright side – it serves as a reminder about my friends aboard.  Through half way of me putting on that gifted hose, I recall that it’s been a while since I e-mailed the former owner.

Chinese Airlines hold Flight Attendant Competition

November 18, 2012 under Travel

In these photos you can see how Xiamen Airline hires air hostesses.  It is very common in China to have such a tough interview to choose flight attendants.  Does this look like a beauty competition to you or like a test for the army?  They check these girls to the teeth, literally!  Also, in some cases flight attendants need to learn Kung Fu in order to keep their job.

There is a whole entertainment show around it where girls compete and show off their talents like singing.

 

 

I would also like to say that I recently got to interview a flight attendant about hosiery for Finn Magazine  (stands for Feet IN Nylon).  My article is going to be in their next issue that is going to be out in December and I am very proud of that.  You can subscribe for their next issue here – www.finnmagazine.com 

 

 

 

 

Friends, I apoligize that I am not able to present more information, but most of information on this topic is in Chinese and I was not able to find anyone who speaks it and who would volunteer their time to run a Google search.  Tried, 4 times.  One of my distant acquaintances, who I’d rather not inform too much about my blog, helped to translate the title  on the banner in these photos – Xiamen Airlines Hires Air Hostesses.  At least that helped me a little bit with research.  If for some reason you are able to add more to this, please drop me an e-mail.  Thanks!

Images below are from Bejing Airlines:

Update: I managed to find a Chinese person to help me!  She found what I was looking for immediately as soon as she typed in the keywords in Chinese.  The sad part is that she wasn’t long around to translate.

Keywords:

Г§©Р’єГҐ§Р’С’ Kong Jie
选美 Xuan Mei
ГЁЛ†ВЄГ§©Р’єГҐвЂ¦¬Р“ТђР’РЏР’С‘ Hang Kong Gong Si
Youku channel has a lot of videos from that competition TV show!  I hope to spend some more time working on it to put together a good story for you.  There are some videos on Youtube from Hainan airlines too.

 

Pantyhose on a Motorbike in Vietnam

October 15, 2011 under Travel, Weird

Businesswoman on Motorbike Using Laptop

Just wanted to share with all of you something I’ve heard today about wearing pantyhose on a motorbike.  My friend told me that in Vietnam women wear pantyhose even in hot weather and go to work riding the bike in their fancy shoes, skirts, and so on.  Of course, that means that the quality of pantyhose must be much higher in order to resist such activities.

Someone suggested that maybe they wear opaque hosiery that is more durable while riding… no, it can be very hot in Vietnam, but women still wear sheer hosiery to work for professionalism.

I have a good Vietnamese friend who tells me all these things.  She is very educated and she loves to wear tights / pantyhose.  Turns out that Vietnam is very progressive in terms of their equality when it comes to education.  Both men and women study and build careers.

moped, motorbike, girls, ladies, hosiery, nylon, office work,

Such women in pantyhose and office wear on a motorbike is common sight in Vietnam. Do you want to see more entertaining posts like this? The only funding for this blog is from some sponsors and from the hosiery shop.  Please have a look, you’ll be more than satisfied!  Please take some time to shop and sign up for our newsletter too.