My friend, Julia, passed this on. She was watching Ukrainian X-factor show and spotted that one of the judges, a singer Ivan Dorn, came out in shorts and tights. What a fashion statement!
I saw these photos from a while back (3 years ago) on another blog. The owner of the blog combined shorts, pantyhose, and a summer top.
She’s Eastern European, but I have a feeling she probably resides somewhere in Finland.
Anyway, this would be so rare to see in North America! Agree?
I saw this photo online and wanted to share it with you. What a sharp outfit! The model’s legs are so slim and long.
I don’t know whether she’s going to work (perhaps only if she’s in the fashion industry), to a restaurant, or even to a birthday party – she looks great in this classy outfit.
Mandisa tights, are limited edition from Fiore brand.
Melange means “mix” in French. If you look at such tights, you’ll see that it’s like as if they have two colours mixed in them, both grey and black. Grey is always the undertone. So it can be grey/brown, grey/black, grey/burgundy, and so on.
It’s a neutral, muted option to combine with other clothing that you may want to draw attention to. In the photo here the model is wearing Michelle tights by Fiore in black.
Somehow for me the look of such tights is so comforting. It just looks warmer than any other 60 den because it has mixed yarn like that, as if I am looking at a knitted blanket.
Stylists say that such melange tights make the leg visibly fuller, so women with skinny legs like the one in the photo would benefit from wearing it.
If you happen to like it, at the moment there is only one pair left in Small in the shop section – Michelle tights by Fiore.
Did you get a run in your pantyhose, but don’t have a spare pair on you? Even worse, are you running short on time and can’t afford to go look for a public washroom to change in?
In Odessa, Ukraine, a new taxi service for women called Krasotka (means Beauty) caters to women and has basic items available for their comfort and needs. If your pantyhose ripped accidentally, they will give you a new one.
On their website they even say that they offer a service to transport goods and give an example – if a woman is busy, but her girlfriend is in desperate need of a spare pair of pantyhose, she can ask Krasotka taxi to urgently deliver the item. They have everything from tampons, umbrellas, to children toys.
Even though the owner of the company is a man, Krasotka’s clients and drivers are only female. Men are rarely allowed only if they are being accompanied by a woman (as part of her baggage, I suppose). Once they made an exception for a male gay couple who wanted a ride and gave a bold statement that they are “girls too”.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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):
by Oliver, France
Is there more about Chanel Iman than meets the eye? When she is walking around, prancing around and posing in front of a crowd of photographs on the golden runway, wearing beautiful clothes made by the best designers from the whole world, we just see another new gorgeous American beauty, is that all we can say about her, or can we investigate a little bit more and discover very interesting things in her life, or is her life just boredom ?
First of all we can notice that she sometimes looks Afro-American, then on other pictures, displaying a large white teethed smile, her shiny cheekbones showing her happiness at wearing marvellous dresses and getting her endless legs covered with bright sheer tights or smooth stockings, she looks more Asian but still black, we are a little bit puzzled about it.
We just wonder, where does that cute girl come from, there is something strange in her look? Actually we are quickly told that she is part Korean and part Afro-American. Her Korean mother was born in Seoul. Her father is Afro-American. If you are ever in Los Angeles, you may visit the clothing store (The Red Bag Boutique) that Chanel’s mother opened, not without the help of her daughter, of course.
It is thanks to her aunt that she could become a model. At the age of 13 Chanel’s aunt took her to California to meet with modelling agencies and as a result Chanel signed up with Ford Models.
What about her name, it sounds weird, not American at all, Arabian? Her real first name is Robinson, just like that of a cast away seaman Robinson Crusoe on an isolated island, who after rambling around finally met his companion named “Friday”. But our Robinson Chanel Iman is not alone at all right now, she is even invited to the White House parties by the current president of the United States, Barack Obama.
Is Michelle jealous of her? We do not know yet, but I think if I were Michelle, I would be a little frightened to see this snazzy girl getting invited at home, her gorgeous dress clinging to her hips while wearing beautiful silky pink tights and trying to raise herself up on her tiptoes to decorate the top of the Christmas tree in the White House.
Is she a new Marylin Monroe, a new American President’s lover, a new coming icon, is a new romance on its way in the White House? What about Robinson’s private life? I guess not, she is not living with a companion like Friday.
By the way, her first name, Chanel, was chosen by her mother. While pregnant, she had a book with her about Coco Chanel, hopefully for us for these days she had no book about Karl Lagersfeld.
Atlanta is her birthplace, a city where many Afro-American people live, a place from the deep South. But do not be misled, she was not a poor cotton picking girl in the purple fields, sweating from morning to night, accompanied by Whoopie Goldberg, and ill treated by bad white bosses, like out of a movie scene from “The Color Purple”.
Her father used to be a professional basketball player and already earned a lot of money with that sport by the time she went to school. Our princess girl was not compelled of working hard at school, she was a real beauty. Nowadays Atlanta is a very progressive and tolerant place. For example, they have a very big and active gay community and about 1 in 5 residents is part of the LGBT community.
Being a modern girl in a modern city, Chanel Iman recently started her internet blog and is now involved in a Kinect game on Xbox. We could say she is rather a business woman and not just a beautiful dummy. She is a rare combination of pretty and smart.
Chanel Iman Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ Mehr als ein hР“С“Р’Сbsches Gesicht
Steckt hinter Chanel Iman mehr, als es den Anschein hat? Wenn sie vor einer Meute von Fotografen
am goldenen Runway schreitet, stolziert oder posiert und dabei schà?ne Kleider der besten Designer
der Welt trà?gt, sehen wir eine neue atemberaubende amerikanische Schà?nheit. Ist das schon
alles was man Р“С“Р’Сber sie sagen kann? Vielleicht kà?nnen wir ein bisschen tiefer graben und dabei
interessante Dinge Р“С“Р’Сber ihr Leben erfahren Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ oder ist ihr Leben gar pure Langeweile?
Zuallererst stellen wir fest, dass sie oft einen afro-amerikanischen Eindruck macht, dann aber wiederum sehen wir auf anderen Bildern, wo sie ihr strahlendes Là?cheln zeigt und ihre glà?nzenden Wangenknochen ihre Freude darР“С“Р’Сber verraten, wunderbare Kleider tragen zu dР“С“Р’Сrfen, ihre endlosen
Beine in hell glà?nzende Strumpfhosen oder sanfte StrР“С“Р’Сmpfe zu hР“С“Р’Сllen, dass sie eher asiatisch, aber dennoch schwarz aussieht, was uns doch ein wenig ratlos zurР“С“Р’Сcklà?sst.
Da fragen wir uns doch, wo kommt dieses sР“С“Р’СР“С“Р•С‘e Mà?dchen, bei diesem exotischen Aussehen her? Nun, wir erfahren recht schnell, dass sie zum Teil koreanisch und zum Teil afro-amerikanische Wurzeln hat. Ihre koreanische Mutter stammt aus Seoul, ihr Vater ist Afro-Amerikaner. Sollte man jemals nach Los Angeles kommen, dann wà?re es eine gute Idee das Bekleidungsgeschà?ft ihrer Mutter Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ The Red Bag Boutique Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ das diese mit der Hilfe ihrer Tochter erà?ffnet hat, zu besuchen.
Dank ihrer Tante wurde Chanel ein Model. Mit 13 wurde sie von ihrer Tante nach Kalifornien zu einem Treffen mit Modelagenturen gebracht, wo Chanel bei Ford Models unterzeichnete.
Aber was ist mit ihrem Namen, der ist doch auch ungewà?hnlich und Р“С“Р’Сberhaupt nicht amerikanisch, mà?glicherweise arabisch? Ihr wahrer erster Vorname ist Robinson, nach dem SchiffbrР“С“Р’Сchigen Seefahrer Robinson Crusoe, der lange alleine ausharren muss, bis er sich mit Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬Р•С•Freitag" anfreundet.
Aber unsere Robinson Chanel Iman ist derzeit Р“С“Р’Сberhaupt nicht allein, ganz im Gegensatz, sie wird unter dem aktuellen US-Prà?sidenten Barack Obama sogar zu Feiern ins WeiР“С“Р•С‘e Haus eingeladen.
Ist Michelle eifersР“С“Р’Сchtig? Das kà?nnen wir nicht sagen, aber wenn ich sie wà?re, wà?re ich schon besorgt, wenn ich zusehen mР“С“Р’Сsste, wie dieses schicke Mà?del nach Hause eingeladen wird und sie womà?glich auch noch in einem hР“С“Р’Сbschen, eng an ihren HР“С“Р’Сften liegenden Kleid und in schà?nen, seidigen pinken strumpfhosen auf ihren Zehenspitzen versucht die Spitze des Weihnachtsbaums des WeiР“С“Р•С‘en Hauses zu dekorieren.
Ist sie gar eine neue Marilyn Monroe und damit eine neue Prà?sidenten-Geliebte, eine neue Ikone, bahnt sich gar eine Romanze im WeiР“С“Р•С‘en Haus an? Was ist mit ihrem Privatleben? Ich denke nicht, sie lebt ohne einen Gefà?hrten wie Freitag.
Р“С“Р•вЂњbrigens, ihren Vorname, Chanel, hat sich ihre Mutter ausgesucht. Wà?hrend der Schwangerschaft las sie ein Buch Р“С“Р’Сber Coco Chanel, gottseidank hatte sie damals keines Р“С“Р’Сber Karl Lagerfeld dabei.
Ihr Geburtsort ist Atlanta, eine Stadt mit hohem Anteil an Afro-Amerikanern tief im amerikanischen SР“С“Р’Сden. Trotzdem sollte man sich davon nicht in die Irre fР“С“Р’Сhren lassen und glauben sie wà?re eine arme BaumwollpflР“С“Р’Сckerin gewesen, die auf dem Feld zusammen mit Whoopie Goldberg von morgens bis abends schwitzen und dabei von miesen weiР“С“Р•С‘en Bossen auch noch schlecht behandelt wird, ganz soals wà?re das eine Szene aus dem Film Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬Р•С•Die Farbe Lila".
Ihr Vater war nà?mlich ein Profi-Basketballer und verdiente in dem Sport schon gut zu der Zeit, als sie noch zur Schule ging. Unsere kleine Prinzessin musste sich in der Schule nicht anstrengen, sie war eine echte Schà?nheit. Heutzutage ist Atlanta ohnehin ein fortschrittlicher und toleranter Ort. So gibt es dort beispielsweise eine groР“С“Р•С‘e und umtriebige Gay community und sogar jeder fР“С“Р’Сnfte Einwohner gehà?rt der LGBT community an.
Wie es zu einem modernen Mà?dchen in einer modernen Stadt passt, hat Chanel Iman vor kurzem auch einen Blog gestartet und wirkt auch bei einem Kinect-Spiel auf der Xbox mit. Wir kà?nnen daher wohl sagen, dass sie mehr von einer Geschà?ftsfrau als von einer dumpfen Schà?nheit hat. Sie ist eine der seltenen Kombinationen aus hР“С“Р’Сbsch und smart.
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SOME CANDID PANTYHOSE ENTERTAINMENT FROM EUROPE
This is a funny video of young guys doing a background dance for the main artist in sheer white pantyhose. As you see, it’s supposed to be humorous. Perhaps they were trying to warm up the audience this way, dancing in pantyhose like this.
In this case there is a competition for women to put on pantyhose on their men. Who will do it better? After the pantyhose is on, men are instructed to dance Swan Lake ballet in such an outfit.
DANCING IN PANTYHOSE – SWAN LAKE
Why don’t I end up at such competitions? I would dress up my man in seconds! What do you think about this dancing in pantyhose?
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