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).
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.
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.
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.
Somehow I always referred to them as Cuban, but turns out that there are some classifications out there when it comes to reinforced heels.
Can you tell each type of heel apart?
There was recently a nice article explaining the difference done by Gigi’s Intimates, an online store that specializes in vintage-look stockings by Cervin and Gio.
Perhaps it would be nice to know how such heels got their names, but for now, have a look at some instructions on how to tell which one is which.
FULLY FASHIONED HEEL TYPES
Every time I am in Cuba, I am surprised to see female hotel staff wear hosiery at all times despite the heat with closed toe shoes. If I’d have that job, I probably wouldn’t be able to take it anymore and would go ahead and jump in the pool.
A model is posing in a maid outfit near the pool. Courtesy of WamInStyle team.
Just recently one of the women I know returned from Cuba and that was the first thing she mentioned to me, knowing about my hosiery obsession.
To my surprise Cuban staff wear hosiery, but not basic plain. They all seemed to show off with a variety of patterned tights. Not only that they wear it, they put effort to draw attention.
I also visited Dominican Republic and Mexico, but their staff go with bare legs. Only Cuba seems to maintain such high dress code standard.
I can’t really say if I like the idea despire my love for hosiery. To me clothes should not jeopardize one’s health. At temperatures soaring close to 40 Celsius wearing synthetic fabrics may lead to skin irritation, fungus infection, and to additional female problems.
Once I was walking all stylish in the heat of the Middle East and the next day ended up with an excema-like rash on my skin. Locals confirmed that this is what happens to them too if they don’t dress smartly in such heat.
Do you think that pantyhose should still be enforced in extreme heat? I would probably suggest in summer months to wear fine fishnet stockings (no silicon lining) with a garter belt in order to both look stylish and not feel too hot.
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