Should workplaces enforce a dress code?

July 9, 2017 under Practical

by Kate, Russia

Kate in nude fishnet tightsDress code: to have or not to have? As a sales manager I have been thinking about it a lot because my boss welcomes all possible styles out there.

 

I decided to wear smart casual clothes and sometimes mix styles (for meetings or trade shows), even though other employees are still changing their look every day. As for me, I like casual clothes, as I can relax and not think about all the discomfort a while blouse or shoes can cause.

 

I remember myself at school, when I liked outstanding bright colours, when I could put on pink tights and felt good about myself. But times change… as well as circumstances. What was good for a young girl doesn’t seem fine for an adult woman. What was good for school isn’t OK for an office.

 

Though my former habits haven’t died completely – I still like diversifying my smart casual with bright accessories. With tights, of course – I love fishnets, though they aren’t appropriate for all situations in life, just like some of my favourite fancy necklaces and purses.

 

During formal meetings with clients, I am wearing business clothes and nude tights. In general, dress code is a good thing as it brings order and gives the feeling of “belonging”, as long as it is not boring.

Kylie Minogue promotes Wolford in her video Sexercise

April 15, 2014 under Wolford

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Kylie Minogue, the singer known for her wild side, just launched a new video that starts with a shot of a Wolford shopping bag.

Mostly the bodywear is featured as the dancers exercise in white bodysuits, but in some shots you can tell that she is wearing nude fishnet pantyhose under her leotard.

This video of dancers doing all sorts of moves  on high heels was filmed in a high school gym. The song itself is written by an Australian composer, Sia.

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Gypsy Rose Lee

March 20, 2013 under Vintage

Gypsy Rose Lee - American burlesque dancer is reading backstage

…. A World Famous "Burlesque Stripper"

…. seen here with the Original "Laptop"!

gypsy rose lee photo in bodystockings and a fancy hat

By David, USA

 

Ellen June Hovick was born in the US city of Seattle, Washington in 1911. Two years later her name was changed to Rose Louise Hovick, so that her new younger sister could have the name Ellen June… By the end of her career, Louise, as she was known to family and friends, had become a legendary strip-tease artist,  written two novels, a memoir which was the material for the Broadway hit "Gypsy – a Musical Fable", and a play which was released as the film "Doll Face" in 1946. She was featured in thirteen movies, and nine television shows, including her own San Francisco morning talk show in the 1960’s.

She was known as Louise to her closest, but fans across the USA knew her as Gypsy Rose Lee.

Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque dancer 6Gypsy Rose *rose* to stardom as a saucy burlesque stripper, a career highlighted by a four year stint at the famous New York City burlesque palace known as "Minsky’s".  Her strip shows were the cause of frequent police raids and arrests. Gypsy’s rise to national fame was driven by her quick wit – she was very clever, in fact smart, and always right there with a quick response to a remark from the audience… she would even make intellectual recitations as she stripped. Gypsy Rose got her on-stage "trademark" quite by accident – during a performance a snap broke and her entire dress fell to her feet – the audience loved it and she worked it into the act. Gypsy had a casual and relaxed style of stripping that contrasted with the more common mechanical style of stripping known as "herky jerky".

 

 

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Gypsy was politically active, and supported the Loyalists during the Civil War in Spain. Her frequent presence at meetings of the Communist United Front made her the subject of an investigation by the US House Committee on un-American activities.  She founded one of the first kennels in the US for breeding Chinese crested dogs.

 

Gypsy Rose Lee died of lung cancer in 1970, and she is buried in Inglewood Park, California.

 

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly…very slowly”

– Gypsy Rose Lee

 

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Tom Boxer & Morena feat. J Warner – Deep In Love

January 31, 2013 under Famous

tomboxer-morena deep in love

Morena is a beautiful Maltese singer who is known for wearing lots of stockings that look so delicious on her super slim legs.  She represented Malta in Eurovision in 2008.

mock suspender tights Tom Boxer Morena feat J Warner-Deep In Love

For the stockings lovers out there, there is plenty of stockings, fishnets, and suspender tights in the video below by Morena and Tom Boxer.  Good music, beautiful hosiery!

Bravo to the stylist of this Tom Boxer video!

Happy Halloween!

October 30, 2012 under Weird

I am not sure where this picture is from, but those girls are looking as if they are about to enter a Halloween beauty contest.  I especially like the green girl because it looks like she put the most effort into her outfit and concept.

Happy Halloween to my Fantasy Stockings Fans!

My Vacation in Las Vegas

September 13, 2012 under News

This summer I did something that is for sure going to be a memory of a lifetime – a coast to coast road trip in United States.  You can read about all different places I’ve been to in my diary section, but for now I’d like to talk about my great visit to Las Vegas.

Vegas, the Sin City, is a very unique place.  Surrounded by the desert, this “island” has an unbelievable density of casinos, clubs, bars, shows, theatres, buffets, and whatever else crosses your mind that is entertainment-related.  It was my first time there and I wanted it to be memorable, but in a positive way.

 

Maybe the concept of “me in Vegas” is a little bit of an oxymoron.  I don’t drink, smoke, use any kind of substances, and I don’t gamble.  Obviously I checked out all the casinos, but that was more to look at the beauty of the establishment.

Casino waitresses were wearing mostly black semi-opaque pantyhose, but they were not exactly model types as I imagined them to be.  However the go-go dancers on the bar were very beautiful, but instead of regular pantyhose they were wearing either nude or black fishnets.  There was so many of them there!

  

Probably my only guilty addiction is my love for tea!  But that’s something that made me puff up almost every single time I’d enter a hotel room in United States – coffee is there, tea is not.  I felt like throwing a real hissy fit over this, but I quickly realized where I am and calmed down.  In Canada tea is a very popular beverage because we still have a lot of British traditions there.

I felt it every single day on my trip – United States is not a British place.  So why would they honour traditions of the “Old Country”, as our Canadian folks refer to England and France?  That includes all the etiquette which is pretty much a very British thing… such as tea and perhaps wearing hosiery.  I think this might be an explanation to why Kate Middleton is in pantyhose and Lady Obama isn’t.

Vegas is a controversial place where you may see things that you normally don’t.  There is a lot of fast food and even the Heart Attack Grill with a motto of “if you are over 350 lbs, you eat free”.  I climbed on the scale there and realized that I need to triple my weight in order to get a free lunch.

Another controversial topic is what happens after Friday night.  As we were heading out of Vegas on Saturday morning, at 8:58 a.m. there was a long line up of people outside of the pawn shop waiting for the doors to open.  They were not there to shop, but to swap some item for a quick coin.

 

They’ve got the best Hooters hotel there though with hostesses everywhere!  There was even a limbo game going on and they were having a lot of fun.  I also ate at the Hooters restaurant for the experience.  It broke some of my stereotypes about Hooters, let’s just say.  I thought that they only hired women with a full bust, but there was not much of it there.  Also, I noticed that they even had a pregnant waitress there with her shirt saying “baby on board”.  It made me feel that the girls who worked there were actually real, not some artificially-enhanced vixens.

 

At some point I saw a tourist dressed like Snow White with his friends who were wearing green shirts and were supposed to be the dwarves.  Right away I asked him to pose together for a picture and to my surprise he agreed and wanted a photo for himself too.  As soon as I pulled up my skirt to show the stockings, he was totally game and pulled it up even higher.  I am sure that he didn’t expect a woman in a proper knee length skirt like mine to have stockings and garter belt under!

 

My biggest highlight was my visit to Cirque du Soleil.  I really wanted to see the show Zumanity, but they went on vacation, so I saw a martial arts themed show called Ka.  That was so worth it!  Let’s just say, just like most normal people, I have a limited budget, but I would rather spend it all on exhilarating experiences like this one, rather than on clothes or high end dining. These performers devote their whole life to the circus and I have the deepest respect for that.

I really liked Vegas in my own way and I keep on thinking of when I’ll go back there for longer, so I can visit all those shows that kept on teasing me with the flashing billboards.

 

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Magic of Pantyhose in Eastern Europe

June 7, 2012 under Style
Malboro model in pantyhose in Ukraine

Malboro promotion in Ukranian duty free shop

I had an opportunity to spend a couple of weeks of summer in multiple Eastern European countries and observe at least one third of women proudly wearing pantyhose.

In general, in that region women put more effort to look their best even if they are going to do their daily chores.  Looking good is an expectation.  Maybe not explicit, but it’s always there.

Ukraine: beautiful Barbie is wearing nude pantyhose

Borispol airport in Ukraine seemed to be the hottest place throughout my trip, temperature wise and fashion wise.

As an example, I’ve seen a beautiful brunette model
promoting Malboro cigarettes at the duty free store.  She was very friendly and gladly posed for a photo.  Her sporty outfit looked stunning with a pair of shiny pantyhose.

Again, at the same airport, I saw a beautiful Barbie Girl who was catching a flight to Sofia, Bulgaria.  She was wearing nude pantyhose with her pink outfit despite the hot weather.

Ukraine: airport female staff were wearing skirts and pantyhose.

I remember hearing results of a survey why Arab men prefer to date Eastern European women.  One thing from the responses that shocked me was “these women look after themselves even after marriage”.  I was surprised to realize that this statement implied that some women don’t.

For the record, I noticed that the Barbie girl had a ring on her finger.  Yes, such beautiful women don’t stay single for long.

Chopin airport in Warsaw was not far behind.  There were a lot of fancy women there, both staff and tourists, wearing pantyhose.  Considering that in most airports photography is not allowed, I had to be quite careful in order to get a few sneak peeks for you.

Poland: blond flight attendant is wearing chocolate colour pantyhose

In Poland I was pleased to see a beautiful blond woman checking boarding passes while wearing chocolate pantyhose.  What a rare sight!  I think it’s only possible in Eastern Europe.   Brown is a very rare colour these days and somehow it doesn’t get recommended for fair skinned people.  I remember how in our Vancouver Wolford boutique staff were just adamant about me expressing an interest in a tan shade darker then my own skin tone.

In LED airport in Russia I also saw a lot of pantyhose, but with their tough security I decided not to play with the rules.  Of course, that vast country is full of women of all ages and sizes in pantyhose.  Teens, grandmothers, young moms… they all wear it.  Fashion stores have great hosiery selection, including brands like Falke.

Some curious bullet points here about Eastern Europe:

Russia: even young moms go out in sexy outfits!

  • reinforced toes are frequently worn even with sandals
  • plain pantyhose greatly outnumber patterns
  • nude seems to be the most popular colour for plain hosiery
  • black is the most popular colour for patterns
  • pantyhose commercials on TV and banners for brands like Conte
  • layering is OK, i.e. wearing beige fishnets over sheer nude pantyhose
  • even plus size ladies wear it (I saw a mature woman in bright orange tights)

Russia: size and age are no obstacle to wear hosiery!

So friends, if you would like to make this summer full of nylon legs, book a flight to Eastern Europe for an unforgettable pantyhose experience!

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