Fiore Hosiery Styles in XL Plus Sizes from Summer 2017 Collection

May 17, 2017 under Fiore

Many people ask me about patterns in XL size. Not many brands make them!

Here are a few suggestions for fun prints from Fiore’s 2017 Summer Golden Line collection.

 

Encore polka dot tights by Fiore, 20 den

ENCORE 20 den by Fiore pantyhose with polka dots available in plus size XL sheer

Butterfly sheer tattoo tights by Fiore, 20 den

BUTTERFLY 20 den sheer tights by Fiore butterfly pattern on the side, available in plus size, queen size, XL

Spice up suspender tights by Fiore, 40 den

SPICE UP 40 den mock stocking pantyhose, suspender tights, available in plus size, queen size, XL

Supernatural fine mesh pattern tights by Fiore, 20 den

SUPERNATURAL 20 den by Fiore sheer classic tights, plus size pantyhose, queen size hosiery, XL

Chatty belt stockings with dotted print by Fiore, 20 den

CHATTY 20 den dotted stockings for wearing with garter belts, available in plus size, queen size, XL

Personality and Patterns

September 21, 2016 under Style, Weird

I was reading a little bit of psychology articles on what your possessions say about you. Here are some fun stuff about patterns. Which one would you pick?

Tights with Bold Stripes

PROMISE_20 den_pattered_tights_Fiore Promise by Fiore tights

Big, bold stripes could mean you’re confident and not afraid of what people think. Could that be you?

Tights with Polka Dots

DOTTY 60 den tights with polka dots by Fiore with suspender strap pattern

Polka dots communicate your fun side. This is perfect to show off your playfulness!

Animal Print Tights

ANTERA 20 den belt stockings by Fiore with leopard print top

Animal prints say you’re creative. I wonder if the reverse of this works, if wearing animal print would actually spur your creativity. Do you want to find out?

Geometric Print Tights

MARGOT 20 den geometric print tights with turquoise pattern

Geometric prints usually mean you have a need for order and might be type A. I can probably relate to this personality type the most myself.

In general, I think that depending on your mood, any one of these styles could work, more or less. Every day has its new flavour and energy.

Nicole’s Love for Ultra Sheer Pantyhose

September 5, 2012 under Style


Nicole is a stylish cross dresser from London and she has a rare preference for ultra sheer pantyhose, like 8 den or less.  I am very impressed and curious to find out why she likes it so much.

 


Q:  What’s the advantage of 8 den over 15 den? Both are sheer to me.

I have always like nude or natural shades, rather than darker sheer tights (pantyhose across the pond).

The look I try and achieve with my sheers is for a perfect skin tone match so it looks like I have only got ‘make-up’ for the legs.

Depending on how much sun or if I have been using a bronzing moisturiser, my skintone fluctuates a little. Sometimes it’s never quite a good match.

I find that 15-20 Denier whilst quite sheer do give quite a good leg / imperfection coverage. However, the challenge is always in finding ‘just right’ nude / natural shades. If my skin colouring has got a perfect match then 15s or so will be invisible.

Too dark and it can look either a bit orange – or too ‘American Tan’. Too pale, and it looks powdery.

With tights 10 denier or less, because they are so light and translucent, if I’m not a perfect skintone match for any of my varying (and embarrassingly large collection of sheers in slightly varying natural shades) then 7 or 8 denier will still work,

Additionally, as I am sure you know even sheers give you a layer. In the warmer months, some manufacturers make ‘cooling’ tights. Again – they are ultra sheer – and now they are all run resistant.

 

Q:  Do you feel more feminine wearing 8 den rather than 20 den?

I guess so – I like my tights so sheer and tone matched that I’m practically challenging people to notice. Essentially, nylons are a very feminine statement no matter if they are invisible or not. I am a complete addict and I will wear them with my male clothes, for work, with jeans – and the ubiquitous lycra that i wear for pilates, dance etc. I wax, and as any lover of nylons will tell you – sheers + smooth skin is a fairly unique sensation – though you do get used to it.

I started my cross-dressing journey at 12, and the thing that first tempted me to it was curiosity regarding wanting to try sheers on. In that respect, they do make me feel more feminine, what ever I choose to be wearing – dressed fully as a woman, or even partly. I like to have a little bit of this side to me at all times – but when I am dressed male – they are more a little reminder to myself.

As for higher deniers, I wear upto 80 denier when its very cold, and my favourite opaques are my Wolford Satin 50s

 

Q:  This is such a delicate garment.  What do you do to avoid runs?

Runs tend to be caused either by catching them on your clothes, your shoes or just by having a sharp toe or rough heels, especially in the under 10 denier weights.

I don’t use hosiery gloves firstly, but I take my watch and any jewellery off first. We all know (or in my case learned by trial and error) how to put them on properly, and I careful with zips etc with skirts, pants and jeans.

As well as my regular waxing, my beautician gives an excellent pedicure. So my heels get carefully exfoliated and then moisturised. A gel pedicure stops snaggy nails too.

The rest is just ‘wear with care!’

 

Q:  I notice that on your blog you put a special emphasis on hosiery-related topics.  What is it about hosiery that you like so much?

I have always thought of hosiery as a fantastic treat and an amazing garment. Personally, I love the fabric, stretchiness, and the sensation of the fabric on my skin. I like the impression of hiding imperfections – or providing warmth or colour and expressing myself with some of the interesting patterns. They finish off an outfit and I wouldn’t feel properly dressed without them – especially when I’m in a skirt or heels! The fact that such a fantastic sensation and luxurious sensation is traditionally closed to guys is a terrible shame!

Finally – they are what attracted me to dressing, clothes and shoes – and along with my dancewear, lycra etc – they are and will be my first love!

 

Nicole’s Blog:  http://crossdresssecret.blogspot.com

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