Stockings and garter belt before the cold begins – Vintage Aristoc

September 21, 2015 under Vintage

Yesterday I saw some red leaves on my neighbour’s tree and realized that for the whole summer I only wore pantyhose and no stockings. So I decided not to wait and make this day special. For no specific reason, I felt that it’s time to open that pair that I carried on so many trips in my suitcase and never managed somehow to find the right evening to actually put on.

I put on a new garter belt, some D&G perfume, and opened a pair that I had already intended to try for a few years – vintage Aristoc stockings sent to me by a fan. The shade was Brandy Snap. Just reading the name of the shade made me feel as if I was part of the Hemingway’s novel.

For my whole night out, these stockings were extremely durable and still look flawless. They have no seam on the leg, but there is a seam running from toe to ankle. However, they are not at all stretchy since they are made of 100% nylon and it was a little tricky for me in the restaurant to sit down and get up without worrying that my garter belt may go undone. Luckily for me, this garter belt turned out to be actually good quality and held on strong for the whole evening.

vintage English hosiery

vintage English hosiery

Aristoc vintage sheer stockings with Shareen micromesh seamfree

Aristoc vintage sheer stockings with reinforced heel and toe

I would like to thank a gentleman named James for sending me this pair of stockings as a gift. He is probably completely not expecting me to blog about it since it’s been a while, but he’s welcome to contact me for more photos.

In case you are wondering, Aristoc is a well-established brand from England and these stockings are made in England. They are advertised as sheer, stretchy, seamfree, and made of micromesh. They also had an insert in the package with washing instructions saying the following: “Remove rings and wash stockings by hand, squeezing gently in warm  lather, then rinse thoroughly. Dry by hanging from toes, avoiding all artificial heat. Stockings should be washed by themselves, and when wet must not be in contact with other garments as cross-staining may result.”

Patterned Toeless Hosiery

August 13, 2013 under Style
patterned toeless pantyhose

a lady wearing patterned toeless hosiery

As I was browsing the grocery isle I saw a very well dressed woman with her daughter (probably in her 20’s), both wearing black pantyhose.

The younger one had her pantyhose just black and basic with no design, but her mom looked like a real hosiery connoisseur.

The woman was dressed in toeless patterned pantyhose to my big surprise.  I’ve never saw toeless hosiery with a pattern, so I came up to her and asked where she got it from and what brand it was.

Coincidentally, I was also wearing black pantyhose with flats and shorts that day.  So all three of us were standing together dressed in black pantyhose and having a very intense hosiery discussion.

Turns out she got her pantyhose in Toronto at some Asian store, but she had no recollection of the brand or the name of the place where she bought it.

I explained to her that I have never seen such design before – pattern and toeless option combined.  That particular style she bought like that, already designed to be toeless, but turns out that she had a way to make her own toeless designs before just by cutting the seam.

I lifted my foot out of my shoe and standing in this position asked how it’s possible to cut off the toe section without creating runs.  The lady leaned and touched my foot, showing me that I only need to cut the seam and the toe itself must be reinforced in order for this to work.

Finally, I asked her if I could take a photo because I run a blog and she happily agree to pose and show off her nice legs.  Wow, that was such an informative trip to the grocery store!

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Back seam pantyhose gone wrong

April 19, 2012 under Practical

RACHEL ZOE FASHION SHOW

These photos are from a beautiful runway show from Rachel Zoe.  In fact the show is alright – quite a lot of these models are wearing hosiery of different styles and colours!  Yay!

Looking at a very attractive model in black sheer pantyhose, I am overwhelmed with joy to finally see classy hosiery on the runway.  But as she turns around, something goes very wrong!  The back seam is all twisted.  Oh  no, I exhale sadly.

Don’t they have stylists and dressers backstage to fix this?

Every time I wear back seam, I spend more time turning in front of the mirror then actually putting it on.  I pinch the hose by the seam and pull it side to side to make it straight.  If I have someone around, I ask the person to adjust it for me.

How do you make your back seam hosiery straight?  

 

Erika from Canada, simply a huge fan of hosiery:

“If your into full fashion silky hosiery especially stockings with Cuban heel and back seam, there is definitely a way to wear them .  The way you put them on to begin with is important.

I like to have a mirror to look in through my legs as I inch them up from my ankle nice and slow keeping the seam straight all the way up.  It’s important to keep a watch on them with your back turned to a full length mirror every once in a while after that.

Running your hands on fine silk stockings is always amazing and I don’t mind doing this is often as necessary.”

 

Gillian from United States (her Youtube), crossdresser and hosiery enthusiast:

“First, I try to get them straight the first time, using a handheld mirror to see if they’re too off-centered. Taking a picture of your legs with a digital camera might work too, you can do it quickly and not necessarily keep the picture.

I try not to move too much while sitting down, the leg movement can move the seams off-center even if the only motion is sitting down and getting up. After I get up I’ll quickly check the seams again.”

 

Jennifer from United States, founder of Pantyhose-Pantyhose:

“I can’t speak for anyone else, but what I do is I make sure that when I slip my feet into the pantyhose, the seam faces the right way, and the reinforced toe area (or the toe seam if it’s a sandal-toe we’re talking about) sits absolutely perfectly. I then pull the hose up, making sure not to twist it either way during the process. When done, a last look in the mirror is warranted, just to make 100% sure. I keep my hosiery gloves on if I need to make any adjustments. Going out with crooked back-seams is just so embarrassing.”

*Friends, the only funding for this blog is from the shop section.  Please indulge your pantyhose obsession and show some support for my work!  Your purchases make this blog possible.*