Jezebel is associated with women who where sexually immoral and promiscuous, similar to those first women who appeared in public wearing stockings and suspenders – ie. Prostitutes, show girls, pin up girls or women who appear in adult magazines. We think she would have a lot to say about today’s fashion stockings which are sexy, sensual and diverse in colour and style. Coupled up with suspender belts and lacy lingerie, they are a match made in heaven. Wearing stockings has become very common today as they accentuate the shape of the legs and make a woman feel desirable and sexy. Some even women believe that unless you are wearing them, you are walking around in the nude. To them, leaving the house not wearing a pair is almost immoral.
Worn on all types of occasions these days; business ladies will dress up in power suits and cover their legs up with a pair of sheers, fishnet or lacy stockings are a popular recipe for the seductresses, brides wear white
or ivory stockings with their wedding gowns on their big day, and nightclub goers also wear them with their little mini dresses when they go out to have fun. Stockings are worn literally everywhere, by women of all age groups and are made of a variety of materials in an array of different designs.The question of who wears them has many answers because they are not limited to any particular group. Reasons for wearing them may differ though – young girls often prefer tights, but teenagers and young adults are known to wear stockings with a twist – either they like them randomly cut up so that they expose parts of their leg, or they decide on a pair of fishnets.
Working ladies also wear them as they are a great accessory to a smart suit. The style worn to work are however generally not the ones with many patterns and large pores but tend to be of the sheer or opaque variety and with little or no design, although maybe female employees wearing skirts with stockings and suspenders distract the male employees as apparently some company bosses have recently been known to insist that their female employees do not wear them to the office to keep everyone’s attention focussed on their work. You will also find that ladies of ‘advanced age’ tend to wear stockings as opposed to tights – their reasons could be because it is out of habit as they would have worn them in their youth and would feel incomplete and undressed without them or possibly just a comfort thing.
Legwear has surely come a long way from the Victorian era. Today, women have access to fashion stockings of many designs of different texture and fabric. They also come in different colours and styles. Legwear can be classified according to their design or by the material from which they are made of. Some common fabric that is used includes lace, nylon, net/fishnet, cotton and Lycra. Fully Fashioned Nylon stockings have recently made a comeback and come in a variety of colours from black to nude or with contrasting coloured seams or cuban heels. The thickness is also different, some are very sheer while others are totally opaque.
Thigh highs are commonly worn with a suspender belt to keep them in position, whilst Holdups or Stayups have silicon bands which keep them in place. These particular types of stockings are known for their sexiness and are frequently worn by ladies with a motive – they leave very little to the imagination!The number one reason why many women favour them has to be because they are a symbol of sensuality and femininity. They add a touch of feminism to an outfit and make the wearer stand out. The preferred kinds in winter are the opaque ones as they are better heat insulators but during warmer months, sheers are worn and are often preferred over tights as they offer more ventilation.
Whichever colour, fabric or thickness types that one chooses, stockings say something about the wearer’s fashion preferences and tastes. They serve as an individual fashion item as well as just an accessory. They can also be worn to cover up the legs if one feels that the skirt or dress they are wearing reveals too many ‘imperfections’. Stockings offer great sex appeal as much of the leg is exposed and visible whilst the upper thigh and crotch area is ‘free’ giving the impression the wearer is ‘accessible’.
Whatever the reasons may be for wearing this gorgeous piece of clothing, stockings have their magic – to both the wearer and those that notice them. Jezebel surely would have been proud to live in modern times and rather than being condemned as a fallen woman, would have been considered a stylish fashionista.