Do you still wear pantyhose on occasion, or do you feel that they’re outdated and no longer needed? I'm noticing that more and more really young women (read: under age 25) don’t seem to wear hose anymore. My rule has always been that hose aren't necessary in warm weather with a dress and sandals, but I always wear them if I’m wearing pumps.
Last weekend, I found myself face to face with this question when we took my oldest son to a preschool admissions open house and I ended up with a rather clingy situation due to my pantyhose. My outfit included a gray pencil skirt, a lavender cardigan, a domed black leather bag, some classic black pumps, and my standard-issue Hanes pantyhose. The skirt in question is J.Crew's double serge pencil skirt, which is a thick stretch-sateen and is unlined. Typically, I would have added a slip, but that doesn’t really work well with a fitted pencil skirt. With every step I took on my left foot my skirt clung to my hose and bunched up a little. Not enough to be indecent, but I’m sure it looked funny and it made me self-conscious. I considered taking off the hose, and even wondered if I should have worn them in the first place. (Let me add that I was more dressed up than 99% of the mothers we saw.)
So the question remains: Are pantyhose necessary? What do you think?