Today’s professional woman has come a long way from the “Dress For Success” stereotype of John Molloy. His revised primer for the professional woman was published in 1996. The book repeatedly emphasizes the professionalism of a blue feminine suit, a white blouse, skin tone panty hose, and navy pumps.
The debate on whether or not bare legs are acceptable in offices continues. Kate Middleton, the young fashionable Duchess of Cambridge has made nude panty hose fashionable. This might be due more to court protocol than her sense of fashion. Even the most conservative and traditional woman does not want to wear panty hose in triple digit summer temperatures of the Charleston area. Today’s pantyhose, is changing that attitude. They are lightweight, comfortable and bear little resembles to the sketchy nylon of the past. Softer yarns with open weaves, seamless finishes, and microencapsulated moisturizers make todays pantyhose a pleasure to wear.
Pantyhose made a comeback this winter as a fashion accessory and the trend will continue into the spring. The tight very competitive job market has women thinking more about how what they are wearing will affect their career. Women will never return to the rigid dictates of John Molloy but they are abandoning the too casual outfits that look more appropriate for the gym or beach. Pantyhose are part of the new professional look.