Ask Belle: Back-Seam Hosiery
Jul 8, 2014
I was wondering if you could weigh in on whether or not back-seamed stockings are appropriate for professional attire? I had always thought of them as nice looking, and not overtly sexy if paired with the right outfit. However, in my google searching I’ve found that some women even find them to be inappropriate or even “slutty”.
Thank you, and I absolutely love the blog. You’ve helped me immensely. – MM
Hosiery is the third-rail of professional fashion. What one woman finds matronly, another finds salacious. Some women wouldn’t dream of not wearing nylons, others would rather die than put on a pair. And some women will fight to the death for their opinions. But what is appropriate or inappropriate depends on only two factors: Your individual office, and your comfort level. (Unless you want to wear lime green tights or tights with Hello Kitty on them. That is never appropriate for work.)
If you like the look of back seam hose, and you don’t think your boss is going to give you the side-eye, by all means wear them. I like this pair from Pretty Polly with a black seam, and this all black pair from Hue. (With a back seam is the only time that I like the look of sheer black hose. Other than that, I’m all opaque, all the time.)
I’ve never worn back seam nylons, but I’m a big fan of micro-fishnets like this pair from Capezio. They’re a little saucy but because the space between the netting is so small, they look just like regular nylons unless you’re looking at them closely.