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Should You Wear Pantyhose to a Job Interview?

By February 8, 2014

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I've been in the midst of a continuing conversation about whether you should - or shouldn't - wear pantyhose to a job interview.

This could be a generational issue, especially since many younger women don't ever wear pantyhose, regardless of the circumstances or the weather. While many older job seekers grew up during an era when you would never leave the house without pantyhose when you were going to work, let alone on a job interview.

Here's more on when you should - and when you shouldn't - wear pantyhose to an interview or work.

What do you think? Should you wear pantyhose to an interview, or doesn't it matter?

Read More: Wearing Pantyhose in the Workplace | Should You Wear Pantyhose to Work?

Comments
July 23, 2008 at 11:14 am
(1) Carrie says:

I hate pantyhose with a passion, but if they help to present a more professional image then I’ll wear ‘em. But a pantsuit with trouser socks is always a better option!

August 29, 2011 at 9:06 am
(2) Joshua says:

Why do you hate pantyhose, I love them because when I wear them I feel feminine and I think there comfortable. You should like them and wear them every chance you get. K.

October 2, 2011 at 11:28 pm
(3) JayJay says:

If you look like them, that’s fine, but you can’t make other people like something just because you do. And it doesn’t make sense for someone to wear something they don’t find comfortable when they have other options.

I don’t like pantyhose, either, because they are slippery and do not feel comfortable. I prefer pantsuits.

July 23, 2008 at 1:10 pm
(4) Jennifer Wipf says:

I hate panty hose, but I think it’s important to look professional when interviewing for any office-based job. Women with very tan, smooth and unblemished legs, and shoes that cover much of the foot, can probably get away with not wearing hose, as it can be hard to tell the difference. With a pants suit, a woman can wear trouser socks.

Obviously, if you’re interviewing to be a lifeguard, corporate garb might actually interfere with the appropriate image for the job.

July 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm
(5) lucilla says:

Hi Alison,
When I lived in CT, I used pantyhose for my interviews. Since I moved to PR, I never use pantyhose. It’s just too hot down here for another piece of clothing attached to my body.

July 23, 2008 at 2:46 pm
(6) Sheila says:

I agree with Jennifer. If you are tanned and your legs are smooth and blemish free I think it is fine but otherwise put them on. More important than hose I think are shoes. Have professional looking shoes and leave the sandals/flip-flops/sneakers (seen all 3 in interviews before) for the beach.

July 24, 2008 at 10:40 am
(7) Angie says:

Stay with the pant suits if you do not like pantyhose.

July 24, 2008 at 10:43 am
(8) Meredith says:

While I hate them, however I would wear pantyhose to an interview. The only other time I wear them is for formal business events.

I think the pantyhose rift is generational. Many professional women over 50 have a hard time understanding why women under 50 detest some of their antiquated mid century ideas about a woman’s “professional dress”.

August 14, 2011 at 10:38 am
(9) Ralph says:

From a male perspective… Ladies…please…

Huh? Pantyhose/tights/stockings… These are FORBIDDEN FRUIT to men. Don’t you get it? Simply by wearing pantyhose you are experiencing a tactile sensation that men can only imagine/project. Why you would want to give up that situation (defined by sociologists as “superiority”, by the way) ???

Women GET TO WEAR pantyhose!!…

…and in nearly any situation as well!

(Pick your knee-highs or, tights, “pilates / yoga” stuff (a.k.a. “opaque bodywear”) for work, running, climbing, hiking, generally whatever team sports you go for)

then
GET TO COMPLAIN ABOUT
the utter wonderfulness that they gigglingly and conspiratorially deny to men.

Ladies, my advice is to just not wear pantyhose but don’t mention a word about it. You’ll still be smug and de-facto exclusionary about “women-only” fabrics and formats, which most men see as the ultimate tease, either prior to the bedroom or prior to the six-figure employment position.

During my chemotherapy I wore pantyhose for my hairless self and (depending on size, brand, etc…) still regard them as possibly the most wonderful garment that we humans have created for ourselves (yes, that includes the, ahem, very male end of things), but I’m stuck on the off-limits side of the Y-chromasone.

Just a heads-up, women.

August 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm
(10) Tim says:

I don’t see that it’s illegal to require pantyhose when some restaurants do it, even though that’s not just interviews. As much as I love seeing pantyhose on women, they should not be required. Women can pick their own styles of dressing. Many simply have absolutely beautiful legs and don’t need the enhancement anyway.
I would add that if women that hate wearing them don’t wear them, at least don’t knock those that do enjoy wearing them. Yes, many men simply love wearing pantyhose. If it’s sexist to mandate women to wear them, it’s just as sexist to deny men the opportunity to also don them as part of their wardrobes.
thanks for the topic.
Tim.

July 24, 2008 at 11:43 am
(11) Roni says:

Who wears a dress or skirt to an interview these days anyway? I say pant suits and trouser socks all the way!

July 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm
(12) picky Girls says:

I agree with CASIA HOLMGREN post. My Additional comments: Why do women want to wear pant suits, “let’s get back to Fabulous Femininity”!

December 1, 2011 at 11:25 am
(13) Knæstrømper says:

It is another time today. People can wear what they want to the right situation. Jeans or pantyhose.

July 24, 2008 at 12:24 pm
(14) CASIA HOLMGREN says:

I refer to the adage — When in Rome, do as the Romans. If given only a choice of either a yes or a no — I say YES. Like some of the other comments I’ve read, I agree that it depends on the job. If you are interviewing to be a lifeguard, then perhaps it’s not necessary but if you’re going after an accounting job, then yes.

July 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm
(15) Kay Stout says:

Believe it or not, there are companies where slacks are not allowed for women and they are required to wear panty hose – year round. On a hot day (it is 105 in OKC today), I have great compassion for them. But, as mentioned in an earlier email, when in Rome – - do as the Romans. I saw 50 a long time ago and I can tell you no woman over 45 should wear a skirt at/above her knees without hose. Longer skirt – - no problem. But gravity wins and it’s first conquest is your knees!!! I know.

Kay

July 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm
(16) MKS says:

Men love to see women’s legs in pantyhose, versus the any other option.

July 30, 2011 at 6:46 pm
(17) Henry says:

Oh yes they do I should know as my wife nevers leaves the house without pantyhose she wears them all the time and I enjoy that

August 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm
(18) james says:

Women should always be in pantyhose. Its a part of looking professional. Bare legs looks horrible even on 21 year old women in NYC. Pantyhose looks professional, classy, elegant, and several other things i wont say. “Sexy” there I said it. And in NYC women in the suits and summer skirts with flip flops and sneakers is completely unsuitable and horrible looking.

August 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm
(19) Bret Bowman says:

Umm, I simply MUST agree with this 110%. Bare legs are hideous. If I only had the heart to tell women this, but I don’t want to hurt their feelings.

October 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm
(20) JayJay says:

Yes, some men love to see women’s legs in pantyhose. What does that have to do with wearing pantyhose for job interviews, though?

Not to mention that what men like or dislike when it comes to women’s clothing should have no bearing on what women choose to wear.

July 25, 2008 at 10:39 pm
(21) Erica says:

A (female) boss I had in the mid- to late-90s had a policy that women in the office were supposed to wear pantyhose, and was told by HR that such a mandate is illegal…as it should be…so I can’t imagine that it’s legal to require a woman to wear a skirt or dress to work either.

July 27, 2008 at 11:31 am
(22) Joyce says:

I do not wear panythose anymore. A great substitute is Stayups!
As long as your skirt is long enough… it looks as polished as pantyhose.
As a matter-of-fact, I always wear stayups. Just my two cents.

August 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm
(23) Guest says:

Joyce, are you refering to “thigh highs”, which is what I wear. They make it easier to go potty too…

August 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm
(24) JOHNNY says:

WOW…I WISHED MORE WOMEN DRESSED LIKE U…BARE LEGS ARE BORING AND UGLY…COME ON WOMEN…PANTYHOSE LEGS ON WOMEN ARE SO SEXY…

August 19, 2011 at 9:26 am
(25) D Brucken says:

I always wear pantyhose and agree that some legs just don’t look good without them. They make super sheer one’s now that you can’t even tell one is wearing them.

October 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm
(26) JayJay says:

Thanks for your opinion, but the topic is about wearing pantyhose to a JOB INTERVIEW. Job interviews are not about looking sexy.

July 29, 2008 at 8:57 pm
(27) William says:

As a man who works in an office environment I have grown up with strong gender roles. Not to sound like I am 90 years old, I am 31, but I believe in a man who wears a suit and a woman who either wairs a pant suit or a blouse and skirt with hosiery. Many women from a young age detest wearing pantyhose because they feel it is an uncomfortable garment, but as another woman already wrote, stay ups, or thigh highs as they are called in my neck of the woods, are a perfectly suitable alternative. A classic garter belt with stockings may revive imagery of something out of a steamy novelette, but also works around the office. Although some women may feel that only the old women around the office wear nylons, I believe it does look much more professional than bare legged women I see interning during the summer walking around in flip flops. I will admit, that as a man, and even though there shoouldnt be room for this around the office, I feel a women’s legs look much better in hosiery, than not. But thats just a personal opinion.

A 31 year old male office employee’s point of view,
William

July 30, 2008 at 2:16 am
(28) Mel says:

I’ve been reading up about what to wear to an interview and it seems that skirtsuits are a better option than pantsuits. So, if you don’t have tanned, blemish-free legs you should wear pantyhose. A pantsuit with trouser socks may not work and it would be better to heed on the side of conservatism and just wear the skirted suit with pantyhose.

September 8, 2008 at 9:26 pm
(29) Neeta says:

skirt suit and pantyhose is the professional way to go.It is always professional, elegant and never old.Old is gold anyways.It can never wear out.

October 14, 2008 at 11:02 am
(30) Sweetiepie says:

To the person who says who wears a dress or a skirt to an interview many days, many people for that matter. I have noticed many women want to tell me how to dress and not to wear dresses as much, so I was relieved to finally work in a setting where women still wear skirts and feel feminine. By the way, I have worked in office settings where women wore skirts without pantyhose, so in today’s work environment it is unnecessary unless it is part of the dress code. Pantyhose are bad for the environment as they run easy and often end up in landfills. Using self tanning lotion on your legs covers just as much as good pair of stockings would anyway.

May 7, 2011 at 12:27 am
(31) Sarah says:

An irrelevant comment, but I couldn’t resist mentioning it:

Four or five years ago, I was excavating an early 1970′s era dumpsite. I noticed that there were several nylons that would dangle from the edge of the excavation. They were all blue and green-tinged. I can only guess that, based on some of the adjacent wastes, these were once nurses’ white uniform nylons that had aged to a unique color.

As you might guess, I’ve not worn a skirt during the workweek in over a decade. I’m guessing in most climates, hose will help to prevent sticking & chafing, but I’d be inclined to say that it depends on the woman. If she’s not comfortable in her work clothes, it’s time to change either the clothes or the work!

October 2, 2011 at 11:43 pm
(32) JayJay says:

No one should be telling you how to dress and I’m glad you found an accepting environment. But remember that femininity is a state of mind, no matter what you’re wearing.

October 16, 2008 at 3:29 pm
(33) DeniB says:

On an interview, dress better than you expect to dress on most work days. I would choose a trouser suit, trouser socks and closed toe pumps, but I am over 50 and concealment helps my image.

Given a hot day, a youthful aspect and a casual job opportunity, I say, go with a long skirt, coulottes or trousers and gartered stockings or trouser socks if you can’t abide pantyhose.

How many of you have found your thigh-hi stockings lose their grip? I ended up with garters on them, just in case.

None of the other speakers mentioned health issues but I’ve never heard of a man getting an infection from a tie.

I’ve worked for state government since the 70s and it has mellowed so much that I was amazed to receive permission to wear clean running shoes to work–any day.

I’m an administrative assistant; most of the time, I do not greet or interact with clients, but it happens.

Given that the days I wear a dress with tights or hosiery are the days the copier or printers break down and I end up crawling around trouble-shooting, I choose the slacks & sneekers 99% of my work life.

It could be the West Coast casual makes my attire acceptible.

I wear socks and sneekers most of the time and I’m delighted.

My back and knee injuries have less flare-ups, and I have more attention devoted to doing my work, rather than finding nail polish to catch a run.

November 8, 2008 at 10:30 am
(34) carolyn says:

you should wear a smart skirtsuit with panty hose. That way you’ll look professional as well as feeling nice and feminine.

August 30, 2011 at 11:03 am
(35) m1q says:

I completely agree…. I’m so tired of pants, why not a nice pencil skirt that hits just below the knee, flattering on almost any shape, at least I think.
It’s professional and feminie.

November 15, 2008 at 11:54 pm
(36) Stephanie Brunell says:

I seem to be in a minority here, and, being that this is the case, I feel I must put in my two cents.

I agree that from a comfort standpoint, pantyhose are a curse upon women in the workplace. Having worn mostly skirts in this male-dominated environment, I hold true that, when I have worn nylons, I have garnered a greater degree of respect than when my legs were bare. This observation is given from a paralegal at 43 years of age – you do the math.

As it happens, I love the way my legs look when I am wearing hose – perhaps that is revealing too much personal info, but I always wear stockings when I attend formal functions. Wearing stockings under the dress you just bought for an evening gala where your husband will address his colleagues is always a turn-on.

December 28, 2008 at 8:56 am
(37) jackie says:

why do you hate pantyhose? i honestly don’t understand it! they feel so wonderful, and look so classy. and men, LISTEN UP WOMEN, love them, even if they won’t admit it. and the way it contributes to your overall appearance is without debate. so, why? i just don’t get it. if you want a job, why not look your best? not to mention…you never know when the man of your dreams will be out there…and do you really want to look frumpy?

February 28, 2011 at 12:03 am
(38) n2hosiery says:

you are amazing!

January 23, 2009 at 8:13 am
(39) Brad says:

I agree with Jackie

February 27, 2009 at 12:59 am
(40) Not-a-fan-of-William says:

All the men commenting on this should be required to wear pantyhose for one day before they are allowed to speak. Otherwise, you just sound like misogynist douches. This is a cultural problem that needs to be overcome. Why are you assessing a woman’s legs in the workplace anyways? Personally, I am not opposed to looking nice in the office and wearing the occasional skirt. But as a young professional, the idea of wearing pantyhose to work makes me want to gag, and furthermore, I think in a progressive workplace it makes you appear really out of touch and more importantly – weird as hell.

August 4, 2011 at 6:55 am
(41) Fan-of-William says:

“Weird as hell” . . .?

Sooooo, you’ve NEVER EVER found a colleague at work attractive? Or saw a guy in a suit (when he normally doesn’t dress up) and thought – “WOW he looks good today” ?

For the sake of this argument you’re going to say “no, I haven’t” and you’re a liar.

When people dress up (both men and women) they just look better. Blazers and/or ties on men; Skirts and nylons on women. This country is getting SLACK – I was at a wedding recently and saw people wearing flip-flops.

Seriously? this is where we are now?

August 19, 2011 at 9:33 am
(42) D Brucken says:

I agree Fan-of-William…she’s definitely misguided if she thinks bare legs look professional and that those who wear them are setting back women or they are out of touch! Weird? nothing weird about wearing or choosing to wear pantyhose at all and it looks much better then seeing someone in a skirt or dress with bare legs…I wear them every day and have no problem with it what-so-ever….

October 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm
(43) JayJay says:

Whether she finds people attractive or not at work has nothing to do with the topic at hand. Not to mention that she stated that she likes to look nice, so she isn’t opposed to dressing up.

The issue is that women shouldn’t be required to wear pantyhose. One can look aesthetically-pleasing and professional without wearing pantyhose. Pantsuits, for example, look nice and professional and don’t require pantyhose.

February 27, 2009 at 1:03 am
(44) Not-a-fan-of-William says:

Oh, and one more thing, William. Your solution to pantyhose being uncomfortable had the words “thigh-highs,” “stay ups,” and “garter belt” in it. You have just set the women’s rights movement back about 50 years.

March 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm
(45) crys says:

Come on, William is only saying what all men are thinking. Men look at womens legs because well, THEY ARE MEN, no matter how much we try to change them, it won’t work. I have a tattoo on my leg that is not really noticable, especially when I wear hose and one of my bosses commented that even I had a tattoo when a discussion came up about working in an office environment and having to many body embelishments. Well, that means that my straight laced boss has looked at my legs and he has never ever made a pass at me or made me feel uncomfortable, he is JUST A MAN!!! That being said, wear the hose or not, it is up to you but I would never go to a job interview wearing a skirt without them. After your hired and doing a great job, then test the waters by wearing a dress without them, not before.

October 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm
(46) JayJay says:

I know what you’re saying, but not all men are the same. Some men are gay and some men are asexual, for example.

April 4, 2009 at 9:42 am
(47) Not-a-fan-of-not-a-fan-of-williams says:

Whether you like it or not, men and women alike have input on what looks professional in the office. Discounting an opinion because it comes from a man is kind of pointless, unless you only work with women.

April 5, 2009 at 10:54 am
(48) sjc says:

Pantyhose can be uncomfortable. what about getting a run while exiting the car in front of thw building you are interviewing at.. what looks worse.. run or no hose.

I wear pantyhose based upon my outfit. Pants.. never. long skirts.. prefer thigh level hose. dresses or mid-length skirts..neutral colored pantyhose.

hot days, pantyhose can be very uncomfortable. Cold, rainy days.. they can keep the legs warm.

Should it be a practical use . there was a time when cotton stockings, knee highs were more the fashion and nylon stockings weren’t common.

August 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm
(49) zizi says:

Hi, sjc

I think no hose is better then hose with a run. a run can look tacky and draw more (bad) attention to your legs then if you just forwent the hose. If you feel you need hose, have a spare in your car.

April 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(50) Patty says:

Yah, I’m old school and I wear pantyhose to an interview. And guess what, I rarely wear a pants suit to an interview. I know I look good in a skirt, so why not dress in a way that is professional and becoming? After I get the offer, I can dress in slacks or w/o pantyhose as long as I’m not breaking the dress code.

To the person who says pantyhose are uncomfortable, I say, so are bras and for that matter shoes. But we wear them in the workplace, too.

And to the person who said her HR Director told her it was illegal to make wearing pantyhose a dress code policy. Wrong. It is not. A company has a right to determine it’s dress code. It can be different between departments within the same company, and quite often, is.

June 16, 2011 at 5:49 pm
(51) ssp says:

”A company has a right to determine it’s dress code. It can be different between departments within the same company, and quite often, is.”

Not true. Check with a labor attorney before making silly comments like this.

August 30, 2011 at 11:07 am
(52) mq says:

darn straight! i also love the way i look in a pencil skirt in particular

April 17, 2009 at 12:03 am
(53) Needajob says:

I’ve read all the comments and they have been helpful….but if you do decide to wear pantyhose to a job interview….what color?!?!?! If wearing a black linen suit, white blouse….would you wear a sheer soft black, or a neutral color?? Please feel free to post your opinion…have an interview tomorrow…would love your feedback!

May 28, 2009 at 5:51 pm
(54) Leah says:

Pantyhose are SO tacky and out-of-fashion that I’d immediately look askance if an applicant did wear them! Tights if the weather is inclement, sure, but nude pantyhose? Awful. Gross. I’d rather wear a paper sack.

It isn’t 1993, people. Pantyhose are no longer worn, and wearing them makes you look like a giant dorky idiot.

I guess if you’re working for a phenomenally conservative place in the midwest somewhere you might need them, but otherwise, ditch the nylons. For the love of god PLEASE.

June 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm
(55) Ali says:

Leah! kindly show courtesy to others whose opinions differ from yours. Name calling is childish and shows that you are insecure in your debating ability to keep it objective.
Stick to the subject matter and while at it improve your language skills. If you wish, you may sit at the children’s table, while the adults speak.

June 17, 2011 at 9:13 pm
(56) Weyes says:

Leah does not need to “improve her language skills,” Ali. She is merely missing a comma. You, however, are missing a hyphen and need to capitalize a letter that you left lowercase.

If you don’t agree with her, that is fine. Trying to insult her writing ability when her post is well-written and has fewer errors than yours is childish.

August 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm
(57) Guest says:

Leah honey, lack of panty hose makes you look low class
and lazy. Tights? Ok, if you’re 13 or 14. Otherwise, dress the part, whatever that is…. Then leave the criticism to others, who don’t use childish works like “dorky”.

August 30, 2011 at 11:15 am
(58) Mediterrean Queen says:

In the end I do agree with you, and I live in SOUTH FLORIDA. This is why I am torn after reading all these comments because I feel the majority are pro-hose. But again I live in South Florida and am thin and always feel like even if I wear an ultra sheer color of hose (I have light olive/tannish skin), I still look pencil skinny and look funny. Now what if I wore a pencil skirt that hits just below the knees, fits really well and is professional, and I am short keep in mind. Do I still need hosery? Please let me know at mediterraneanqueen@gmail.com. Thanks!

May 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm
(59) Robin says:

I live in CT and I would look really foolish in the middle of January going to work in bare legs and a temperature of 5 degrees with a strong wind. My company does require we wear hosiery and its in the handbook.

Even in the summer i do the thigh highs with skirts just below the knees.

In this economy if the handbook says hosiery thats what you wear then, and I think anyone who owns a business has a right to say what type of attire you must wear.

And by the way I know everyone is thinking I’m over 50, but I’m actually 24 and don’t have a problem wearing them.

And I’m in very good athletic shape and will also have a nice tan soon, but to the company who pays me very well I will go by the rules of the company. And I really don’t mind.

June 1, 2009 at 6:53 pm
(60) Tammy says:

What a controversial topic! Who’d a thunk ;) Well, my 25 cents on this is unless you are going to an interview for a burger flipping job or to become an intern for some fashion diva a la “The Devil Wears Prada,” where the hose! If you really want the job, where the hose. You aren’t there to be fashionable; You are trying to demonstrate that you are professional.

June 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm
(61) Tammy says:

Oh, gee, “wear” not “where.” Where is my brain today?

June 1, 2009 at 9:38 pm
(62) The GIANT Dorky Idiot says:

Many companies remain “conservative” and they are not all in the midwest. It is an absolute that you know about the culture of an organization BEFORE you to in to the interview. And yes, it’s okay to ask the HR/Recruiter if hosiery are required for an interview for their organization than to just assume that the bare-legged look is appropriate. In my opinion, it is a bigger faux pas to under-dress in an interview than to over-dress.

June 7, 2009 at 7:34 pm
(63) Nancy says:

One time pantyhose were originaly mandated by the health department…For women in the food industry who work in short skirts…
Women that complain about pantyhose are not buying the good brands… The supermarket brands and some department store brands are very uncomfortable and can feel like sandpaper and can feel prickly when you sweat.
I turned by friends on to some brands from Germany, Spain and Italy…these pantyhose can last for a few months without a run and are a pleasure to wear. Some can be so comfortable and invigorating you will not want to take them off :)
Nancy

June 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm
(64) cal says:

Bloomingdales’ own brand hose are the best I’ve found and really do last. They are more expensive than Hanes or L’eggs, but much better quality.

June 8, 2009 at 10:22 am
(65) BJ says:

Come on, team. First of all, consider the alternative to pantyhose, ie, what came 40 years before…. Second, men DO look at legs, so I say wear hose to be professional, but wear the sheerest ones you can find. That’s far from dorky. Third, let’s focus on the REAL, bottom-line pantyhose-related concern: you’re professionally dressed with nice, not dorky, hose, but your bare-legged female interviewer passes judgement on you based on your legs and not on your brain. Scary.

June 8, 2009 at 10:39 am
(66) eliewriter says:

I guess it depends on how badly you want to work for the company with which you’re interviewing.

In the summer I generally skip wearing pantyhose, regardless of skirt length as long as I don’t look hoochy, since my job’s “gray collar,” and requires sometimes working from my office, sometimes driving to people’s houses or a variety of situations. I try to stay as cool as possible since I can’t afford to get the a/c fixed on my car right now.

Not every company is going to have a culture that expects females to wear pantyhose. Not every company is going to mind tattoos or body piercings either.

But if I wanted a job enough and knew there were certain expectations regarding appearances (regardless of whether they’re “illegal” requirements), I’d make up my mind to comply before ever applying with the company.

After all, I’m going in to try to get a job, not initiate a lawsuit.

June 8, 2009 at 10:45 am
(67) eliewriter says:

Nancy, I just read your comment about the pantyhose from Germany, Spain and Italy. I’m intrigued. Would you mind mentioning the brand names and if there’s a Web site to find them? Thanks!

June 8, 2009 at 1:03 pm
(68) Petra Leggs says:

I am a guy and I wear pantyhose everyday!
I love the way they feel.
And yes I think EVERYONE should wear them ALL the time.
-Hose On! Petra…

June 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm
(69) Nancy says:

Eliewriter….
These are the top European stuff that makes all the difference…
“Cecilia de Rafael” from Spain is my favorite..
From Germany try the Falke brand…
From France try Fogal…
Italy try Givenchy brand..
Austria has Wolford brand..

Shmancy :)

June 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm
(70) eliewriter says:

Thanks Nancy! I’ll check out those brands.

I just wanted to add one more comment. I used to work in a hospital and many of the female technologists wore pantyhose under their scrubs to prevent fluid accumulation in blood vessels from being on their feet all day. Eventually that accumulation can lead to varicose veins.

So, even though I’m not crazy about wearing pantyhose, women may want to consider that there are other personal benefits to wearing them, aside from aesthetics.

June 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm
(71) Christina says:

I just make is a general rule. I will always wear pantyhose when I leave the house, and most of the time when I am home I will wear pantyhose too.

June 25, 2009 at 10:54 pm
(72) Caroline says:

The cheap grocery store brand pantyhose in the wrong color can look tacky – but a pair of quality stockings (real hosiery, not junk) can look sensational. If you’re wearing a skirt to a job interview, I say don’t leave your legs bare – tights or hosiery, please! If that thought’s unbearable, opt for a professional looking outfit with pants. Once you land the job, you can look around and get a feel for what’s appropriate at your new workplace – but it’s always best to look like a success story instead of someone whose biggest ambition is to be “comfy.”

June 29, 2009 at 10:42 am
(73) Linda says:

I went to a business school that had a dress code of dresses/skirts and no slacks unless 32 degrees or colder so I have dressed professional regardless of the dress code ever since. Fast forward 25 years, I interviewed on a Friday and noticed office employees wearing jeans. I asked, “is Friday casual day?” The response I rec’d from the male Administrator is, “I hadn’t even noticed”. As an employee of 1.5 years who works for the Administrator of a 16-physician office in Dallas with 160 employees, I am now addressing “inappropriate casual attire” so here I sit searching for policy language and stumbled across this survey. I believe you should wear hose, thigh-highs, knee highs if your skirt hem in long enough AND get rid of those flip-flops!

July 6, 2009 at 8:13 am
(74) Across-the-water Jen says:

Being from the UK, this is quite an interesting debate to stumble upon. Pantyhose (“tights”) are more than common over here, they’re actually currently on trend, and can be found in many different colours and patterns. Maybe it’s because our weather isn’t quite so friendly, but tights – here and across Europe – are not seen as conservative or frumpy.

While for an interview it’s advisable to stick to plain nude or dark tights, once employed, patterns are more than acceptable; many women wear tights to work, and they can in fact be quite sexy (for those days when you’re not heading straight home after work). And I live in London, and work close to the City, so that’s about as professional as it gets.

As for the comfort factor, I would have to agree that you get what you pay for (I’ve been a victim of cheap tights!) If you buy cheap, you’ll be buying often, as they ladder and ball very easily. Whereas if you spend a little bit more, they can last a whole season.

My current favourite is Tabio, a Japanese brand (Asia has led the way on trendy, fun hosiery and socks for years). Not sure if they’re available in the US, but well worth a look.

It sounds like America needs to discover good, fun, playful tights!

July 16, 2009 at 5:48 pm
(75) Not for me! says:

I hate, HATE pantyhose. I think that it looks good on *some* people, but the majority of people it looks hideous and frunmpy. Plus, on occasions where I couldn’t get out of wearing it, I was so uncomfortable (my body temp is higher than normal, and wearing any sort of tights makes me sweat no matter the temp).

I say that any item of clothing that serves no real purpose should be discarded. Hose are unnecessary unless it’s winter, and just another reason to subject women to uncomfortable fashion trends.

I also think ties are useless. No point to them and I think guys with tie-less suits look much fresher. Who wants to begin each day with a noose around their neck???

July 20, 2009 at 1:12 am
(76) yoda says:

It never ceases to amaze me how much some women hate pantyhose. You ladies go to the extreme of “not-a-fan-of-william” and start tearing people apart if they dare suggest that a woman’s legs look good when she’s wearing nylons. It’s just an article of clothing – it’s not like someone is telling you to renounce your faith.

It seems that the #1 complaint that gets tossed around regarding pantyhose is that they’re too uncomfortable. Sadly, you have no one to blame but yourselves if your hose are that uncomfortable. Do as others suggested and spend more than $5 on a pair of hose and stop buying them at the grocery/drug store. Go to a department store and buy some nice sheer to waist hose in the correct size. You’ll be amazed at how comfortable they are.

In regards to the women that say men should be forced to wear pantyhose so they can feel how uncomfortable they are – I am a man and I do wear pantyhose. When I’m shopping for hose I treat them just like any other article of clothing I buy, I make sure I buy something that’s comfortable and not the cheapest thing on the rack. There are uncomfortable pantyhose out there but if you know how to shop for hose then you won’t have any problem finding a nice pair that flatters your legs and is still comfortable.

Enjoy your pantyhose ladies.

July 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm
(77) Renae says:

My job does not actually require any type of hosiery, however due to my profession in corporate sales, I often wear them. I’ll give you a tip for your next interview.

Wear a garter belt and stockings. The garter belts today are not like our mothers or grand mothers wore.They are actually very comfortable and form fitting. Most stockings also stretch and are as sheer as pantyhose. You won’t feel as compressed and you may even feel a little sexy.

I don’t recommend stay ups especially if you will have stand up several times for introductions; nothing is more embarrassing then you having to pull your stockings up in an interview.

I personally hate the Hillary Clinton look,so I shy away from the pant suit.However if that’s your thing and you can get away with it;go for the knee highs and avoid trouser socks.

I’m 38, so I’m not the younger crowd, but I’m not the older crowd either.

I hope this helps.

July 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm
(78) Lizette says:

It’s funny to stumble on this thread. Many companies are merging and starting to enforce a more strict dress code.

I have been at my job six years and we’ve been pretty casual; I wear jeans a lot. Last year my company got bought out and a lot of employees were let go. I was fortunate to keep my job. Last week our new CEO advised every employee that October 14 ends our casual/summer dress code and October 15, the new dress code begins and it includes women required to wear pantyhose or stockings.

I have not worn pantyhose or stockings since my brother’s wedding four years ago and that was only because it was five below in Boston. My girlfriend’s company went through a dress code change over a year ago and she also has to now wear hose.

Companies can get away with the new dress codes becuase they know someone would love to wear nylons if it meant getting a job. The only bright side I see to this change is men will have to wear jackets and ties and I love seeing a man in a jacket and tie.

July 22, 2009 at 7:52 pm
(79) kimberly says:

Yep…hose pile up in landfills. Nylon doesn’t really degrade. I get a rash on my upper thighs when I wear nylons. If you think your legs look better with artificial skin or you get kicks from wearing them…than do it! But why should a company be able to dictate that women wear something that even has a fetish section on porn sites??? I know this strictly from researching views. I hate hose. It’s an envrionmental disaster. Tights are not as bad…they last longer…but opaque tights look hilarious w/ a skirt suit.

Hmm…how about all you balding guys get wigs. Guys and Gals must rid of all unsightly facial hair. Ya’ll wear foundation and while you’re at it…get your teeth fixed.

It disgusts me that we have to wonder whether a WWII invention should make our legs acceptable. YUCK.

July 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm
(80) Betsy says:

Two words: YEAST INFECTIONS.

I would never, ever consider working for a company that makes wearing hosiery a requirement. I think to force that is incredibly sexist and inconsiderate.

May 27, 2011 at 9:56 am
(81) Jennifer says:

Two words: SHOWER TIME.

I wear sheer pantyhose almost 24/7 and I have never had a yeast infection in my entire life. Girls getting yeast infections need to blame the real culprit (uncleanliness, hereditary, diet, even grooming.) – Don’t use simple pantyhose as your scape goat. If that were true then ever girl would have yeast infections from simply wearing panties.

August 1, 2009 at 10:25 pm
(82) Lynda says:

It is not illegal to require female employees to wear pantyhose or dresses or skirts as it is not illegal to require men to wear shirts and ties, dress slacks with belts. Companies can even require no face piercings or visible tattoos. They can require only one earring in each ear. I even have Clients that require women to wear shoes with no openings (no sandals or sling back shoes or open toes). This is not illegal. It is a company preference and many people who won’t comply don’t get hired. That’s probably best for everyone. It can be required as a company preference or for Branding purposes. Dress to Impress….but check out the company first and use common sense to decide what is best. Check out the other employees that work at the company you want to work at and play it safe by dressing accordingly. Sure they make exceptions, but that is the exception not the rule. Don’t be misinformed.

August 4, 2009 at 8:36 am
(83) michael says:

Hello IM michael a cross dresser from macomb Twp, MI. I think if you wear a skirt you need to wear pantyhose, if you wear pants then Knee HI’s. The only time I wear pantyhose is in the fall to spring with my pants, I wear Knee HI’s with my pants during the summertime. I think you look more dressed in a sheer Knee HI with pants or jeans.

August 6, 2009 at 9:27 am
(84) Misti says:

First point for me is: where I live, if you put on a pair of hose during the summer you’re asking for a heat stroke. Second point is I think people shouldn’t be paying THAT much attention to my legs…..I mean seriously. Some hose are so flesh toned these days what are they going to do come up and pinch your leg?

September 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm
(85) PaulF says:

OH MY GOD LIZETTE! Why are you checking out a man in a jacket and tie??? (hang on a sec while I pull my head out of arse…..) Ok, that’s better. You likely did it because you are a human, unlike others here.

When a company has a dress code, if you do not agree with it, don’t apply. It’s that simple.

Pantyhose, when worn and fit properly, are sexy. Not many people will deny that. A sexy air about yourself exudes strength and confidence. Both are very desirable traits, not only in the workplace, but obviously, otherwise. You ladies have this. It’s built in to you. Why not use it?

Lizette – that guy you were checking out in the jacket and tie, if it were just a navy jacket and brown tie, you’d check him out, but if it were a FANTASTIC jacket and tie, say some BOLD colour that ties it all together with the jacket and shirt, you’d CHECK HIM OUT. We notice it too. If our male co-worker is wearing a particularly nice setup, we as other men, notice it. It demonstrates power, confidence, sexiness, a handful of traits that generally lead to success. Men and women are wired the same. You do it as well, and if an interviewer sees a candidate that pushes these traits, they WILL get the job, unless they are clearly missing that much more upstairs. If you as a woman can pull it off without pantyhose, more power to you, but let me suggest this – probably %75 of women that think they can pull it off, can’t.

The cheap ones run, they don’t fit right, they sag…. buy some good ones. You may spend $15 or $20 on one pair, but will wear them 15-20 times. Do the math. Its cheaper than buying the $5 ones and wearing them once. As mentioned before, look generally for European manufacturers – Cecilia de Raphael, Kunert, Wolford, Aristoc, so on…. The quality ones look better, feel better, fit better, and last longer.

About the yeast infections comment, well lets just say that if I had an open head wound, that I would not wear a hat – BUT, that doesn’t preclude me from wearing said hat when aforementioned head wound is healed. Get where I am going with this?

While I am in no way gay or anything other than hetero, this opinion comes from a guy who wears pantyhose near daily, under pants to work, or at home. I sleep in them sometimes. My wife loves them, both in the sack and out. There are also health benefits from the light compression they provide. Not talking about medical hose as a band-aid, but as regular hose as a preventative measure. I sit for nearly 12 hours a day at work. My legs feel MUCH better at the end of the day when I have been wearing pantyhose.

In the end, pantyhose on a woman, my best analogy is this:

You just ran your car through the car wash and that’s it. Sure, the dirt is gone, but there are still water spots all over it. Pantyhose are the finishing touch.

September 17, 2009 at 12:02 pm
(86) Scar says:

The simple answer: yes, always. Or just trousers.

October 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm
(87) Julie says:

I’m 44. I grew up in the pantyhose era, but I will avoid them as much as possible. I’m tremendously relieved to see pantyhose die out. They are ugly, and make you look like you have two prostheses instead of natural flesh legs. I can’t think of a single man I have known who doesn’t agree that a bare female leg is far more attractive than hose-encased gams. As far as what to wear with a skirt during cold weather – how about just below-knee boots, no stockings and a skirt?

October 8, 2009 at 12:19 am
(88) klm says:

yes wearing pantyhose i wear pantyhose they feel good with out pantys i like to play with my leggs i will play with your leggs in pantyhose send me your pantyhose

October 8, 2009 at 12:25 am
(89) Mel says:

I detest pantyhose. They are very hot, itchy and uncomfortable – even thigh-highs. They run, they snag – they are a totally worthless piece of clothing IMO. I can’t honestly say that I even notice whether or not the person I’m talking to has hose on or not. Any extra amount of femininity gained from hose are immediately canceled out by the constant itching and fidgeting. So anytime a job requires hose, I end up never wearing skirts.

I can see why some women like them, however. I just don’t think it should be considered a requirement.

October 10, 2009 at 12:06 am
(90) Terrigail says:

If you are a professional you will dress like one.

October 10, 2009 at 12:10 am
(91) Terrigail says:

RE: Thigh high hose…if you rub lotion on your legs from foot to upper thigh, then put on your thigh high hosiery it will not sag or fall down not matter how many times you sit and rise. And they are much cooler too. You are in a business position and you should dress accordingly.

October 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm
(92) Kim says:

Should you go on a job interview with out pantyhose? No. Going to an interview with nothing covering your cotton (or fill in the other material) panties is immodest and too casual. Even if your suit skirt or dress is long enough to not flash your innner thighs and panties when your legs are uncrossed (which you should keep uncrossed for an interview) the interviewer is going to take points off for you going so casual to a formal event like a job interview, unless like someone said above you are interviewing to be a life guard. Dressing casual and immodest to an interview is a big mistake. Want a job suck it up for the 15 to 30 minutes. Then do what you want with in company policy after you get the position.

October 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm
(93) Bill says:

casual and permissive is what is wrong with this country. Your bear legs look like hell most of the time…. of course most of the time you wear jeans, and look worse.

October 26, 2009 at 10:58 pm
(94) Sarah says:

Oh my. I’m 24 and the only time I could imagine wearing hose is if I were specifically going for a retro look—in which case they’d also have back seams and I wouldn’t forget my red lipstick.

Otherwise, I wouldn’t be caught dead in them. If I don’t want to show my legs I’ll wear slacks or opaque tights; in the summer you can bet I’ll be bare-legged.

Obviously there are standards of professional dress, but a company requiring hosiery is getting into a tricky area. I doubt more than a small percentage of women under 30 would wear hose, and as this generation takes over the corporate world hose will become more and more scarce.

People speaking out in support of hosiery believe that it looks better than bare legs. This depends on the legs, of course, but if you don’t want to show your legs, you have other options. Wearing pantyhose looks more tacky than professional.

October 26, 2009 at 11:10 pm
(95) Sarah says:

RE: Across-the-water Jen

Here, there’s a HUGE difference between tights and pantyhose. Tights—those are opaque, sometimes colored or patterned hose—are fashionable right now. Pantyhose are sheer and often flesh-toned, and definitely NOT in.

This debate is ultimately about what constitutes professional dress. I think people of all ages would agree that flip-flops, short skirts, and jeans are not considered professional (nothing wrong with a company that allows jeans, in my opinion, but I wouldn’t call that professional). For some, hose are required for professional dress; for others, they aren’t—and there’s definitely a generational gap between opposing sides.

November 1, 2009 at 10:49 am
(96) Doug L says:

I am sorry but these new age women don’t get it.
Through many years when nylon was unavailable women could hardly wait to the day that they could find hoisery for their legs.
There is nothing so unappealing that a woman all dressed up with a gorgeous dress and nice shoes with bare legs.
Ladies take the time and complete the outfit.
This bare leg thing has only been something over the past 15 years…glad to see the fashion trend turning back.

November 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm
(97) J & A says:

To Sarah re: “Jen across the water”…
Tights are the name of pantyhose in the UK…they call all such hosiery by the same name but differentiate based on dernier-that is thread count…the sheerest are as little as 6 dernier (damn near spider web!) and most US style brands are 12 to 20 dernier (those being department store or grocery varieties). Tights as we use the term in the US are minimum 30 dernier to more normal thickness of 50 dernier. That said buy the European made ones if you would like comfort and durability. Ones which are seamless, yes full seamless in in the crotch area are easy to wear and never bind. These made by Worlford such as their “Fatal” line come on either 15 dernier or 50 dernier and last for months to years respectively in a full line of colors and patters including “nude” as the US market would call it…if your hose are uncomfortable then you are buying the wrong product, either in sizing or materials or manufacture “cut to style”. Aristoc, and many other Euro brands will change your minds on the usefulness of this fashion accessory (note accessory not an everyday must but a useful accessory!!)

November 13, 2009 at 12:54 am
(98) Bob's your uncle says:

1) Bare legs are the fashion. Hose will come back into fashion, and bare legs after that. Repeat.

2) Business attire is not about fashion. There can be fashion elements to it, but the goal is to look professional.

3) Professionals pay attention to DETAIL. Sure, you may be dressed well, but if you don’t wear pantyhose, you may be indicating that you do not care about details.

4) Professionals often trying to represent their company people who spend money (customers, investors, etc), and these types usually insist that the image of the person they are dealing with represents the expectations of the company.

5) Even when “this generation takes over” you will find that professional is always professional, and it is always appropriate. I would never accept a sales person that did not dress professionally. I have learned to judge people by following my mentors, and the generation that comes after mine will do the same thing. Just because some businesses have gotten sloppy, don’t expect that those who make decisions are ever going to accept sloppy as professional.

If I was interviewing someone for a position at my company, I take a look at how the person presents themselves. Even though I may not expect the the person to always dress professionally, I will expect that they pay attention to the details. If it was a woman, I would note that her shoes are scuffed. That she has an unsightly bruise on her leg. That she has a tattoo on her neck, or that her eye brow is pierced. If it was a guy, I would note all the same things. Believe it or not, I would give lower makes to a guy that cam in not wearing socks than a woman not wearing pantyhose. That may actually be a double standard right there. It the person is absolutely exceptional, I may weigh the lack of paying attention to the detail of their interview outfit and still hire them. For most people, lack of attention to detail is going to rule them out.

December 23, 2009 at 8:36 am
(99) Veronica Johnson says:

Yes, it does matter whether or not you wear panty hose during a job interview. It is the professioanl way. Why would you go to an interview bare-legged. yuk. I dont even like panty hose but I wear them. And to make it easier on myself with my slacks, I wear knee hi’s.

December 29, 2009 at 5:53 pm
(100) a matter of taste says:

I’m working at an office that is changing from a business casual environment to professional business, and stumbled across this.

If you are going to wear a shorter skirt, then it may look more professional (or fashionable as opposed to trendy) to cover your legs.

That said, it is beyond time to challenge antiquated dress codes. If nude colored tights are acceptable, then seeing that skin should be too, if the individual is comfortable exposing it. Age and gender biases be done.

December 31, 2009 at 1:33 am
(101) Bosco Delahunty says:

I am based in the UK and I have a tights fetish (aka pantyhose in the U.S.) however most female office workers do wear pantyhose with either a skirt or trouser in this country, London especially. I love pantyhose.

January 2, 2010 at 7:14 am
(102) caroline deane says:

Im also living in the UK and work for a company with a strict tigths/pantyhose rule as part of the dres code.I agree with it.Women especially young feamles do not seem to appreciate that bare legs and feet can be off putting and can look unpleasant.Pantyhose and tights were liberating for our mothers to wear in the 1960′s and should not be discarded.Now its the men who seem to want to wear pantyhose!

January 29, 2010 at 10:27 pm
(103) Moderate Mouse says:

If I’m wearing a skirt to an interview (or any other “dress up” type situation for that matter), you can bet that I will have on pantyhose or at least black opaque tights (with the latter being most likely in the colder part of the year). I’ve gone bare-legged in a skirt dress before, mostly when I was a kid (I’m 24 now), and I’ve found that if I don’t wear pantyhose, tights, leggings (for more casual situations), or something along those lines with a skirt/dress, I end up feeling like I’m walking around in my underwear. (Granted, when I wear pantyhose in the summer, it sticks to my legs, but I’d rather put up with that than with feeling underdressed.)

I’m currently in the process of seeking employment myself. No interviews as of yet, but if I do get any, if I wear a skirt, I will have on pantyhose or at least tights. If I go with slacks, then I might opt for knee highs or trouser socks.

P.S. What I don’t get about the “hoisery” issue is why traditionally, the “only” acceptable color is that which (theoretically) is supposed to make you look like you’re not wearing any?

February 4, 2010 at 12:47 am
(104) Anonymous says:

I think men should wear skirts and pantyhose to an interview!

February 15, 2010 at 12:04 am
(105) Split says:

It would be amazing for the world to burn every single pair of pants and make everyone wear sweaters and skirts or dresses, but THAT will never happen! In all seriousness, however, nylons feel amazing and I love wearing them; I enjoy being female, and revel in it! I think some men get jealous that they cannot wear skirts without rocks being thrown at them; so for the time being, I am going to enjoy the hell out of being female!

March 11, 2010 at 12:49 am
(106) sara says:

I am 24.

I must say that I am disheartened to see so many comments agree that tan skin may be an exclusion to an otherwise constricting (for some) article of “clothing.”

It may not look ‘professional’ to have white skin, but that’s only because of fashion conventions and beauty standards. I find that there is enormous pressure for many women to procure a tan to look ‘sexy,’ ‘healthy,’ and yes, even ‘professional.’ The implication is that fair and pale skin, or perhaps afflicted skin, is not only unsightly (you can’t get upset if something is just found unattractive) but offensive.

I am proud of my heritage, and proud to be white, despite this.

I cannot understand why I company would prefer “conversative” pantyhose and skirt to pants. Pants are certainly more modest. The only thing more conservative about hose and skirts is that they perpetuate gender divisions. They simultaneously draw attention to feminitity and aim to mute it.

I’ve worn hose on occassion. I prefer thigh highs. I once wore hose under my pants in the winter. No heat issue. The sensation of it hugging my body was so unbearable, I ended up having a panic attack over my blood phobia (i could feel my circulation because of the tights). They also give me allergic reactions. (many suiting options all contain irritating fibers….but the looseness of pants makes it more bearable.

In short, your skin tone should not dictate how acceptable it is for you get away without hose. Also, they are impractical for many women.

Of course, health and positive image come second to aesthetics and tradition

March 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm
(107) Mike says:

The bare legs thing is over done these days! Pantyhose, nylons, stockings are SEXY to look at at awesome to feel.

April 3, 2010 at 8:45 pm
(108) James says:

I agree with Mike. I am sick of this bare leg look on women. I grew up in the ’70′s and almost all women including my mother wore pantyhose.
I wear them in privacy all the time. If I was comfortable with the boss and coharts in an office environment I would wear them too!
Maybe women aren’t wearing the right brands. I don’t know!
I say girl or woman definitely wear them to the interview. It projects confidence and professionalism.
That’s my take!
I hope women will get out of this pant thing!

April 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm
(109) Al says:

The women that hate pantyhose. You need to by the right brand and quality. It makes a huge difference. You get what you pay for. Higher quality hose is much more comfortable to wear.

May 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(110) George H says:

As a straight guy I find tights quite alluring on women. I have spoken to my female friends and previous girlfriends about this – all of which find it’s quite normal o b v i o u s l y. They give off sex appeal and women show class when they wear them. Of course they have practical reasons why they’re worn however fashion is another reason. Tights are fantastic and to all you girls on here who adorn them from time to time I salute you! x

May 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm
(111) RLW says:

I’m an older female (54) and really don’t like the bare-legged look with shorter skirts. Very few females (with the exception of teenagers) have flawless legs and I’ve seen some ghastly examples here in Cincinnati. I’ll go with longer flowing skirts (minus hose) in the summer, but the rest of the time, it’s pants for me.

May 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(112) Samantha says:

Whether you like it or not, first impressions DO make a difference! Also, perception is (usually) reality. When I interview potential employees, my first impression is what I see. If you dress sloppily, your chances of being hired have dropped to less than 1%. This goes for both men and women.

I wear pantyhose/stockings almost 100% of the time, because not only do my legs look better, but they feel good too. I agree with everyone else who has commented on the importance of buying good, quality hose. My favorite brand is Wolford and yes, they are expensive. But a single pair has lasted me for more than a year too. So you do get what you pay for.

May 28, 2010 at 4:49 pm
(113) My name is MUD from Juddville says:

I own a business and I would, of course, prefer my women to walk around in hose rather than showing nasty veins to clients (or better yet, a pantsuit).
I dont think its “old fashioned” to expect someone to wear traditional professional attire in a corporate setting. And I’m not old. I’m from the newer generation of business owners.
What is more old fashioned than a suit and tie? But, men still wear them because standards are standards.
In our american culture, we’ve spent the last 20 years dumbing down standards. Not improving them.
The fact women arent wearing hose on the job anymore is not an advancement. its a dumbing down.

May 28, 2010 at 5:01 pm
(114) never displayed it at all says:

I own a business and I would, of course, prefer my women to walk around in hose rather than showing nasty veins to clients (or better yet, a pantsuit).
I dont think its “old fashioned” to expect someone to wear traditional professional attire in a corporate setting And I’m not older. I’m from the young generation of new business owners.
What is more old fashioned than a suit and tie? But, men still wear them because standards are standards.
In our american culture, we’ve spent the last 20 years dumbing down standards. Not improving them.
The fact women arent wearing hose on the job anymore is not an advancement. its a dumbing down.

As for complaints that hose is “hot” (the corporate world isnt for crybabies. Every corporate office in the west is air conditioned). Men wear suits and ties in 101 temperatures. Sometimes even a BLACK suit (ouch). Obviously if hose is so hot during those seething summer days, then pants is the way to go? ya think? But when you decide you want to wear a skirt… hose should go with that. Its just classier and more becoming of a business woman.

May 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm
(115) my name is MUD from Juddville says:

sorry about my double post. There was a lag and I didn’t think it was posted to the system.

June 17, 2010 at 12:49 pm
(116) Sheila says:

My mother has worn pantyhose all her life and as an older woman she has beautiful legs. I believe that panyhose helps to keep your legs in shape and keeps it from being too exposed to the sun. However uncomfortable they are you will not regret it when you are 45+.

June 29, 2010 at 8:41 am
(117) caroline says:

yes you most definately should wear tights as a sign of respect and conformity.I am manger in a private corporation where until recently men had a strict dress code but female staff could wear pretty much what they liked. I despaired of seeing female staff with unsightly bare legs and bare feet inflicting their fashion nightmares on our customers. I’m proud to say that thanks to my efforts and a few other female colleagues we now have a strict female dress code consistin of compulsory wearing of tights with respectable length skirts and dresses.

June 29, 2010 at 8:41 am
(118) caroline says:

yes you most definately should wear tights as a sign of respect and conformity.I am manger in a private corporation where until recently men had a strict dress code but female staff could wear pretty much what they liked. I despaired of seeing female staff with unsightly bare legs and bare feet inflicting their fashion nightmares on our customers. I’m proud to say that thanks to my efforts and a few other female colleagues we now have a strict female dress code consistin of compulsory wearing of tights with respectable length skirts and dresses.

July 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm
(119) addicted says:

i am a man and i´m used to wear pantyhose under my trousers and i love it i couldn´t understand why women don´t like it.

July 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm
(120) addicted says:

to all women that don´t like tights/pantyhose could give them to me.

July 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm
(121) Ellen says:

Regarding Meredith’s comment, “I think the pantyhose rift is generational. Many professional women over 50 have a hard time understanding why women under 50 detest some of their antiquated mid century ideas about a woman’s ‘professional dress.”

“Antiquated mid century?” My mother had bare legs in the summer during the 60′s and I had bare legs with summer dresses my 20′s through my 40′s. A job interview is a different situation.

When women under 50 become women over 50, they will understand the rift. They will see their age spots, their varicose veins, their scars and crepey skin and either say, “I’m never wearing a dress again or I”m wearing pants forever.”

There are a lot of rifts between women of different generations. My mother wore girdles and high heels and dresses when she went to the grocery store. She would never dream of letting her flab hang out like younger women do today.

I would hardly call pantyhose “antiquated mid-century ideas” but a matter of vanity and hiding flaws. When women are young, they don’t worry about hiding flaws (although many of them should) but when they are older, they will see how unkind society is to older women – after the men have stopped looking at their bare legs forever.

July 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm
(122) Doug says:

If you are a Recruiter and actually care whether a candidate wears ‘pantyhose’ or not, you need a new line of work.

July 22, 2010 at 10:07 am
(123) Dan says:

I’m a man and love women in pantyhose. They are sexy especially with open toe shoe’s. I do wear pantyhose all the time I love the way the make my legs feel. Kind of like energizing them when I have them on.

July 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm
(124) Stonewal says:

Funny how some women get exercised about wearing them. No man objects. What I object to is bare legs. Many women, regardless of age, should not have bare legs! Pantyhose make them look so much more professional. Bare legs look way too casual… but then the first lady… well enough said

July 23, 2010 at 12:44 am
(125) mr. super-duper says:

there sure are a bunch of lazy women out there these days.
hate wearing pantyhose huh? well then, just show up to your job or interview in a tank top shorts and flip flops and show the world how lazy you really are.
women who complain are the ones who are lazy and probably don’t even shave anyway.

July 25, 2010 at 10:26 am
(126) Steve says:

Yes. Wear them if you interview in a skirt otherwise wear a pantsuit. I am a manager and I can tell you it would be a very short interview if you arrived in my office with the bare-legged look. It would be the equivalent of a man coming in without a tie. I immediately tells me you don’t care enough about this job to even dress up fully professional for an interview. The interview would be 10 minutes and a thanks… it was nice talking to you… now go apply at Walmart because you’ll never get hired here.

August 7, 2010 at 10:20 pm
(127) Cody says:

To the person who said a man should have to wear hose for a day before saying women should, I have, and I think if you find the RIGHT brand, they’re COMFY!! I like them. Occasionally when my restless leg syndrome acts up I put on a pair.

August 9, 2010 at 12:30 am
(128) Seerauber says:

There’s a self-awareness issue here… an amazing number of women think they have much smoother legs than they actually have. Sorry… varicose veins, baggy knees and gnarly ankles and feet are a distraction for both women AND men, so if you are so afflicted, be honest and either wear pant suits, or wear a good quality pair of hose.

If you complain that they don’t fit, you didn’t take the time to find the right fit, or you went cheap. It’s an interview, spend the money, look great, get the job, then dress as you like! But if you go on the cheap, well, you got what you paid for.

This woman I used to work with at least once a month would go to the mall on her lunch hour, crow about “the great shoes she just got for $9″ and then bitch about the same shoes the following Monday!

August 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm
(129) Gary says:

Bare legs look horrid. Very young girls can pull it off but even then the percentage is small. The bad part is, if they are allowed to do it, then the 95% of women where it is not an attractive look at all have the right to do it. It’s like letting Brad Pitt where a tank top… now you’ve opened the door to Larry King wearing a tank top. Thanks!!! Let me put it this way. You have taken off your hose… it looks as good as if you took off your make up. It’s ugly. Sorry boys, looks like FLIP FLOPS AND YAMS is the look of the 2000′s Glad I got to enjoy women that wanted to look good for at least a little while.

September 17, 2010 at 11:39 am
(130) Rachel says:

honestly? if a company doesnt hire me because i’m not wearing pantyhose… then i dont want to work for them. we’re talking about wearing them to an INTERVIEW. not everyone feels like this, but i interview a company as much as they’re interviewing me. and the last thing they should worry about is if i’m wearing pantyhose. silly.

September 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm
(131) Sarah says:

I think pantyhose or stockings look very professional. I usally wear them more often in winter and sandal open toes in summer without them.

I think all men that agree on the subject should have to waer them for a week under there tousers with no socks, what do you think girls.

If a policy says women must wear hoes, then so should men.

September 8, 2011 at 1:26 am
(132) Barry says:

I totaly agree but then again men typically wear a higher quality hose then ANY women would ever consider.

September 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(133) Michelle says:

Who are all these women with ugly legs? It’s like saying they look better with a bag over their faces. Stockings are never the right color unless you spend $15 for one pair, in which case they rip so easily that you could end up spending $60 a week on them. The resonable expense for stockings gets you ugly colored legs that don’t look natural at all. PLEASE STOP wearing them. Women, your legs are beautiful the way they are.

OK, maybe not all women, but I think they know who they are and they can wear them if they need to.

October 2, 2010 at 6:42 pm
(134) Derrick says:

Hose are hot, like it or not. Don’t care about interviews or anything else. A women in hose is a knock out. Bare legs look fine in a bikini, not so good in a business world. A woman should be able to do either as far as I’m concerned though. …for my part, my eyes will always go toward the woman looking great with the hose on.

October 27, 2010 at 1:20 am
(135) Gunz Donovan says:

I have to agree with Derrick. Luxury Hosiery on women in a nice dress, skirt or sweater dress is beyond hot! and very arousing and mentally stimulating when I see a gal who dresses up like that.

Bare legged look is alright if your at the beach or something along those lines

but I’ll choose a woman with great legs who enjoys the feeling of expensive hosiery against her body any day over the bare legged look for any other occasion.

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(136) Gunz Donovan says:

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October 29, 2010 at 7:31 am
(137) Craig says:

You talking about Chick-ens? That’s what the guys have taken to calling dressed up ladies with this look :)
All those nice feathers on only to see those skin stump things coming out of the bottom.
Depending on the age or masculinity of the skin stumps you may get the Hen or Rooster label.

November 1, 2010 at 10:08 am
(138) Lydia says:

It depends on the industry and what you want your interpretation to be. If you are female in a male dominated industry and want to be seen as a female admin, then were a skirt. If you want to be seen as an equal, save your femininity side for after hours, there are more important things to be thinking about during work hours.

November 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm
(139) Don Knotts says:

Trousers and socks? It’s sad that you speak of a womens rights movement and then suggest that women wear pants and socks. If you ladies want to look like us guys then more power to ya. Don’t hate the players, hate the game.

November 4, 2010 at 7:58 am
(140) Deidra says:

As an employer myself, I am more concerned about the continuous string of tips and “tricks” to present a different you to the interview. I want to see the real you. I feel like I have been scammed if you come to the interview in a business suit with a skirt and pantyhose and heels and then when employed we cannot get you out of attire that looks like granny’s pajamas. If you feel the job requires the suit and pantyhose and heels for the interview than you should expect the job requires similar attire for a professional image for the company. I do know one of the biggest factors of who will be laid off first in companies is who is not presenting the most positive image to our customers. Don’t try and dup the hiring manager, you don’t want to start work with a manger who feels like they have been the victim of a bait and switch scam.

November 14, 2010 at 4:22 pm
(141) bret says:

I wish women would ask men what they think about the bare leg fashion. If most men were able to be honest or asked the question…Do women look better in pantyhose and stockings? I would bet 90% of the response would be hell yeah. They cause a women’s legs to be alluring. Why do you think Hanes coined the slogan in the 90′s “the gentlemen ppefer hanes” (in hosiery ads). The ad specifically showed a man looking down at a woman legs who was wearing pantyhose. But no….today’s women could care less about themselves or how they present themselves to men. (most likely due to men are the same way). Men could care less how they look. (like slobs) and would prefer be that way. In order to stay that we we lowered the standard for how women present themselves to us. (ie at one time women cared about how they look to attract the male partner or husband. Since we lowered our standard we also sent a message to women that they don’t have to care either. i am rambling but this whole decline came from men first and women gladly joined in. I wish it would all change back to a time we cared about how we presented ourselves to the public and opposite sexes.

November 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm
(142) Angle says:

wtf…some of you are SUCH fools. ok, pantyhose are NOT uncomfortable… unless you didn’t shave your legs which is DISGUSTING!!!!. i don’t know what kinda pantyhose you guys have but i can’t feel mine when i do wear them. im 15 years old in grade 10 and i see alotta people wearing them in school.. it looks ok if you wear them in a cool way. i don’t know about if you should wear them to an interview because i’ve never applied anywhere… i’m looking this up for a project.. but i think yah you should.
omg i hate people like this.

November 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm
(143) Grace says:

I’m from Australia, and I hardly ever see pantyhose in my city, apart from on very old ladies. Lots of black stockings, but not those sheer fleshy things. However, if that’s how it’s done where you’re from, I’d stick to it for the interview. I find job interviews are mostly about ticking the right boxes.

Still, it’s sad that people feel they need to be so controlling over clothing. If you reject a good candidate because they don’t wear hose, you’re pretty incompetent.

December 2, 2010 at 3:16 am
(144) RUSS says:

WHAT IF MALE PICKED THEM UP FOR A DATE AND CAME ALL DRESSED UP AND DID NOT HAVE ON ANY SOCKS,DO YOU THINK THE GALS WOULD LIKE THAT I DON,T THINK SO

December 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm
(145) LadyPA says:

Wow!!! I never thought this would create such a controversy. And to think I stumbled upon this trying to know what people think about back seam nylons for the office. I personally always use pantyhose for the office or when dressing up. It just looks more polished. And the weather is no excuse for not wearing them as profesional men wear suits and ties in all kinds of weather also. So what do you think people? Would a nice pencil skirt and back seam nylons be too sexy for the office?

July 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm
(146) HENRY says:

Not at all my wife wears seamed stockings to her job at least 3 times a week and her skirts are to the knee or 3 in above the knee and she works for wells fargo and she feels sexy wearing them,they have never told her she could not wear them, I for one really enjoy her love of ntlons

December 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm
(147) Steve says:

I don’t think backseams are too much compared to what I have seen on the flip side of this conversation… which is women dressed up with hose with zebra or other full patterns or even lace… those can be a bit much and as unprofessional looking as the bare legs are. Both ends of the spectrum belong other places… like the beach or the bedroom.

January 14, 2011 at 11:58 am
(148) Role Reversal? says:

I’m amused at all the comments that are accusing men of being the enforcers of pantyhose. As a man I will admit that I do pay attention to a woman’s legs (if she’s wearing a skirt), however in my work experience most women pay just as much attention to other womens’ legs. With that being said, I feel it’s really up to the individual to decide what to wear. So unless you’re paid to enforce your company’s dress code, try not to accuse somebody of being a “giant dorky idiot”, if they’re making an honest effort to look professional.

January 24, 2011 at 5:49 pm
(149) YC says:

I hate pantyhose… the new revolution, NO PANTYHOSE!.

I’m so sick of hearing that I MUST wear pantyhose to a job interview. I think these make everyone look old and styleless.

Sausage casing for such a beautiful part of a women’s body, what fool thought them up and what fools continue this trend?

Not I-Yoanda

February 5, 2011 at 3:41 pm
(150) D. says:

I am a recently relocated (from New England) California resident; it is February here and almost 70 degrees. I have an interview soon for a community college job. All my professional clothes are skirts, and I have good interview clothes and shoes; I was trying to figure out if I should wear hose or not. I am very pale and most nude hose looks orange on me; black/opaque hose seems wrong for the skirts and shoes I have … and my budget is such that I can’t go shopping for more than pantyhose right now. The women I have asked out here seem split down the generation gap: 40 and under, shave, a little lotion, and great shoes – good to go; over 40, pantyhose. (I am 46 and was hoping for a clear NO PANTYHOSE vote, but Argh!) I think I will look for very pale hose and bring an extra pair in case of a run…

February 8, 2011 at 11:21 am
(151) Kelly says:

I just interviewed a bunch of people for an opening in my firm. During the preliminary rounds of interviews I didn’t pay much attention to the details of the candidates attire. As long as they looked professional I was happy. However, when we narrowed it down to the final two individuals, one came in wearing a nice suit and bare legs, the other came in wearing a nice suit and tan or flesh colored hosiery. The one wearing the hosiery looked more professional. The one with bare legs simply looked like she couldn’t be bothered to finish her appearance. Regardless of whether that was true or not, that was the impression she gave. The one wearing the hose gave us (the interview team) the impression she was there to work and not rush out at 5:00 to go to the beach, etc. She just looked more put together.

One of the women on the interview team also pointed out that hosiery is now coming back in to style and that she has started wearing flesh tone hose regularly. She’s 31 years old.

Wear hosiery to an interview. Just my two cents.

February 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm
(152) tom says:

Oh please! As a man who has interviewed hundreds of women over the last 20 years, some wearing flip flops with tee-shirts and others wearing professional outfits, guess who gets the job? If you want to be really comfortable, stay home eat your Twinkies and get fat. Employers expect men and women to look professional and that is hard to do for men who don’t like ties and for women who don’t like hose. There are very few women who have the leg power to go without hose when wearing a skirt and still look like a pro. So do what you like, but certainly don’t have the illusion that anyone gives a damn about whether your comfortable or not. Employers want you to project a professional image and if you can’t do that on your interview what would make anyone think you will be able to it when you get the job. Do you want to look like a frump or a pro, the choice is yours.

February 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(153) Laura says:

If you’re really looking for a job, stop and THINK about the time you spend creating a resume, finding company contacts, practicting your interview skills, etc. Now, consider whether it makes sense to cut yourself out of the running for looking too casual (for what? 1-3 hours?).

Many other posters have said it best: either wear a skirt suit with hose, or a pantsuit with trouser socks. Then, after you’re hired and have made your impression on those around you, feel free to adhere to your personal style.

As for considering a man’s opinion, there are plenty of men who detest wearing suit jackets and ties (especially when the weather is hot), but they would also have the sense to dress appropriately for an interview and “let their hair down” later, after proving themselves on the job.

February 15, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(154) Robs says:

To Grace, I’m from Melbourne Australia, where it may be a little cooler in winter compared to where you are from, and as I work in the city I see plenty of workers wearing pantyhose, and plenty without. Opaques, clear, patterned, quite a huge range. Women of all ages, not just the older ones. They don’t appear to be out of fashion considering the number of people wearing them and the variety of styles. In fact, they seem to be going through something of a revival. Speaking to a friend who wears them, she was saying that the European and Japanese brands are superior in fit and ‘look’. Where I work you have to dress professionally, but it is acceptable to not wear pantyhose, or even suits for the men. Just don’t look like you have walked in off the beach. However, as superficial as it sounds, what you wear definitely will have some impact on how your colleagues and clients relate to you. If the expectation is pantyhose, wearing them is a good starting point. Once you establish your presence and performance then you may find greater liberties with how you dress. Personally, I think pantyhose and nude legs can look great.

February 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm
(155) Cynthia says:

I agree in general that we should be able to wear or not wear
what ever we want as long as it goes along with the environment, that is looking professional when needed.
Wearing pantyhose or not does not constitute looking professional in my opinion.
As a personal preference, I am 55 years old and when I
wear slacks which is often I don’t see the need to cover my legs, but when I wear a skirt to work at my age there is no
way I would go bare-legged, and in the cooler weather tights are a good alternate to pantyhose.

February 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm
(156) Jeanne says:

Smooth, tanned legs and sandals are good on the beach, not in the office and never on an interview. Shear pantyhose are appropriate, actually necessary in a corporate office. Wear natural tones rather than black or off-black, and skip open toed shoes and sandals. This will not inhibit your style, just make you look professional.

February 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm
(157) John says:

I have had to wear support pantyhose for medical reasons for a number of years now, (circulatory/diabetes related). I feel that this “hatred” for pantyhose is lacking in substance and overstated. I can see in extreme heat these comments having validity, but in moderate temperatures I think these women are not to be sympathized with.

March 12, 2011 at 10:30 am
(158) Rachel says:

First of all I want to say that I have worn pantyhose everyday of my life since becoming a young woman. And I am in my forties now. I have never found them uncomfortable, itchy, or binding or any of those other sheep like terms that many use to describe them. I live on the Gulf Coast where temperatures often reach 100 degrees and the humidity is like climbing out of a swimming pool. Now with all that as a quantifying opening, I find it hard to believe that just because someone says that pantyhose are not “in fashion” that strong independent women would fall in line like a bunch of “Stepford Wives” and follow the rest of the sheep. If they’re too tight, buy the size that actually fits you, not the size you wish you were. If they itch, pry a couple of more dollars out of your purse and buy some quality. But for all that is decent quit following the sheep that think they have perfect legs. I don’t, you don’t, and neither do they. Sure if you’re 16 and have never done anything in life but borrow money and the car from mom and dad sure, but if you are a grown woman, get real. (continued)

March 12, 2011 at 10:32 am
(159) Rachel says:

(continued from previous) In the winter, they give me that little bit of extra insulation I need to fight off the cold. In the summer they keep my pants or jeans from sticking to my legs, not to mention making my legs look great. And most of all, if you decide on the light support like sheer energy or Hanes alive, they keep your legs invigorated, shapely, and stave off varicose veins. If you don’t believe what I’ve written here, try it, but with an open mind and I’m sure you’ll see what you’ve been missing by not making your own decisions. Oh and one last thing, if you’re worried about attracting the attentions of a potential “friend” then just observe how men or women take notice of women that wear pantyhose. Men are visual creatures as well as women who are interested in women. They want to see smooth lines and will perform all sorts of theatrics just to get a closer look or “gasp” to touch your legs. I’m not spinning a tale here, I’m just quoting from years of experience.

November 10, 2011 at 11:21 am
(160) Stephanni says:

Hi Rachel ,
Not that it really matters , but I’m transgendered , what started out as ajoke led to me to a career in the female persona , any way , yes a agree totally with you I have tried many pairs of Pantyhose and you have to spend the money for the quality pairs such as Legg’s sheer energy or Hanes Alive. I even wear them under my pant suits , sometimes under me jeans girls or boys , in fact they they are quite comfy , warm as well.
Being I wear Heels quite often I usually wear pantyhose with them as the nylon feels better in the shoe ! Also like u said keeps ur legs feeling energized all day ! Hear the same crap all the time to how can you wear those things , well quality , right size and keep ur legs free of stubble !!!i

March 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm
(161) Earl says:

Should men wear a tie with a long sleave shirt to an interview? Ties are not at all comfortable, especially in the summer when they cut off all airflow to the torso. The bare leg look is tacky and unprofessional.

April 18, 2011 at 11:35 am
(162) B says:

No one has to wear pantyhose anymore, why would they? even to a job interview, its just not relevant, as long as the applicant is professionally dressed, hose arent a requirement.

I was in U.S. federal district court a few weeks ago, and ALL FOUR women appearing before a federal judge were dressed professionally, and NONE OF THEM were wearing pantyhose. One was a federal prosecutor, two were a corporate defense attorney from one of the the largest firms in our area, and one a staff attorney for the bankruptcy magistrate. These professional women were all in their thirties or forties and three had conservative skirts on but were showing bare legs and high heels without any hose, and one was wearing a pant-suit and heels without hose, and not a one of them would ever dare to appear in public in one of the most formal of settings appering anything less than a consumate professional. The federal prosecutor herself was wearing heels without hose, and even had two bandaids on the backs of her feet clearly visible from where the backs of her shoes had rubbed blisters, yet no one would dare think her unprofessional for not wearing hose.

April 21, 2011 at 7:54 am
(163) Steve says:

GROSS – were the male lawyers wearing no tie with their top button undone – maybe some highly professional chest hair hanging out in the courtroom? Look as bad as you want to, the men will keep looking at the hot competition leaving your pores, scars, stubble, and band aids in the dust.

May 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm
(164) Ashly says:

Seeing Robs’ post (Feb 15, 2011), I just want to reiterate something that had been mentioned before he posted: not every culture refers to all manner of tights as pantyhose. For example, where I live, I have rarely ever heard someone refer to tights as pantyhose (or vice versa) unless they were visiting from somewhere. My general understanding has always been that tights are thicker (even the “sheer” ones) and longer-lasting than pantyhose, and that pantyhose are super thin and rip easily. The patterned “pantyhose” you mention are most likely what would be referred to here as tights and, yes, they’ve undergone a revival of sorts (but leggings/footless tights seem to be more popular where I am).

That being said, I’m only 18 and can say for sure that I would NEVER wear what would be considered panythose here, mainly because they wouldn’t last me very long and they are generally at least a little uncomfortable; I WOULD, however, look to find a nice pair of (likely sheer) tights that would last a long time. Would I ever wear neither to an interview? Eh, it’s hard to say…if I were trying to get a job at a highly professional company, hell no, but if it were during mid-summer or a heat wave and I was just applying for part-time job somewhere, then I might go without.

May 12, 2011 at 1:18 am
(165) Vercengetorix says:

OK, this is for you anti-pantyhose ladies, here.
What pretty much all the guys here are dancing around actually saying is this:
The bare-legged look is just plain gross. 99.99% of you women CANNOT, ABSOLUTELY CANNOT PULL IT OFF. For most of you, your stubbly legs look just plain NASTY. Even DESPITE the tanning/smoothing products (which I imagine are more expensive in the long run).
So put the damned things on and shut the hell up!!!
Otherwise, go wear one of those God-forsaken-descendant-of-a-napkin hangman’s nooses known as a tie; THEN you can get back to us.

And speaking of being uncomfortable (now referring to the nether regions), when you have to bust a hump 150 miles, carrying 110 lbs. of gear, with those goofy brown Army-issued drawers digging into and BLEEDING the inside of your thighs (not to mention your Kevlar’s harness-ring digging into your scalp) THEN talk to us about “discomfort”…

No wonder so many American guys are going for foreign women: less spoiled, less lippy, far better partners who are actually WILLING to work together with their husbands, and not pricing themselves out of the market…
Whiners at home and even bigger whiners at work…
Me, personally? If I were a hiring manager (which, thank God, I am not), if I had to chose between a candidate who wears hose and one who doesn’t, I’m picking the one who DOESN’T dress like a trollop – i.e., the woman wearing hose… kinda shows she cares enough about the job to be cautious and moderate in all things and not force her bare-legged whoreyness down my throat…

May 12, 2011 at 1:28 am
(166) Vercengetorix says:

if I had to chose between a candidate who wears hose and one who doesn’t, I’m picking the one who DOESN’T dress like a trollop – i.e., the woman wearing hose…
For clarity:
Hose – not a trollop.
No hose and forcing it on me – trollop.

May 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm
(167) jobseeker says:

Wow. Misogynist much? You sound very unhinged and could probably benefit from an anger management program. Please get help.

May 13, 2011 at 11:36 am
(168) Vercengetorix says:

I suppose “if you can’t answer a man’s argument, you can always call him names”. Ditto for your fetishist comment below…
Since we’re resorting to it, may I suppose you are a feminazi?
In any event, just simply tired of the whining.

May 12, 2011 at 10:11 am
(169) jobseeker says:

What I want to know is it ever acceptable to NOT wear a suit to a job interview if it is a sticky hot and humid day? What if the interview is just with a recruiter, not for an actual employer?

June 7, 2011 at 9:43 am
(170) Helen says:

You should always consider a an interview with a recruiter as an interview with a potential employer. If they don’t like what they see, they won’t pass you on to their clients.

May 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm
(171) jobseeker says:

Oh boy. I just read through all of these comments, and it appears the male pantyhose fetishists have taken over the discussion. They must warn each other on their fetish websites whenever there is a serious online discussion about hose. In my conversations with NORMAL men they do not have such strong opinions about pantyhose one way or another. It’s too bad there isn’t a freak filter for these comments.

May 13, 2011 at 11:39 am
(172) Vercengetorix says:

Given your obvious attitude and chip on your shoulder, I suppose that’s why you are jobseeker, not job-having-found-…er…

May 13, 2011 at 10:15 am
(173) Amy R says:

I wonder if there is a difference between the two sides of the pond. Over here,(England), most girls where school uniforms and either tights or hose from an early age.

Whilst I rebelled when I left school and at first refused to wear any form of hosiery for a while, I was so use to tights and pantyhose that I did not find them as uncomfortable as many posted above.

I am going for an interview next week, (that is how I stumbled on this page), and I would prefer to be over formal than not formal enough when I am dealing with my career. It is the same reason that I take out the extra earings from my ear, and why I wear foundation on my face.

However, I do not think tights wearing should be enforced on people.

May 13, 2011 at 10:16 am
(174) Amy R says:

Oops sorry for the spelling above. Damn autocorrect lol

May 14, 2011 at 1:56 am
(175) Steve says:

Much money to be made in owning a skin clinic these days. …and probably money to be made selling blinders to men so they don’t have to look at those chicken gams.

May 14, 2011 at 11:50 am
(176) Vercengetorix says:

Amen, Steve, amen…

May 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm
(177) SunnyRainbowHeart says:

I have tried not wearing pantyhose 4 times and I have such delicate skin that in addition to getting several blisters on both feet, my shoes rubbed the skin on my feet raw in several places and I bled. It is excruciatingly painful and unequivocally impossible for me to wear shoes without pantyhose or socks.

Even if this were not the case, I would always want to wear pantyhose in cold weather.

I’m surprised that such a trivial question would even be debated. It’s as silly as a coverliner I once read on Cosmopolitan magazine which asked, “Should You Wear Perfume In The Boardroom?” How ridiculous and immature.

May 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm
(178) Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide says:

It’s actually not as trivial as you might think. Job seekers care about making a good impression when they interviewing, and what they wear can make all the difference in the world.

As you can see there are lots of comments and different opinions on pantyhose etiquette, plus over 8,000 votes in our poll.

As far as perfume goes, I once worked for someone who wouldn’t hire candidates who wore too much perfume. He said if he could smell it before they walked into his office, it was too much and he didn’t want to spend all day surrounded by perfume, regardless of the scent.

May 16, 2011 at 10:48 pm
(179) Gao says:

Wear or not wear pantyhose shall be decided by whether you are look fit for this style and the correspondly position.

May 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm
(180) DougN says:

Okay, I’m a guy and would never consider wearing panty hose to a job interview, but I have been the guy doing the hiring and have hired many female applicants over the years for a variety of professional positions both in broadcasting and communications (PR). I can honestly say that I never had pantyhose on my check-off list but I have had dresses appropriately for the position on the list. I was always told by my HR friends that an applicant should dress, at minimum, for the position they are applying for and preferably for the position they aspire to… Thus, YES wear the pantyhose. If you get the job and you are not required to wear pantyhose or stockings, then fine, but will you get the job by not wearing them? Besides, the pantyhose can help mute the tattoos which adorn your legs, ankles and feet, all of which will never assist you in getting hired at most companies. The dress codes for job interviews haven’t changed very much over the years regardless what some folks might think. For example, I have pierced ears and have worn studs nearly every day for almost 40 years, but I would never consider wearing earrings to a job interview, especially if I really want to be hired.

May 23, 2011 at 9:45 am
(181) Deanna says:

I work in Career Services at a top ten Business School, and am astonished that there is even a conversation about hosiery and professionals. If you want to be on one of the Housewives shows or a Kardashian, then oil up your legs and go bare, otherwise as a professional, hosiery is essential. I am so tired of plunging necklines, bare legs, miniskirts, and stripper heels showing up in our interview rooms, and then I have to listen to whining from women wondering why they are not taken seriously, and cannot get second interviews. You are trying to get a job, not a man.

May 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm
(182) Kerri says:

I personally think that women should wear whatever they want to to the office, be it jeans and shorts and flip flops, and that men should only wear suits and particularly collars a half inch too tight and ties that are too tight, just so they know how it feels to wear control tops. Even though I should drop about 100 lbs so I won’t have to wear control tops, and I could afford to buy nicer pantyhose, and I could stop wearing clothes based upon what other women say, like so many other women do, I’ll insist upon falling right in line with all other women, since I don’t want to be out of fashion for any reason. I’ll just bare my ugly feet all the time in flip flops, by the way, I’m 20, I lol just for the sake of looking cool in text, and I don’t care about men, I hate ‘em.

June 16, 2011 at 9:24 am
(183) Keri Andino says:

Here in Florida, pantyhose are a rarity.. It’s out of the ordinary to even see them on ladies at church, let alone on a Gen X, Yer for a job interview~

June 16, 2011 at 11:53 am
(184) Pat says:

Absolutely pantyhose and a skirt suit. I’ve had jobs where I have worn cropped pants and sandals to work (I live in Florida) and jobs where I’ve worn pant suits and skirt suits. (And by the way, those guys might not be wearing pantyhose, but they are wearing suits too and have a tie around their neck – not so comfy either.) Although I might not wear hose on the job every day, I’d never go to a job interview without hose – and a pair of conservative closed-toe pumps. You want to give the most professional impression you can, regardless of how you might dress once on the job. I actually went on an interview this morning in a skirt suit, hose, pumps, and carried my briefcase. I felt and looked professional for the interview and most important, I felt comfortable. Whether I get the job is another story! LOL

June 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm
(185) Becky says:

For me it strictly depends on the company. Most, if not all of the places I interview are offices in less formal environments. There I wear nice pants, or a suit (with pants.) I would never (and I have seen this) wear shorts of any type, even if it was a job at the beach and it was 90 degrees outside. However, if I know that the firm is old-school, I might well wear a dress and pantyhose (which I hate as much as anyone).

June 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm
(186) Robert says:

What a stupid question. And your a Recruiter ? I’m more interested in whats between her ears, not how her legs look.

Job interviews should never include items, like socks, that may disqualify a prime candidate from getting the job. I don’t hire on socks, I hire on what is brought to the company that I need.

That’s why people have such a hard time finding a job. The recruiter is to focused on her legs, or Boob size.

June 17, 2011 at 12:58 am
(187) Steve says:

Wear hose on your toes, or tan your calves and thighs,
Otherwise, work from home and save our eyes.

June 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm
(188) cal says:

I think generally it is just good to err on the side of caution. If you are not sure, wear the hose. It won’t hurt just for one day, and will definitely look more professional. As a 40 year-old who is self-conscious about my legs, I am warily going hose-free at work today (as is the norm in this small office), but will definitely wear (sheer due to the weather) hose to interviews. I might actually look for the all-in-one stockings one can find these days. Perhaps they are cooler.

June 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm
(189) 50 year old Lady says:

Boy, things sure have changed! I remember when I was 22 and working at an insurance company. This woman in another department wore a skirt without pantyhose, and we were all shocked! Everybody was walking by that woman’s desk to get a peek at “Miss No-Pantyhose!”
It definitely caused quite a stir! Yeah, things have changed — for the better. I’m glad that we’re all free to dress like slobs pretty much everywhere you go (at least in the USA. I don’t know what it’s like in other countries). But I do have to say I’m a bit nostalgic for the days when people dressed up for at least special occasions, such as weddings or fancy restaurants. Apparently those days are gone for good!

July 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm
(190) jim says:

Ladies. Please let me apologize on behalf of all men that made women wear pantyhose as a job requirement in 70′s-00′s. This has led to subliminal hatred towards pantyhose. Please accept my apologies and give them another shot, they look fantastic on you.

July 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm
(191) drstamas says:

I find it interesting that sexy is all of a sudden a condition for being hired.
I live in California,, worked at a bank in college. And worked as an insurance marketer while in grad school and I haven’t worn pantyhose since 2000, and that was at my wedding!
It doesn’t matter what’s on your legs but what’s in your head.

July 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm
(192) deepa says:

My interview is in the summer – July of Boston. Should I wear a pantyhose?

July 16, 2011 at 1:01 am
(193) Steve says:

It isn’t about sexy, it is about… please almighty God don’t make me have to look at those disgusting Pores, lines, veins, bumps, bone lumps, and things Seinfeld recognized as “BAD NAKED”

July 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm
(194) Gussie says:

I a woman like to see American women looking chic and pulled together. Love bare and mini skirts on young tanned beautiful legs — hard to find at 20, really hard at 30. If you must go bare, please use tanning lotion or leg makeup (yes if the humidity is low nothing is sexier on great gams). If you have ugly feet and many women do, please cover your toes in public; if you have wrinkled knees I don’t want to see them; same for popping blue veins; bruises; insipid tattoos; uneven skin tone. Visit Europe — American women and men need to step it up several notches and yes that goes for the British, too. Enhance and show off your best features, cover the rest. You’ll feel great when the responses come your way.

July 24, 2011 at 12:00 am
(195) jr23 says:

re DenniB
“None of the other speakers mentioned health issues but I’ve never heard of a man getting an infection from a tie. ”

Nut there have been many cases in the medical settings
that ties have spread infections so I think they should be banned from patient care areas.

And in the peak of summer stockings/pantihose should not be mandatory of even recommended.
But sloppy is never proper.

July 25, 2011 at 8:02 am
(196) Shell says:

Personally I think guys have it worse. I literally could not stand to wear something encircled around my neck all day. I can barely wear some necklaces because I feel like they’re choking me. Also, I don’t understand how some people say it’s sexist to have hose as part of a dress code when men have a dress code also. It would only be sexist if men could wear whatever they wanted while women were made to follow a dress code. Also, several people have mentioned that wearing hose is an ancient fashion trend and should not still be used today, but all fashion trends are cyclical. Even now, the wide-leg/flared pants from the 70s are back in style, so why should wearing hose be designated as a bad thing just because they originated a while ago.

July 26, 2011 at 1:36 am
(197) Heather says:

I’m 25 and have been worried about this issue. I have an interview tomorrow and it’s summer and I’m already wearing a full skirt suite which is kinda hot, so wearing pantyhose sounds like a horrible idea. I have had confusing input form peers and mentors so it’s been hard to pinpoint what would be best. I don’t want to look frumpy, but I don’t want to come off as flighty either.

After reading everyone’s input, though, it’s clear it’s what employers would prefer.

Also, I’m continually told I look younger than I am (usually 17 or 18) so to overcome my “age” disadvantage it’d be best to dress older than I normally would, especially for an interview.

Like it was mentioned before, men are men and to put myself in a position to be taken seriously upfront doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Men are required to cover up everything (mostly to protect them against me…RAWR!) and women should be expected to as well.

Plus, my legs are so freaking white I get bombarded by moths when I stand outside at night. For everyone’s benefit hose it is!

November 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm
(198) Stephanni says:

Hi Heather ,
the heat and pantyhose could be annoying, but if you have to wear them in the warm weather, Legg’s makes a pair called Smooth Silouetts i think they are called.. very thin , Sheer and comfy, not bad in the heat I have worn them most of the summer if im not bare legged , and good luck on your interveiw ,Stephanni

July 30, 2011 at 9:45 am
(199) Miapocca says:

Reason women wear pantyhose or why they were invented

–The idea of bare leg will incite random acts of sexual aggresiveness from men..HAH..those were the days, do you see the TV these days!

–Lighter skinned women have red bumps, bite marks scars and hair they want to hide…SO panty hose

–Panty hose is just like marriage its OUTDATED!

Get over yourselves, get a tan, allow beautiful dark skinned shaved flawless legs to be show when possible…if you prefer the hairy legs too, thats your choice…

I don’t believe in wearing pantyhose any time because its itches and what will it benefit you if I show up for an interview dressed one way but then get the job and show up a different way.

Employers should be more accepting of individuals coming to a job interview as they are. They always want to be lied to I guess…poor them.

July 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm
(200) Henry says:

Wow what a subject, well my wife works for a well known bank and she always wears a skirt or a dress even though they have changed the dress code so you may wear jeans and sneekers, she tells me she feels more like a professional when she is in her skirt heels and yes pantyhose,stockings,garterbelts and she evens wears real
seamed stockings so I say yes to pantyhose and NO TO BARE LEGS.

August 6, 2011 at 1:20 am
(201) Craig says:

Dunno, I buy my lady all kinds of fancy hose. You just have to pay for the good stuff. All I can say is hose are hot, and bare skin is not. Skin is just skin… it is so just skin.

August 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm
(202) Katie says:

I think it all depends what you’re comfortable with. If you never wear pantyhose and your all hot, itchy and fidgety during the interview, then I would say go without or wear pants.

I wear pantyhose just about everyday, so I am more comfortable with a pair on then without.
~Katie

August 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm
(203) Emma says:

It’s very frustrating to me that a lot of the discussion has centered around “problems” that are simply part of what a human being naturally is– flawed. I find it offensive that some have suggested that bruises should be covered at all times, never mind veins and pores. Maybe I’m the only active woman out there who regularly deals with minor bruising, but boy would that be tiring taking the time to conceal a bruise every morning before work to avoid distracting my coworkers with such a travesty.

I completely understand the argument that someone who tries their best to look perfect and flawless is perceived to be a “detail-oriented” person. And when it comes to job interviews, I strive to be that perfect person, right down to the pantyhose. So yes, I do always wear pantyhose to an interview even though I find all manner of stockings/pantyhose/tights, from low to high end, uncomfortable.

But when it comes to the daily grind at work, a bare calf should not prevent others from being able to perform their duties. All women, and men, have pores, veins, and scars and it’s about time we accept that we have eyes, can see these imperfections, and move on. Some are disadvantaged further by suffering from a range of skin conditions considering unsightly. I suffer from adult acne and most days I do the world a favor and take the time to cover it well. Some days I feel confident enough to go out without concealer, and when you see me out there in the world, know that I am having a fabulous, confident day as you judge me for not “taking the time to get ready” that day.

Go ahead and call me a crazy hippie– but I would rather the world know what I actually look like!

August 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm
(204) jeff says:

women are lucky, they get to wear pantyhose and they make their legs look awesome as well as professional where men are not allowed due to “societal” constraints. But of course all we hear is how women despise with a passion about how “uncomfortable” they are and can’t understand how anyone can like them!

August 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm
(205) Susan says:

We all need to adapt to our environments. Coming from a significant (stockinged) career in upstate NY, I have adapted to SW Florida’s subtropical climate, where I have *never* seen a woman in stockings at a business function. And I do attend regularly. I felt strange when I wore stockings to my first business event, then stopped wearing them.

August 16, 2011 at 11:45 pm
(206) Jennifer says:

To the core question, if interviewing, at least when interviewing in almost any form of a professional environment, you’d seriously want to avoid obstacles that may stop you from getting the job. It doesn’t make sense to “over-skin” yourself on your shoulders or your legs as a woman. Realize, people are making decisions on multiple factors and impressions. Bare legs are not going to be any more of an ultimate focus than a man not wearing a tie. Yet, there is no way to avoid losing out on your overall appearance to the competition that decides to look ultimately more professional. Why add any factors that may impact the impression of decisionmakers you do not have to? Pantsuits are a better alternative if you really cannot handle hosiery with a skirt.

August 19, 2011 at 9:36 am
(207) robbie says:

to not a fan of whilliam i’ll wear panty hose all day if u will wea r my turn out gear ( fire gear ) i think u would see panty hose ant no where as bad t o g weights 80 lbs . so anytime u want to know what uncomfortable is jump in some . i’m shure ur local fire house will let u borry some . now back the horsey . my wife is plus size so she doint wear panty hose. she wears thigh highs and loves them . the more money u put in them weather panty hose ot t h the beatter they wear . dollior stor hose it going to ich and sag and be uncomfotable . she wears hanes silk reflections or the jcp brand in silk . buying the correctSIZE works wounders so i’m told . so to the hosery haters 99.9 % doint have the leggs to pull it off .
and if u like pants . i think u jest want to be a man .

August 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm
(208) Sue Gallagher says:

Depends a lot on the company and the location. If I were still on the east coast, pantyhose would almost certainly be a requirement for all but the dog-days of summer — and in some companies, required regardless of the weather.
But now I’m on the west coast where pantyhose are almost never worn and nobody cares, especially in high-tech, where your interviewer is probably in jeans and flip-flops.

One of the primary rules of interviewing, or so I’ve been told, is to look like you’re ready for work. To me, that says dress appropriately for the company and the situation. No, not jeans and flip-flops, but not your best suit either, unless that’s what everyone there will be wearing.

August 20, 2011 at 2:26 am
(209) Stacy says:

Skin is generally riddled with flaws that you cannot iron out and generally looks the equivlent of an un-ironed outfit.

August 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm
(210) Bret Bowman says:

I wish women realized how much of an improvement pantyhose make in the appearance of their legs. Bare legs look hideous and is STRICTLY for women seeking comfort and who do not care about their appearance. Most guys are too kind to express their true opinions to women about how their legs look bare. Women are so self-conscious of their appearance, you would think that women would voluntarily wear pantyhose more often, simply because of the very nice and attractive look.

August 29, 2011 at 9:03 am
(211) Joshua says:

Im a guy and I wear pantyhose alot, I wear them in public with shorts and I get a bunch of looks but I dont care about what people think of me after all it is my life. It depends on the weather and the job, I like when women wear pantyhose because it shows they care about the way they look and how they present themselves. It makes them look professional and mature, pantyhose are a MUST if you are going to a business interview, wear them and you will get the Job.

September 6, 2011 at 6:49 am
(212) Jennifer says:

I usually wear panty hose to interviews and occasionally at work. I definitely recommend it because overall it gives you a very polish look. Although frankly I’m not the biggest fan of them. Even with the higher end brands I can definitely empathize with the women who think they are a bit uncomfortable because I think so too! What has surprised me are all the comments about how much men love women in panty hose, like that alone is enough to bring back the trend. Of course we all want to look our best and want the opposite sex to be attracted to us but for the most part I dress for myself and only occasionally for my boyfriend. If I really detested panty hose and the main argument of persuasion was that it would attract more men to me, it wouldn’t be enough. There are other men out there.

September 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm
(213) Tony says:

What’s your opinion if a man doesn’t wear any socks underneath his suit?

A lady shouldn’t be bare legged either.

September 13, 2011 at 4:27 am
(214) Jim says:

I am a man and have been wearing pantyhose just about every day 24/7 for the past ten years or so. When you have the correct size from a reputabl brand they are not uncomfortable in the least bit. Personally I like silkies brand pantyhose. I do live in a region where temps can get up in the tripple digits. But yet I manage with no issue under my slacks. And ladies. More men do wear them than you think. You should be glad that you are able to wear them openly and enjoy the pleasing look of pantyhose.

September 14, 2011 at 8:59 am
(215) claudia says:

i,ve been reading some of the replies about wearing pantyhose for a job interview for myself it should be a must since the legs look more defined when wearing a mini skirt or a dress for myself i do wear pantyhose everyday since i work for a law firm, and i do love the feeling of the sheer on my legs,and also the legs look slimmer and are smoother also.

November 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm
(216) Stephanni says:

HI Claudia,
I didnt want to say that, as i had mentioned im transgendered, all from a joke , but it had been 6 years now and im 41, i have been wearing Legg’s Sheer Energy for all of the 6 years, and yeah i love it, How could you not appreciate it !!!they feel good , looks good in those Business skirt suits ,feels good under pant suits as well , i even wear them under my girl jeans , some times even my boy pairs i thought i would have gotten tired of it but the appreciation is still there every day ! feel free e-mail me anyone for that matter … Stephannigirl@hotmail.com

September 26, 2011 at 8:17 am
(217) mphoseluv says:

yes legs in hose are best. ladies, unless you are like 17 you
need hose. bare legs are not acceptable in a work environment.
I love hose also and love to see feet in them.

September 28, 2011 at 12:11 am
(218) val says:

Please think about whether you are talking about yourself and ‘today’ or tomorrow, which is where we should be focused. How embarassing that so many comments are out of touch with today. Who requires hose? No one in metro areas.

September 30, 2011 at 1:42 am
(219) Carrie says:

Who requires hose? professionals. We also require collars also. Don’t like it… need not apply. Truth is that ultimately your pay will match what you look like. Why?… because it isn’t about the clothes, but the clothes are a reflection of who you are. Are you a winner?… or are you casual Friday?

October 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm
(220) Andy says:

I think the OP who suggested that the male hose fetishists were somehow rallied to the cause may be on to something (or one guy keeps reposting under different screen names;-). I’m a man who grew up in the sixties, came of age in the seventies & I have no use for hose whatever. Never worn them myself, don’t think women should have to wear them. I don’t think they really add anything to the natural beauty of women’s legs.

I don’t get the resentment, either. In the mid-80s I worked in an office that required jacket & tie for men, while women–at the same level–could wear skirts of any length with hose or bare legs. This is in Southern California where the weather seldom requires full coverage. I was often uncomfortable, but it wouldn’t have lessened my discomfort one bit to see my female colleagues made similarly miserable. Indeed, I could look at them & hope that one day we men would follow suit.

We did, too. About ten years later I worked in an office in a similar field. A much smaller company, with owner & president on-site. Following the president’s lead we all wore shorts to work pretty much year round. It was really quite wonderful, quite a privilege, & it made coming to work a bit more special. Shorts & bare legs can be perfectly professional if handled with a bit of care. They don’t necessarily lead to string bikinis & cut-offs in the conference room.

It wasn’t that long ago, after all, that the very idea of women wearing trousers to work was unthinkable.

[to be continued]

October 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm
(221) andy says:

[continued from previous posted comments]

If I were a personnel manager & a woman applied wearing a short skirt with bare legs I would most definitely notice her legs & form an opinion about them. Sorry;-). What I wouldn’t do, however, is form an opinion about her. I would conclude only that she doesn’t wear hose, not that she’s slovenly or careless or a hooker or a tramp. Similarly, if a women applied wearing hose I’d conclude, “she doesn’t mind wearing hose–at least for interviews.” That’s all. One applicant isn’t better or worse for the lack of or presence of panty hose.

That said, I would advise any female job applicant to default to hose because, as we’ve seen in this discussion, lots of folks of both sex feel them to be significant. As a previous poster said, “When in Rome….”

Sorry for the length of this, but since the male hose fiends have been running amok here it seemed necessary & desirable to respond at length.

Thanks & good luck on the job–covered or bare;-)
andy

October 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm
(222) Average Joe says:

Many of the women here say no to pantyhose and no to an interview because wearing pantyhose or not on an interview should NOT affect the outcome. Well I say that I should not have to wear a tie to an interview either then. Although if I don’t, then I can assure I will not be getting a job because of my attire. They will look at me as not being professional because I am not wearing a tie. What a load of garbage.

Women always say, Ooooo pantyhose are sooooo itchy and uncormfortable, no way I am wearing them. Well, I say ties are uncomfortable, restrictive, and hot. Will that be a good enough reason to tell my employer that I am not going to wear one anymore, NO. Will it be a good enough reason to no longer wear one to any formal occasion? NO. Women expect a man to look good when going out and wear a nice shirt and tie and if we don’t, we sure hear about it and are expected to put one on so we look completly dressed for the occasion.

Talk about a double standard. Ask or suggest a woman wear a nice pair of pantyhose to complete her look for whatever reason, and the answer is NO, hell no, no way, they are too uncomfortable, they are hot, too itchy, old fashioned, etc. What a load of crap.

Ladies, wear the pantyhose. You look way better with them on, and start dressing like a woman. And to those women who say, “Tell your man to wear them for a day to see what it feels like” Well, I have, with my wifes knowledge, and they never itch, or are sctratchy. Get the right size and NOT the cheap ones that are 100% nylon. Buy some Hanes, or Leggs sheer energy, or Silken Mist, and quality brand that have some Lycra in them. They are WAY more comfortable then wearing a tie.

Also, stop following the stupid “fashion experts” and use your own brain. Stop with the lame excuses and not wearing them because “others” say it is not in fashion. Who are they to tell the world what is fashionable anyway. You have a brain, use it.

October 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm
(223) MissE says:

My opinion is a girl that goes to an interview without pantyhose wearing a skirt or a dress, looks very slutty. If you are going out with your friends to have a good time then it is okay if you choose not to wear pantyhose. But to work in a professional atmosphere or for an interview, pantyhose is a must!!! If you do not like wearing pantyhose, then choose to wear a pant suit. Again my opinion

October 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm
(224) Mark says:

Lifelong leg-man here, and I certainly appreciate classy hosiery over bare legs. My wife would always wear them for my benefit (and liked they way they improved the look of her legs) if we went out for the evening, but she complained that they were constricting, dug in that waist, etc. Then I started buying them for her. The key is a good fit – I ordered her some that were a size larger than she would get for herself, and got her “regular” rather than “control top”. I also found some with a wider, softer waistband that doesn’t dig.

The result? Once she tried the new style and fit, she started wearing hose more often – even under her jeans – and she was perfectly comfortable all day long. So yes, cheap, ill-fitting, control-top pantyhose are probably going to be uncomfortable. It’s not that pantyhose are uncomfortable, uncomfortable pantyhose are uncomfortable.

I also don’t get the “too hot” thing. Here in TX it gets pretty hot, and the office ladies leave their air-conditioned houses for their air-conditioned cars/trucks to go to their air-conditioned offices where they have to drape a cardigan over their shoulders for warmth.

November 1, 2011 at 9:24 pm
(225) jenn says:

my friend’s grandmother once said that “only prostitutes wear skirts without pantyhose.”

November 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm
(226) Ronelle says:

Where job interviews are concerned, I’d rather appear more conservative than risk turning off a potential employer by showing up bare-legged. Even in seemingly “artsy” industries such as advertising or marketing, these people are still running a business. So, even though I usually don’t wear pantyhose in warm weather, I would do so for an interview. It never hurts to err on the side of caution, and appearing too casual could give the impression that you’re not a serious contender, even if that’s not the case. There are a lot of qualified people out there, especially in this economy, so why hurt your chances with something so trivial? Once you get the job, you’ll probably be able to express your individuality to a greater degree – a job interview is the place to show how you’ll fit in, not stand out!

November 30, 2011 at 4:14 am
(227) Desi says:

I’d say yes if you are wearing something that shows leg. I personally like tights and nylons and all that, though my thigh-highs do make bathroom breaks easier.
As for people saying that requiring them in the work-place is illegal, requiring uniforms is not illegal and that’s all that it would be. Besides, Hooters girls have to wear them. Why should an office job be any different?
And, just for the record, I’m well under 50 (18, as a matter of fact.) and I love pantyhose.

December 4, 2011 at 11:12 am
(228) Ben says:

Women have it easy! I wear a suit and tie with dress shoes where I work. Wearing a tie, dress shirt and jacket in the summer months is so uncomfortable. I wore a suit when applied for my job and was probably the reason I got the position. It goes without saying how someone should dress when applying for a job. I don’t see why so many women make a big deal about having to wear pantyhose. Try wearing a suit and tie for a day and you will surely change your mind about pantyhose being uncomfortable.

December 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm
(229) barelegsareunprofessional says:

I know it’s become the young, hip thing to not wear pantyhose but even if your legs are perfect they’re naked and there’s something unprofessional about that. Just as you are required to wear sleeves and not brandish your cleavage, if you wear a dress or skirt you should also wear pantyhose. Going without is far too casual for the workplace. To me, it’s not much different than wearing shorts.

Women are allowed way to much leeway with their clothes in a professional setting. We send mixed messages in the workplace and wonder why we’re being harassed sexually. Not that clothes alone are to blame by any means, but they don’t help us send an image that we’re at work to work.

December 10, 2011 at 1:15 am
(230) Hiring Manager says:

Not sure “Skin to Win” works in most professional interviews, but suppose it depends on the job you are going for.

December 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm
(231) Natasha Mittilini says:

Over here in Australia it’s all super casual bordering on slovenly sometimes. Women have embraced the bare legged look with enthusiasm. I don’t think it looks nice on anyone even an 18 year old girl. People get all ideological about it here too. But the reality is that it looks ugly. No bare legs look as nice and smooth and finished as pantihose. We see some terrible sights here with bare legs – blotchy ultra-white legs and even worse fake tan so the women looks like an oompa loompa – hideous.
My opinion is that this look tends to come off as cheap or tacky or unfinished but rarely if even attractive.
The worst of all are the women who wear bare legs in winter. The legs are purple and red with spots due to them being freezing – crazy

December 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm
(232) D.W. says:

not-a-fan-of-william has serious issues that go beyond this little debate, which is very clear. She continually misses the point that men also have to wear certain items in the professional world,and this idea of hers that what he said “set the women’s movement back 50 years” just proves the she is laboring under serious psychological problems. As if one comment here could do that, and if it could, then that’s how weak that movement truly was.
Her replies have the gravity of crying over dead baby seals. It’s truly un-warrented.
When you have fats and truth on your side, there’s no reason to embellish, the fact that she has to resort to this tactic proves it has no validity.

December 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm
(233) Amberlin says:

As a woman over 50, I’ve always thought flesh-colored pantyhose were kind of icky, but I don’t have a problem with opaque or patterned tights. On the other hand, a young woman wearing a nice dress or skirt with her sweaty bare feet stuck into leather pumps just doesn’t look right, so I’m torn.

The main reason I wear tights with skirts or dresses in the office is because most offices are kept so damn cold! And I can’t imagine wearing a dress or skirt with no tights in the winter if you live in northern climes. Brrrr, that sounds VERY uncomfortable.

As far as job interviews though, I’d definitely err on the side of caution and wear some kind of hosiery.

December 25, 2011 at 2:33 pm
(234) avee says:

It’s nice and looks professional…i love pantyhose
But shoes and dress are also important..so don’t you care about appearence for first impression.? It’s a job interview,..

December 27, 2011 at 4:32 am
(235) Richard says:

I love seeing women in pantyhose. It’s very sexy. And proffesional at the same time.

December 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm
(236) RaRa1980 says:

Myself, I must say, pantyhose are a MUST. I love them, the way they look, the way they feel and the way they make me feel sexy. I wear them almost all the time and I dont work in some firm that requires them, I do it because I choose to. I say if you have an interview and its a job you want, why not? Its not the end of the world its just a pair of pantyhose.. lmao If they dont feel right on you maybe you should try a size that fits, some of those women who complain about comfort are usually getting a size or two too small lol come now, look at the package and use the scale on the back and get the right size for goodness sake!! lmao WEAR THEM!!

December 29, 2011 at 5:09 am
(237) Paul says:

Wearing pantyhose is appropriate only when you are giving job interview for professions like fashion designer,advertising etc .. Yes this is true!!! that the above professions that i have highlighted demand glamorous people along with glamorous outfits ,but wearing pantyhose in a job interview for manager will leave negative impression and destroy your image and in marketing language you can say you are diluting your positioning..

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January 2, 2012 at 10:24 am
(240) Ash says:

Wow, this is a pretty lengthy discussion! As a young, professional woman, here’s my take:

All of you women saying that pantsuits are a good substitute for a nice skirt and pantyhose are WAY off. You talk about looking “old fashioned” and “mid-century” by wearing pantyhose, but getting all Mary Tylor Moore with a pantsuite is hardly a way to look modern! To me, pantsuits essentially strip women of their femininity by making us look more like men. Is that what you really want? Are we still in the bra burning stages of feminism? No. Nice heels, an appropriate-length skirt, and nice pantyhose are a way to assert a powerful, female presence in the workplace, and that’s something that men AND women will appreciate.

When it comes to a job interview, you’re INSANE if you don’t wear pantyhose (again, assuming it’s a professional-type atmosphere). As this thread has shown us, men go crazy for hose (and I know that it’s true, trust me!), so if your interviewer is male, you already have an advantage going into the interview :) . And no matter who your interviewer is, when you wear a nice outfit with pantyhose they will appreciate your respect for them and the position being offered, and, again, respect your powerful female presence.

So, I say, long live pantyhose! I wear ‘em all the time – yes, even in the summer – and I don’t even own a pantsuit.

January 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm
(241) Perri says:

Ladies, gents, the key word is LEG COVERING, or clothing that covers enough of the body to be semi-formal. The point of business wear is to minimize sexuality, acknowledge and increased level of formality, to (somewhat) decrease signs of individuality and unconventionality.

Business wear always evolves more slowly than other styles AS DOES OTHER FORMAL and specific-occasion-WEAR standards. There are some exceptions in the creative fields, where individuality is a plus and thus tolerated.

You’re getting stuck on the concept of old vs new styles, too, when in fact what was shown in the 60-s even in a nurse’s uniform or school teacher’s outfit showed a heck of a lot more leg than most styles for adults do now!

Furthermore, thigh-highs, with or without something extra to help hold them up is a better and prettier option for anyone with thighs firm enough to keep self-stay elastic bands from rolling down.

There are other considerations, too: For example, stockings and the insides of most dress shoes are very slippery, and so if you wear backless shoes or stumble in heels, your heel will pop right out of most high-heeled shoes and you’re much more likely to break or injure an ankle. Hose are less absorbent, too, so they can trap foot sweat (eww), and they can cause rug burns on the inner thighs of plump people…The panty also trap heat and steam, so they increase the chance of gyno and bladder infections. Not to mention you’re sweating in the same shoe repeatedly without washing the shoe unless you wear cotton shoe liners.

Ralph and others, if you feel these semi-miserable (to us) and semi-fun garments are forbidden but they thrill you, be a pioneer–get some and play in them privately…and join some enlightened social groups who were campaigning for mens’ right to wear pink in public 4 decades ago. I’ll be right there with you…and I’m a girl. I’d also wear them for my sweetie’s enjoyment sometimes, even if not wanting them nor required for my own sake.

January 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm
(242) Perri says:

DW, your comment about someone else’s mental health–and your cold callous attitude about baby seals are both inappropriate to the discussion of business wear
.
If someone is mentally ill, but not harming anyone, they deserve compassion. Unlike those who are technically stable, but have trouble with ordinary empathy or flexibility.

Either way, insulting someone by implying or stating they are disturbed is archaic and ignorant. It weakens your stance in any logical argument.

And, well, frankly, it says a lot of unpleasant and kinda creepy things about you in particular. May you and the baby seals get equal justice.

January 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm
(243) Alex T says:

People should be hired based on experience and competency because those determine how well the job will be done – not looks/dress. The reality is that outward appearances have always been a major factor in decision making, even today.

This reminds me of the bank manager who had 3 top candidates for 1 position, and they all happened to be female. He asked each one final question: If the bank made a mistake and $50k was accidentally transfered to their account with no way to trace it, what would they do? The 1st said she would return it right away, the 2nd said she would wait a few months and collect interest before telling anyone, the 3rd said in all honesty that she would keep it if there was no way to trace the mistake. Who did the manager hire? The one with the nice legs and big tits.

January 6, 2012 at 10:56 am
(244) Antome says:

“Not to mention that what men like or dislike when it comes to women’s clothing should have no bearing on what women choose to wear.”

As a man I say holy words!!! I like indipendent women, for chrissake! It must be a choice to wear something a man could like, for a date, for her boyfriend. But god forbid if this has to be applied to an interview where much different capacities must be judged!

January 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm
(245) Scott F. says:

I would look silly in pantyhose.

January 9, 2012 at 10:47 am
(246) Lynn says:

My thoughts on pantyhose:

1) They are an expensive (need constant replacement) piece of attire and there is no equivalent expense for men. You might even need to buy and change into a new pair in the middle of the work day – waste of time and money.

2) They are unbearably hot in the summer and not warm enough in the winter

3) In the summer walking in pantyhose while sweating causes chafing and injury to skin (ever worn a hole in the heel and had a blister form?)

4) They look dated (and I am over 50)

5) With skirts and dresses, tights, textured tights are a much better option in cold weather

6) In hot weather, wear slightly longer skirts and bare your legs.

7) for an interview? Wear whatever pulls the outfit together best.

January 10, 2012 at 11:43 am
(247) LIndsey says:

I love how men are chiming in on the necessity of women wearing pantyhose. Or jealously pining about not being able to. Guys believe it or not legs are for walking and standing up. They weren’t given to women for the specific purpose of being attractive to men. For the men who are jealous that women can wear them and they can’t. What is stopping you? If you want to wear them than wear them.

January 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm
(248) Tracy says:

I can’t believe the comments from the younger women. If you are showing any open shin on your legs, then you wear hose. period. If you don’t like (or “hate” or “will NEVER wear”) hose, then you have to stick with pants.
WTF does self-justification belong to this equasion; what is to prevent the really icky legs (and feet) from being exposed, by women who think their own appearance is fine? What makes you the judge of you with respect to clothing requirements?
Get a grip ladies, you don’t look as good as you think. Allowing some of us to “get away with” bare legs is discriminitory. So if I am “older” and my legs are not as [self -described as] tan and perfect as yours I have to wear them, but for you it is OK?
This sort of thinking is how things get out of control. What is next, the young and perfect of us get to wear flip-flops (or equally bare) sandals to work? Gads, the horrific feet that I have seen (even on the younger women) at some places. How would you propose to judge “acceptable” feet?
Sometimes, I am truly embarrased by the absolute laziness of the younger generation of women. Get a grip; you don’t look as good as you think, and you can’t discriminate on subjective criteria for a dress code.
Oh, and by the way, would you think it is OK for a man to go bare-legged and wearing sandals in the office? Eeks, I hope not. But isn’t this discriminatory???

January 18, 2012 at 9:25 am
(249) Dave Duffey says:

Right on Tracy.

January 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm
(250) PSChen says:

I dont think it depends on weather or company ~ it depends on the condition of the women’s legs! If she is young & has tanned, toned legs & wears “appropriate”
shoes with her outfit (workwise) it should be fine; but
if she has unflattering legs (bony, veiny, hairy, etc etc)
she should not no matter how old she is; also some women
SHOULD wear hosiery for health reasons (support) also &
especially if the job position requires them to be on their feet all day! As an “older” women who would have loved to go bare when I was younger, have very shapely legs but now approaching 60 & still working in the design profession doing presentations, feel much more “professional” when I appear “comfortable” in a more conservative presentation of myself no matter what the occasion & gives my legs better support. We dont hesitate to wear support undergarments to look better so why should we sacrifice our legs for the same reason when actually it helps both?
Success is what you make it ~ feeling confident is whether wearing hose or not helps that confidence to create a successful situation

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February 1, 2012 at 11:21 am
(252) Antome says:

Tracy, Pcshen, hey I’m a man and I say do you really thing your legs must be perfect and compete each other, even with 20 girls in order to have the right to bare them? First (but this have to be irrilevant in a society for women to be equal) I don’t like just “flawless” legs and legs of younger women, second, then a poor women must even hide her arm in summer if it’s not perfect? I also despise those women that under fashion pressure go barelegged in winter and suffer cold, for your own health, wear pantyhose, leggings or pants, it’s not exciting, it’s excruciatig.

February 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm
(253) pual says:

well iam a married. and my wife knows i wear panthose, and why you could not, they feel great

February 5, 2012 at 10:28 am
(254) phil says:

I think it’s elegant and professional to wear pantyhose, as naked skin is a no option with serious job. Pantyhose and stockings are fine, comfortable and look great, so all the ‘hate them’ words from women are very strange. What’s your problem? Be a lady in sheers or stay on a farm with rubber boots on! Blisters come from shoes not nylons, 6 or 8 den nylons are not hot in the summer, pantyhose are modern attire and make legs look elegant and beautiful, specially on your working place when meeting customers.
And men? We love them, some even wear them as they are just as male as female attire. Well they were initially men’s only attire (think medieval times).

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February 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm
(256) Sabrina says:

There is another very valid reason for us over 50s to wear pantyhose besides looking professional. Let’s face it, we may have had some hella good looking gams in the day, but by the time some of us get into our 50s our legs have definitely seen better days. Some of the aesthetic leg problems older women face? varicose veins, discolored skin, liver spots.. ACK! A good set of pantyhose in the right color offsets those flaws and makes our legs appear younger. Also, if one has cellulite on the upper part of our legs, a good set of pantyhose helps to keeps our thighs from rubbing together and chafing so much. Leave the barelegged looks to the teens and 20-somethings. Trust me, they’ll soon be our age and realize they need sometimes give their legs a helping hand. One more thing: SHAVE, WAX, get rid of that leg hair. Trust me nothing is so ugly than an older woman with hairy legs. Makes us look butchy.

February 19, 2012 at 4:31 am
(257) Elaine says:

Whats the big deal? i like wearing pantyhose, probably cause I dont wear them all the time. but when i do, I think its best to wear them with out panties. Thats what makes them the most comfortable.

February 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm
(258) The Goods says:

Wow. Women will bitch about anything. Dont you ladies know that nylons are like an extra wax shine on a beautiful ride. Nylons also seem to be making a huge comback. This is a good thing.

February 28, 2012 at 12:30 am
(259) Kay says:

I am an HR Director and the wearing of stockings is neither here or there. It all depends on the type of outfit, shoes and the ‘quality’ of the legs. I see persons with and without stockings improperly dressed for an interview. In some instances hosiery looks tacky depending on how well maintained the shoe is if it is not new, the type of shoe, the colour of the shoe and the colour of the hosiery. Persons attending an interview must be comfortable. If hosiery makes them uncomfortable, and the other criteria are satisfied, ditch them as one would with a tight shoe no matter how appropriate it may look for the interview. Nothing annoys me most than seeing persons walking, sitting and speaking when there is an obvious discomfort such as itching nylons. The fake and the pretense does not work for me which is so obvious if you are not accustomed to dressing a particular way. So many ladies look elegant and professional without those stockings.

March 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm
(260) honest says:

most women have ugly legs but if you look like kate beckensale you have it all

March 8, 2012 at 12:42 pm
(261) Antome says:

@Honest
Hey, would you allow me a joke, don’t take me seriously but…
Hey even gay men wouldn’t go so far!

March 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm
(262) Antome says:

@Kay
You better focus on professionality as there is so much injustified job shortage.

March 10, 2012 at 9:36 am
(263) Juan says:

I love when women wear pantyhose or stockings

total turn on

March 15, 2012 at 11:27 am
(264) yes says:

I am a male, and wear them under my clothes for cool/cold running weather, and for every day wear in the cold weather. Light, and very warm. Absolutely perfect for these purposes. Why exactly should a man not also like how they feel on his legs? It is just a garment. People attribute too much to such a simple thing. Women who wear pants are not lesbians, so why would someone who wears a functional garment like hose be considered gay for doing so? Illogical.

Women are perineal shedders and should wear them when wearing skirts, or dresses. I bet that is a new twist not many have ever heard of. Read about it on the internet if you would like to learn more about the subject. Nurses who worked in the operating rooms years ago used to wear “scrub dresses” until they discovered this problem of perineal shedding, and the infections that surgical patients were being affected by because of this shedding. I know it sounds gross, but it is a fact of life.

March 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm
(265) Kimberly says:

I almost never wear stockings or pantyhose. I live in L.A. so the weathers warm enough most of the time so I dont need to. But mainly I dont wear them because Ive always disliked wearing them.My legs look pretty good ,there shaply, and I take alot of time keeping them up.I wear high heel slides and mules,with no back, so bare feet make it much easier to keep them on.Ive had several interviews in the last couple of years and gotten the jobs I have applied for.

March 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm
(266) Richard says:

I use them for medical reasons, and at the end of the day I feel good, less pain in my legs and swelling. But they do look nice on a women with some clothes, they look smoother and give a nice color to the legs. They could also help a person that has to be on there feet all day for there job,to prevent pain in the legs and lower back for the stress of being on them all day. It depends on how you feel and look in them.

April 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm
(267) Kjones says:

Thanks. I have a interview next week and I really haven’t worn hose in over ten years. It certainly isn’t worth blowing the interview. Now I just have to find a good pair!

April 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm
(268) Violet says:

Is it sexist if a company today has a dress code for employees and the women have to wear skirts and pantyhose? It seems so 50′s to me and a little sexist.

April 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm
(269) Daniel says:

It was a sad day when bare legs became acceptable. Hopefully it will go the way of the no bra thing in the 70′s eventually. Meanwhile, I’ll just keep turning my head away fast so I don’t have to look at what is the ugliest fashion mistake probably ever. The beauty most desired is beauty concealed perhaps. I say go all out and just wear a bikini to the interview.

April 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm
(270) A Silly Sissy says:

ph_luv_queen@yahoo.com writes: Unlike all the ladies that have already posted comments here stating they don’t like wearing pantyhose, I’m the complete opposite. I love wearing pantyhose and wear them every chance I get, and I love the reactions that I get from those women who abhor them. I guess I should mention that I’m a guy.

I used to love seeing women in pantyhose, but as the styles changed, and fewer and fewer women were wearing them, I decided that instead of waiting for the occasional chance to see a pantyhose clad woman, I would take matters into my own hands (or legs) and I started wearing pantyhose myself. Also unlike some of the guys posting here though, I usually wear shorts so it’s readily noticable that I’m wearing pantyhose on my well shaven legs.

I love the reactions that I get from the women who don’t wear pantyhose. It usually involves pointing and laughing. That kind of attention is great for me, and it usually gives me the opportunity to point out to them that pantyhose should no longer be considered a female only garment since so few women wear them anymore.

So if they want to emasculate me (or laugh at my self-emasculation), I guess that I should happily bear the burden.

April 25, 2012 at 1:24 am
(271) Daniel says:

Women in hose are hot… men in hose are not. God save the queen.

April 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm
(272) Mary says:

Women that don’t wear pantyhose look like hookers in the strip joints. Every time I look at a lady in bare legs it reminds me of the strip clubs. (5% of all women look sckanky in bare legs. In there minds they think they look nice, but I want to tell you no way. I wear them if I wear a dress and I proud of it. Like some of the previous articles by men show there desire for us to wear them and they can’t. What would happen if men where allowed to wear them? Women would revolt to men that would wear them. To me it is a double standard, so women if you don’t want to be thought of hookers in strip tease clubs wear them. Men do prefer women in hose. Ask them for an “”"”honest”"”" answer!

May 7, 2012 at 2:06 am
(273) Teresa says:

If a woman showed up in my office for a job interview bare legged, she probably would not get the job. Company policy and dress code dictate that stocking be worn. When in doubt, wear stockings.

May 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm
(274) David says:

I would have never thought in 2012 I would find Barbara Walters legs more attractive than the other ladies on (ironically) The View. Either I need to see a doctor, or hose really do make a huge difference. Somehow bare legs go with dress clothes and skirts like shorts go with a guy in a blazer.

June 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm
(275) Carla says:

I’m a HR manager for a large financial firm and to be honest if a woman were to ever walk in with bare legs it would put me off. The fact is that work is not the same as going out with your friends – wear appropriate apparel. You think wearing a suit and tie every day is enjoyable for men? It looks good and is professional, suck it up ladies we look more out-together with the nylons, it’s not going to change at the biggest and best firms.

June 17, 2012 at 3:47 am
(276) Weaver says:

I am a man who genuinely believes that tights (this word corresponding to “pantyhose” in the US) are makeup for women’s legs, yet with regard to wearing nylons for an interview, I would tread a middle ground here. It certainly makes an outfit more complete, yet I would not make wearing hosiery an expectation in summer heat over 30 degrees Celsius. Two years ago I was on a job interview with a group of young women in mid-August, with all of them wearing feminine shirts and skirts but no hosiery, and their outfits looked complete given the season. That said, I certainly feel that it is more appropriate to wear hosiery between, say, September and June with skirt outfits, as most women actually do in my country. The only alternative I would think of would be a trouser suit. With regard to colour, I think various shades of tan are the most appropriate for everyday use

Also, it depends on the type of job, as normally it is more an expectation to wear hosiery in the marketing/sales, banking or civil service sector where there are normally stricter dress codes, while less in shared services where I also work. Yet at the office where I am based, I see many women walking aroung in outfits inclusing – you guessed – pantyhose/tights. :)

By the way, in Hungary where I live, it is rather common for women to wear hosiery for jobs where looking good is an expectation. I wouldn’t say I’m not delighted about this, given my general attitude to legwear, but I don’t think anyone should be made to wear them in extreme heat, given the outfit is otherwise appropiate, in much the same way as men also tend to wear a jacket and shirt without a tie in hot weather.

And for those who feel that pantyhose is uncomfortable, itchy, etc., I echo what other have already said: go for the more expensive, quality brands, several women I know have confirmed that they are very plesant to wear and can even last for a year. :)

June 18, 2012 at 3:37 am
(277) Stella says:

Bloody hell, some people are so stuffy, won’t hire someone because they don’t have nylon on their legs. Their workplaces must be a nightmare to endure. What other restrictions do they place on women or men for that matter? Must wear lipstick? Actually if an applicant were not hired due to above reasons then it would be in the best interest for said person to not belong and be enslaved in such an environment.

For people who think pantyhose is appropriate workplace apparel, you are saying they look more professional? If anything pants look more professional, pantyhose doesn’t actually cover up the ‘offending’ appendage you know, it just makes them a different colour.

I wear suspenders and stockings for my bf, not for coworkers or other men. Most of the time I don’t wear them as it tends to give me ingrown hairs and dry skin due to the friction, even cotton and merino ones.

June 25, 2012 at 1:25 pm
(278) Dave says:

Maybe it’s my west coast upbringing, maybe it’s my spending three decades in the software industry, but I am not impressed by people dressing up. There is no excuse for the existence of either panty hose or the necktie — both are absolutely useless (well, I’ll grant that I’ve heard that the hose can be warmer than slacks, but being a male, I don’t know that from personal experience!).

I realize I’m at odds with society, so no comments needed on that score, but to me there are three occasions that warrant suits (regardless of which sex is wearing them): weddings, funerals, and banquets. People are more productive if they’re comfortable, which is what should me more important.

Do understand: I’m not saying people can dress like slobs in the office. You still need to look nice; I’m just saying straitjackets shouldn’t be necessary.

June 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm
(279) Beth says:

I wore hose to a job interview in Miami. I almost passed out, I was so hot, plus I wore two pairs of spanx to fit in my skirt. I saw the young guy also waiting for an interview starring at my legs. I hate job interviews.

July 1, 2012 at 9:52 am
(280) caroline says:

I think tights on a woman look respectful and feminine. i would never wear a skirt or dress without a pair of tights..I think more and more women feel likewise.Bare legs can look very unattractive

July 8, 2012 at 2:33 am
(281) Doug says:

Ugly – very “un-pretty”

July 10, 2012 at 2:55 am
(282) mj says:

Here is my 2 cents–professional attire is what it is. Women wear hosiery just as men wear socks. An employer can and will have a dress code, and that can include the length of your hair and style of your makeup (ever worked for a hotel or an airline?). Knowing the corporate culture is key; be appropriate for that job. You may be able to dress down when you work there but be your shiny best for the interview.

Women whine about pantyhose, but men have long had to wear a jacket and tie and it’s just how it is. If you don’t want to dress like that, find a job where you don’t have to–but in the grown up world, you probably will if you want that job. Try to solve a real problem and not complain about the injustice of having to wear pantyhose. Criminy!

July 10, 2012 at 6:49 pm
(283) Kathryn says:

Pantyhose will never stop being produced. Nobody ever fusses about tights cause they are seen as a more fun accessory. Pantyhose are loathed because they are a rule. Someone will always find a need or use for them. Given men’s infatuation and some women’s too, medical, comfort, crafts, odd uses and whatever else they can be used for its my thinking that they will always be around for one reason or another.

July 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm
(284) Gary says:

As a hiring manager, I immediately eliminate a candidate from consideration the instant I see them wearing a skirt with bare legs at an interview. There is nothing the woman can say during the interview (which will be cut shorter than usual) that will put her back in contention. First impressions are lasting impressions. Nothing looks more UNprofessional than a woman wearing a skirt and bare legs, especially for a professional/office environment. Furthermore, bare legs at a professional interview is an overt display of disrespect – disrespect for the interviewer, disrespect for the position applied for, and disrespect for the company as a whole. I can bend a little when it comes to women wearing pantyhose every day to the office, especially on hot, humid days in the summer (still think it looks unprofessional and would prefer they wear hose) but to get your foot in the door hosiery at the interview is an absolute must.

For you women who have posted comments along the lines that you should be allowed to wear whatever you want, you just don’t get it. A job interview is not the time and/or place to show off your personal fashion style. A job interview is a platform for you to DEMONSTRATE (through your words, body language and APPEARANCE) why you are the best candidate for the job. As the interviewee you don’t get to make the rules and your opinion about wearing pantyhose for an interview (and how uncomfortable they are, how stupid they look, etc) don’t matter. What does matter is the interviewer’s/hiring manager’s opinion about the wearing of pantyhose for an interview. For those unenlightened posters who claim requiring women to wear pantyhose for job interviews is ancient, outdated and/or sexist, I know more female human resource managers who demand hosiery for interviews than men.

There are very few exceptions to the pantyhose rule: if you are interviewing to flip burgers (as a few have already said) or turn a wrench or do construction work, etc.

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July 31, 2012 at 11:53 pm
(286) Frank says:

Too much commentary above. Straight up… gals legs in hose rule – bare legs are ugly. That’s the bottom line.

August 5, 2012 at 1:04 am
(287) Mike W says:

I’m a man and I wear pantyhose to all interviews…!!! I don’t even own a pair of socks. So suck it up and sport your hose!!

October 11, 2012 at 8:43 am
(288) Tom says:

About 4 years ago I started getting a small belly which was effecting my posture and I was getting lower back pains. I did exercising diet etc 6 days a week, I found the only solution was to go to a Professional Corsetier for a fitting in a long legged high waisted boned and zippered panty girdle, with some help and consulting I really love wearing a girdle every day. I asked the corsetier if I should also wear panty hose over the girdle, she said very much so that control top panty hose will help smooth things out and give me additional stomach and back support. I followed the corsetiers instructions and wow I was amazed as to the positiive results wearing panty hose over a girdle has. To me as a male wearing a girdle and panty hose has for a long time always been a “Women’s Best Kept Secret” which many males are starting to discover, and women are finally coming back.

October 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm
(289) Alyssa says:

Its simply not a requirement anymore. None of my business school professors wore them, and none of my employers have required them.

This could be an east coast vs west coast issue along with the generational. I can’t imagine any women on the west coast wearing pantyhose

And for those who say legs are ugly, you are WRONG. My legs are my best asset, and I would never cover them.

November 3, 2012 at 12:15 am
(290) Buck says:

I do miss hose. It is so much like a woman without makeup on her face. Young gals do ok, 30 and over… it gets very very scary.

November 3, 2012 at 12:16 am
(291) Buck says:

It is so much like a woman without makeup on her face. Young gals do ok, 30 and over… it gets very very scary.

November 6, 2012 at 12:59 am
(292) Dee says:

I wear hose when I feel like it but I dont very often. Im 40 years old and have nice looking legs and like to show them. I wear heels most of the time to work and love bare legs.So Buck, I wear makeup but not Pantyhose

November 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm
(293) Julie says:

This has been really helpful. I’m about to enter a very conservative field & honestly don’t know the ground rules. I like Gary’s comments–they cut to the chase. He’s a hiring manager, not a fetishist, & I think he makes sense. I’m investing in some good, sheer pantyhose & haters be damned!

December 7, 2012 at 12:19 am
(294) Buck says:

Lovely Dee take off the make up and be free. :) It doesn’t mean you are ugly… it just means you are not going to look quite as good as the women who do. Same holds true with the hose. I’m sure you are pure beauty either way that doesn’t need any of that stuff.

December 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm
(295) Jenifer Stevens says:

I’m the owner of a business that is a consulting company with clients around the US and Europe. We are entrusred to turn the sales and marketing of our clients around and be professional at all times. We never have casual Fridays as clients expect professional conduct from us at all times. We do have a dress code and hose is a must as we don’t feel there is a finished professonal look without it. I’m not an old fuddy duddy…I’m 25. When a woman goes to work it should be to achieve success for herself and her company and clients.

December 11, 2012 at 12:22 am
(296) Alison says:

For you women who don’t find pantyhose comfortable, all I can say is: you’re wearing the wrong size and/or brand. A good quality, properly-fitting pair of pantyhose will feel supportive and comfortable (not to mention look knock-out – guys go crazy for legs in hose!). Don’t hate on the clothing just because you don’t know how to pick them properly!

I wear pantyhose to work all the time, even though it’s not required, becuase it gives a woman that “feminine power” that commands respect (okay, and I feel kinda hot when I wear them, too :) .

December 31, 2012 at 2:24 pm
(297) Karen Romain says:

Having moved to S. Cal from SFO/Bay area I feel that if you are wearing a suit you should wear pantyhose. I acknowledge that dress is much more casual here but I enjoy standing out amonst the crowd being more formally attired. My experience in the past 4 years is that candidates dress too casual on an interview.

January 14, 2013 at 4:09 am
(298) Bob says:

IF I CAN I WOULD MAKE IT A LAW THAT WOMEN ALWAYS WEAR PANTYHOSE!!!REGARDLESS OF BEING HOME, SLEEPING OR WORKING. THEIR LEGS JUST LOOKS SEXIER!!! WHY WOULD THEY NOT WANT TO LOOK SEXY FOR ANY OCCASION??? WHY DO THEY PUT MAKEUP ON? SO THEY LOOK PRETTY AND TO ENHANCE THEIR FACE…SO WHY SHOULD THEY DO IT FOR THEIR LEGS???? I DON’T GET IT THEY WANT TO BE LIBERAL BUT ALSO SEXY WHEN THEY ONLY FEEL THE NEED? THEY SHOULD BE SEXY ALL THE TIME…ESPECIALLY WITH PANTYHOSE.. AND NONE OF THE CHEEP STUFF YOU FIND IN DRUG STRORE…THEY SHOULD MAKE THOSE ILLEGAL LIKE CRACK COCAIN.

January 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm
(299) whttheheck says:

I came here for advice but got turned off by the creepy hose-wearing men, and the blatantly-sexist non-hose wearing men. You’re both hosers!

February 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm
(300) TomH says:

I can’t believe what I’m reading here. If I’m interviewing, what counts is knowledge, the ability to speak and write w/o sounding idiotic, experience, an ability to work with others, and good hygiene.

What does not count: men in neckties, and women in pantyhose and feet-destroying shoes.

Women: if you want to wear pants, go for it! Skip the makeup, lose the bra, leave the hair grow on your legs & pitts – I don’t care, as long as I can work with you. I don’t need a fashion model (or a fetish model).

Men: if you want to wear makeup, shapewear and hosiery, go for it! Life is short.

February 10, 2013 at 2:53 am
(301) Travis McFeely says:

Absolutely yes, they should.

As a male interviewer, the obvious reason I give for not coming to the interview bare-legged and/or open-toed is b/c it can be considered sexually suggestive as well. It’s not the right time and place for it.

Believe me, it’s completely different otherwise-I mean when I am out on a date or with a girlfriend, of course I would prefer no hose and welcome the open-toed footwear gladly–she can kick them off or dangle them if she wants too. B/c it’s personal time.

But that’s exactly the reason it’s inapproopriate in the professional setting.

February 10, 2013 at 3:04 am
(302) Travis McFeeley says:

Ladies, just remember..as uncomfortable as pantyhose is, so are socks/shoes for men. Pretty much any footwear for that matter. But in the professional setting, these are the comprommises we make. In uniformed jobs, you must wear the uniform. In professional jobs, footwear/hosiery is pretty much the professional uniform. You need to work and get paid-the appearance is part of the job.

One reason I really like working at home is that at least I can be barefoot then. But obviously in an office, I have to wear shoes AND dress socks. At work ladies, you should cover your legs and feet as well. You are not there to be my girlfriend, to play footsies or attract my attention. The idea of ettiquette is uniformity and disciplined focus towards the work mission. So eliminate the distraction.

February 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm
(303) ss says:

Pantyhose are making a comeback!
They are soft and very attractive.
Employers want women to feel good, happy about themselves and what they wear. Pantyhose helps to achieve this!!!

March 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm
(304) Gregg Bender says:

If she’s wearing a skirt, I think it’s appropriate. I don’t think it matters as much if she’s wearing slacks.

March 8, 2013 at 3:36 pm
(305) Stephanie says:

I am a 25 year old young professional working woman and I wear pantyhose five days a week to my office. Yes, I have always interviewed wearing hose, wouldn’t dream of doing otherwise in the three years since I have been out of school. Pantyhose are like make-up for your legs and provide me with a flawless, finished look that I desire. I always go to work wearing either a business suit or a dress and as such always wear pantyhose. I get so sick and tired of hearing from all the ‘poor baby’ ladies out there who have nothing better to do than complain about wearing pantyhose and how terrible it is. Give me a break, ladies. Grow up and get some class.

March 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm
(306) SB says:

Yes! Women should wear pantyhose and men should wear ties when going to an interview. And depending on what sort of job it is, the wearing of pantyhose and ties should continue after they get the job in order to present a more professional image.
I have always believed that the bare leg look to be extremely tacky and ghetto looking and am so glad that pantyhose are FINALLY making a comeback here in the U.S.
Women in many other parts of the world such as in Japan, Russia, Ukraine, etc. have been wearing hose regularly for years and have not adopted that dreadful bare look. It is sad that so many women here in the U.S. embraced that horrid look.
Hooray for hose!

March 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm
(307) Gary says:

I am a Managing Director and I would not offer a position to any women who wore trousers to an interview or wore a skirt without tights. If find it extremely unprofessional.

March 20, 2013 at 9:32 pm
(308) Paul says:

I work for a philanthropic non-profit that gives away money (yes we do!) every year to other non-profits and to encourage small business startups with innovative ideas. We receive thousands of requests very year that get whittled down to a small number of serious candidates.
I’d like to say that this was an exciting process but I’ve never known anybody get joy from reading IRS schedule O’s, board minutes and financial reports for weeks on end.
Usually, the final selections come down to one-on-board interviews.
Do we wear suits and ties – no.
But we do dress business casual and our ED always wears her signature purple “selection day” outfit at all board activities.
Do we always pick the women with the good legs – no.
But what does impress is the smart suit (male or female) on the other side of the table.
It says “I know YOU are stinking rich (not true but it looks that way), I know YOU has to work hard to get there and I UNDERSTAND the rules for success. I AM GOING TO BE THAT SIDE OF THE TABLE ONE DAY, dishing out my own $1m checks”.

Crabby, spotty white legs; a roll of fat hanging over the belt (male or female); turning up late; loosing your laptop power supply; etc etc
are not going to get you a boost up the list.

So suck it up, wear hose ladies (even it it means dressing in the elevator) and look as if you WANT to be in charge.
That moment when we pass across the non-disclosure agreement, the contract and the first payment details will live with you forever.

O’h and scout out the building and where to park the day before.
We did!

March 21, 2013 at 2:25 pm
(309) Becky says:

No way, you definitely should not wear pantyhose to a job interview.

In the modern workplace, women are just not required to wear pantyhose peroid. Its outdated and is an old and tired look. I haven’t worn pantyhose in literally 16 years, since I was a teenager.

I have worked in a law office and in a courthouse, and almost none of the women under age 50 wore pantyhose. Thats including both women attorneys and paralegals and secretaries and clerks. Ive even seen women prosecutors in federal court wearing high heels without pantyhose on several occasions.

If women don’t have to wear pantyhose in federal court, they don’t have to wear pantyhose anywhere else.

March 27, 2013 at 11:16 am
(310) Tracey Gwynne says:

I think a flawless leg complexion looks attractive and very professional. There are so many pairs that now offer a ‘barely there’ look. Plain and elegant is always best. There are not many of us that have all year round attractive legs, especially in winter, so smooth pantyhose is a great way to get a good look, if you choose to wear a skirt.

(if your future boss is a stocking fan, or you are applying to Hooters…..it may get you the job!!)

April 7, 2013 at 7:47 am
(311) A Nony Mouse says:

Yes please.
If you do i’ll give you a job.

April 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm
(312) Joe E says:

I am a guy. I believe that wearing a tie (a silk rope) around the neck is terribly uncomfortable, especially in the summer. It cuts off the air to the torso it seems to make it ten degrees warmer. In addition, we are expected to always wear a long sleeve shirt, even in the summer. Adding a suit coat makes it unbearable. Men shouldn’t have to wear suits if they find it uncomfortable.

Of course, I am being facetious. Business dress can be uncomfortable … for men or women. If you are a guy applying for a professional job, go ahead and wear a polo shirt and khakis. Or if you are a woman, go to the interview bare-legged. Either way, if I’m applying for the same job, I will wear a suit and it will give me an edge.

Why is it that business dress has changed over the last 20 years for women but not for men? I can think of two companies where the dress for men is simple: long sleeve shirt, tie, and suit coat. For women, it’s anything goes. One company is one that sells men’s suits (so of course) they expect men to wear a suit. The last time I bought a suit, the woman had on khakis and flip-flops. All the men in the store wore suits. The other business is a car rental company. Even on the hottest days, men wore long sleeve shirts and ties (they got to take their suit coat off once they arrived at work). Women wore short-sleeved blouses, skirts, and no hosiery. Hmm.

May 13, 2013 at 11:14 am
(313) Nicolette says:

Hmm, I’ve worked at non-profits and law offices, and neither bother with pantyhose. Personally, I prefer tights and not one person has ever said a thing about it. I’m far too pale to be wearing pantyhose that do not match my face or arms. Black tights are more comfortable and look much better; and tights are most certainly “in” right now, so I do not feel that an interviewer would be scandalized by them.

Are we talking about bare vs. covered or hose specifically? Seems to me that under a skirt, men can’t tell the difference. Tights are much more comfortable and most men seem to think they are the same as hose – and tights have better colors.

I don’t know why you all care so much about what other people do. It’s not your moral duty to tell them that they’re unprofessional / missing out unless they sat down in your office to be interviewed. Let them live their life – god knows we have much more important issues (nuclear weaponry, environmental pollution, running out of usable drinking water, etc) to address.

May 15, 2013 at 1:53 am
(314) Mark says:

I interview dozens of people daily for various positions for our company. Women who wear pantyhose vs. those who don’t are much more likely to get the position. Sorry…just being honest and I’m the one in charge of the hiring.

May 20, 2013 at 9:57 am
(315) mp says:

I too feel pantyhose or stockings complete a look but think it should be up to individual to wear or not wear. Not necessarily an age thing since the 70+ woman in the hell I worked loved not wearing them. Only personal opinion that she could have used them but hey if she didn’t care what she looked like….There were more fashion don’ts there with the office manager’s offspring wearing jeans with lots of rips and holes and flip flops and another wearing pants tighter than most of my tights. And the off mgr wearing some awful schlucky looking pants that I even hate to wear around the house doing dirty stuff. Even when I (and some others) did wear jeans it looked more professional than most of the others most of the time.

May 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm
(316) Steve says:

I was just at a wedding and 80% were Wilma Flintstones. At about 11, many took off their shoes to dance and the dirt on the floor clung to the bottom of their feet. They had black foot bottoms. I almost threw up and didn’t even have any hard liquor.

June 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm
(317) Steve says:

I’m a guy, and several years ago I interviewed in the freezing cold. I complained about the thin suit pants to a married friend, and she suggested pantyhose underneath. This worked very well going from the cold to inside the office!

June 7, 2013 at 12:16 am
(318) Steve says:

I’m the 316 Steve, and not the 317 Steve. I know I’m a guy. lol I am interviewing candidates for a well paying position. I settled on interviewing 9 out of 127 which is 4 more than I usually review – the level of competition is so high you have to see who is the best. One of my narrowing down considerations is people who dress to impress. I’ll leave it at that. If you think coming into a professional interview with a skin-bath is a good idea, pimps are hiring.

June 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm
(319) Goscia says:

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(320) Steve says:

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June 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm
(321) Pat says:

To the poster who said he liked Barbara Walters’ legs over the the other women on the view, I believe that because Babra walters still has nice legs and presents them in a sylish manner. Where I work, the women seem to alternate between hose and no hose. that sems to work out and no one seems to mind when no hose is worn. A friend of mine who wore hose almost all the time I knew her and last year she started going bare legged. I totally loved it and hope she doesn’t ever go back to nylons.

June 15, 2013 at 2:34 am
(322) Patty says:

Skin rules! lol

June 18, 2013 at 3:07 pm
(323) mike carroll says:

Where I live in Canada, pantyhose is essential for jobs. Loyalty to self and skirts show a sense of pride and loyalty. As a learning challenged male, I have worn the clothes and right hose. Amongst working with women at homes, I have this thing that we all remove our shoes and high heels. I think that dresses , skirts and pantyhose and tights display team loyalty. I believe in the idea. After May 25th, with warmer weather, no need for pantyhose. Job interviews, pantyhose is needed. <3

June 19, 2013 at 12:30 am
(324) Karen says:

Granted, it is not a need, nor is a tie as long as a man is well dressed “otherwise”…. yet… If you interview, polish it up and look the best you can… being a person that interviews, it strikes me as common sense. ….and as a rule, I don’t want to hire a lack of common sense.

June 25, 2013 at 3:15 am
(325) Karin says:

I hate pantyhose and simply refuse to wear them. I don’t even have any skirt/dress/pantyhose in my wardrobe. I wear dressy trousers/pantsuits instead, usually paired with trouser socks and ankle boots.

June 29, 2013 at 1:30 am
(326) Patricia says:

I wear pantyhose whenever I wear a skirt/dress. In my opinion women who don’t wear pantyhose look very sloppy & gives the impression of not caring about their appearance, especially in an office environment.

July 13, 2013 at 1:04 pm
(327) Piper says:

Everyone’s yapping about professionalism, but how exactly do pantyhose make you more professional?
Tell me SPECIFICALLY how.

I’ll wear them to a job interview if I have to, but the thought makes me gag! They’re so outdated.
Now if you don’t like how your legs look and want to cover them, go ahead, but that leaves no options for people who aren’t comfortable in then. And when I say they aren’t comfortable, I mean more than just physically!

Oh and some points…

1. Some women get yeast infections very easily no matter what they do. It has to do with her microbiome and body pH, and to suggest that people who do are simply dirty and need a shower is beyond rude!

2. Immodest to have nothing covering your panties?! What are you 100?
If when you are standing up your panties are not visible, they’re covered! And if you’re likely to flash your underwear when sitting down your skirt is too short for a job interview. Otherwise, get your mind out of the gutter!

3. Men I don’t care if you like wearing pantyhose. I don’t have to do it so that you can live vicariously though me! As a matter of fact, you want to wear them…wear them! Wear them to a job interview.
Now if potential employers think this is unprofessional…well I suppose in a way it’s only fair since I’ll be called unprofessional for not wearing them! That way no one’s happy!

4. I also don’t care if you like the look of women wearing pantyhose. I like the look of men in kilts, should those be required for job interviews? Although I guess it would solve the problem of men who are jealous of women getting to wear pantyhose!

July 19, 2013 at 1:31 am
(328) KJack says:

To each their own. I’d say the only issue with it is it looks like crap.

August 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm
(329) scotty says:

As a male executive I hire many women. I live in California and there is nothing more vibrant and appealing than sun-tanned bare legs, pantyhose make the legs look “dead”, On older women whose legs don’t look so good bare pantyhose are fine, but I know from talking to other guys they all prefer the bare leg look. Would certainly not be a negative for hiring.

September 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm
(330) Paula47 says:

Hi, I am in the UK and work as a PA. I wear skirts most days with tights and dont see what the problem is!

September 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm
(331) alex says:

Women in Europe and Russia wear pantyhose daily, whether casual or dressy, because they know something that most American women are too self-absorbed to realize. Pantyhose make a women look classy, sexy and refined whereas bare legs make women look low-class. Only in America do you see women wear flip-flops to the White House to meet the President. Wearing pantyhose has a massage effect for tired legs and have proven to reduce Varicose Veins. On top of all that pantyhose is also the preferred look of the overwhelming majority of men. So you American women go ahead and walk around in your pale, splotchy and vein ridden legs while American men stare at European women.

October 5, 2013 at 1:23 am
(332) Adrian says:

I’m moving to London. I was able to look down at a woman’s legs again. The skin jobs in the U.S. are a disturbing form of a mannequin.

October 5, 2013 at 8:09 am
(333) Jolly says:

I think girls should not wear any stockings with skirt in any formal situations under any circumstances.

First, it is about problem of integrity. When a girl wears skirt, certainly people can see your part of leg. You have no reason to hide them or you go back pants. If you put on stockings, people can never see whether you have tattoos on your legs or else! rmb company cares a lot your behaviours and images. Wearing such stocking can cheat others and means you r not honest at all.

Second, sexy problem. I think most people would agree that it is more sexy to wear stockings instead of bare foot. Why wearing stockings with suit suddenly become a good manner?

Third, if you say, hey, others may see my underpants easily, i think you are insane. I think no one will disagree that girls love mini-skirt or hot pants. I think these two types of clothing can make you reveals your underpants more easily. Of course, no girl wants. I would say, if you walk politely with your skirt, it is very ok. If you cant, you are rude. Rmb it is one of your ability to show to your future employer.

October 5, 2013 at 8:17 am
(334) Jolly says:

I think no stockings should be worn in any formal occasions under any circumstances.

First, when you wear skirt, certainly people can see your leg. If you need to hide them, go back to pants. I think company care every employees’ behaviours and images. When you wear stockings, you can actually hide all your tattoos and scarf. Hey you are cheating others. I won’t hide a potential cheater to my firm.

Second, I think no one would disagree that stockings relates to sexy. So why can stockings with suit become a good manner?

Third, People may say, others can see my underpants easily. Of course, no girls want. I think hot pants and mini skirt got more chances to show, but you still wear. In fact, walking politely with your skirt wont cause a single problem. If you can’t, you are too rude. then again, don’t cheat others

October 8, 2013 at 12:25 am
(335) Alex says:

Jolly, if you can’t make one point, do not try to make three. LOL Hose will always be hotter than skin to most men as an initial attraction as much as make up on a face is.

October 8, 2013 at 12:31 am
(336) Alex says:

Bare legs are gross in dress clothes. TMI for most. Like a Canadian in Mexico with a banana sack or bikini… you kind of get that look on your face and look away.

October 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm
(337) Pat says:

I think there is nothing uglier than pastie white legs. If your legs aren’t tanned and perfect cover them up at all times.

October 17, 2013 at 12:57 am
(338) Hotaru says:

All these men talking about how “sexy” women look in hose are a huge reason why I don’t want to wear hose. If you want to determine whether or not I qualify for the job, how about looking at my resume instead of my legs?

October 22, 2013 at 1:32 am
(339) Icky says:

Because (not so) Hotaru… you can lie on a resume, whereas your bare legs give more truth than we ever wanted to know.

November 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm
(340) Marko says:

It won’t hurt and in some cases, it will give you an advantage if you are invited to meet with senior staff members, male or female. I personally like the looks of woman in hose, fat or skinny. I like the feminine attitude that accompanies them. My interviews btw are conducted the same whether it’s male, female, black, white, large or small but the woman wearing hose, keeps me attentive.

November 8, 2013 at 12:59 am
(341) Tim says:

Bare legs are a little too “jockish” to look at. Dude legs kind of. icky.

November 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm
(342) Bonnie says:

Yes, a woman should always wear pantyhose to an interview. Bare legs are not always sexy. I work a job where it is mandatory I wear a business suit or dress everyday, and always must wear pantyhose. Plus wearing business suits I always need to wear a full slip underneath for comfort. I think you look more put together wearing pantyhose.

November 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm
(343) Michael says:

Though I appreciate and understand that many women prefer the freedom afforded by not encasing their legs and hips in “nylon,” thus allowing themselves and their legs the opportunity to be as they are. In the case of interviews and important events, and this is just one guy’s opinion, something that evens-out the skin color and limits the exposure of blemishes, veins, and the like gives a woman a more finished (professional) look.

December 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm
(344) HM says:

The same rules for the men should apply to the women. If the men are expected to keep their legs and feet covered, so should the women. In that case it’s up to the employee to decide if she’d rather wear the pantyhose with certain clothing items, or choose different items that might be more comfortable. On the other hand, if the guys are running around in shorts, then no– screw the pantyhose!

December 29, 2013 at 11:24 am
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January 17, 2014 at 8:53 am
(346) KH Leighton says:

I see no reason to endorse the old concept that equates professionalism with pantyhose. It may be the trend from the 30′s to the 60′s but this concept is fast disappearing today. To me, quality and personality of candidates are far more important than her fashion preference and option for not wearing hose shall not improve or hinder her chance on getting hired. Time has changed. So will concept on fashion. I haven’t heard men not getting hired for not wearing black socks. Why should women get penalized for not wearing hose at job interviews? I personally think bare legging is having a more natural look as arms and legs are both having the same texture/color. You may need them in winter but not necessarily during summer. Feet get sticky in hot weather so going bare foot actually let your feet breath better.
Being a funeral home operator in Phoenix (I was in banking before), I have recently lifted the regulation to wear hose for all my female staffs. Such dress code was conceived by my husband’s grandfather back in the early 60’s. My husband continued this trend but I now decided streamline regulations since I took over. I doubt if men ever understand the torture from conducting grave side services, in hose and heels, at 107F! That is the reason most women (even widows in their late 40s to mid-50s!) opted not wear nylon at the services of loved ones here. Incidentally, it was that mostly the over 60 groups that regularly seen wearing hose at funerals. I suppose that simply reflected the trend of their times. BTW, my own husband just recently passed this early summer but my radiant skin tone still makes me look right (at 51!), without nylon, in black dress and pumps. As long as I could continue to keep my feet in good shape through massage and regular pedicure, going stockingless will always be my top preference for any occasions. Even at my late husband’s funeral (and my ex-husband’s shortly after that)!

January 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm
(347) Brian W. says:

I don’t know why the topic of wearing pantyhose for a job interview has turned into a huge debate of pantyhose vs. bare legs.

While I believe wearing pantyhose/tights to a job interview shows that a person is very classy and professional in their appearance, it depends on the type of workplace setting and position that the person is applying for. If the workplace is a professional formal business setting, wearing pantyhose/tights is a must. If it’s a business casual or casual setting, wearing pantyhose/tights is an option. If you want to wear pantyhose or tights with your outfits in the workplace, then wear it, and don’t let others judge your appearance. If you want to wear pantyhose or tights with your outfits in the workplace, then wear it, and don’t let others judge your appearance.

January 26, 2014 at 4:54 pm
(348) Lisa says:

It amuses me when women write about how uncomfortable nylons are. Many of these same women probably insist thong underwear are comfortable along with their platform- with-4-inch-heel shoes.

Incidentally, shoes are more comfortable with stockings and your skirt hangs better with stockings ( and a slip) too.

February 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm
(349) Jeff says:

I would gladly trade places with any Woman so I could wear pantyhose to work, it would be so much better!

I hate wearing neck ties and dress shirts, try doing that, Women who complain about how uncomfortable pantyhose are. I love seeing Women in pantyhose, its a great piece of clothing and I see other guys on here also like it as well.

If Women had to wear tight dress shirts and neck ties, I think they would quickly switch back to pantyhose if they were given that option.

But I know I love wearing pantyhose underneath my dress pants and openly with shorts during the warmer months, they are awesome to wear and feel great on my shaved legs too. :) Pantyhose are not old fashioned and provide support to my achy legs as well.

February 17, 2014 at 1:34 pm
(350) Don says:

A woman without Panty hose in New York looks like they haven’t finished dressing. If a woman wears pantyhose in Florida people notice and question why because it looks out of place.

February 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm
(351) Michael says:

Yes, women should wear pantyhose to a job interview or perhaps thigh high stockings with a garter belt and suspenders for comfort in the summer. Nylon clad legs look polished and professional. Many hosiery makers get the feedback from women. Thanks to technology, better fibers and weaving, they are able to make the hosiery more comfortable and softer on the skin.

How do I know? I wear compression pantyhose daiky for my edema resulting from two knee replacement surgeries. I have six pairs of compression pantyhose and a pair of thigh high stockings with a unisex garter belt. The gradient compression helps squeeze the blood yhat pools around the ankles calves and knees, providing better circulation, and reducing the risk of a pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) that can be serious or even fatal. Their are lighter gradient compression for healthy women or men that can help your legs from getting tired and fatigued. You just need to wear the right fit. I recommend Medi Sheer and Soft Pantyhose or Medi Comfort Pantyhose. They have four different gradient compressions and different colors and styles that are fashionable for women. They are comfortable and wear under my trousers at work. Even if my doctor would later say I do not have a health issue, I would continue wearing compression pantyhose only in a lighter gradient.

February 26, 2014 at 12:06 am
(352) Vanessa says:

As a 27 year-old who just interviewed for and accepted a marketing job for a finance firm in North Carolina, I noticed every female candidate (including me) in the waiting room wore a skirt suit, with nylons or pantyhose, and high heels. I think there were six of us total, all in our 20′s & 30′s, so it’s not like it was a fluke. I thought everyone looked very professional and polished, so clearly it was normal and customary for ladies to wear pantyhose. Plus, they feel nice and look good on your legs, so it wasn’t a big deal like some who have posted made it out to be.

Not making any assumptions, but for those having a hate relationship with their pantyhose, maybe some of you are wearing the wrong size? I’m 5’4″ and 120 lbs, so a B size was perfect. Quality could be another factor I think too… I bought the more expensive Victoria’s Secret pantyhose in black, so I definitely think you get what you pay for.

And as far as all the guys… yes, us women do take notice that you’re staring at our legs. Not that we mind sometimes, but we just want you to evaluate us on all of the details and not just our choice in hosiery. :)

Hope that helps!
~Vanessa

February 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm
(353) Belinda says:

i always wear pantyhose to work

March 1, 2014 at 3:47 am
(354) Shannon Solomon says:

As a professional woman in my 40s I see pantyhose as a must and something that I enjoy wearing. I really equate them to jewelry or makeup, they are the perfect finish to any outfit. I enjoy choosing what hose work with my outfit and frankly I feel like my outfit is complete with the right hose. As a side note, I know that guys love pantyhose and it feels amazing to show off my legs in hose and have the guys in my office notice them. It sexy and fun!

March 1, 2014 at 8:41 pm
(355) Jessica says:

I totally agree with you, Shannon. I’m about to hit the big 3-0 (I like to think of it as celebrating my 29th birthday again!), and I really do find that I like wearing pantyhose or stockings, too. They look really good with the business skirt suit outfits or dresses that I wear almost every day. They also look really nice underneath pantsuits too, if that’s more your thing. Like you said, pantyhose just seem to have the right finish that I want to see with my outfit when I look in the mirror, and they pair perfectly with my patent heels. They also help your feet to easily slide into heels too.

Like other ladies have said, if you buy good ones from higher-end stores, they tend to be silkier and better made. They feel really nice and silky when you slip them on… it’s a very feminine feeling. When you walk, they help your legs glide smoothly against each other so you don’t get any skin irritation or anything. It’s also much easier to cross your legs when in meetings or interviews.

I do also notice that guys do pay attention a lot more when I’m wearing hose than when I’m not, especially in the office. Ever since I was about 24 and started wearing them often, I noticed a lot more guys hung around my office door and I got asked out even more than I normally do. I have a long-term boyfriend now and he likes it when I wear them too, but it’s always a nice ego booster to have a lot of options if I wanted them.

Bringing it back to interviews, I think it’s a very good idea to wear pantyhose, especially if you have guys that you’re interviewing with. They may never say that they noticed, but it could be a subconscious thing that they remember why they like you a bit better over another candidate. I think any girl needs every advantage on her side to get the job, so I definitely recommend wearing ‘em! Plus, you’ll feel sexy and exude more confidence, which will come across as attractive in your interview, and that’s never a bad thing. Good luck!

March 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm
(356) Sammy says:

Great discussion, yes pantyhose for an interview is the better option. Pantyhose complete the look & shows a woman can be adaptable & flexible even maybe while enduring some discomfort. Men endure it with ties & if a man didn’t wear socks with dress shoes it would look overly casual. So yes ladies keep wearing the hose or stockings, we men appreciate the effort you put forth to look great

March 4, 2014 at 10:36 pm
(357) Kathryn says:

I wear thigh-high stockings to work all the time, so I’m very comfortable with wearing them for interviews or other formal events. I like them better than pantyhose because they’re not as restrictive around the body, and they still give the smooth silky leg look. My only complaint for work is that I have to watch my skirt length because my stocking tops & garters tend to show when sitting down, but it’s a small price to pay for looking good and feeling comfortable at the same time.

When I do wear pantyhose, I wear the suspender or garter belt type. Much more fun to wear and easy to manage when having to use the restroom, plus I can keep them on for after-work drinks or dinner without being a bother. Great to wear with pencil skirts and heels!

March 28, 2014 at 6:45 pm
(358) Eddie Hines says:

I feel that men do not look professional when NOT in a suit and tie for an interview. Therefore, a woman does not look professional when not in a skirt/dress and pantyhose. If men have to suit up, why not the women? and no, a pantsuit does not do it. we are all not one gender, so we should not all dress like one gender.

April 18, 2014 at 12:28 am
(359) GGrass says:

Bare legs and dress clothes are like a dude wearing white socks and black shoes with shorts on… all you can do is turn your head and say …. well … he (she) must think that looks good. lol

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