Here are 5 basic rules to help you make the right hosiery choice:
1. An open dress = hosiery of your skin color
If your dress has a deep open neckline, open shoulders, short sleeves or sleeveless, then hosiery should be the color of your skin. That means, for example, that if you're pale-complexioned and fair-skinned, you wear nude hosiery to match your skin color.
If your dress has long sleeves and a high/closed neckline, then you can choose black, dark gray, navy, or brown hosiery, if these are the colors in your individual color palette.
2. The more elegant the dress is, the thinner the hosiery
At any official event in any weather, hosiery is very important. Apart from anything else, this is one of the rules of etiquette.
For cocktail dresses made of thin fabrics, for example, chiffon or silk, go for the thinnest invisible and ultra-sheer hosiery (5-15 den).
For elegant dresses made of satin or taffeta, for dresses with rhinestones, sequins, or other kinds of rich decor, go for ultra-sheer and sheer hosiery (from 5 den up to 30 den).
For casual dresses made of thick fabrics (like knitwear, leather, etc.) go for semi-sheer, semi-opaque or opaque hosiery (from 30 den and up). The more casual your dress is and the thicker fabric it is, the higher density hosiery has to be.
3. Light color dress = light color hosiery
If the dress is of light shades, then go for nude hosiery matching your skin color. With bright and dark color dresses, you can choose hosiery of any color.
4. Wear accent color or printed hosiery with outfits of neutral colors and styles
There is a wide choice of hosiery with shimmer, rhinestones, seams, patterns, tattoos imitation, etc. Any hosiery decor makes an accent in an outfit that is why you should wear accent color or printed hosiery with outfits of neutral colors and styles.
Remember one of the rules of a tasteful and stylish ensemble: there should be only one accent in an outfit.
5. Consider the dress length, fit, and your body unique features
Glossy, shimmery texture visually adds volume, so for fuller legs, it is better to choose matte hosiery without shimmer and in shades close to your skin color. If you're still considering black hosiery, then any shade of gray is a better choice for visual correction (for example, hint of black).
If your dress is short, go for all sheer to waist pantyhose. If your dress is fitted, go for a wide and high-waisted pantyhose.
~ To create a perfect look, you should pay very close attention to every little detail!
Think your outfits through in advance and always have a spare pair of hosiery in your purse, because hosiery life is sometimes too short.