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A thought between assignments [Sep. 20th, 2003|12:44 pm]
Zoethe
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I wore a pair of nylons to the swanky dinner last night (pictures here) that I had worn twice before. The same pair of nylons. Still intact. And they survived yet another event. They were comfortable, they didn't sag, and despite forgetting to cut my toenails down to the quick, none of my tootsies poked through.

The thing that's killing me is there is nothing on them to indicate where I got them or who manufactures them. I am cursing myself for this lack of knowledge - how could I have guessed I had found hosiery gold?

Nylons are an abomination, the continued existence of which proves that women are just gullible fools. I can't imagine men purchasing socks at $4.00 - $8.00 a pair with the certain knowledge that they'd be thrown out at the end of the day. And yet women do this all the time. A pair of nylons that lasts through two wearings is worthy of remark. My mother used to always buy the same brand in the same color because she could generally get three wearings out of two pair by cutting off the ruined leg of two pair and doubling up the panty part. This was serious frugality on her part.

I fight back the best I can. I wear long skirts and knee-high thin trouser socks (a little thicker but they never run), I go without in the summer time when wearing sandals. In the winter I wear tights instead of nylons (again, not sheer, but they last and last). But there are certain dressier occasions and certain outfits that simply will tolerate nothing less than the nylon sacrifice. Not and look right.

And then even I give in, throw away those dollars, and dress out the legs. And then spend the day waiting for that tell-tale "pop" of fine thread breaking.

And swear at myself for being stupid. Again.
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[User Picture]From: kibbles
2003-09-20 10:11 am (UTC)
You look great! Both of you!

I always wore the super thick 'sheer energy' sort of pantyhose, because I liked my legs SQUISHED, felt thinner and they did last a LITTLE longer than the flimsy sheer pretty sorts.

But then I am a boring practical person that way.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 11:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! We did have fun.

Haven't tried those. May have to do so.
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[User Picture]From: pkthunder
2003-09-20 10:17 am (UTC)
Down here in Florida, it's almost become acceptable to go without nylons/hose/stockings/[insert other regional term here] in most situations. But this week I had to break down and throw away four bucks for a pair to wear to a career fair. In less than two hours, my big toes were already poking through. I think department store hose, which can run up to $15 a pair, tend to last a bit longer than the stuff you buy at the drugstore, but department stores aren't open 24 hours, so I always end up throwing away my money.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 11:47 am (UTC)
The cost-per-wear of department store hose doesn't strike me as good economics - I've blown through them in a single day, and THAT is frustrating.
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[User Picture]From: olliesmama
2003-09-20 10:22 am (UTC)
I love L'eggs Control top Silken mist in Matte colors....they are sheer, yet supportive. I've had one pair for almost a year now. My trick? The first time I wear them, I spray them lightly with hairspray. Wait a few minutes for it to dry, then finish getting dressed. It feels a bit sticky the first time, but they last forever!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 11:45 am (UTC)
I will have to try your trick! Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2003-09-20 10:44 am (UTC)
My mother used to always buy the same brand in the same color because she could generally get three wearings out of two pair by cutting off the ruined leg of two pair and doubling up the panty part. This was serious frugality on her part.

I just read about this in a book somewhere - I think it was Red Dragon? It was the first time I'd heard of the idea, so it's interesting to see it pop up again :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 11:45 am (UTC)
I've never been able to make myself do it. I still remember the drawer full of mostly-dead hose and her trying to find two good legs.....
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2003-09-21 11:50 am (UTC)
It sounds hellacious, and uncomfortable!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 12:44 pm (UTC)
Poverty makes you do the damnedest things....
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[User Picture]From: juleske
2003-09-20 11:14 am (UTC)
I have a gig on monday temping admin for some kinda post-grad law seminar. This will definately entail either a nylon or a polyesther pants sacrifice on my part. I'm thinking it might have to be the polyesther. I hate the fact that you can't sweat in it, and that you have a 50/50 chance of igniting out of general air friction alone, but I'll be dammed if I'm gonna hairspray my legs.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 11:44 am (UTC)
LOL! Good luck, and no spontaneous combusting!!!
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[User Picture]From: law_witch
2003-09-20 11:59 am (UTC)
Be of good cheer, for you both look MAAARVOLOUS DAR'LIN!
Seriously, you two are so great!!

My BIGGEST nylong mistake (but for a good cause?) Evan Pican's leg shimmers for my wedding (22 years ago) - pale with a shine that just set my mood and outfit - but there were 15 bucks and dead by the morning.

Lesson learned? Don't expect the good ones to outlast a new hubby's lust!!

BTW if you found out who made the nylons your talking about PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share!!!

Hugs (really, you two looked SO great, I hope you had a wonderful evening)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 11:44 am (UTC)
Believe me, I will share! I will, in fact, crow loudly in joy!

We did have a good time and thank you so much for the compliments!
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[User Picture]From: mizdandylynn
2003-09-20 12:17 pm (UTC)
You both look great in those pics. I liked the before and after of him... funny how that goes.

As far as panty hose.. I get mine from Lane Bryant Catalog... they have some tights that last for like.. oh.. probably 20 wearings before they die. And I can runner a pair of hose faster than anyone I know... but these have been really good. They are the ones listed as "tights" but are not tooooo incredibly thick.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 11:42 am (UTC)
Thanks! I have had LB hose and haven't been impressed with their wear-to-price ratio. I will have to look for the ones they call tights, though, and experiment.
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[User Picture]From: gothiksukkubus
2003-09-20 03:56 pm (UTC)
Now this is why I swear by fishnets.
If they do tear, it looks fashionably punk and therefore, "acceptable". And you can wear two or three pairs of ripped up ones in different colours and look great.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-20 04:11 pm (UTC)
Alas, not an acceptable look for the staid law offices where I work - but sounds like great fun [g]
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[User Picture]From: gothiksukkubus
2003-09-21 06:50 am (UTC)
That's because some Lawyers are terribly sexually repressed.
And a good deal of them like to be spanked and made to lick boots, providing ladies like me, with hours of endless entertainment. I'd say about an easy 40% of my clientele were lawyers, especially those in corporate and criminal law.

Think about that the next time you see one of your co-workers sit down gingerly or if you see suspicious marks on them.

The speculation at least makes the day a bit more interesting:-)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 12:31 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen any of this, but I will watch for it in the future.
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[User Picture]From: gothiksukkubus
2003-09-21 09:56 pm (UTC)
Like I said, the speculation is half the fun.

I also can't tell you how many lawyers I knew that liked to wear women's lingerie under their business suits. One of mine used to wear a cock cage, with an anal attachment, clover clamps, and fishnets and suspenders.

Of course, that was when he was going into court;-)

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-22 01:10 am (UTC)

EEP!

Not much more to say than that! I am reminded again that my life, though on the more exotic side of normal, is pretty vanilla in comparison. [g]
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 11:41 am (UTC)

Re: they call it hosiery because you get hosed

Don't get me started on maternity hose. Made of nylon so coarse you could scrub barnacles off a ship with it, with a waistband designed to slide down to your knees within a couple hours. My theory was they were designed to encourage pregnant women to stay home or go home early and get rest. I just went with Queensize and eschewed those nasty things after the first wearing.
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[User Picture]From: ladycathead
2003-09-21 09:23 am (UTC)
I completely loathe pantyhose. I'm thankful my current job doesn't require them. But when I do need them for special occasions, I like Silk Reflections in sheer midnight black. I can't think of what makes legs look slimmer and nicer, other than opaque black tights, but those are definitely daytime wear.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-09-21 12:42 pm (UTC)
We ALL hate them.

And yet we allow "fashion" to keep shoving us back into them.

What's wrong with this picture?
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