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September 11, 2012 7:39 AM
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All you pantyhose proponents are setting the women's rights movement back 50 years! sad

I've been on Executive Leadership Teams at Fortune 15 companies for 20+ years. Pantyhose are OUT. Tights in the winter are a fashion statement.

When in doubt, wear black slacks.


This is not a women's rights issue, this is a professionalism issue. If I were a man, I would wear a tie to an interview, and no one would say I was setting men's rights back 50 years. Business attire isn't the most comfortable thing for either gender, but if you want to work in a certain type of environment (with its attendant privileges) you have to suck it up, especially for the interview.

And as for slacks, I have a very hard time finding pants that fit me well (no matter what weight I am), so slacks tend to look funky on me. I feel more comfortable, mentally and physically, in a skirt. For times when I need to wear formal clothing, I have a nice suit (just below the knee skirt and jacket) that I wear, that I feel good in. What I'm saying is, black slacks, or a pants suit, may be a good solution for some women, but not all.
September 11, 2012 7:40 AM
Also, don't wear perfume!
September 11, 2012 7:42 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

All you pantyhose proponents are setting the women's rights movement back 50 years! sad

I've been on Executive Leadership Teams at Fortune 15 companies for 20+ years. Pantyhose are OUT. Tights in the winter are a fashion statement.

When in doubt, wear black slacks.


This is not a women's rights issue, this is a professionalism issue. If I were a man, I would wear a tie to an interview, and no one would say I was setting men's rights back 50 years. Business attire isn't the most comfortable thing for either gender, but if you want to work in a certain type of environment (with its attendant privileges) you have to suck it up, especially for the interview.


THIS
September 11, 2012 7:44 AM
How is it setting back the women's movement? That's the argument I really dont follow, and I'd happily call myself a feminist! Surely the requirement to keep my legs hair free and attractive (in order to go pantyhose free) would be more of a retrograde step?

How about bras in the office - is wearing those setting the women's movement back too?

I think as well as "professional appearance" (and if I was a man going for an interview, I'd wear a suit and tie, no question), there's the practicality issue. And that really depends a lot on the normal temperature in that part of the world. As I said, here in the UK/ Ireland, bare legs would definitiely NOT be the norm in the office, but that's more to do with the fact that it's flipping freezing most of teh time!

And seriously - can I get an answer to what shoes do you bare legged women wear that dont give you blisters?
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September 11, 2012 7:46 AM
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How is it setting back the women's movement? That's the argument I really dont follow, and I'd happily call myself a feminist! Surely the requirement to keep my legs hair free and attractive (in order to go pantyhose free) would be more of a retrograde step?

How about bras in the office - is wearing those setting the women's movement back too?

I think as well as "professional appearance" (and if I was a man going for an interview, I'd wear a suit and tie, no question), there's the practicality issue. And that really depends a lot on the normal temperature in that part of the world. As I said, here in the UK/ Ireland, bare legs would definitiely NOT be the norm in the office, but that's more to do with the fact that it's flipping freezing most of teh time!

And seriously - can I get an answer to what shoes do you bare legged women wear that dont give you blisters?


I have to wear little pantyhose booties so my shoes don't rub. But you can see them. HOLY CRAP! I SET BACK THE MOVEMENT!


C'mon people.
September 11, 2012 7:47 AM
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And seriously - can I get an answer to what shoes do you bare legged women wear that dont give you blisters?


Any heels by Micheal Kors..they are the comfiest.
Edited by Dub_D On September 11, 2012 7:47 AM
September 11, 2012 7:48 AM
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How is it setting back the women's movement? That's the argument I really dont follow, and I'd happily call myself a feminist! Surely the requirement to keep my legs hair free and attractive (in order to go pantyhose free) would be more of a retrograde step?

How about bras in the office - is wearing those setting the women's movement back too?

I think as well as "professional appearance" (and if I was a man going for an interview, I'd wear a suit and tie, no question), there's the practicality issue. And that really depends a lot on the normal temperature in that part of the world. As I said, here in the UK/ Ireland, bare legs would definitiely NOT be the norm in the office, but that's more to do with the fact that it's flipping freezing most of teh time!

And seriously - can I get an answer to what shoes do you bare legged women wear that dont give you blisters?


You can get little shoe liners made from nylon, I use them when I don't wear tights to work (I rarely wear panty hose to *work*, after my interview, it became clear that hose are not the norm here unless one is dressed up for some reason).
Edited by Bentley2718 On September 11, 2012 7:49 AM
September 11, 2012 7:48 AM
absolutely, perfect legs or not. It is more professional to wear panty hose to a interview.
September 11, 2012 7:49 AM
I haven't read all the posts, but our dress code requires "hosiery" from Oct 1 thru April 31st. I have three more weeks of sandals. Boo Hoo. I work in accounting at a bank. Hemlines must come to the knee, no sleeveless either.
Edited by Heidi252 On September 11, 2012 7:50 AM
September 11, 2012 7:53 AM
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Don't wear panty hose, this isn't the 90's. Just be sure to use a non greasy moisturizer on your legs.

Oh my you are too funny!
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September 11, 2012 7:54 AM
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Don't wear panty hose, this isn't the 90's. Just be sure to use a non greasy moisturizer on your legs.

It may not be the 90's, but some companies still require women to wear panty hose with dresses and skirts and men to wear ties. Again, wear them to the interview even if it's not a policy for current employees.
September 11, 2012 7:56 AM
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Wow. Now we're discussing relative ugliness of one woman's legs versus another? By whose standard? What is this, 1975?

I repeat, this is setting the women's movement back 50 years.

Back to counting calories...


I agree! I remember my mom telling me how she couldn't wear pants to work back in the 70s. I don't wear make-up either.
  25631519
September 11, 2012 7:59 AM
No.
September 11, 2012 8:00 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

All you pantyhose proponents are setting the women's rights movement back 50 years! sad

I've been on Executive Leadership Teams at Fortune 15 companies for 20+ years. Pantyhose are OUT. Tights in the winter are a fashion statement.

When in doubt, wear black slacks.


This is not a women's rights issue, this is a professionalism issue. If I were a man, I would wear a tie to an interview, and no one would say I was setting men's rights back 50 years. Business attire isn't the most comfortable thing for either gender, but if you want to work in a certain type of environment (with its attendant privileges) you have to suck it up, especially for the interview.

And as for slacks, I have a very hard time finding pants that fit me well (no matter what weight I am), so slacks tend to look funky on me. I feel more comfortable, mentally and physically, in a skirt. For times when I need to wear formal clothing, I have a nice suit (just below the knee skirt and jacket) that I wear, that I feel good in. What I'm saying is, black slacks, or a pants suit, may be a good solution for some women, but not all.


^^ This exactly. This isn't about woman's rights. If the office has a policy of no bare legs, that policy applies to men and women equally. Why would a woman believe she should be able to wear a skirt and bare her legs?

A skirt with pantyhose is always appropriate even if it isn't always comfortable. When you're going to an interview and don't know the dress code, put on pantyhose.
  5444783
September 11, 2012 8:03 AM
Pantyhose............smattyhose.......................opt for stockings, thigh highs with a nice lacey top. Be daring and feminine at the same time!
September 11, 2012 8:03 AM
If you shaved your legs then yes.
September 11, 2012 8:08 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:
Don't wear panty hose, this isn't the 90's. Just be sure to use a non greasy moisturizer on your legs.

It may not be the 90's, but some companies still require women to wear panty hose with dresses and skirts and men to wear ties. Again, wear them to the interview even if it's not a policy for current employees.


I find that so strange, must be an American thing? How could they even tell if you're not wearing them, pinch your legs?
September 11, 2012 8:10 AM
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Only if you're female

Sorry, couldn't resist. I say yes.


Hahaha good one!

And yes you do.
  24881942
September 11, 2012 8:12 AM
Yes to the skirt and the pantyhose. Bare legs do not work for everyone. The pantyhose will give you a polished look. And when in doubt, remember, Kate Middleton wears hose and if they are good enough for her, then they are good enough for us. I love her by the way. Great style!

Wishing you the best of luck in your interview!
September 11, 2012 8:12 AM
i think in professional dress, no hose looks tacky, tacky, tacky! the only time hose is not necessary is in summer dresses with flats, period.

i went to an interview once where the interviewer wore a short skirt, heels & blazer and no pantyhose and i was immediately turned off.

eta: nude stockings complement any dress any time of year.
Edited by kayemme On September 11, 2012 8:14 AM
September 11, 2012 8:13 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:
Don't wear panty hose, this isn't the 90's. Just be sure to use a non greasy moisturizer on your legs.

It may not be the 90's, but some companies still require women to wear panty hose with dresses and skirts and men to wear ties. Again, wear them to the interview even if it's not a policy for current employees.


I find that so strange, must be an American thing? How could they even tell if you're not wearing them, pinch your legs?


You are clearly blessed with beautiful legs where it might be hard to tell. As a proud observer of women, that is not the usually the case.
September 11, 2012 8:15 AM
pantyhose are kind-of out of style but you don't want to go "bare legged" when you need to look professional so YES wear them, nude color if poss.
September 11, 2012 8:15 AM
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Also, don't wear perfume!


great advice! just be sure to bathe. :)
September 11, 2012 8:15 AM
YES, but be sure they fit great and you feel like your legs look amazing. Poor fitting hose just add to the stress.
September 11, 2012 8:16 AM
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People still wear pantyhose????

^^THIS!! laugh

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