Do Pantyhose Make Me Look Old?

It’s Bare-Leg Season:  Dare You?

old fashioned pantyhose?When the hosiery vs. no-hose controversy comes up in my workshops, a woman or two inevitably resists with an earnest, “No! It’s not professional (insert: proper, hygienic, tasteful, comfortable).”  Usually, she’s a woman in my own age group.

Whether it’s tiny spider veins that start creeping in after 35-ish, a history of sun over-exposure, or any other skin imperfection, some women simply don’t love exposing their legs.  Yet, we’ve crossed the time threshold from when the “bare legs look” was a passing trend, into the realm where panty-hosed legs are labeled “unfashionable.”

If it’s any consolation to those who prefer we’d blast back to the days of suntan-colored pantyhose, I’m with ya in the “my-legs-are-not-my-best-asset” camp.  In my case, time has been of little consequence.  I’ve been the whitest girl on the beach for as long as I’ve been going to it.

If you want a little help before going bare, and don’t like the fuss of sunless tanners, see below for two solutions that make summer’s bare-leg season a bit kinder & gentler.  (Note:  I’m not compensated for promoting these products.  Just offering “Image Consultant-Tested” options!)flip flops to the office?

Visit this post for more tips on how to avoid an image meltdown in the summer heat; or this one for more on the Great Hosiery Debate.”


Right to bare legsStudio 35 pantyhose in a can

The Studio 35 product (left) can be purchased at Walgreens,, and other retailers via Amazon.  It acts like a bronzer, evening out skin tone with a slight glow-sheen.  (Application tip:  Spray on your palms to apply and avoid bronzing your bathroom floor.)

The Joan Rivers product (right) adds no color, but acts much like a facial concealer, covering small spider veins, blemishes, and other skin discolorations.  I paid $22.50 from a catalog retailer, then later found it here for $9.99.

To your rockin’ awesome legs!

Patty Buccellato Buccellato, is an image coach and founder of Refined Images.  She brings extensive knowledge and expertise to her work with men and women individually, as well as with corporate employee groups. Patty established Refined Images in 1994, and while her studio is based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, you’ll find her serving clients throughout North America in their homes, offices — and, yes, even in shopping malls!   To get your FREE copy of Patty’s “How to Shop Like a Stylist,” visit or contact Patty.

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