This article appeared in Southern Vanity,
The Hosiery Dilemma
WOW! It’s hot outside, and
that’s the naked truth! It’s summertime, and the
living is easy. At least some employers are trying to make
it easier, by allowing their female employees to
come to work without hosiery. Usually, this is considered
a perk. As we shall see, however, the facts of the matter
leave us with barely a leg to stand on!
For several reasons, the image presented by a woman with
no hosiery can be inappropriate for the workplace and may
lead to problems there. For instance, when “given an
inch”, sometimes the tendency among workers is to “take
a mile”. Once an employer permits a relaxation of the
company’s dress code in one area, employees may assume
that they have their boss’s tacit approval to make comparable
adjustments throughout their wardrobe. Soon, the company’s
dress code will have faded into the mists of memory, a relic
of bygone days.
During warmer weather, women may elect not only to leave
their hosiery at home, but also to arrive at the office in
short skirts, sundresses, and other types of casual clothing
that generally reveal more skin. This casual, more revealing
clothing can make a woman appear less than serious about her
career, or frivolous about her professional goals within the
company. Studies have shown that women who dress in this manner
at work earn less money and are taken less seriously than
their male counterparts who dress more traditionally. The
woman who dresses too casually at the office relinquishes
her business power to her male colleagues who are clad in
polo shirts, slacks, and loafers with socks. While their attire
may be equally casual, the men’s clothing reveals less
skin, allowing them to retain some level of personal comfort
while maintaining their professional image.
Many women find it quite a challenge to present attractive
legs and feet without benefit of hosiery. If you decide to
report to work without hosiery, please take the time to properly
prepare for it! Ensure that your legs are carefully waxed,
thoroughly moisturized, and evenly tanned. Apply fresh polish
to toenails. Smooth out rough heels and soles (using a pumice
stone, if necessary). Always wear sandals that fit your feet
An attractive lady with a flat stomach, nice legs, and a
deep tan should have fun showing off her figure! Those short
skirts and navel-revealing midriff tops are perfect for social
outings or weekend activities. But, they seldom work at work!
At the office, the female employee is more likely to enhance
her career by paying attention to the company’s figures
rather than her own. The only statement that her clothes should
be making is, “I’m here to work.” Simply
put, the more skin a woman reveals in the workplace, the fewer
promotions, salary increases, and other benefits she reasonably
* Sandals should fit the feet perfectly. Toes should
neither extend over the edges nor should they touch the ground.
Heels should not spill over the back of the sandals. There
must be no pudginess between straps ~ either at the toe or
along the straps of the sandals.
|Sends a casual message in the workplace.
||Makes a professional impression at work.
|Requires time-consuming and expensive
||Provides a quick, inexpensive solution.
|Legs MUST have a deep, even suntan.
||Instantly provides a “tanned” appearance.
|Skin tone MUST appear perfectly smooth
~ free of ANY blotches or blemishes.
||Helps to “smooth out” the
appearance of pale, blotchy, or uneven skin tones.
|Legs and feet MUST be moisturized.
||Makes dry skin less noticeable.
|Legs must be waxed WEEKLY or shaved
DAILY. (Shaving leaves an appearance of “stubble”
after only 24 hours!)
||Slight “stubble” is camouflaged.
|Provides NO support for legs with varicose or “spider”
|| Support hose will protect legs and prevent additional
damage from broken veins.
|Pedicure MUST be kept current.
Nails MUST be freshly polished.
|Toes are invisible in pumps or sling-backs.
|Heels and soles MUST be kept moisturized and smooth.
If necessary, a pumice stone should be used on feet to
prevent a cracked, crusty, rough appearance.
||Pumps keep heels and soles invisible.
|Bare feet with bunions, damaged toenails,
corns, hammertoes, extra-long toes, blue veins, or injuries
are frequently distracting.
||Unsightly feet are hidden and therefore
create no distractions.
|Unnecessarily emphasizes the legs and feet, minimizing
the effect of “continuity”.
||Creates a streamlined appearance.
|Requires the wearing of open-toe sandals
or back-less mules to prevent damage from body heat and
||Hose absorb moisture from body heat
and perspiration (which naturally gravitate to our shoes)
… slowing damage to footwear.