Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hosiery, Part Deux

Ok…I have an important event coming up this week and pantyhose will certainly be a part of it. However, which type? This weekend I loaded up on some different types of non-control top sheer pantyhose. They are:

1) Hanes Silk Reflections Non-Control Top in Little Color

2) Hue So Silky Sheer in Natural

3) Calvin Klein Chiffon Sheer – sheer to waist

I’m hoping to test out which is the most comfortable (particularly with my ileostomy) AND which actually looks the best. I have pretty pale skin, so it’s tricky to find a ‘natural’ looking shade that isn’t too yellow, too tan, or too white. By the way, a 6 year old cousin once said “you are the whitest person I’ve ever seen”….umm…er…ok. She is from California and all so I guess I’m not like the bronzed beach babes she is so used to.

I’ll let you know what the verdict is!

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A Teenage Waist-land

So, is anyone else thankful that we seem to be over the hump of the ultra low-rise pants? I mean, the type that are so low that you see butt cleavage and that you wonder how the pants are actually staying up at all. It is incredibly annoying that the most fashionable pants options are relegated to low-rise. I don’t think we are out of the woods yet, but at least it is now possible to get pants that are ‘mid-rise’ or sit at the ‘natural waist.’ What would really work best for me is true ‘high-waisted’ pants. My ileostomy is placed fairly high, and for comfort as well as a slim look, I love a high-waisted pant. Since this is usually not possible, I am content if I can find a mid-rise pant that is still not super tight at the waist, so as to give me a bit of breathing room with the ileostomy.

Anyways, I haven’t found the magical pair of pants. I usually need something mid-rise or higher, with belt loops. The contoured waist doesn’t work well on me. Jones of New York dress pants have a fairly high waist, and seem to work well on me. But my ongoing struggle is to find pants for work that aren’t frumpilicious and that fit well. I welcome any and all suggestions!

Panty Hose

Amazingly, it was only recently that I got up the courage to wear tights or pantyhose for a full day at work! Previously, so afraid of having anything cutting across my waist or putting undue pressure on areas that couldn’t take it, I wore thigh highs. These usually worked fine, but are not really feasible under anything very clingy. Otherwise you can see a line on your leg, and heaven forbid, whatever part of your body spills over the top of the thigh high bulges out. I fondly call this the ‘mutton chop’ look. Eh.

Finding hose that do not have a control top is not easy. Apparently every woman in American wants to be ‘held in’ by a control top. I want the oppposite! Donna Karan and Calvin Klein has a nice line called “The Nudes” but they are uber sheer, and for me, uber fragile. They are also sort of pricey at $20 a pop.

i did have some luck with L’eggs brand. I tried No nonsense, but found the colors a bit sallow on me. Hanes has a nice one without a control top, but the color (travel buff) is very pale. I need something that doesn’t make my legs look like I’m wearing a nurses uniform.

For tights, I like the Ann Taylor Loft brand.

Suggestions? Any brands that work well on you?