Even if it is too hot, doffing pantyhose is not an option for women in business.
This is the urgent suggestion of business etiquette expert Barbara Pachter.
“The answer on whether to wear or not to wear pantyhose is complicated. Hosiery provides a more finished look, and you wouldn’t wear a conservative business suit without hose. Yet in today’s business casual environment, wearing pantyhose is not always necessary.”
Patcher argues that women need to understand the importance of projecting a professional image, and then determine what’s suitable for them and their workplace.
Pachter provides four items for women to consider:
- If you are wearing pants or a pantsuit to the office, your legs are not exposed and the question of whether to wear hose or not becomes moot.
- our legs need to be in good conditions to pull off not wearing hosiery. If you have blemishes, scars or varicose veins, pantyhose will diminish their appearance. Also consider the contrast between your skin color and your clothing. If there is a lot of contrast, you will be drawing attention to your legs. Pantyhose can diminish the contrast.
- During the summer people tend to be very casual with their clothing choices. Wearing pantyhose will not fix an outfit that should never be worn to the workplace. Keep belly shirts, shorts, and see-through tops at home.
- Consult your company’s dress code. Your company or job may require them.
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