Stockings, Suspenders and other such things…..
Firstly, a note to my US reader: “Suspenders” are, at least in this context, something a lady uses to hold up her stockings, as opposed to something a man uses to hold up his trousers. There is a story related to that which I will tell on here some day. “Trousers” are what you call “pants”, which is what we sometimes call our knickers. This is all getting very confusing. What was that about “two nations separated by a common language”?
However, back to topic. Let’s begin with a few observations, based on what I see day-to-day:
- Most women don’t wear skirts or dresses
- Most of those who do don’t wear hose
- Most of those who do wear hose probably wear tights (For my US reader, pantyhose….Oh Lord, here we go again)
- Most of those who wear something other than tights probably wear hold-ups or thigh-highs
Now, looking at this from a different perspective:
- Most CDs wear skirts or dresses
- Most of those who do wear hose
- Most of those who wear hose wear “traditional” stockings which need suspenders
If you’re still awake, here’s what I’m getting at: has anyone tried to buy “traditional” stockings in a “bricks and mortar” store recently? If you have, at least here around La-La land, you’ve probably come up empty-handed. I’m of an age where I recall the department stores having extensive hosiery sections – indeed, the shoe shops even had a reasonable selection. I even recall the shoe repairers (remember them, back when there were shoes worth fixing?) often had some on display. Now? You’ll find a very limited selection of tights in the department stores, perhaps thigh-highs, but stockings? Forget it. Shoe retailers? Not a chance. Thankfully, a place called The Internet was invented by Al Gore, and stockings can still be found there, as can I. Here’s a selection of online places who will be more than happy to fill your hosiery needs, assembled from personal experience and recommendations of others. I’m confining this to places which fall within reasonable pricing – obviously, there’s more exotic stuff out there if you want it.
Essential Apparel – I’ve used them a couple of times and had good service. They sell the Berkshire brand – check out my review of the Berkshire Sexyhose range. Often run free shipping and 25% off “specials”.
National – I used to get the occasional catalogue in the mail from these folks, but had forgotten about them until someone recommended them. If you wand a good, basic everyday stocking at reasonable cost, this is the place. Six pairs for $19.95 or 12 pairs for $37.95!
Stocking Store – I’d never heard of this one, but it comes highly recommended. Prices and selection seem reasonable.
If anyone has additional suggestions, feel free to comment!