In the Ann Romney Jay Leno outfit thread, quite a few people criticized the currently fashionable bare leg look for women.
Random Thoughts also dissed the usual alternative, pantyhose:
I absolutely detest pantyhose, and am beyond thankful that they are no longer “de rigeur.” I can’t think of a more dated, uncomfortable and useless piece of female apparel, unless it’s shoulder pads in blouses.
I agree on the pantyhose, although I do prefer the look of some sort of stockings to bare legs, especially for older women (disagree on the shoulder pads—how can they be uncomfortable? And they’re flattering if you have narrow shoulders. But I digress.)
Pantyhose are one of the worst fashion innovations ever. It’s almost humorous that they are/were touted as an advance over old-fashioned stockings with garters, when they are a huge negative in the comfort arena. They became popular when miniskirts came in, because the skirts had become too short for gartered stockings. It seems there was no turning back, except as an occasional novelty in the bedroom.
The problems? Getting into them is awful. When one leg gets a run, you have to throw the entire apparatus out. The choice of what size to purchase is a never-ending coin toss. Don’t get me started on the bathroom issues.
And did I say they were uncomfortable?
Looking it up for historical accuracy, I find that yes, my memory is correct, pantyhose were (was?) popularized during the 60s—the era that which was supposed to be about freedom and non-encumbrance. Hrumph. And the Wiki entry lists scads of health problems that come from pantyhose. You can skip that, too, if you like.
But if anyone wants to know why so many women seem to be jettisoning the pantyhose and all the alternatives and going au natural, it’s no mystery. Although come to think of it, maybe it is a mystery, because women certainly wear a ton of other fashion items that are remarkably uncomfortable—such as, just to take one small example, heels so high that walking becomes a perilous and painful undertaking.