Here in Georgia, people make an art form of keeping cool through the cruel and swampy summer season. The trick is to stay on the right side of the fine line between looking hot and looking like a hot mess. Whites and brights, loose silhouettes, more cotton, less cling. Hair pulled back, arms and shoulders bare, park the car in the shade, and forget about the spiky heels until nightfall, no kidding you might get stuck in the asphalt.
And on the legs, the completely practical girl wears …. nothing. I do actually know a couple of completely practical girls. If I was one of them, well I would not be blogging about lingerie though, so here we are.
Last week I reviewed summer ready tights from Girardi, gorgeous and comfy for all but the steamiest days. And I love them, truly I do. As light and pretty as they are though, well, they still are pantyhose style tights. And if you think about it, when you have pantyhose on, you are in effect, wearing two pairs of panties. This, of course, can only add a little more heat when what we want is a little less. You see, while our average body temperature may be 37°C/98.6°F, some of our body parts will always be a little above average. And not in a good way you know. Whatever can be done to shed layers in the warm season should be done.
So when the temperature go high and threaten to stay up, stay-ups are the perfect response. Easy breezy through the seat and crotch, no fussing with waistbands, stay ups beat the heat. Stay-ups don’t require a garter belt. And stay-ups can be, lets’ face it, a sexy surprise too. Everybody wins.
The nice people at Hosieree.com provided me with a sample of their house brand for review, the Desire 7D Stay Up. 7D is very much at the weightless end of the spectrum, gossamer thin, barely there. a veil for the legs. Compared to the recently reviewed 8D’s from Girardi, the Desire’s have just a slightly more polished surface, a little slicker hand feel. Put in make-up terms, where the Girardi’s are powder, the Desire’s are liquid foundation. They confer a natural matte finish, subtle complexion enhancing coverage. They beam just a fraction more proudly and come across just a little dressier, a little more catwalk. Where the Girardi’s will take you through a hot day, the Desire’s will get you through a big night.
If you are tall and long legged, I promise you, these are stay ups you will love. I am tall, have a 31” inseam and live in fear of stay up failure. No fail here. The relatively high Elastine content (20%!) provides abundant stretch from toe-tip to thigh-high. They yielded easily to my height and this is a very real worry for me anytime I wear stay ups. One less worry in the day absolutely contributes to keeping your cool, and feeling that way too.
The other worry area on any pair of stay ups is the stocking top. There is a very fine line between comfort and confidence. Too loose and you can spend the day fussing and fidgeting just trying to maintain altitude. Too tight and they will stay put and you will wish they didn’t. The Desires, for me threaded the needle perfectly. The 3 ½” elastic lace top is crowned with 2 very well fastened silicon gripper strips. The lace top is pretty, matches the stocking leg, and being lacy, breath and are quite comfy, expanding evenly around thigh top.
The silicon gripper strips is just a supporting actor here while the elastic lace stocking top is really doing most of the heavy lifting. This contributes to a superb feeling of comfort. Moreover, and quite magically to me, the silicon strips simply do not leave the temporary thigh top tattoo at the end of the day. Just a whisper, and gone in minutes. I am happy to report that I still felt desirable after peeling my Desires off at the end of a long, comfy day.
That was just one day though. The biggest concern you would and should have about super lightweight hosiery is durability. Any time you are considering opening your purse to the tune of $20, you want to hope that you are at the start of a lasting relationship. I gave my new stay ups a few full days of wear, countless outfit changes, in and out of dozens of pairs of shoes, and a couple of laundering too just to see how these stay ups would hold up. I am quite happy to report that they have performed beautifully. They remain very true in shape, maintaining a gorgeous, fully boarded leg shape. They look great and show no blemishes or snags at all. I feel as though they really want to be worn and very much feared that such a lightweight sheer would have a shortish life.
Lovingly made in Italy, the private label Desire’s are new personal favorites of mine and are exclusive to Hosieree.com. Well worth a click or two. Wonderful selections of ultra light pantyhose and summer ready stay ups from brands you are sure to already love, or should get busy knowing better. Happy shopping. Keep cool.