Give it a minute though and bear with me for a very short story, a little parable darlings.
For decades, I flew economy quite happily, only vaguely aware that the people up front were living differently than me. One happy day, I was upgraded. The very next day on the return flight I could barely endure the tight and barren confines of my formerly adequate steerage seating. With just one taste of the good life I had become a high maintenance Prima Donna.
This is called a comfort threshold. We have all felt them. They change expectations. They raise hope. They dash reality. Shoes. Wine. Cheese. You name it, we have them. Many of mine are lingerie related. Your too perhaps 🙂
Over the years my tights standards have been slowly and surely tightening up. Most days, I fly first class. Today though, positively tingling within a pair of Seamless Nicole’s from fave online vendor Shapings, I feel as though some kind and loving stranger just offered me a lift on a nicely appointed private jet. First class may feel just a little confining come Monday.
Typical pantyhose fabrication involves stitching or knitting two legs together and joining them, like lovebirds, for life by means of a radial “U” seam running from waistband down through ones cheeks, crotch and back up front again to waistband. Kind of like your jeans. It works. So did Frankenstein. Sometimes, a little extra construction goes into a lined gusset to help reinforce and ventilate sensitive areas. Wriggle in and with a tug here and a snap there, things get centered and settled. In some cases the seaming creates a little embossing effect under skimpy, clingy things. In many cases, the seam itself leaves a temporary pooch-tattoo snaking up from ones knickers to ones waist. We happily live with these minor infractions against beauty and comfort.
Until we find out that we do not need to. Like today for me.
Seamless pantyhose are made by a very select few manufacturers on very specialized knitting machines that spin out a nearly complete pair of tights in a continuous motion magically free of unsightly and, as it happens, unnecessary crotch and gusset seams. Oh, yes, there are seams, at the sandal-foot toe and discretely around the pretty elastic waistband but these don’t count or count against the effect.
And the effect is entirely liberating, much like a the effect of a private jet I am sure. Worn over a correctly fitted hipster thong (please, for pity’s sake, avoid the whale tale) there is absolutely nothing but a gossamer veil snugly and easily draped around you. It moves, it yields, it breathes, it feels like practically nothing and that feels good. For what it’s worth, and for whoever might appreciate it, they look good, smooth and touchable, wanting a little caress in return for the caress they provide the wearer.
Ahem. Now, back to the leg. This is a dressy sheer with good durability provided at a 20 denier yearn weight, highly elasticized, stretchy and sure on the leg. Cool, soft and weightless. Terrifically comfortable waistband engineering too with a broad, no-roll elastic band in a pretty and practical crochet pattern that nestles on just above the hip, and stays put.
The look is spectacular too. Mine, Azzurro, a pastel lavender appear as a delicate film of matte powder. Gorgeous color, not at all shouty and loud, all subtle and ladylike. A very welcome style accent for our colorful coming spring season, but for me, color is always appropriate. We live in a legwear world gone mad with pattern, dotty about spots and wild about wet looks. In this world, sheer color is queen. Shapings custom shades include a pale pink and a turquoise that is far more demure than the color swatch on the web site would lead you to believe. A perfect jewel tone for the fashion forward leg.
Nicole is custom made for (and exclusively sold by) Shapings by a famous Italian hosiery maker who shall remain nameless here. Those of you with a keen appetite for a legwear upgrade and a little time to poke around Shapings wonderful selection of seamless tights from Cecilia de Rafael, Fogal, Gerbe, and Pierre Mantoux may be able spot Nicole’s cousins, which are available in a broad range of neutral and grey/black shades too (hint … same price, look for the hipster waistband. Oh, what the hell, you may have read me raving about them before over here …)
In any event, now that you are warned, you might be ready for your first pair of seamless pantyhose. Be assured, they will not be your last. If you have read this far, I suspect you are enough of a junkie to need, no, to deserve a little seamless fix. Boarding first class now, to all international destinations, your upgrade is available for a mere $30.00. Stretch out and enjoy the flight. The nice stranger in the seat beside you will too.