The expression “Blue Stocking” is not referring to the colour blue. Female Academics might get offended by this term because it is a pejorative term.

To continue in the lighter vein, stockings can be described as a garment covering the foot and lower part of the leg but not mainly intended to cover the whole leg! In the ancient days stockings were made of cloth unlike the present day varieties of cotton, nylon, knitted wool and silk. Half-stockings, also called socks cover only the foot and part of the calf.

Pantyhose or tights are quite distinct from hold-ups which are also a type of stocking which stays up on their own while normal stockings need a suspender belt.

Thigh high stockings are preferred by many due to its aesthetics, more ventilation and less seat, reducing challenges from fungus and bacteria and other ease of use particularly in the toilet.

A Fashionable and convenient way to wear a stocking is to wear panties over the stockings.

Modern stockings are designed in various styles in a broad variety of colours.

If you are fashion shy then avoid the sparkle print tights stockings with interwoven silver Lurex threads which make them sparky and shiny.

The endless list of different style and designs include Crocket Garter, Lace Body, Lace garter belt, 5″ Lace Top with Opaque Stribe, Back Seam Garter. Back Seam Garter. Back seamed, Back seam with European heel and finishing hole, Beade and Biker zipper stockings and many more.

Improper stockings can break or make an outfit. While wearing a dark dress, dark stockings/hosiery is the best choice. The other alternative colours are charcoal or navy. Flesh colored stockings are fairly safe with almost all outfits. Try for invisibility and sheerness when selecting a stocking.

If you want to feel different and make a bold statement, then select a wacky pattern with bright colours. You should also note that these designs and style are not suitable for job interviews, weddings and for first dates!

Short history of corsetry

Corsets have been worn by women for thousands of years. In fact the oldest corset dates back to ancient Minoans from around 2000 BC. When most people think of corsets they think of the heavy bulky garments from the middle ages of Europe. Traditional corsets were not only heavy, restrictive and very uncomfortable to wear. As fabric technology has improved corsets are now not only more comfortable but are being worn as outwear.

Most women don’t own or have never worn a corset. However if you’re looking for a fashion garment that accentuates your curves and bust line, a corset can be your best friend, so lets take a closer look at what a corset is. A corset is garment that covers your lower torso from bust line to waist. The sides have curved shaped ribbing that gives your body the classic hourglass shape. These ribs are mostly made a thin lightweight metal or hard plastic. While these ribs do push your body into certain shapes, they aren’t “trainer” corsets which pose health hazards to your internal organs.

To wear a corset first loosen the strings which are located on the back of the garment. There is mostly a zipper in the front of the corset, unzip it and wrap the garment around your torso. Align it so the strings are in the back and close the zipper. Now grab the strings and gently but firmly pull to tighten. Pull the strings until the corset is snug and firm. Do not pull the strings so tight that you cannot move or breathe comfortably. The first thing that you’ll notice is your bust line is now enhanced and you will probably be showing more cleavage than you are used to. While this is normal it does take some getting used to. Several women with a large bust find a corset is more comfortable to wear, as it gives them more support than a standard bra.

Most corsets fall into the category of intimate apparel. They come in a wide variety of fabrics such as satin, silk, or lace and an array of colors like green – corsets have great variety. You can find something that allows you to be as modest or daring as you desire. If your corset comes with a garter belt and stockings be sure to put on the stockings before the corset, it’s just easier. Corsets are also moving out of the bedroom and being worn as outwear. There corsets are very similar to traditional corsets but available in decorative and luxurious fabrics. They may not be appropriate for a Monday morning office staff meeting but are great for an informal party or night at a club. If you’ve never worn a corset and would like to try one start with an outwear corset first, they are commonly easier and more comfortable to wear.