Today’s Question comes from Lisbeth. She asks: Pantyhose – yes or no? The bare-legged look has been popular for a long time. Does it apply to interview? How about evening gown, especially if the gown has a slit? I generally liked going bare-legged during evening gown since I may be wearing open toed shoes, but even if I’m not, bare feet give me more a grip on the sole of my shoe. But interview….what is your advice? Thank you!
Thank you, Lisbeth!
A little education to start. Pantyhose are different than tights. Tights are thicker and have much more coverage. Pantyhose are sheer. They became big in the 60’s when women were sick of holding up stockings with girdles. That’s why your grandmother may think it indecent to go to church, work, or on stage without them.
But, since 1995, the corporate culture of pantyhose that kept sales high has started to relax. Pantyhose are no longer a dress code requirement for even big companies like the Mayo Clinic. But then – more recently, celebrities like Kate Middleton, Ariana Grande and Beyonce started wearing pantyhose again as a matter of personal fashion style. Now, pantyhose no longer have the connotation of decent covering, but of personal expression.
So, Lisbeth – pantyhose aren’t necessarily expected, nor are they even encouraged. If you want to wear them, it won’t be looked down on because it is simply a matter of style and preference.
To your point, there are a few things to consider if you’re going for the pantyhose look:
1. Buy the expensive ones so you can make sure they are quality-made.
2. Get the right size and color for your leg tone.
3. Keep extra pairs handy in case you get a snag.
4. Wear shoes that hide the toe seam
5. Try to avoid the ones with extra material at the toes or the control top ones.
6. And by all means, practice in them to be sure they don’t stick to your dress or interview outfit, forcing you to pull it down constantly.
Thanks for writing in, Lisbeth – I hope this helps inspire your inner fashionista and frees you with the power to choose 🙂
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In this episode, Alycia interviews Johnathan Kayne. Johnathan “Kayne” Gillaspie was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Growing up in Music City, he became enamored with fashion by watching his favorite country music legends Dolly and Reba perform and walk the red carpet. Kayne began cultivating his creative design eye by helping two of his five sisters prepare their wardrobe for national pageants.
He began his fashion career working as a sketch artist and buyer at a local evening wear boutique in 1998. Kayne graduated magna cum laude from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and won the acclaimed “Critics Choice Award “for evening wear.
A successful fashion designer and business owner, Kayne was selected to compete on Project Runway Season 3 in 2006, where he placed in the Top 5 designers. He launched the Johnathan Kayne dress line and award winning shoe line produced by Benjamin Walk Corporation in 2007.
2012, Kayne moved his home and business to Nashville, TN with a focused plan to be the Red Carpet Designer of the South. Kayne serves as a fashion expert for Country Weekly, Zuus Country, and NStyle country. Dubbed as a “genius designer” by Heidi Klum and “a designer who knows how to make clothes and fit a woman’s body” by Michael Kors, his designs have appeared on the world’s biggest stars and most prestigious red carpets. His celebrity clients now include Jennifer Lopez, Dolly Parton, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kelly Pickler, Tanya Tucker, Lee Brice, and Rascal Flatts.
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In this episode, I break down some of the most important products that every pageant woman needs. Most of these products, you’ll buy just once and use over the over again. You can buy them all on Amazon most of them are available for Prime members and if you bought them all at once, it’d cost less than $200 and you’d be set for a full year of appearances and competitions. These are also great to add to your birthday, Christmas, or send-off party wishlist. And, directors, these would make great a great gift bag for newly crowned queens.
I’ll explain the little tricks to how I’ve used each so you aren’t lost at all.