Legwear Briefs

By Cristina Casiano-King

It has come to my attention that not everyone is aware of the fact that leggings or footless tights are not always pants. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but lets discuss the proper way to wear these unique legwear varieties.

First, it’s important to define the difference between “Leggings” and “Footless Tights”.

Footless Tights are just that, tights without feet…which are sheer on the bum and not intended to be worn without some sort of coverage on the rear. Footless Tights are often more ornate, or made in open weave patterns. They will also have a gusset, which is another indicator that they are not to be worn without covering on the bum (the gusset is the ….). A … Read more


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Stockings Are Not Tights!

A brief rundown of the differences between tights and stockings…

by Cristina Casciano-King

Tights, Hose, Stockings. People often interchange these words carelessly, or simply call everything and anything that falls in the legwear category “Stockings,” when in reality these are all different things. Before I knew any better I was one of them…

Then while discussing my “stocking” collection to the owner of a well known vintage lingerie store in Manhattan, I was corrected and asked specifically whether I collect Stockings or Tights? I was dumbfounded. At that point I had collected 250 pairs of what I assumed were all stockings, only to find out I had it all WRONG.

diagram of a seamed stockingWith a newly enlightened outlook, I was to become a strict advocate of using the … Read more


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by Cristina Casciano-King

Years ago, when I was getting married. I searched and searched for a pair of funky bridal-white tights to pair with my wedding gown. Most of what I found were the classic seamed stockings, fishnets, sheer white and solid opaques. Nothing that screamed stylish bride…The style and tradition, was still to wear something subtle and neutral.

For the Bride seeking stockings, tights or hold ups (thigh-highs) the patterns in shades of white are endless this season. Brands like Philipe Mantigon, Gaetano Cazzola and even Jonathan Aston have produced full ranges. With lace touches and corset inspired accents the styles are endless and just intime for Wedding season.

But, why stop at white. More and more off beat Brides are pairing bold colors … Read more


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It Girl Leg Dressing

by Cristina Casciano-King

Whether it’s Selena Gomez in a pair of sexy House of Holland Chain Super Suspenders strutting through Paris with Justin Beiber or Kate Middleton walking the down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in her signature Nude Nylons, Legware is everywhere.

Gone are the saggy blue pairs of Nylons worn by generations of frumpy secretaries. We are at a moment that is Mad Men meets this Millennium when it comes to stylish hosiery.

Here in the US, the market for legwear is expected to grow to 2.8 billion dollars this year and it’s not difficult to see how this happened. Revolutionary new fabrics shape fleece lined leggings, ubiquitous with brown Uggs in my part of NYC, and extra light nylons grace … Read more


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