I just got this lot of labels - aren't they wonderful? I love everything about them - the color, the fonts, the very Art Deco style to them.
For the last 10 years or so, women (at least in this country) have gone bare-legged rather than wear "nylons". Sure, patterned tights have made a bit of a comeback but for the most part you're expected to wear nothing. For women my age and older, this is so unusual! We were brought up wearing pantyhose or stockings. My Grammie waited out the entire war just for the luxury of wearing nylons again! And let me tell you - when you live in Wisconsin, any layers are better than bare legs in January!
"Style" pinboard on Pinterest will show this - mainly vintage and vintage-inspired, of course!) but I'm short and I have short legs so very few styles work for me. I am also not a size 6 so I wind up looking like a toddler in most styles. :D One of the greatest thing about pants is not having to deal with pantyhose!
On the other hand, it is lovely to not have to deal with the discomfort of nylons when it's 85 degrees out. I wonder if they'll ever make a comeback, or if "natural" will rule fashion in the decades to come?
I don't have much artwork with women in dresses, but I'll bet that in 1954 (the year this ad for garden chemicals came out) you didn't dare use DDT on your roses without pantyhose on! :D
|"Tending the Roses" commissioned collage|