Friday, January 19th, 2018

#27 Sheer Pantyhose and Patterned Tights


Whether you are an attorney, doctor, or upwardly mobile socialite, you make sure that whatever you are wearing out looks good on you.  From the top of your head to the bottom of your feet, your look shows everyone what strata of the socio-economic ladder you belong too.  So you make sure your wig is tight, your dress is right, and your legs are hard to miss.  So you never wear an outfit without accessorizing your legs are well.

Black women are blessed to have some of the best legs on the planet.  However, when it comes to hosiery they are often overlooked.  “Nude” hosiery does not necessarily translate to nude black skin.   So what is a black woman to do.  She purchases coffee colored hosiery for when she wants to show off her flawless ebony skin and resorts to patterned tights when she wants to pique’ the interests of everyone in the crowd.

So why does wearing hosiery make a blog post for educated black people?  Because, wearing hosiery shows and air of professionalism.  Professionalism is the pride of the educated black community.  So if you are gonna talk the talk, you have to walk the walk….in your favorite pair of pantyhose.

Just look at Beyonce, Rihanna, Jesscia Alba, and a host of other celebrities that continue to rock pantyhose on a daily basis.  Whether you are wearing them with a skirt, dress, or even a pair of shorts.  Nothing beats a pair of hose on your legs.


34 Responses to “#27 Sheer Pantyhose and Patterned Tights”
  1. Blair says:

    Yup, I may have not gone to an HBC (but have my degree no less), and I abuse the hell out of some patterned tights.

  2. Richard says:

    Didn’t know that we still talked in these terms and continued to make such distinctions. “Educated Black People and socialite,” as opposed to what, poor a$$, common negroes? This is proof positive that there is a very fine line between racism and elitism. Wake up people!!

  3. Rob says:

    Yeah Rich, what exactly are you saying? : )

    Note to file, black folk have always separated themselves along socio economic lines. We have always enjoyed playing the one upmans game. Always engaged in class warfare and have historically been able to dismiss a down on his luck or uneducated, going nowhere brotha with the clinical ease normally associated with another race of people.

    • aEmCee says:

      This is a good thing? Does this not assist the divide and conquer efforts of whites (among others)? I mean, you one up other blacks and some whites but on average, black wealth, earnings, and educational attainment fair far worse than the majority. Just a thought.

    • Naughty Venclose says:

      rob, i agree with you. however, the one upmans game is a chronic human condition, not something blacks alone are predisposed to. however, we also have a strong sense of obligation toward each other, such as “giving back” to our communities that we come from after we’ve “made it”. many of us do not forget where we come from, and i am particularly proud of that with our culture.

  4. sophie says:

    As an educated black person, that outfit and those tights are ghetto. I would think that educated black people would have better taste.

    • admin says:

      So what would you have in mind Sophie? Let’s see how a real EBP would dress.

    • robbie g says:

      I don’t think “ghetto” is the right word. “Inappropriate” for a work setting…yes. “Ghetto”…mmm…not so much.

    • Renee says:

      I second that. There are ways to wear patterned tights and keep it dignified.

    • Nyanga says:


      While not necessarily ghetto, that sort of hosiery, lacy/patterned, is correctly reserved for social wear, not professional/business attire. At least that is what I was taught in my undergrad and professional schools. For example, ribbed hosiery in navy, charcoal, brown, burgundy, forest green, etc is great in the fall or winter for a collegiate look but, one should not never wear it to interviews. Ghetto/street walker would be the cuban heel and/or back seam during the day. It is a night time look only–for grown folks time.

    • Cutie says:

      I totally agree Sophie! She doesn’t look professional to me. She looks ready to hit the club!

  5. Ari says:

    I definitely think that “personality tights” are a marker of the black community in general, not just EBP’s. Yes, depending on the type, and function one is attending, some styles may be inappropriate. But in settings where it’s accepted, it looks great and is fun to rock to spice up an otherwise dull outfit. Like a black suit. #CorporateAmerica

  6. Joie says:

    So happy to see another Stuff EBP website! I have been extremely down since the other one was closed..leaving me rather puzzled as to what happened. Cheers!

  7. Sam says:

    I like patterned tights and I love ultra sheer hosiery. I don’t think the young lady in the pic looks tacky or ghetto. She just looks young. A high school student or college student would rock that look. A professional woman would rock those hose with a little black dress or suit as Ari mentioned.

  8. Todd says:

    YES! I LOVE your post! I would like to share this link with my ENTIRE network! My facebook profile can be seen by clicking my name. Thank you sooo much! It’s good to hear that this fashion is not being overlooked, because sheer pantyhose looks so nice and classy on a sista! 😉

  9. Lady esq. says:

    The topic is good and as a lady who consider her self to be a classy one I believe in hosiery, but Im not sure if how and why to wear panty hose was stated correctly. Wearing panty hose is professional and can compliment a outfit very well. It lets people you know you have class, BUT you just cant pick any type of panty hose. You need to make sure it matches the shoes you are wearing, meaning if you have open toed shoes you buy sandal foot panty hose because not knowing the difference makes a statement about class and that you do not know how to wear it properly!

    Also, ladies if you do wear patterned hosiery it should compliment your outfit and be a perfect touch to everything you’re wearing. Your outfit should not look like you got to much going on i.e. you have healthy amount of patterned lace on your garment as well as your legs. Learning to wear hose is an art and a fine balance just because you wear hosiery doesnt just instantly make you classy.

    Best Regards

  10. Shaun says:

    I know I’m super late, but I HAD to comment on this; I’ve noticed in several of your post that you use and instead of an, like “Because, wearing hosiery shows and air of professionalism”. Come on now, you are an Educated Black Person…right?

  11. Tamika says:

    I’ve worn patterned tights since I was a child. In my opinion only they should be reserved for evening attire.

  12. I love a sista in patterned black hose. Sheer is by far my favorite though over tights.

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  13. Question: are patterned or designed pantyhose/tights preferred over the sheer hosiery?

    • pantyhose / patterned tights (aka nylon not lace) like the admin was rockin… #DoYouEvenNEEDtoASK? Lool

    • Jessica says:

      I prefer sheer pantyhose with pattern’s myself. I was just talking to the girl that was talking on the site and she totally agrees with me as well.

      Sheer pantyhose are cool, but I like my legs to pop when people see them. So I typically wear more sheer patterns than just regular sheers.

      Tights are okay as well, moreso in the fall of course.

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  15. On a serious note. A nice pair of sheer black (10/15 denier nylons) with an interesting pattern are going to help you stand out from the crowd any day in an office. Much more than bare or dry and crusty legs. Why do you think when women “power dress” black 10/15 denier nylons are part of their wardrobe. It’s quite simply because it gets immediate attention every time! Watch and see a woman walk past in the street in flats and bare legs then watch the amount of attention that same women gets in 5″ inch heels and black nylons. People will literally bend over backwards to be around and to help the woman rocking the nylons and heels it’s very attractive and in many circles the norm for business women and women with power if even they tone it down with a below the knee skirt and some 3″ kitten heels. It’s been this way since the 80’s and Dallas(TV show).


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  16. R. McC says:

    This is so true. Every year around fall I stock up on patterned tights.

  17. marvin says:

    There is really nothing to be said, because it has all been said.

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