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Odd thoughts about stockings and a review


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, January 28, 2006 5:07 PM (Eastern)

Hm. What I got was what Target had--Vassarette HerSecret stockings. I couldn't find any other brand there, and we don't have a Wal-Mart--apparently Wal-Mart has their own house brand of stockings...even though I don't like Wal-Mart it is worth a mention. Why doesn't Target do the same thing? I looked through the Target house brand hosiery but found no stockings, only pantyhose.

Vassarette does not even mention stockings on their own website, btw.

Well, I was disappointed--very. Vassarette HerSecret stockings come in two sizes, Medium and Long. Medium is supposed to fit 5'1" to 5'10", 130 lbs. to 165 lbs. I'm about 5'5" and 130-some lbs., so I got Medium (the Tall weight starts at 165 lbs., 5'5" to 6'1" height).

These do not actually fit. Now you would think fit in stockings is fairly easy. They do stretch after all. I've never had a problem with any brand of stocking fitting me before. But these for some reason, barely fit...in fact I put a hole in one of them while trying to put it on and had to throw it away.

The top band is too wide. Why is it so wide? I don't wear particularly short skirts but I still have to fret that the top band is showing.

Conclusion: this product is probably viewed by Vassarette as a novelty item rather than as a legitimate form of hosiery. That would explain why it was so easy to put a hole in the thing, why the sizing isn't quite right, and particularly the too-wide top band.

That said, the stocking itself is beautiful. It really looks beautiful on, the color (nude) is a beautiful sheer nude. If you brush up against something, the stocking seems to react well (you're not stuck with a bunch of those tiny horizontal lines).

I have to wonder if buying the Large size wouldn't fix both the fit and wide-top-band issues.

'nother gripe: these are sandal-toe and they don't offer a reinforced toe version. Granted, reinforced toes are less glamorous, but then the toe is often the first part of the stocking to run.

Side note: I hate reinforced heels though. :)

As usual, there is a website for everything. There are stockings-preservation societies.

Stockings HQ

Mind you, this site sells stockings, but they also have forums and other features.

Well, I can do my bit. I don't get UTI's (urinary tract infections) now that I wear stockings instead of pantyhose. Stockings are far more economical since a run in one leg means you still have the other leg. Stockings look and feel nice. I only wish they were more widely available, more choices, better price and quality. I will post here if/when I find a satisfactory brick-and-mortar source (since I don't shop online generally).

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