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The Lipstick Page Forums Fashion Blog: March 2006
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, March 20, 2006 7:40 PM (Eastern)
Okay...so I finally got out to J.C. Penney to see the stockings.
The short version is that they didn't have any. Only those stay-up thigh highs, which is not what I wanted. Conclusion: only Penney's online sells the stockings. The b & m stores are hit and miss.
I decided to try Sears. I should explain...I did not want to go to Victoria's Secret or Frederick's of Hollywood and pay for overpriced stockings. To me, stockings are not a novelty; they're a necessity. I really can't stand pantyhose, which is what everyone...even Longs Drugs...is selling, to the exclusion of regular, plain old, stockings. The only kind of pantyhose that I find healthy, is the kind with a 100% cotton panty built into them. Yes! Those make sense! But it is--it should be--cheaper to simply buy stockings.
I lucked out at Sears. Now this is the experience I wanted. As I say, paying $8 or $10 for a pair of stockings (which is what VS and Frederick's charge) is outlandish to me. It's like paying $10 to ride the bus. Hello?
Sears now, had that precious stockings section...and it should be a neglected-looking little almost dusty section...of a brand I'd never heard of ("Nice Touch," made in the U.S.A.). Size B! Yes! That's it. It should be size A, size B, size C, size D (there is now also size E).
These were $2.50 per pair which is what stockings should cost. Reinforced toe (yes!), but no reinforced heel (yes!). These looked very promising.
When I went to pay, the checker said two of the packages were free. Bonus! Nice Touch apparently was on sale (there was no sign on that neglected little shelf). I got whatever I could find in my size that had a color I could use, so I got nude and a couple of kinds of taupe...that's all they had or I would have gotten more colors.
I haven't tried them yet but I will soon. Let's just see if these are indeed the old school stockings that Woolworths used to sell.
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, March 04, 2006 12:29 PM (Eastern)
So, I tried out those Vassarette stockings they sell at Target. I was disappointed. Mind you, I don't wear stockings as a novelty; I don't like wearing pantyhose. I used to buy my stockings at Woolworths back in the day, where they had a wide variety of all kinds of stockings...the crushed kind, the ones that actually look like legs (not recommended, they tend to "wrinkle" on), seamless, seamed, they had black, off-black, white, off-white, taupe, suntan, beige, yadda yadda...grumbles
The Vassarette ones, the quality just is not there. The stocking part itself is beautiful, it's sheer and doesn't run easily, but the fit is appalling (considering it's a stocking, what's to fit?), the "medium" size appears to be constructed for extremely short people...the top band is too wide (hello????? you don't want it to show), etc. Probably good as a novelty item, not good as a staple source of hosiery.
So, back to the drawing board.
I checked Victoria's Secret online, they wanted $8 for a pair of stockings. I'm sure it is a nice pair of stockings, but no way in hell am I going to pay $8 for one pair of stockings.
Checked out Macy's online...I'm sure it is my imagination...but I couldn't find any stockings at all on there.
By now I realized that it would most likely be the "old school" department stores that still carried stockings. So I checked out J.C. Penney's website.
Bingo! Finally! Some selection! Not the greatest selection...but at least, several kinds, different prices. Inexpensive enough to stock up.
I'll post back here if I find something I like.
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