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The Ultimate Guide for Tights & Stockings

Hello, my name is Vienne Brown, and I am the Founder of VienneMilano – a luxury hosiery brand dedicated to thigh high stockings. In 2011, I created VienneMilano because I could not find stockings that would stay up on my thighs. Since then, I have launched a number of hosiery collections, wrote many articles about stockings, and have continued to follow my passion for fashion. In pursuit of building an iconic brand, I’ve come to realize that the more I know, the more there is to learn.

Follow me as I intend on creating the ultimate guide for tights and stockings. Here in the VienneMilano Blog, you will find helpful topics such as (to name a few): How to care for stockings, how to select the right hosiery style, how to determine your hosiery size, and the history of stockings. Feel free to browse our blog by using the search filter.

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That's Tight! Stockings Are Back in Style

That's Tight! Stockings Are Back in Style

In a full circle fashion moment, stockings are back and better than ever.

It has to be said that fashion has never been afraid to dip its toe into the avant-garde, testing the boundaries of taste as it surges forward, ever-searching for the contemporary.

And it's landed on its feet with stockings.

When Megan Markle caught slack for wearing stockings – designers were immediately on the trail. Again, when First Lady Jill Biden walked off Executive One at Andrews Air Force Base wearing black fishnet stockings, the debate surrounding powerful women and hosiery reignited.

Why can't we let go of stockings, tights, and thigh highs?

At once extravagant and modest, the mighty trio grabs your attention and refuses to let go. They're loaded with generational, occupational, and cultural connotations in every stitch and can whip the media into a frenzy by simply making an appearance.

 

Heidi Klum
Get this look with ISABELLA sheer thigh highs by VienneMilano

And they're back

After disappearing somewhat during worldwide lockdowns, they're witnessing an unprecedented resurgence.

So, if there's any time to take bold hosiery out for a spin, it's now, in a post-pandemic era of street style promising excitement, experimentation, and even a hint of controversy.

And here's how it all began …

Perhaps the first designer to throw their fashionable hat in the hosiery ring was Virginie Viard in Fall 2020, showcasing sheer polka-dot versions on her annual runway. Then, appearing again, in their lace-form, at Saint Laurent, it was clear the trend was catching on. Finally, they arrived in sheer black at Kim Jones' Fendi show, and the deal was sealed – stockings were back, baby!

 

Fendi Kim Jones
Get the look with ISABELLA sheer thigh highs by VienneMilano

 

From heritage houses such as Gucci to up-and-coming designers such as Maison Soksi, Amina Maududi, and RUI, stockings are once again a mainstay on the catwalk and overall fashion scene.

Daniel W Fletcher also joined the movement with calf-length nude stockings, styled with stompy patent loafers - a preppy dresser's dream. Dolce & Gabbana went with a more "young" take on stockings fusing double-layered PVC and glitter stocking-boots, elevated by gold clasp suspenders.

So, who's wearing these beautiful stockings?

And where there are designers, there are celebrities. And when they come together, trends are born.

Dua Lipa's sizzling display at the 2021 Brit Awards was one of the first signs of hosiery waltzing back into the mainstream. Sporting black sheer stockings paired with a cinched, fishnet-coated dress and bouffant hairstyle – she was described as "dashing."

 

Dua Lipa
Get this look with LUANA stockings for garter belts by VienneMilano


Kourtney Kardashian, ever in good style company, wore a black, barely-there thigh high stockings, corset, and bra mix that stole the 2021 Dolce & Gabbana virtual fashion show.

Kourtney Kardashian
Get this look with CLAUDIA matte thigh highs by VienneMilano


Sarah Jessica Parker, ever the champion of thigh highs and stockings, has been seen sporting the sensual garments in snippets of the upcoming Sex and The City revival, "And Just Like That."

All-in-all, the advent of stockings is a sign of dressier times ahead. It appears that as the masses step out into the world once again, they plan to do so in style.

And what are the new stocking trends?

As you can see, the hottest stocking trend seems to be flaunting them in all their glory with a mini skirt or dress, with statement hair or accessories to match. However, stockings also play a role in more understated, day-to-day fashion, especially that of the workplace.

The low down on thigh highs?

Well, not to repeat ourselves, but the title is correct – stockings (and thigh highs and tights) are back in style, and their diversifying trends show they're here to stay – watch this space. Or, if you'd like to play a part in making the space, you could treat yourself to a pair of delightfully on-trend stockings. Browse our wide range of stockings, tights, and thigh highs to find something (or more) that calls to your sensual side.

May 22, 2017
Tags: Celebrities
What Should I Wear with Nude Shoes?

What Should I Wear with Nude Shoes?

Nude colored heels are meant to blend in with your skin tone, making your legs appear longer. Nude shoes are often used to enhance this optical illusion.
How to care for, wash, fold, and store tights and stockings

How to care for, wash, fold, and store tights and stockings

Not sure how to wash, fold, and store your hosiery? Have no fear! Your hosiery care guide is here!
May 19, 2017
Tags: Fashion tips
Casting Call FAQ

Casting Call FAQ

Help! This is my first casting call. What do I bring? What do I wear? Can I bring a friend? Read this post as we address frequently asked questions about our audition.
April 28, 2017
Tags: Model
Luxury Hosiery Model Casting Call

Luxury Hosiery Model Casting Call

VienneMilano is hosting a Model Casting Call to find new fabulous models who embody our fabulous brand. This is your chance to shine! See how you can become a luxury hosiery model. Apply today.
April 21, 2017
Top 25 Questions on Stockings, Hosiery, and Thigh Highs

Top 25 Questions on Stockings, Hosiery, and Thigh Highs

Have questions about hosiery? We have got some answers to some of those things you have been pondering, to learn more about your VienneMilano purchase.
April 07, 2017
Let’s Connect! We Love to Be Social

Let’s Connect! We Love to Be Social

Keep up with the latest trends in the Luxury Hosiery World. Connect with VienneMilano on all of our social media accounts: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Youtube and Tumblr.
March 20, 2017
Intern: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Intern: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Kick-start your quest for total world domination by becoming an expert in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Compared to other internships, ours is an extremely dynamic role with great potential to impact the company’s growth, learn a lot, and make a bit in the process.
March 10, 2017
Tags: Jobs
Back Seam Stockings for Work

Back Seam Stockings for Work

Dear VienneMilano,
My name is Julia, and I'm a Marketing Director from a small .com company based in Chicago. As a person who loves all things retro, I have been tempted to wear back seam stockings to work. However, I've been reluctant to do so as I'm afraid that back seam stockings may be considered a fashion faux pas in the corporate environment. Can you tell me if back seam stockings are appropriate for work? And if so, what's the best way to style them?

– Julia M.

Back seam stockings: a modern way to creating a perfect silhouette reminiscent of the 1950s. Featuring a delicate knitted vertical seam that runs from the top of your hosiery down to the toe, providing a touch of retro glamor – To help with Julia's question, we reached out to renowned stylists, fashion bloggers, and experts for their advice:

Generally speaking, nude-toned back seam stockings are appropriate for work (Office settings, creative vocations). I recommend wearing back seam stockings with a short to medium height heel or knee height fashion boot.
- Mary Winkenwerder, Beauty Expert, Beautereport.
I personally love back-seam stockings. I love that they appear to be regular nylons from the front, so I can meet with colleagues and clients while still presenting myself as a traditional young professional, but that telltale line up the back of my leg is subtle enough to waver between classic, retro and sexy. They don't give too much away, but they can be a great conversation piece for those paying attention. They are intriguing to a new generation for their simple sexiness. I can wear them to work and still be completely appropriate in my professional environment.
- Chris, CoFounder of Heel and Toes.


Not only are back seams appropriate for work, but it's also essential to make sure the seam is straight.

When I went to school in Europe, there were no non-back seam stockings; we always had to make sure the seams were straight. It was not cool to have them [the back seam] crooked, not even a millimeter!

- Adeodata Czink, Founder of Business of Manners.


Ok, we get it: back seam stockings are appropriate for work. However, what do you wear with them? Amber S. Brown, Founder of GOCO Collective offers two outfits pairing back seam stockings, bodysuits, blazers, and chunky heels.


Michelle Freiberg, Founder of She's Not So Basic, shares this fabulous outfit. She believes that matching a black turtleneck with a knee-length pencil skirt and pointed-toe pumps will add just the right amount of sexiness:


What about you? How and where do you like to wear your back seam stockings? Join the conversation and comment below.


Ready to give the world of luxury hosiery a try? Now's a perfect time! Get a pair of VienneMilano's ALBA stockings and receive 15% off with voucher code WELCOME.

March 10, 2017
How to Wear Back Seam Stockings: Their Cultural, Historical, & Modern Significance

How to Wear Back Seam Stockings: Their Cultural, Historical, & Modern Significance

ALBA is a timeless dame. Like any Back Seam Stocking, she's got that glint of historical glamour. Whether gracing the hardwood floors of taverns and red carpets of the past or arresting gazes today – she has it.

Back seams have drawn a prepossessing line down the legs of many through the annals of time. When the utmost modesty was standard, back seams offered a glimpse into women's true desires and fieriness, elegantly claiming back their nature-given sensuality.

From the front, all was in order. From behind? Scandal.

And I think, still to this day, some of that tantalizing and exciting energy is woven into every minuscule nylon stitch of back seam stockings. As you slip into their silky-smooth embrace, it's as though a spark of rebellion and defiance ignites within, only adding to their irresistible appeal.




A quick interlude

Speaking of slipping these beauties on, here's a quick guide:

The cardinal rule: Align the back seam line off your leg before application.

  1. Firmly grab hold of your back seam stockings.
  2. Bunch them up carefully, ensuring the line is straight.
  3. Assume position ( It might help to sit down and bend your legs closer to you, so you have more control.)
  4. Breath!
  5. Very slowly, coax the bunched-up tights over your leg, maintaining your toe pointed all the while.
  6. Keep a close eye on how the line is forming as it stretches and adjust your hand positions to ensure your line stays "as the crow flies."
  7. Once you reach near the top of your thigh you should feel a slight pullback – there's where you let the silicon band fall comfortably into place.

And voila! Congratulations, you're now a stockings back seam expert!

To continue …

And wouldn't you know it, some of history's most famous and influential women were back seam devotees. Not that you need any reminding, but Vivien Leigh should have been born with a built-in back seam. And Ava Gardner? She fully encompassed what back seam stockings were all about.

These were the times when all stockings had a back seam. A single piece of fabric was wrapped around and sewn together to match women's leg shape. However, as the second world war waged, so too did the war on stockings. Before women knew it, nylon was being redirected to make uniforms during the war. Naturally, nylon stocking production took a backseat. What took its place was pure, ingenious innovation as women began to draw black lines down their legs to create the illusion of back seams.

Fortunately, you won't have to practice body arts and crafts thanks to retro-modern fusion stockings such as ALBA Back Seam Stockings.

ALBA is "barely-there-sheer" (15 denier.) She's intrigued. She's beautiful. She's everything we think thigh highs should be. Her intricate back seam traces its way up your lovely legs, creating a crafted and slender look.

The ALBA Back Seam silicone bands at the top make these high-quality stockings easy to wear in the bedroom, dancing the night away, or just simply with your daytime outfits.

How to dress back seam stockings

Dressing for intrigue

Back seam thigh highs spice up any daytime wardrobe. Pair them with solid hues or a date-night outfit in need of a touch of elegance. The luxury of ALBA's mystifying back seam, making you the center of attention with questions arising such as "who is she?" and of course – "where did she get them?"

Subtle, yet Eye-Catching

ALBA provides luxury and class par excellence. Pairing her with some gorgeous heels is the best fashion decision you'll ever make. Also, as both her seams and the heels elongate your legs, you'll stand extra tall with a modelesque posture to die for!

Alluring

ALBA Back Seam tempts and woos without revealing too much. She makes her charms known confidently, without having to shout. The silicone bands at the top make these premium stockings easy to wear in the bedroom, dancing the night away, or simply with your daytime outfits.

Bold

Wear makeup with a classic touch and style your hair with large curls or waves for a glamorous look. ALBA Back Seam can give any outfit a vintage pin-up appeal or a playful flair. Pair these thigh highs with a simple blouse, solid pencil skirt, or your favorite little black dress. You can also wear a classic pin-up, 50s, or 60s dress to spice things up a little bit. Thigh highs with lace tops, in addition to back seams, give you even more options for your ensembles.

Unbunching ALBA

Now that we've successfully smoothened out ALBA tell us what you think! We'd be delighted to hear how you'd style these fabulous thigh high back seam stockings. Or, if you have any interesting back seam anecdotes or tips of your own? Let us know below!

And for those of you who've yet to dip your toe in the back seam pool, why not shop our collection today? VienneMilano has an extensive collection of stockings that features a back-seam. You'll even find a few beauties such as GIOVANNA and OTTAVIA that are crafted from Italian lace – take your pick!

March 03, 2017
Made in Italy, From Italy, With Love

Made in Italy, From Italy, With Love

Much like its cars, food, and fashion, Italian hosiery is no exception to superb quality. Every pair of stockings that are made in Italy embodies the exceptional country from where they are produced.
February 24, 2017
Tags: Italy
My Fashion Internship Experience

My Fashion Internship Experience

One of our fabulous intern submitted the following blog post. While it's not our usual piece, we were so touched by it that we decided to publish it. We hope you'll enjoy!
February 10, 2017