Wednesday, July 27, 2016

My love of pantyhose (and how I afford it)

Some people hate pantyhose, I am not among them. I wear pantyhose often and for a few reasons:

1.       I don’t like the way my shoes feel on my feet without some kind of barrier.

2.       My legs can be dry and no one will see.

3.       If I am a day past when I should have shaved, it isn’t noticeable.

4.       My skin tone can best described as “paper white”, so it can give a little boost.

5.       Control top.

6.       I just feel better with them on.

Here are some things that I don’t like about pantyhose:

1.       You can’t walk around the house with no shoes/slippers/socks on while they are on.

2.       They can be ruined before you have even gotten them fully up your leg.

3.       Pantyhose snags on nails, jewelry, furniture, etc.

4.       Washing them for reuse (if they make it that far) requires care.

5.       They are pretty freakin’ expensive for something you might only get to wear once.

Drugstore pantyhose can run you from about $6 and up, while a visit to the department store can range from $20-$60! I have done everything to take care of the pairs that I have. I won’t wear jewelry (including my engagement ring) in order minimize snagging, I file my nails, I wash them by hand (if they survive the day), and I take them off as soon as I get home so that I’m not tempted to walk around with them on. Even with all of these precautions, you can get a pair just over your knee and... 

$6 down the drain and you didn’t even make it out of the house.

I’m going to share with you a discovery that I made (and, no, this is not an affiliate link and I am not getting paid to write this) at the Dollar Tree. I had made my way over the local dollar store on the hunt for more coloring books for the MiniMe and found myself wandering the aisles.  At some point, I stopped and found this:

That’s right, pantyhose….for a dollar. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give a shot and if I was disappointed, hey, it only cost a buck, so what? Little did I know what I had found, because they are AMAZING! I wore the first pair and took my usual precautions with no issue. Then, I found myself wearing them for the second and then the third time. That’s when my laziness kicked in and I just threw them into a lingerie bag with the rest of my laundry. They completely survived the trip!  Eventually, I lost count of how many times I had worn them. I went back to the store and picked up three more pairs to put into rotation just to make sure I didn’t have some kind of anomaly on my hands. But, much to my delight, the next few pairs held up as well, only one fell victim to my toddler and her grabby hands.

My next step is to order a case from here and have it delivered to my local store (free shipping that way!). Once I get those babies home, I’ll probably roll around on the bed with them reveling in my newfound freedom from overpriced flimsy pantyhose.

#pantyhose #dollarstore #lifehacks #thirfty #lazy


  1. Nice article. I'm a man, but I've always considered pantyhose to be an oppression invented by man, and exploited by corporations. My mother and wife used to always complain about wearing them.

    1. Thanks for reading! It's not for everyone that's for sure, I was never in a position where I was told I had to wear pantyhose, so maybe that's the difference for me since it was my own choice. But one man's oppression can be another one's fetish I suppose (not that I've taken it to that level...yet...I think).

  2. I have never had a problem with wearing pantyhose. I think they are great for winter. I do prefer to wear the bright or crazy colored or even textured/designed ones though.

    1. Yes! I love patterned pantyhose and tights, where I live I eventually ditch my pantyhose for either tights or leggings once it begins to snow. The colored and patterned ones add a little extra "oomph" to your outfit for sure!


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