Tuesday, January 8, 2008

What's the deal?

Are pantyhose supposed to be disposable?

I don’t wear pantyhose very often - mostly because I don’t wear dresses or skirts much in the winter. I only have two skirts (both are part of a suit) and really no winter dresses (as in, dresses with sleeves, because I can’t stand being cold). I don’t own these garments because I don’t own a long winter coat. I mean, I DID own a winter coat, but then someone stole it from a restaurant about 4 years ago and I haven’t seen one I like since. Not that I’ve looked too hard, because the lack of coat leads to the giving away of unworn skirts and dresses, which lessens the need for the coat.

Anyway, it’s really warm out today, so I put on one of my skirt suits and a brand new pair of pantyhose. Like, I pulled them out of the package and slipped them on. Two seconds ago, I crossed my legs and now have a big run that goes from my crotch to the middle of my calf on the inside of my leg. Luckily my skirt comes to my knee and I’m wearing tall boots, so it’s not really a crisis, but STILL! I cannot get more than one wear out of pantyhose, ever. I don’t think I’m wearing the wrong size – I fit quite neatly into the size guide limits. I’m not doing anything taxing on my legs, like sitting on a spiky chair, rubbing against a cactus or wrestling with a porcupine.

So, what’s the deal with pantyhose? Are they meant to be disposable? If they are, why do they cost so much?

13 comments:

Badness Jones said...

I'm pretty sure that it is an evil plot against women....what else could it be? I have the same problems, even if I wear a bigger size than I need....

Jess said...

I always assumed that they were supposed to be disposable, since they fall apart so easily. And they cost so much BECAUSE THEY CAN. Sometimes I get two or three wears out of the same pair and it's like a miracle.

Saly said...

Ha, you make me laugh!! Bjut what about those pantyhose-esque underwear they give you after birth? Those babies last 4-eva!

Artemisia said...

I hate pantyhose with a passion. A PASSION. I don't get more than three wears out of a pair before either my shoes rub a nasty, gnarly looking spot into the heel, or I run them...

Hate!

Banana said...

pantyhose may or may not be disposable, but the real reason you hate them is because THEY ARE THE DEVIL. The worst. I completely refuse to wear them ever, in any capacity. Down with pantyhose!

Chey said...

I am in the I hate pantyhose club too. $8 bucks a pop and I wear them once. Enough to make a woman nuts.

shay said...

I know people who actually wear and wash theirs but I've never had to do anything but throw the suckers away:(

I always go a size bigger too cuz I must be heavy for my height or something - yikes.

Nasty little torture devices!

Welcome to our World said...

Ugh, I am not pantyhose fan at all. When I need to wear something like that I tend to buy tights. Hose run and look at shiny funny and itch like all get out! UGH.

Misty said...

My girl Friday said that the second wave feminists had it all wrong. Don't burn the bras; burn the PANTYHOSE!

Now, I just never wear them. And, if you have to throw them out after every use, I would suggest buying the cheap $2.00 pairs.

Also...they give you underwear after you have a baby? I got jacked two pairs of drawerses, ya'll!

LoriD said...

I didn't get any after-baby pantyhose either... I thought it was maybe a Candian thing. And $2 pantyhose? Those don't exist here either, because believe me, I would be buying them if they did!

Tessie said...

I am a tights-only girl, and those do seem to be a little more hearty, but still. No more than 5 wears, and that's if I don't catch my heel on them which...is unlikely.

Laural Dawn said...

Okay, so as you know I'm pregnant. My job calls for me to wear skirts at least a couple of times per week. And, maternity hose are worse because they don't stay up and they are super pricy.
I have since discovered stay-ups. I sware they don't run nearly as often. (and they are far more comfortable to me).
And, they are cheaper! And, if you do run one leg you can throw it out and open a new pack. So much better.
I highly recommend them.

Laural Dawn said...

PS - the after baby panythose is the mesh underwear they stick on you after you deliver.
Horrible stuff.