Buy at least two pairs of your selected hose. Do a test drive with one pair. See if they feel secure, bunch up, fall down and work with your shoes and dress.Keep that pair as a backup for your wedding day in case there is a hosiery misadventure.
Test your hosiery with your dress. A form-fitting dress might need control-top hose, and a light-weight gown might require thigh-highs.
Take shoe style into account. Reinforced toes are a no-no if you’re wearing sandals. Look for a foot with sandal toes, or better yet, a toe with no toe seam at all. For pumps, a reinforced toe is fine. And if you plan on kicking off your shoes to hit the dance floor, a reinforced toe will help prevent runs.
Add some colour. Nude, ivory and white are usual choices, but you might have fun with a pale pink or blue stocking. Choose sheer hosiery, however, because opaque can look heavy. Embroidery or a slight sparkle are also fun options.
The right choice
Pantyhose: Makes your legs look longer and leaner. Opt for a control-top to smooth unwanted bulging. Looking ahead to bedtime, however, remember that it’s hard to look sexy in control-top hose.
Stockings: Combined with a garter belt, these are sexy. A trial run, however, is a must. If you choose the wrong garter belt, you could end up with your stockings around your ankles.
Stay-up thigh highs: These have the sexiness of stockings without the hassle of a garter belt. Be sure to experiment with different brands and styles, as some don’t stay up as well as they should.
Knee highs: This is an option if you’re wearing a long gown and feel confident that there won’t be an occasion where your dress will pull up, such as in the garter toss!
Fishnets: They don’t have to look trashy. You might wear them over a pair of pantyhose for a flirty look.