Hiding Cellulite with Pantyhose

06 Apr

Since we’re on a bit of an underoos kick, I thought it would be an appropriate time to address the great pantyhose debate. What say you, ladies? Are pantyhose essential for completing an outfit or a relic from fashion eras past?

As we found out yesterday, Dr. Lionel Bissoon, a leading cellulite specialist in the U.S., believes the elastic leg bands on conventional womens underwear contribute to the formation of cellulite by cutting off the delicate lymph vessels under the skin. He recommends wearing thongs or lace panties that don’t have elastic around the legs.

According to Dr. Bissoon, spanx and stockings are okay as long as you don’t wear them over conventional underwear. Some compressive stockings even work to slow cellulite formation by forcing lymphatic fluid up towards the pelvis. They also help to camouflage dimples, rimples, and other imperfections that often accompany the dreaded blight.

But there seems to be a shift in the world of hosiery right now. First Lady, Michelle Obama, made a stir on The View when she revealed that she hasn’t worn pantyhose in years. “Put ‘em on, rip ‘em. It’s inconvenient,” she said.

I was surprised to hear people’s reactions to the pantyhose debate.  For some, they are essential for a finished look –”makeup for the legs.”  For others, they are too old-fashioned even to be considered for concealment purposes.  Personally, I haven’t worn a full pair of pantyhose since moving to south Florida eight years ago.  So now I’m wondering, is this a Florida thing or are pantyhose on their way out for good?

Where do you stand in the great pantyhose debate? What do you think when you see a woman exhibiting the opposing view?

*Going hose-free works for me. What about you? This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday hosted at We Are THAT Family.

A Cellulite Investigator Update

Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation.  Things are a little quite around here at the moment.  I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home.  Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!

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Debbie says:
4/6/2010

I have not worn panty hose in 14 years almost….I will say they suck you in…however living in the South, not working, I have no desire for panty hose…..I do like leggins though in the winter time, they suck it in too:)

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One vote against the hose. I have to second that.

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LambAround says:
4/6/2010

I've worn very few pairs of pantyhose during my life and I still have cellulite. An older woman I work with insists on wearing it every day – even under her pants!

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Full pantyhose under your pants? That sounds so static-clingy, not to mention UNCOMFORTABLE!

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karen@fitnessjourney says:
4/6/2010

I really don't like the look or feel of pantyhose, but ask me again when I'm in my 50's or 60's and probably have a few unsightly veins to cover. I may reconsider.

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Amaryllis says:
4/6/2010

I found the elastic on underwear ('knickers' to us Brits) idea extremely interesting, and it seems to make sense because of the lymph nodes in the groin area. I don't know how to solve this problem, though. The idea of a thong combined with a cellulite bum gives me the heebie jeebies. Possibly boxer style or french cami-knickers might be a good idea. Will look into it. I wear pantyhose with skirts in winter, but they're more the thicker, heavier ones and are usually comfortable. I would never wear flesh-coloured light ones, because they are a little too old-fashioned and are trying to pass for skin. But in my neighbourhood, heavy tights in a multitude of interesting colours are practically a uniform for women.

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I think the boxer/cami styles would be a good option. Yippeee, a good excuse to go lingerie shopping!

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4/6/2010

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Anonymous says:
4/7/2010

I don't know what all the hate with wearing Pantyhose. I wear them everyday no matter what the weather is Hot or cold. Pantyhose have come a long way since the 60, 70, and even 80's and they are much more comfortable to wear. I wear the higher end hose, and they don't run as easy, and are more comfortable today then in the 70's & 80's with the new fibers.
Think of hose as make-up for the legs. If you take a 10 – 30 minutes in the morning to makeup your face and do your hair, and pick an outfit, then why not take an extra 5 minutes to makeup your legs.
I know I get lots of compliments for men, and from some woman on how nice my legs look.
To prove my point I went to the local mall with my husband (who loves to see me and other lady in hose) and walked through with skirt and bare legs, and not one person made a remark or gave me a second look. The next day we went back to the same mall, and this time I had Tan color silky hose on, and a skirt, (I wear shorts with hose as well) and my husband walked a few steps back, and men kept doing double takes my husband told me. On guy turned to get another look at me, and the girl he was with smacked him. When we went to the food court, 2 different guys came up and asked for my name and phone #. Now you tell me ladies, what was the reason for the 2 different reactions? ANSWER- Men like to see ladies made up, and they love to see hose on them. Most men are afraid to tell there girlfriends or wives about this. So I say find a brand of hose you like the feel and fit, and start showing your legs in hose. Hollywood is starting to wear hose again, and they are showing up on runways as well.

Katie Perry From I Kissed a Girl is one of the Younger Girls that are embracing Hose wearing. American Idol femail are wearing them as well, and they are in Califorina.
Donna from Philly

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Thanks, Donna. I'm glad to hear a smart take from the other side of the pantyhose debate! What inspired you to test out your theory at the mall, or did it just happen to work out that way? I rarely wear closed-toe shoes or even socks here in south Florida, but your comment does make me rethink my opinion on pantyhose.

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Rachel R. says:
4/7/2010

Man, I hope they're on the way out. I hate pantyhose. They're hot, they're uncomfortable, they're expensive ('cause either you buy super-expensive ones in the first place, or you replace them every other time you wear them, when they run). But even more, all the "stuff" that goes with them is uncomfortable. Shoes slip off of them more easily than socks or bare feet; they require nylon slips to not cling to everything, and *those* are hot and sticky. They're a nuisance to "work" all the way up your legs without any weird wrinkles, and you have to that all over again every time you go to the bathroom. Plus, they're synthetic (unless you can afford an entire wardrobe of silk stockings; I can't). Just not worth it!

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Anonymous says:
4/7/2010

Melissa,
Thanks for for your reply. The reason I/we did the the mall test was I/we
kept reading and hearing that hose are less popular, and people saying that their men don't care, or don't like seeing women in hose. So I know how much my husband love hose on women, and he asked me do do this. To be honest with you I felt naked w/o pantyhose on. I was really surprise at the positive reaction. I have had some women ask me what kind of Pantyhose I wear in the past, but never had men come up to try and pick me up before. Of course I'm with my husband all the time at the mall. This time he didn't walk with me to see the reactions. You say you are in FL, we have a friend who runs a site to promote hose wearing, and she lives in FL, and wears hose down there everyday.
http://www.sweetnpantyhose.com(NOT a porn site) If you get a moment take a look.
I know hose may never be as popular as in the 70's & 80's, but I do see more younger ladies wearing them.
Rachel you say "They're hot, they're uncomfortable, they're expensive"
the 70's they were not as comfortable as they are now, with the new fibers of today. If you find the right fitting pair you almost forget you have them on. I wear them ALL year long, even in 100 degree heat, and I'm not bothered by the heat. As for cost, like anything else, you shop for the best price, and buy many at a time. I get on avg. 4-6 wears, even with a puppy that loves to jump up when I have a skirt of shorts on. He has only put a run in 2 pairs, and they had been worn many times before that, so I got my moneies worth.
Donna From Philly

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100 degree heat, wow! I'm glad it works for you, but I really wouldn't want to do it!

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Kathy says:
4/8/2010

I haven't worn pantyhose in I don't know how long so I can tell you that isn't the cause of cellulite by a long shot. I can't even imagine wearing hose anymore ever, yuck, unless they are at Christmas time and black and sexy and they are Wolfords, I am a hosery snob I guess!

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Anonymous says:
4/8/2010

They also have summer hose, that are lighter and do not hold the heat. Silkes has them.
Donna From Philly

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Kathy, I guess I was a little confusing on this one. Dr. Bissoon isn't saying that pantyhose cause cellulite. It's the conventional panties with elastic around the upper leg that concerns him. He says stockings are fine as long as you don't wear them with conventional underwear. In this post I was just wondering what people think about wearing pantyhose to help cover up a dimple or two.

After checking out the Wolfords sight… wow! I can see why you would wear those!

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Keowdie says:
4/10/2010

I can't remember the last time I wore pantyhose. I used to wear tights occasionally, you know, I'd suffer for fashion. But that all stopped after my first pregnancy, when I grew some hips (which never went away). After that, they were even more uncomfortable and I had a little more trouble controlling static cling with my new… um, curves.
I wear skirts to work often, but I usually wear boots and just go bare-legged. Only my knees show anyway.

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Tammy says:
4/27/2010

I remember having to wear pantyhose my freshman year of high school for my cheer team. They did make our legs look great in a kick line. Dancers also wear dance tights in "nude" colors to have more uniformity. When I became cheer captain the first thing to go was those darned panty hose. My own mother wears them daily with NO panties, as she feels the panty is in the hose…yikes. And yes under her work slacks, with her church dresses, and so on. I just hate the way they feel and it looks like you got a fake tan only on your legs. I prefer a little bit of sun from gardening or swimming and don't use a heavy spf on my arms and legs to get a bit of sun. I do like tights however for winter. Knit tights in differing colors look cute with skirts and boots. So I guess to each her own!

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According to Dr. Bissoon, you're mom is doing the best thing for her cellulite by ditching the panties under the hose. But I'm with you, I don't think I could do it, especially under slacks! What's the point in that?

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Sid says:
9/17/2010

I wear pantyhose under my work clothes in the winter. Maybe it’s a Canada thing, but most of the women I work with wear them. I’ve often wondered about the cheap pantyhose with the tight tops impairing circulation… the thing is, worn under thin material the new panyhoses work as shapers and disguise cellulite. So I’ll keep wearing them.

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Melissa says:
9/17/2010

I’d probably wear them if I lived in Canada, too!

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Karin says:
9/12/2012

Pantyhose under pants is a no-no for me, never never never, so uncomfortable ! Nothing but knee high nylons under pants, even in winter !

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I agree, Karin!

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