Should I Wear Stockings To Prom? Avoid a Mistake

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We have a lot of questions when it comes to getting ready for Prom, but one of the most difficult to wrestle with for pantyhose fans is this: should I wear stockings to Prom or go bare?

Since this is a formal event, should you make sure your legs are covered?

Is it in poor taste to go bare, or will you be the odd one out with a pair of nude stockings under your sparkly dress?

In today’s day and age, the general consensus on wearing stockings to Prom is this: don’t do it.

Pantyhose are pretty dated. Though we know you love your mom and your grandma dearly, you probably don’t want to look like then for your Prom night!

For the most part, pantyhose are no longer fashionable, and really only seen in work settings where it may be required as part of a uniform.

Chances are, if you wear pantyhose to Prom, you will be one of the only girls who do.

Image: flickr

Image: flickr

We suggest going bare– it’s what’s in fashion today, anyway! Many women are going bare-legged even under their wedding dresses, so there’s no reason to think that ditching the stockings means you will be under dressed for the formal event.

Unless your bare legs are bright orange or polka-dotted, they probably will not clash with your dress.

This makes going bare-legged a safe bet for anyone who is concerned about matching accessories to their dress.

That being said, no fashion rule is absolute. While many people think of pantyhose as dated or ‘old-ladyish’ (sorry!), there are many situations where it actually may be a good idea to pull on a pair of stockings under your pretty Prom dress.

If the weather is cold, if you are going for a specific ‘look,’ or if you simply are not comfortable with the idea of going bare to Prom, you should feel free to step into a pair of pantyhose.

We repeat: if it is cold outside, do not be afraid to wear pantyhose. Your look is not ‘dated’ if it is practical. You don’t want to show up to Prom suffering from frostbite and blue in the lips.

If you decide to don a pair of stockings, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Shave your legs

Don’t use your stockings as an excuse not to shave your legs before Prom arrives!

While it’s true that you’re technically covering up your legs, most pantyhose are so thin that they won’t do a whole lot to hide prickly leg hairs.

Darker hair may show through the pantyhose (yikes), and the texture of your stubble can prevent the material from lying flat against your skin– or worse, the hairs will poke through like little knives!

2) Avoid open-toed shoes

There is nothing worse than the deadly combination of cute, open-toed shoes and unsightly stocking toe seam.

If there’s any chance you will be wearing pantyhose on the big day, go for close-toed shoes. If you must show off your toes, make sure the seam is tucked underneath your foot, and don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Image: flickr

Image: flickr

On the bright side, your decision to wear pantyhose will act in your favor if you find yourself in ill-fitting pumps. The material will help soak up some of your foot sweat (ew), in addition to providing a little bit of a barrier between your skin and your shoe. Stockings make great blister protection.

3) Skip the white stockings

If you’re over the age of ten, there’s almost no reason you should ever wear white stockings. They will make you look like a schoolgirl.

4) Make sure the tones go with whatever you’re wearing

Make sure to try your dress on with a couple different pairs of pantyhose, because if you don’t, you may end up with a clashing nightmare. After all, you wouldn’t pick a dress that clashes with your skin’s natural colors, would you?

5) Make sure the tones go with your skin

This is a continuation of rule #4, but one that is vital. If you’re going for nude pantyhose, make sure they actually look good with your natural skin tone!

Picking pantyhose that aren’t even close to your skin tone is like picking foundation that’s two shades darker than your complexion. It’ll be obvious and distracting.

6) Bring an extra pair

Pantyhose, unfortunately, are prone to ripping. Slip an extra pair into your bag to make sure you’re safe!

Garters for Prom

Closely related to stockings is of course garters. If you are thinking about wearing a prom garter it will definitely look a lot better on bare skin.

Schools often have different trends around wearing a prom garter but generally it is worn on the right leg. Sometimes they are customized and can feature the school name and the class.

It is up to you what you do with your garter but some girls will gift it to the guy who can wear it on his arm.

I have seen guys that like to remove the garter with their teeth but this can get a bit awkward. It is really up to you and will depend on how comfortable you are with the guy.

The last word

Prom season is fast approaching and you are going to have to make a lot of decisions.

We hope that by searching through our site, and using our printable checklist that it won’t become too overwhelming. Good luck from all of us here at promsie.

We want to know what you are going to do this year. Do you dare to go bare?


  1. Joe Smith
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