Business Attire: Pantyhose/stockings are they necessary?

posted 5 months ago in Career
Post # 2
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I can’t say I’ve ever seen my coworkers wear pantyhose but also hardly anybody has worn dresses/skirts to work at any of my jobs.

Post # 3
4989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I don’t have a strict business dress code but I do have daily client meetings at several very strict law and finance firms and I in my experience tights (pantyhose) aren’t necessary or at least enforced in those offices. 

Personally I think they are really outdated and don’t look more professional than bare legs.

Post # 4
843 posts
Busy bee

In my experience, it’s both generational and workplace-dependent. 

As long as I’m wearing an appropriate skirt and shoes, I skip the hose. I make sure to shave and lotion my legs so I’m not gross and scaly looking, but business suits are already not my favorite, so the hose do not happen. I’ve never gotten criticism for it or had anyone mention it. We wear business attire at my current job, and I’ve seen women wear black tights or stockings, but never nude or black pantyhose. 

Post # 5
2558 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’ve never seen any of my colleagues wear pantyhose. Sometimes they’ll wear like black tights but I think it’s more fashion than business related. 

I typically wear black pants almost daily, but if I do wear a dress or skirt I don’t wear pantyhose or stockings. 

Post # 6
5925 posts
Bee Keeper

My current workplace is pretty casual, but my previous was business (not bus cas), and no one wore pantyhose. Actually, one girl did, but she told me its because she liked the control top, kinda like spanx lol. TBH I dont even get the point of it. 

Post # 7
1107 posts
Bumble bee

Depends where u work and how much leg is my world. 


With knee high boots and a moderate skirt, no

 With a shorter dress n heels, I would. In fact I wear tights alot as I have an ankle and foot tattoo. Same reason I always wear sleeves professionally. But I work in law, finance… 

Post # 8
1368 posts
Bumble bee

I’d say if it’s the kind of workplace where men wear a suit and tie, then pantyhose is probably expected. 

I work in a pretty casual office. I wear pantyhose in the winter, but not in the summer.

Post # 9
3093 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2021

Yes, if you are wearing a dress or skirt in a business environment, you should be wearing pantyhose. 

Post # 10
359 posts
Helper bee

I’m a lawyer and I go to court.  In the summer time, none of the younger female attorneys wear hose. I’ve never been yelled at by a judge.  (And they will yell at you.  One of my collegues wasn’t wearing socks under his shoes, and the judge was like wtf?)  So if even the stuffy old judges don’t object anymore, I think you are fine.

In winter I do wear hose or stockings, but that’s because its cold here!

Post # 11
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’m a healthcare executive. I typically wear hose/tights. That said, healthcare dress codes are way behind the times so…

Post # 12
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - City, State

I have a very corporate client services job and almost none of us wear “pantyhose”. I think it’s generational. Mind you I do wear black tights a lot in the winter (I wear a lot of skirts and dresses I love them) but that’s because I live and work in very cold cities!

That said everyone tends to wear skirts that fall just above the knee, nothing short ever, so if your workplace permits shorter lengths I might consider tights more strongly to up the modesty.

Post # 13
749 posts
Busy bee

I used to go to court often for my last job and never saw anyone wearing panty hose including the lawyers. I don’t think they’re necessary. I think businesses in general have scaled way way back on “professional attire” at least where I live. I was reading a recent thread about leggings in the workplace and a lot of bees where saying how they would never ever wear them to work and I’m thinking “I can hardly think of a business place that I go to where people AREN’T wearing leggings!” 

Post # 14
1260 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I wouldn’t feel comfortable in my bare legs at work, but I’m pretty conservative with my attire. Even in summer…offices are air conditioned, usually very cold indoors, so clothes don’t need to change that much from season to season. 

Obviously though this depends on the workplace and your comfort level. 

Post # 15
283 posts
Helper bee

I have to wear pantyhose with skirts because I am cursed with  wicked spider veins and I’m self-conscious about it. My boss came in today in an above the knee skirt with no hose and looked very professional and put-together. I don’t think pantyhose are required anymore (unless you look like a walking bruise like I do, LOL.)

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