[While I’m on vacation, I’m running a series of images with links to many old witness2fashion posts. Here’s a selection of articles sharing what I learned about stockings.]
Colored and textured tights were popular in the 1960’s, but brightly colored stockings and textured stockings were also worn in the 1920’s. [For further readings about stockings, rolled stockings, etc., links to earlier posts are provided throughout this one.]
Textured stockings were also worn with Twenties’ sportswear:
For a longer post showing 1920’s textured stockings from Sears, colored stockings, and other stocking fashions like the ones below, click here.
Many manufacturers offered styles intended to make ankles look slim, or just to attract attention to the leg.
In the 1920’s, highly colored stockings could be almost opaque, as in these ads, but eventually sheer stockings became preferred for evening:
“They’re newer than sunburn. They’re newer than skin-tints. Yet they borrow from both. Overtones — the new hosiery shades — are a subtle blend of skin and costume colors…. Twenty-two of the most flattering hosiery colors ever launched.” — text of Realsilk ad, Oct. 1929.
Of course, the more sheer the stockings were, the less likely they were to survive several wearings, making them a luxury item.
For a much more complete article about women’s stockings in the 1920’s, click here.
By 1929, suntanned skin was coming into fashion, along with the sheer look.
These shades are not very different from the stocking hues illustrated in 1936, when stockings could coordinate with either the costume or the shoe:In the early Twenties, stockings were also worn while swimming:
(Swimming champion Annette Kellerman was arrested for swimming without covering her legs in 1907.)
Stockings were worn with bathing suits in the Nineteen-teens, but women started to bare their legs — or part of their legs — in the Twenties. Often, with bathing suits, they wore their stockings rolled:
Stockings in the 1920’s could also be embroidered, or otherwise decorated:
To see more illustrations by Nell Brinkley, a woman cartoonist of the ‘Teens and Twenties, click here.