I grew up in the Boston area. Winter was cold (I’m forever telling everyone that Central New Jersey is the tropics). I went to a school with a dress code — I had to wear a skirt every day. I wore knee-his with my skirt. I had not yet discovered leggings, and I hated all the tights available. Needless to say, my legs were cold. Icy cold.
In second grade I had the opportunity to take a ballet class. I remember hating ballet – why? Because of the leotard and tights. “Itchy, itchy,” I used to say. And my mother would mimic me, not knowing how to respond. Ironically, my daughter loves her ballet class. And she has no problem wearing fabric that makes my own skin cringe.
In my twenties a big incentive for studying computer programming was:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO WEAR PANTYHOUSE
to the office. Currently, I wear skirts most of the time (except when skiing or shoveling snow). I now have a vast collection of expensive cotton tights in a multitude of colors and a variety of leggings. But my leggings of choice are a pair of black, Columbia-brand long underwear that sort of look like the more stylish leggings. They are *so* comfortable on my picky, picky skin.
Mazel tov! My nephew is getting married. What do I wear? The last time I tried on pantyhose, several years back, I had to take those itchy things off my body immediately.
I feel like I make choices in life based … can I wear something comfortable? Am I going to feel inwardly uncomfortable because of any of my physically comfortable choices? For example, if I wear cotton tights to the wedding, what shoes do I wear with them? Fancy women’s shoes are made to be worn with pantyhose.
Anybody else out there live with any of these dilemmas?