Pantyhose and Dresscodes

pantyhose dresscode.indexedDo any workplaces exist that still require pantyhose to be worn year-round in the summertime? Reader K wonders.

I love your site, but I need to call b.s. on something. Whenever the annual “should I wear pantyhose to the office” question comes up, invariably there are a few comments that go something like “my friend’s friend’s firm requires them even in the summer.”

I mean this is 2013, right? I have never actually met someone in real life who this is true about. I think it’s just anonymous urban legend.

Now, I am not talking about going to court in front of a judge. That’s totally possible. And I’m not talking about something that’s written into a dress code where the culture is that no one actually follows it. What I’m talking about is a bona fide, enforced pantyhose requirement in the office, year-round including in the summer.

Here’s the challenge: can you seriously name even one law or accounting or financial firm that enforces pantyhose in the office, even in the summer?

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We’ve talked about when to wear pantyhose, how to wear pantyhose, and what color of pantyhose is best, but Reader K’s question is interesting:  does any dresscode actually require it?  (Pictured:  Spanx’s ‘All the Way’ Sheer Support Pantyhose has 32 mostly positive reviews on Nordstrom (where the Anniversary Sale is coming soon, FYI)…)

I actually have heard of places that require pantyhose, albeit not in a few years — even worse, it’s often required even beneath pants.  (Dunh dunh dunh.)  Some professions (flight attendants, for example) have to wear hose as part of their uniform, as well.  Obviously, pantyhose continues to be a huge industry, so someone’s wearing it really regularly.  (Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, is one of the youngest self-made billionaires, and her early pitches to companies were all about how full-leg Spanx looked great beneath pants!)  Also, Evil HR Lady (via US News) recently tackled whether your boss can legally require you to wear pantyhose.

So, ladies, let’s hear from you — is anyone willing to name an office that does require pantyhose at all times?  Do any of you wear pantyhose daily (or work with women who do), whether it’s required or not — or is pantyhose really just a Big Event (interview, first day, court, big meeting) kind of thing these days?


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  1. Kate Middleton is my style muse :

    I wear sheer, nude-for-me hose any time I wear a skirt or a dress to work. I never wear them under pants (???).

    My office does not require hose, nor is it the norm. But I dig ’em.

    • Kate Middleton is my style muse :

      Oh, and I cannot name a single employer that I know who actually requires them.

      • Well, the manageing partner insists on me wearing skirt’s all year, and he does NOT like it when I do NOT wear pantihose, so my firm is therefore the execption! FOOEY, b/c in the summer, it get’s very hot. My onley concesion is that I can walk in to work and back WITHOUT wearing pantihose, and then CHANGE in the toilet into the pantihose, or OUT of them on the way home. On the way home, I also change to wearing short’s or sweat pant’s and sneaker’s, and on the way in, just sneaker’s and sweat pant’s. Alot of men will NOT look at me (but who care’s anyway) based on my clotheing, but I would rather be comforteable then sweattie. FOOEY on that!

        The manageing partner does NOT like it when I leave my sweattie stuff in the toilet, and he want’s me to use the public toilet in the hall, but I will NOT b/c the janitor like’s to come in there when I am in there and looke around. FOOEY on him for takeing cheap look’s at me. DOUBEL FOOEY!

      • Jenny jones :

        I love pantyhose and wear them at all times. Even in the summer with shorts. I love the feel of the nylon on my skin.

    • AlaskaLaw :

      I wear Spanx and a skirt suit every day, because the male attorneys wear suit and tie every day. Also I cannot get away without pantyhose, my legs simply would look awful if left bare. That said, I”m over 50 and the younger women attorneys who aren’t in court as much as I am will not only not wear suits but will be bare legged as well. It doesn’t bother anyone here (govt prosecution) at all either way…
      I try to take care of my Spanx as much as possible b/c at $26 the pair, I have to get as much wear as possible out of each pair. And when one rips, there’s always a little mourning period.

  2. Pantyhose is a required policy and enforced within my group. I wear them with dresses and skirts, but not beneath pants. I’m Fortune 500/corporate overheard/finance-type role.

  3. I worked for a Fortune 1000 company from 2008-2012, and the dress code manual that was supplied to me when I was hired SPECIFICALLY mandated hose with skirts or hose/socks with pants at all times. After a wretchedly hot summer of wearing hose with my skirts every day (and sneaking out of them when I left the office for appointments), the company released new guidance in Fall 2008 that left out mention of hose/socks for women. THANK GOD.

  4. They’re optional for me, I don’t wear them in the summer in the absence of doing something mega important. Some women I work with do though. I’d say it’s about 1/3 do to 2/3 don’t, but my workplace is on the more conservative side.
    I can’t say I know of any specific place that currently requires them but a) I’m in generally liberal NY and b) if one has to wear them to court, I think it’s safe to assume that at least some courts require their employees (law clerks, court attorneys, interns, etc.) to wear them, no?

  5. ChicagoLit :

    I used to work for a law firm in Chicago where pantyhose were required year-round unless the temperature was 85+ degrees outside (and not with the humidity index, just straight 85 temp). I know quite a few people who still work at the office and the pantyhose rule is still enforced.

    • God, that just seems so… condescending. Your job can determine at what temperature wearing pantyhose will become too uncomfortable to justify wearing them but women cannot be trusted to determine that for themselves. It’s 2013!

  6. Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur, IL (a Fortune 50 company) still requires pantyhose year-round. They are completely stuck in the 1950’s in every way, shape and form!

    • Jenny jones :

      In the 50`s you would have worn girdle and garter hose with your at all functions. dont you feel lucky now?

  7. Anonymous :

    UBS does. Their dress code is 43 pages long and dictates the colors you should wear, the amount of jewelry you can wear, and even tells you how to apply perfume. Their terms are “If you wear a skirt, wearing tights remains binding even in hot weather”. And they suggest you wear tights under trousers (but I think they mean the ones that only go up to your ankles/calves)

    • Is that enforced though? I work in a building with a UBS office and never see women wear pantyhose.

    • Anonymous :

      Know friends who work for UBS. It’s not in another employee handbook, no one wears them. Think that dress code may be more for Europe than USA

      • The giveaway is the word “tights”. In England “tights” is the term for what we call “pantyhose”.

    • Northern Trust and US Trust both do/did. Also, no bare shoulders and no open toe shoes. Fun times in the summer.

    • That is not the case in UBS’ Asian offices….

  8. I know of one employer (criminal defence firm) that does, but apparently they are generally quite formal (eg, no one ever wears jeans, even on non-court days – which is quite unusual for defence firms in this jurisdiction).

    I also hear that there are senior Crowns who have complained to the bosses of junior defence lawyers that said junior was not wearing hose to court.

    And I know that there are people in my office who think it is inapproriate to bare-legged, but would never complain about someone else without hose.

    I am team no-hose unless I will be in court all day, in which case I’d get too cold not to wear them. And I would definitely wear them if I were robed for our superior court.

    Some judges think hose are required, but it is not, at this point, a directive from the court. I don’t see how they can tell from up on the bench anyways!

    Aside: I might be pregnant! I will test tomorrow morning as I’m about a week late now. We have been not-not-trying. It would be earlier than expected (e.g. put a crimp in our plans to drive to New Orleans in the spring, as I don’t think we could do that road trip with a two month old!), but OMG I’m excited and hope I am! That being said, I quit smoking 6 weeks ago and apparently that can make your hormones and cycles all whackadoodle. So fingers crossed! Update to come tomorrow…And if not this time, hopefully sometime soon :)

    • Exciting – fingers crossed for you!

    • Yay! I hope you get the outcome you’re hoping for :)

    • just Karen :

      Fingers crossed for you – very exciting!

    • TO Lawyer :

      AHHHHHH soo exciting! I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

      And on topic – I’ll usually only wear hose in the summer if I’m wearing my court robes. (crazy humidity here – I can’t imagine how awful wearing pantyhose would be every day) I’ve seen women in their court robes without hose but don’t think I could do it.

  9. Not a requirement at my Biglaw office, but I wear them because I like them. In summer I actually feel *less* sweaty because my legs don’t stick to plastic seats, etc, and my shoes hold up very well b/c I’m not wearing them barefoot. They also make it easier to go an extra day (or two…) without shaving, they keep all the little lumps and bumps smoothed, and also allow me to skip wearing a slip (unless the skirt in question is a wrap style or otherwise sheer when back-lit).

    • HMSD, Esq. :

      I am with you. My firm doesn’t require them (Memorial Day to Labor Day are business casual) but they’re more comfortable in warm weather because you aren’t sticking to things, including yourself!
      That said, I think they make a summer dress look more work appropriate, and make me look less like a staff member and more like an attorney.
      Just my .02

    • Anonymous :

      I think I would be on this train if I didn’t snag my pantyhose on everything I touch. I feel like this problem is probably related to the quality that I’m buying, but the cycle just repeats itself over and over because I’m too cheap to buy higher quality if I’m just going to shred every pair!

      • I always wear Spanx or some kind of stretchy short under my skirts and dresses, no matter the time of year. I hate thigh rubbing. I’m in Texas, and I work at a pretty casual university, so hose would be weird (I also don’t care for hose), but I will never be without some kind of thigh rub protection.

    • Agreed

  10. NYLitatty :

    I don’t even wear them to court in the summer. Not with train/subway travel. In almost 20 years of practicing (in court at least 2x per week), I have never seen or heard of a judge/law secretary or other court personnel who has a rule on pantyhose. I will wear a suit and heels, but no hose once the temperature goes up.

    • Anonymous :

      Same. Then again, from some of the attire in Kings Supreme this morning, I was doing good to even be wearing a suit when it’s this hot.

  11. No requirement at my BigLaw firm, and our business casual is pretty formal compared to most other businesses that purport to be casual. I would wear hose for a job interview or to court, but that’s about it. Maybe in the winter, but I prefer tights or colored pantyhose to nude. I just don’t understand the point of wearing a transparent garment.

  12. Wildkitten :

    Does anyone have good black flats for wearing with suits? My nine west pair is getting creased and I’m looking to replace. TVMIA.

  13. My firm requires formal dress and that includes covering your legs at all times. So if anyone wants to wear a skirt he/she must wear either a long skirt or tights/hose. I’m a partner and I support this policy.

    • I’m asking not to be snarky, but because I’m genuinely curious – from your use of he/she, am I to understand that a man would be permitted to wear a skirt as long as it was long or he was wearing hose?

      I’ve seen plenty of men in skirts, but never in a business formal setting.

      • Personally, I don’t think office dress codes should be in the business of policing who gets to wear what type of gendered business wear.

  14. This seems like a good post to ask – I have an interview in Dallas at the end of July with an arts organization. Do I have to wear hose?

    • Nope – at least not at the arts organizations I worked for.

    • I worked for a firm in Dallas that was generally business dress. The older female partners wore hose, none of the women under 50 did. And none of my friends (lawyers and not) wear hose to work. So, while I don’t know anything about arts organizations, I’d say you don’t need to wear hose.

    • No – it will be over 100 degrees, too hot for pantyhose

    • Don’t do it. I’ve been to plenty of interviews at very conservative places where I wore a dress and no hose, and was just fine (and I got a job at the most conservative of those places). It’s waaaayyy too hot in Dallas to wear hose. I do recommend Spanx or something if your thighs rub, but it’s a lot cooler than full-on hose.

  15. I work at a big media company, and if I want to go to the exec floor, I better be wearing hose, or there will be a TALKING TO from the one woman who feels the need to enforce.

  16. OCAssociate :

    I’m a litigator in Southern California, and my firm does not require nylons at all. I never wear them – not to the office, not in court, not for client meetings, etc. That seems to hold true for most women in my situation, and certainly at my firm.

  17. Young Consultant :

    In any business professional attire clients I have been posted on for the last two years, it has been an unwritten rule that all women wear hose with dresses and skirts. I have never seen any women from my company not wearing hose on “suits only” client sites (which is 75% of my projects). I know that panty hose are not specified in the dress code, but I know it would be seriously frowned upon if you showed up without them.

    • Young Consultant :

      Including the past 5 months I’ve been in Houston, with all the heat and humidity of summer that city.

    • Young Consultant :

      Including the past 5 months I’ve spent in Houston, with all the heat and humidity of that city.

  18. In high school I worked as a hostess in an upscale restaurant and was required to wear a dress or skirt everyday and nylons as well. Now as a lawyer, I only wear them to court or an interview if I have on a skirt suit.

  19. KS IT Chick :

    Small hospital in Kansas. Until September last year, the enforced dress code was that there were no bare legs allowed. We could wear scrub pants (if in a clinical department), slacks or skirts with pantyhose (or tights). When I say “enforced”, I mean “sent home, off the clock, to change clothes”.

    Last fall, that changed to “no bare feet, no open toes (peep toes are okay), no slingbacks; bare legs are now acceptable.”

  20. Business, Not Law :

    I have a very close friend who is an administrator at a competitor…and they do still require pantyhose (or something covering any part of exposed foot)–so yes, even with pants–in 2013. She recently relayed a story where she got called out/warned by her boss for violating the rules. She had badly snagged/tore her pantyhose and figured it would look better to take it off until she could run and get a replacement pair…and then the “lecture”.

    I really wish I was kidding!!

    As for my organization, nothing of the sorts. I wear tights in the winter but that’s b/c of function. Not even the biggest meeting would be cause for hose.

  21. I do not understand the comment “too hot for pantyhose.” Hot weather is hot weather, and wearing *anything* other than a bathing suit sucks. But pantyhose are so gossamer-thin that I cannot comprehend them causing additional discomfort on top of that caused by wearing clothing at all. I mean, do you skip wearing a shirt or a dress or whatever just because the weather is hot? There are other reasons I cannot imagine not liking pantyhose, but the “too hot” thing sound so, so silly to me. And I live / work in a very hot, muggy city.

    • Anon in NYC :

      I generally agree. I think that hose makes me perhaps slightly warmer, but not so dramatically warmer that I would be dying of heat stroke. And like someone said above, I actually find that I tend to feel less sweaty / gross when I wear hose in warm weather.

    • Along those lines, this may be a case where the males have it just as bad. I don’t care how tropical weight it is, undershirt/shirt/tie/suit jacket has to get pretty warm.

      In my mind, true business formal requires covered legs, be it with pantyhose or pants.

      • Just as bad? Try much worse! I’m sorry but compared to what men have to wear in a formal office in the heat, we have it easy. It might be the only area in the workplace where that is so, but, seriously, try wearing a full suit on a day like today in NYC.

        • I agree, we have it way easier then the men. That said, I’m sure most of us spend most of the day in climate controlled environments, so I don’t really understand the fuss in general.

          Hose make me marginally warmer, but definitely not to the extent that people make it seem. Though I do find layering them under pants in winter helps a lot with the cold. (I think it’s more the layering effect than the actual hose themselves, though.)

          • Of course, this does explain why offices are freezing if there are males in charge of the A/C. Thankfully my office is fairly lenient on both hose and suit jackets unless you have court.

      • Based on my informal survey of men’s wrinkled shirt backs at 5:00 pm any July afternoon – they are dying in those suits.

    • I disagree. It’s not the legs so much as the crotchal area that’s the issue. No airflow up there makes me WAY hotter and more uncomfortable.

      • I have to say that at least in my experience this really varies manufacturer to manufacturer. Drug store brands tend to be unbearable but nicer dep’t store brands are very breathable. You can also do thigh highs.

  22. I’m a 40 year old NYC attorney, and I have not worn “nude” pantyhose in over 10 years. I don’t currently own a pair. I either go without, or wear opaque tights during the appropriate season. In any case, for court/interviews/big meetings, I usually wear a pant suit. So I also call B.S. on the idea that a female attorney ever “has” to wear a skirt suit to be considered professional.

    • Senior Attorney :

      Same here, only substitute “50-something” for “40,” “LA” for “NYC,” and “nude microfishnets” for “opaque tights.”

    • Same, late 30s San Francisco lawyer. I’d think about it only if I was going to DC or the midwest/south for something formal, and only from reading this blog.

      • I’m not sure you need them in either of those circumstances, either. I’m friends with a female litigation partner at a major DC firm, and she almost never wears nude hose (except very occasionally to court). And I haven’t seen any women under 50 wear nude hose at any of the weddings I’ve attended in the past 10 years in the midwest and south (where my family lives). In fact, the last time I wore hose was to a formal wedding in the south about 10 years ago, and I was definitely the only woman under 50 wearing them. I felt very much out of place.

        • Excellent! Thanks Anne, I shall cross it off my list of things to worry about! :)

        • I wore hose to a late May wedding this year, but it was unseasonably cold and I was in the wedding party. The hose were definitely more for warmth than anything else.

  23. Hose Req'd :

    My friend is a sales manager at a Ritz Carlton on the East Coast. They require women to wear hose with dresses and skirts. She can’t wear open toe or peep toe shoes either. Even though she is usually in a back office (and not working the front desk interacting with guests all the time), same rules apply for all employees and managers.

    I, like PP said, usually wear hose with skirts and dresses because I prefer them. My big law firm does not require them.

    • Anonymous :

      Yes, Hilton is the same and I hear most other hotels require hosiery w skirts or trousers.

  24. As much as I badly need a new job I would give long hard thought to taking a position at a company that required nylons through the summer. I sweat and the thought of nylon underwear sweat soup on my commute home is grossing me out even in my freezing office.

  25. Not a legal firm, but Disney requires employees to wear pantyhose. No bare legs allowed, no earrings bigger than a quarter, no more than one ring (unless it’s a wedding set) on each hand, no facial hair for me, until recently no polo shirts for men, etc. So yes, there are places out there that require hose/stockings.

    • SoCalAtty :

      Disney ok’d facial hair for men last year. I thought those very strict rules were only for castmembers that worked “onstage” or that might have interaction with park guests?

      I’m really interested to hear if that extends to, say, their legal counsel.

    • Former Castmember :

      I used to work at one of The Disney Stores. The dress code was crazy long — and included pantyhose under khaki shorts, WITH white socks & plain white leather shoes. Talk about stinky feet at the end of a long day…. They have relaxed the dress code quite a bit from what it used to be.

  26. UBS requires all women bankers to wear panyhose. Google it.

  27. I work for a regional accounting firm that required pantyhose year-round, even with pants, until last summer. Can I tell you what a schmuck I would feel like when I would go out for lunch in my nude hose in 98 degree heat, only to be surrounded by women whose companies do not act like we still work in the Mad Men era? Then last summer they FINALLY instituted a no pantyhose required rule from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

    I agree in this day and age the pantyhose requirement is ridiculous, especially in an office that at the same time will allow men to wear golf shirts (to me, pantyhose for women is equivalent to neckties for men). But to answer the original poster’s question, yes, there is a firm that (until very recently) requires year-round hose.

  28. I believe my State’s senate still requires pantyhose for female members and staff with floor privileges. Not required at my State gov office but I generally wear them with skirts dresses for all the Sotho g, non-shaving, non-sticking to seats reasons given above.

  29. Not enforced in my department (manager’s discretion) that handle financial claims for a community healthcare provider. I however wear them year-round because the AC is set for “ice age” in my office. I think my legs look nicer in them and I always feel “put together” with them on.
    I love the annual PH question. Always a good turn out.

  30. Ernst & Young – Mclean office requires pantyhose, so theres your accounting firm.

    • Midwest Transplant :

      The EY official dress code required them, up until it was updated this past week to say “business appropriate” in accordance with the level of formality at your client. However, prior enforcement clearly varied office to office, because in the New York City office they were extremely rare in the summer, regardless of age or rank.

  31. Ok, I work at a hospital, not a legal firm, but the policy is that if skirts or dresses are worn, hose must be worn. There are no exceptions. It also specifies that if sandals are worn, hose must be worn under the sandals. For obvious reasons, closed toe shoes must be worn in any patient care areas.

    This is fine with me since I have found that if I don’t wear hose, I get blisters, particularly if my feet get hot and I am walking a lot. And the hose really do look more professional.

  32. I work at a bank in Connecticut, and it is required at any time of year to wear pantyhose if you are wearing a skirt above knee length. And their definition of knee length is that the knee cap is completely covered. Luckily, in my branch, my manager is more laid back, but pantyhose is in our dress code.

  33. This is why I NEVER wear skirts or dresses in the summer: Pantyhose in the summer look very frumpy to me, yet I do not think bare legs are appropriate in a professional office. I do think it is reasonable to ask professional women (and men) to cover their legs in a professional environment. Why would it be ok for a woman to have bare legs and not ok for a man to wear a shorts suit?

    That’s why I wear pants with shirts or jackets or pants suits all summer long, and save the dresses and skirt suits for winter when wearing hose doesn’t look so odd.

    Employer: DC management consulting firm

  34. I’m a nonprofit exec in the Southwest. Have not worn pantyhose in work or casual context in years. Can’t actually think of the last time I saw anyone wearing pantyhose at all, in any context. It is just too danged hot here. However, people here spray-tan their legs when summer-skirt/dress season hits, even if they don’t spray-tan any other parts of their body. Yes, at times, it looks very weird. I guess every region has it’s own peculiarities.

  35. I work in HR for a Heath system and we are required to wear hose with dresses/skirts, and can’t have bare feet with pants (I usually wear knee highs). We have to wear close toe shoes. From may – sept we can have bare legs and wear conservative open toe shoes on Fridays.

  36. My company has a clean room at work – pantyhose are required – no bare legs, no open toed shoes, no powder based makeup. But it’s for clean room reasons not for dress code reasons.

  37. Seattle Lawyer Mom :

    I’m a junior partner in big law. My firm has no requirement that hose be worn, but I have to say when I see women wearing a business skirt and tailored, professional outfit WITHOUT hose it looks skanky to me, and I find myself wondering if her shoes are really stinky, etc. Maybe that’s very old fashioned of me, so to each her own, but just letting it out that some women think it looks bad to wear pumps and tailored outfit without hose.

    • Can we please stop using words like “slutty,” “skanky,” “whorish” and other variations of those words to shame women in the workplace? Standards in terms of what needs to be covered vary from generation to generation and different workplaces have different rules (or lack thereof). You’re entitled to your opinion, and you can say that something looks revealing, unprofessional, lazy, or not quite put together, but let’s avoid using judgmental words like the ones I mentioned above.

      I know that women will be judged for what they wear, but that doesn’t mean we should take part in it.

    • Leslie Knope :

      “Skanky”? Really? This feels like a replay of the “slutty” dress fight from earlier this week. Do you mean skanky as a synonym for smelly, maybe?

      • Leslie Knope :

        Didn’t see your first reply, Anonymous. Thanks for saying it more eloquently!

  38. NotMyUsualName :

    A friend works for a business services company, and they have a bogglingly strict dress code, even their “summer dress code” is incredibly strict. Some highlights:

    Women Appropriate attire includes dresses, skirts with blouses or sweaters and pantsuits. Tops must cover the shoulder and be tucked in when wearing a pantsuit. Shoes must have a back on them. Hose/stockings must be worn at all times (except between May 1st and October 1st). Men Appropriate attire is a collared dress shirt and necktie with dress slacks or a suit. Shoes must have backs on them and socks must be worn at all times.

    Casual Friday company designates each Friday as business casual. Each employee should reflect a professional attitude and take pride in one’s appearance. Casual still means professional. Appropriate attire for women includes dresses, skirts and slacks with a blouse or sweater. As with the regular dress code, tops must cover the shoulder. Appropriate attire for men includes button-down shirt, sweater or polo shirt with khakis/Dockers.

    • Dresses or skirts that are too short
    • Tops that are too revealing
    • Shorts of any kind
    • Jeans or denim of any kind (pants, skirts, jackets, dresses)
    • Corduroy of any kind (pants, skirts, jackets, dresses)
    • Sweats of any kind (pants, skirts, jackets)
    • Halter, tank or strapless tops
    • Gym shoes or sneakers
    • Leggings, stretch or stirrup pants
    • Flannel shirts
    • Tops that leave the midriff uncovered
    • Layered t-shirts
    • Logoed shirts or tops
    • Slacks with a sweater or blouse (except for Friday)
    • Backless shoes (except for Friday)
    • Flip flops at any time, including in and out of buildings (this one is new this year!)

  39. Back in the 80s and 90s I wore pantyhose every day to my insurance company jobs. I wouldn’t have dreamed of going bare legged. Fast forward to the advent of both business casual dress codes and the overall trend of bare legs. Nowadays, I wouldn’t dream of wearing pantyhose in the summer, except possibly to a nighttime wedding or other formal event. That’s it.

  40. Crabbypants :

    I have yet to work anywhere that requires pantyhose, but I am young. Even at the State House we could have bare legs if we wanted – but I never did because the State House, and probably most offices – get cold in the summer. Right now I’m lucky in that I control the thermostat in the room they have me working, but if they move me I’ll probably need to start wearing nylons to keep warm.

    I don’t even own a pair of pantyhose . . . sorry >_<

    Again, I'm young, and so far all my workplaces have also permitted women to show their shoulders, knees, and toes, and I realize that's all frowned upon around here.

  41. H&R Block all all it’s subsidiaries require pantyhose and closed toe shoes year round as part of their dress code.

    • H&R Block AND all it’s subsidiaries require pantyhose and closed toe shoes year round as part of their dress code.

  42. Laura Beth :

    I was required (and it was enforced) to wear hose for the past two years while I was graduate assistant teaching public speaking while I earned my Masters Degree. I had to wear them to all formal/business functions, and anytime I was teaching in the classroom. It was a stipulation for all female faculty and staff at the college I attended. They prided themselves in teaching us to be professional. The students actually had to wear them to all classes (and ties with collared shirts for men) until about 4 years ago. All ladies are still required to wear skirts for classes.

  43. I think you can get away with no tights if you have a spray tan

  44. It’s not required where I work, but I like wearing skirt suits and dresses, and cannot for the life of me figure out how to wear heels and not kill my feet without wearing stockings. Bare leg wearers – how do your feet survive?

  45. I’m a little late to the party on this, and this isn’t the level of of campany that the reader is referring to, but when I was working for a southern retail book chain they absolutely required pantyhose if you wore a skirt instead of pants. This was, perhaps five years ago? Shorts were an absolute no, and business capris toed the line. The pantyhose rule was strictly enforced in MY region, but not all regions. It depended on the regional management and general managers.

    Now I work for a high rise with a vastly different dress code and I’m much happier. Considerably less suffering is involved when D.C. summers roll around

  46. Anne Marie :

    Pantyhose is made from polyester, and that gets VERY HOT on the crotch area, specially on plus size women. If you’re not getting hot in it, you’re the lucky one. I don’t wear polyester in my clothes, why should I be forced in tights? Sheer garments are silly to enforce, they’re not covering much for modest issues.

    I’m not a regular poster here (first time), but have been reading for a few months. I’ve worked in Law but not anymore. I live in a “tropical hot country” and haven’t seen people wearing sheer pantyhose, or talking about it. The only tights I see are the dark opaque ones in mild/nippy weather or those thicker flesh colored older women like to wear (in whatever profession/retired).

  47. I wear it with every skirt or dress. Voluntarily. I’m 31. It just looks more professional to me – legs are smoothed out and sleeker.

  48. Frankly, I am tired of the bare leg look. Bare legs with a professional suit, skirt, or dress is tacky and lazy. Where I work (financial advisory firm in California) men wear suits and ties while women wear nylons whenever we are in skirts or dresses. I think our clients enjoy the professional look as we are always complimented on our appearance. Seriously, we ALL look better in nylons. It’s time to bring style and elegance back. As for comfort, try Donna Karan the Nudes! A bit pricey but so comfortable and sheer. As an added bonus, my boyfriend goes wild when I wear nylons. He says men miss the feminine look–I think he may be right!

  49. GinaMarie :

    I work for HeadStart, we are required to wear hosiery from September to June, including knee highs with slacks. During summer dress code, the hosiery rule is suspended from July first to the beginning of October.

  50. In the 80s, I worked in several London offices, and was almost always required to wear a skirt and tights. Trousers were specifically forbidden. One of the reasons I started working from home was that I didn’t like dressing this way. But I don’t think there are many companies which still have this kind of dress code.

  51. Jaycee J. :

    well, My situation is quite unique, I am transgender, i transitioned well before i started my job (aviation tech writer) so this being i have worked hard and had 5 surgeries , in other word, i pass and honestly no one even has an idea that i am trans, i pass perfectly and i am not bragging. After transitioning at my last job, similar to this one , i was handed a dress code booklet , and sent to a one day class on the female dress code, and this is something they require, interesting enough, the men at that job had just a one page dress code slip. Not only were they required to wear tights (pantyhose stockings, etc) but had a rule with skirts, dresses that they had to be above the knee , so required short skirts or dresses. I also worked for a company for a short time between that job and the one i have now. The had uniforms, short skirts, 3 piece top ( which remarkably strange) said you had to wear 2 pieces of this top at all times. Also i have seen 4 people get written up and reprimanded for not wearing pantyhose.

    • I am transgendered, too and love wearing pantyhose at work, along with my majority female coworkers. Wearign hose is a sign of embracng one’s feminimity, in apparel comfort, in an increasingly uncomfortable, macho masculine world of workplaces

  52. I haven’t been required to wear pantyhose to work in over seventeen years. So I haven’t worn pantyhose in over seventeen years, and I love it! I hate pantyhose and wear my heels, or pretty much all my shoes, barefoot everyday, both at work and home.

    I work in a law office now where pretty much all the women, both attorneys and staff, never wear pantyhose. In fact, many of the women on staff, like me, will wear flats without socks or pantyhose, pretty much every day. Perfectly fine.

    Back seventeen years ago I just worked part time at a hospital where they technically required all employees to wear socks or hose and close toed shoes. I hate socks, so being a teenager back then, I just never wore socks. I had a male supervisor comment to me once that he’d noticed me constantly wearing my shoes without socks or pantyhose, and that was not company policy. I told him that I didnt think it applied to people working in the records department, only people who were health care providers. Then I foolishly, jokingly asked him if his wife knew about him staring at intern girls feet and that was the last I heard of it….little did I know then that he’d actually been named in a sexual harassment lawsuit, so my thoughtless joke pretty much accidentally iced the pantyhose requirement!

    Since then, I just never even asked about a pantyhose requirement in a dresscode. I just wore my heels without pantyhose and never asked and it hadn’t come up much since. Some offices had more women wearing hose than others, but much less so in the past decade Id say.

  53. Anonymous :

    Military. Every branch. Females wearing semi formal and formal uniforms have to wear pantyhose. Unless you’re in your physical training uniform, it is not an option, but MANDATORY to wear them!

  54. I have been wearing pantyhose and tights for over 40 years. Any professional woman would agree that coming up to a woman who is dressed up with a skirt and dress with a pair of stockings is more likely to get another look or get attention always. It is more complete wearing hosiery with an outfit I have worked many different jobs currently at a salon and I wear hosiery everyday. there are so many types to choose from and the support for your legs benifits them in a long run in many ways. Yes it is a womans choice you may complain but they are not that bad and feel great all the time and make you look good .

  55. I have to wear pantyhose at work, even in the summertime. It is a written rule into the employee handbook. And it is absolutely enforced.

  56. I am lucky! I am transgendered and work for a female-owned legal entity; we all get to wear super comfy pantyhose if desired and get along very well, and am along to embrace my feminimity. Hopefully, this wear-what you want will be mnore tolerated in time, and be part of the corporate workplace of the future

  57. July 1, 2014, Sterling Heights, MI. Mid-sized Law Firm, approximately 25 attorneys, only one female, with approximately 40 support staff, only 2-3 male. Panty hose, Monday through Thursday are REQUIRED if ANY LENGTH of skirt is worn; on “Business Casual Fridays”, no hose are required if skirts are calf-length or below. It was 82 degrees with at least 80% humidity at 7:30 a.m. today!

    We’d like to have our all male Board members wear hose for just an afternoon, like today, and see if this requirement should continue to be enforced.

  58. I work for Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida and I am required everyday to wear pantyhose. I work a job outside a major resort in 95 degree temperature in full pantyhose. Today I had a run in my pantyhose and opted to go bare legs instead. I was promptly spoken to by my management team who is not required to wear pantyhose. A manager in bare legs lectured me on how it was bad show to have bare legs and against company policy. Welcome to WDW.

  59. For those of us that are 50+, this whole pantyhose thing is just like the no-bra thing in the 70s and early 80s. Sure, no one really likes to wear a bra, but going to work without a bra (or pantyhose) is A)not professional B)too lurid for those of us who work in scientific and technical industries –i.e. mostly around men all day. And, if you do a survey of men, you’ll find that men prefer that women wear pantyhose (and a bra) in a professional setting. One man I know equates a woman not wearing pantyhose to work to a man not wearing socks. I’m sorry, but I just don’t care how great your legs are, not wearing pantyhose (with the exception of the dead heat of the summer) is sloppy. This whole thing started with the rollout of those horrid super cheap pantyhose in the 1990s. There’s a big difference between actual silk (or close enough) pantyhose and nearly opaque nurse-like pantyhose–which I agree are just as gross as bare legs at the office. So ladies, man-up (-: and dress like the smart, professional, polished women that you are!!

  60. MiamiAttorney :

    I am a litigator in Miami and am in court pretty much weekly. From what I’ve seen, almost nobody wears pantyhose anywhere – to court, to the office, to depos, to interviews, etc. However, Miami is also a less conservative/less formal place as well as really hot so I’m not sure this would ring true in the rest of the country. I’m interested to hear how this would be viewed in Chicago or Milwaukee.

  61. I work for a powerful and rich woman as her administrative assistant and she requires pantyhose year round even in the summer (of course she comes in wearing capris and sandals unless she has an important client meeting). She believes that wearing pantyhose is important because it reminds me to not only to be professional at all times but also that she is the boss. She obviously doesn’t do it everyday but spot checks from time to time and I have to pull up my pant leg to my knee to prove they aren’t just knee highs. It’s not ideal, but I make a good salary and a modest bonus and the work is not very hard. I should note that yes I am a male.

  62. Good grief girls! Don’t your offices have air conditioning? How can you complain that it too hot to wear pantyhose when you work in climate controlled buildings year round? I buy a good quality hose and feel comfy wearing anything.

  63. IT’S 2015 and Mayo Clinic requires hose year round….