How to Choose Stockings. The world is full of hose, not all of them a girl's best friend. A few key strategies can take the fear and mystery out of adorning your legs.
Consider color. (See "How to Choose Stocking Color.") When in doubt, go with nude or black.
Consider texture and opacity.
Consider whether you want pantyhose or stockings. Wear pantyhose with short dresses and skirts, and with anything clingy. Stockings, especially the kind that stay up on their own, can be fun, sexy and more comfortable than pantyhose.
Consider price vs. durability. Good hose can be very expensive, but sometimes are worth it.
Consider flair vs. subtlety. Usually the right choice in stockings means no one will notice them. Occasionally, stockings can make a dramatic statement - a pattern or a seam up the back, for example. Use these judiciously as they can easily overwhelm an outfit.