Black or sheer black hosiery are the most current, chic and trendy stocking colors to wear with a LBD (Little Black Dress) to a semi-formal event. A very understated black hose with tiny dots will also work with a simple style black dress. Avoid any black stockings that are flashy (prints and heavy lace or fishnet styles) if you want to look elegant and be in-style. Not all fashion divas (those under 30) agree about wearing sheer neutral color pantyhose / stockings anywhere. In fact many younger women have never owned a pair of sheer nude / neutral color stockings. However, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Windsor wears them when out and about attending important events. Celebrities such as Carrie Underwood, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Rhianna and Selena Gomez wear sheer neutral color pantyhose on stage. The good news is that you look more polished when wearing stockings. To be safe go with black or sheer black hose with black shoes to semi formal or formal events with a LBD.
Was black clothing always a must in women’s wardrobes?
Believe it or not black clothing was extremely expensive and unaffordable for most women. The reason being was that it was very costly and labor intensive to dye fabric black. There were rules for dyeing black fabrics and laws that specified who could wear black. Only the wealthy could to wear black clothing and black clothing became a status symbol. A synthetic black dye was created at the end of the 19th century that made black fabric affordable for the modern woman. In 1926 Chanel popularized the LBD (little Black Dress). Coco Chanel was responsible for black dresses becoming design standards and a must have in our wardrobes today.
What shoes & stockings or tights should I wear with a black dress?
Choose a simple style shoe to wear with your black dress since the dress is beaded. Black pumps or slingback style shoes will look great with a black mesh, beaded dress. Sheer black or black opaque stockings or black tights will look stylish with black shoes.
Sheer Stockings – This Seasons Style Choice
Thank goodness for the “Duchess of Cambridge,” who cannot be seen without sheer stockings, and celebrities like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Beyonce` for wanting flawless looking legs. Now a polished look for day and evening is back with neutral sheers.