January 28, 2011

(Vintage 365) Found: affordable vintage style seamed stockings

Day 28 of Vintage 365

If, like me, you happen to live in a climate that gets mighty chilly in the winter, you may find yourself sporting more hosiery during this nippy season that at other times of the year. From knee highs to opaque tights to sheer nylons, for those who wish to don skirts and dresses no matter the weather, stockings of some capacity are often on the bill.

Perhaps because I don't have the biggest of winter wardrobes, I often wear clothing intended for other seasons (think summer dresses, autumn cardigans, spring skirts) that I make winter-appropriate by adding items such as sweaters, blouses and hosiery (as I'm sure many of my fellow vintageistas do, too). There's much to be said for creating a four season wardrobe, and the time-honoured stocking can go a long way to helping you achieve that.

I love the look and feel of wearing stockings and tights, especially when the mercy drops and my toes suddenly feel colder than an icicle. Like many vintage loving gals, seamed stockings are a perpetual favourite of mine. There is something so deeply, immortally timeless about the elegant, sweetly alluring beauty of a thin seem running up the back of one's legs that instantly invokes thoughts of yesteryear dames, pin-ups, and everyday women alike.

With winter still very much in progress around these parts, I'll definitely be keeping my legwear in heavy rotation for a few more weeks at least! (Truth be told, I'll wear stockings on even the hottest of days, but generally I don't mind forgoing hosiery when the humid summer months come barrelling into town.) As such I thought I'd go poking around the internet to see if I could find a fairly good price on seamed stockings, and came across a fabulous UK based seller (of vintage inspired clothing and accessories) called Lady Jojo's Boutique which sells classically styled black (see photo above) and nude seamed stockings for a reasonable £5.00 a pair.

According to the description on the site these affordable, vintage inspired beauties are "as hard-wearing as they are comfortable, and as practical as they are glamorous." Say no more, I'm sold! :) Boasting a Cuban heel, slightly raised seam, and made from 100% nylon, these great seamed stockings are just the thing to stock up (pun intended) on to see you, me, and all our fellow old school fashion lovers through the rest of this freezing winter - and well beyond!


  1. Great link! I've been buying my at Nordstrom. They last a long time, are full pantyhose, but only come in a black seam. It's nice to see some sturdy ones with a nude seam. Thanks!

  2. Thanks so much for the great tip!! I have been looking for some of these at a really great affordable price. :)

  3. I love stockings though wear them so rarely these days as I don't wear many dresses. I'm hoping to change that a bit in the new year, so may have to stock up on stockings and tights to wear for the colder months. But I will fully admit, I will need to re-learn how to wear them stylishly in winter! I mostly wear trousers and jeans. :)

  4. You must have read my mine because I've been searching for affordable seamed stockings all week! I really like the nude with nude seam ones but being a housewife, I couldn't ever spend a lot of money on a single pair of stockings. I also found a few good sites with decent prices:
    http://www.stockingstore.com has seamed stockings for $7.95 per pair as well as seamed pantyhose for those days when you're not in the mood for a suspender belt or girdle. Tightsplease.co.uk also has some nude on nude stockings by Johnatan Aston. Thanks for the link to Lady JoJo's! They have some beautiful dresses and lingerie! Have a fab weekend!

  5. Really great find. I know what you mean about winter clothing, I am beginning to struggle a little. Hmph.

  6. hi Jessica - thanks for the trip back in time. In my day (as a younger woman) we didn't have pantyhose. Our individual stockings were held up with a garter belt or girdle (ugh!) Getting seams straight was such a pain that we were ecstatic when pantyhose became available. Now you can have both the seams and convenience of pantyhose. Ah, the circle of fashion . . . gotta love it!

  7. I told you I am going back and reading all your old posts, so that's why I'm commenting on this post 10 months after it was written.

    One of the reasons I detest winter so much is that I HATE to wear pants. I am a skirt/dress wearer 95% of the time. And I detest panty hose, as they are so horribly binding around the waist, plus the crotch often seems to be down to the knees. So, in the winter, my legs are just plain cold.

    Well, this post has inspired me to do things the old-fashioned way...stockings, both with and without the seam.