But this year's trend toward a more feminine, polished look has brought hosiery back, a change that Tucker calls a "little nod to the '80s. You're on your own on that one. Hessert also says HUE makes a toeless pantyhose with "almost a little thong-thing that goes between your toes. Ryan says hose with some shimmer in them can be "really pretty and dramatic," if done properly. Ryan, however, says nude fishnets are one of the hottest choices right now: "You have the pattern on your leg, but you're not calling attention to the fact that it's fishnet. Or you can go with the sandal-toe option that Hessert and Ryan endorse, and just pray that Tucker doesn't show up at your party. Basic dresses work best with patterned hose.
Frances. Age: 23.
You're on your own on that one.
Zaylee. Age: 26.
WHAT TO WEAR
Alison Hessert, public relations director at Kayser-Roth, which produces HUE Legwear, Calvin Klein Hosiery and No nonsense Pantyhose, says, "No one in the industry denies sheer hosiery has been declining in the past eight years, with more people wearing pants, and, of course, bare legs. But act quickly on those, Tucker warns. And with fishnets, it's OK to show some seam at the toe, because you're not trying to disguise that you're wearing legwear. And the biggest trend this season, says Melissa Ryan, local trend correspondent for Marshall Field 's, is patterned hose. If you're looking for some support, though, the black or nude hose can be worn, provided you cut them off at the ankle or higher.