Can I Wear Hose With Capris?

capris oer 40Dear Deborah,

I am 52 and have a black pair of capris I bought for work. Since it is spring and  my legs are still pale, is it ok to wear hose with the capris?  What about hose with Bermuda shorts? Teresa

Hi Teresa,

Capris or any kind of shorts should not be worn with hose.  Yes, some teens wear opaque hose with short-shorts, but that is  a junior trend that is meant to shock.

Capris and Bermuda shorts are casual attire and look best in warm weather with bare legs.  Adding hose will age you.  I’d suggest you try some self tanner instead.

There is possible one exception to all of this. The odd time you come across a dressy capris. In this case you might be able to get away with very sheer for hose and a closed toe pump or wedge. Even a flat closed toe shoe is fine. It’s hard to pull off though. You are better off waiting for warmer weather and getting a bit of color on your legs.



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  1. VPL is Visible Panty Lines! I’m afraid I’m an offender because I wont wear a thong. :/ working on it….

  2. I just purchased a can of Nuetrogena spray on tan. It looks great and gave me a nice even glow. Best $12. I have ever spent! It takes about 3-4 hours for it to really show, but you will love it. It didn’t rub off on my clothes, either. Supposedly, it will last for a few weeks. I give myself a quick refresher spray every other day or so. Highly recommend!

  3. baterista9 says:

    Thank you! It’s midsummer in Texas, and I am experimenting with knee-highs and foot covers with capris and skirts. I haven’t considered leg makeup because that does not eliminate heel-rubbing and air-conditioning chill. Fortunately, my lifestyle is casual; sneakers and socks work for most occasions.

    I think Christopher means Very Pale Legs, which I have. Don’t dare sunbathe, bruise easily, have been teased “turn off them LAIGS!” when wearing red shorts.

  4. I’ve got to disagree on the shorts issue.

    I just don’t like them on more mature women at all. Most of the cuts are not flattering (okay, I’ll go out on a limb here and say I’ve yet to see a cut that *is* flattering) and they make anyone who has not got perfect, slim, tanned legs look dumpy and passe.

    They just spell fashion disaster to me. I’d much rather see women above 25 (not just above 40) in skirts or light pants than shorts.

    For the record, I think they also look awful on men above 25. It’s not just a gender thing.

    Just my 2c.

  5. Last year I kept hearing it was totally out of vogue to wear pantyhose when you wear an open toe shoe.

    I tried spray tans and they worked pretty good, but I found the underwire on my bra rubbed and my bra was stained by my spray tan.

    Then I tried leg makeup. I found in order to get it on evenly, I felt it was sprayed on thicker than I wanted, and again, the “tan” came off a bit on the bottom of my dress. I think overall though it was a better result than the spray tan?

    In 4 weeks I am getting married again and am wearing a cocktail length dress and peep toe shoe. I found sandal foot pantyhose, and I found a type that fit between your toes leaving the toes exposed (not sure how comfy this will be?) I am still considering the spray tan, but I think I would wash off my bra area before it “sets” so it will not rub off on my bra.

    Which of these 4 options do you recommend? I do feel a bit pasty white, but I’m ok with it, except on my legs.

    • Hi Debbie, You can wear a very, very sheer stocking with a peeptoe. Just make sure the stocking isn’t reinforced at the toe. We think the stocking with the toe cut out will show too much of a color/texture difference. Donna Karan makes a great nude stocking.

  6. I do wear capris in black, white, and khaki as I prefer these or dresses to shorts. However, I would never wear them with hose. I get just a little sun on my legs or choose to use a self-tanning lotion instead.

  7. I am still with a woman’s right to choose to wear on her legs what she is most comfortable wearing, and if she is more comfortable wearing hosiery…well then.

    Now VPL, that’s another story.

  8. ewhatley says:

    I wouldn’t wear hose or heels with capris or shorts. Rub some self-tanner on your pale legs if you’re uncomfortable with your coloring.

  9. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’m in total agreement with @Lavender Dreams! The short answer: No! The truth is, no one wears sheer hose anymore unless they’re over 75. With the possible exception of Duchess Kate (nee Middleton). And the Queen has the power to say, “Off with her head!” if she doesn’t. But I doubt that you have a Queen in your life with that kind of power. So, invest in a really good self-tanner (i.e. Clarins, Jergens Natural Glow, etc.) and wear your bermudas and capris as they are meant to be worn, hoseless!

  10. I had a real quick answer when I saw this title…and it would be NO! Sit outside and get a little sun on your legs but wearing hose with capris looks very ‘old’…if you know what I mean. I live in Florida so we wear shorts and capris year round and nothing looks worse than seeing someone wearing them with hose. Wear your long slacks until you get some tan on your legs! lol

  11. Capri pants are really not an attractive option for most women because they hit right at the widest part of the calf. Ankle pants that aren’t too wide are pretty for summer. If you’re wide in the hips, just wear a tunic style top to cover up. Audrey Hepburn and Jackie always looked so amazing in ankle pants, but they never rocked the capri look. If staying cool is the objective, a skirt or dress is probably the best option.

    • You are so right Ellen. I much prefer tapered ankle length. They are very chic compared to capris which can look frumpy especially if you have heavy legs or pasty white legs. And God Forbid you wear Capris with running shoes!