Can You Wear Pantyhose With Sandals?

Dear Deb,

Coral_Dress_JacketHi, I’m 47 and I  have a coral color dress that is eyelet material with cap sleeves  and a white crop jacket w/ 3/4 sleeve.

  1. Would my cream color heels and purse match o.k.?
  2. What other color shoe could I substitute…I don’t have white.
  3. Would the turquoise 18″ necklace match o.k.?
  4. Can nylons with backless sandals work o.k. to cover white legs & varicose veins? (Tanning is not an option )

Here is a photo of  my outfit, The Picture is of model and I cut and pasted the jacket and necklace.


What a pretty dress and I love the jacket that you are planning to wear with it! My question back to you is, where are you going? The reason I ask is that I think this is a great outfit for an afternoon lunch, work or a casual wedding.

I think that since this is a white jacket that you should do a nude shoe with this outfit. If you put on the cream shoe and you like it, it might work.

Your purse should be a different color than the shoe, otherwise it will look too matchy- matchy.

Your idea to wear this turquoise is wonderful, however, you sent in photos that show you have a lot of jewelry.  Pick just the necklace, or just the bracelets with the pin, but don’t wear  all of them together. One more note, I can’t really tell for sure, but  the necklace looks like it will be a little short and you might want to layer it with a longer gold one.

Yes, you can wear pantyhose as long as the shoe has a closed or peep toe. If it is a true sandal you will need to get different shoes.  (check out this post I did on how to wear pantyhose!)

Hope this helps!

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  1. i think pantyhose with sandals is a fashion crime and looks uncomfortable.if you dont liek showing off your legs wear pants or a long dress.the reason to wear sandals is to be comfortable with barefeet and if you are sweating and itching in pantyhose it ruins your whole day.

  2. Carmencit says:

    I would only wear the pin and the coral with turquoise bracelet. As for shoes since it seems to be a casual look, I would wear cream (not white) sandals.

  3. Carmencita says:

    Hi, I too, like to wear pantyhose to dress up. Anytime I weal heels I wear pantyhose; of course, nothing too flashy, just the classic look that will always look well. I agree with Stephanie; it will always be elegant to wear pantyhose. A classic elegant look will always be the right look; avoid all those trends, which will pass.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I have to agree with Tracy all the way on this one. I am a 44 year old professional working woman (with great legs) and I wear pantyhose/stockings everyday to the office, evenings out, and nights on the town. And yes, I do wear them with completely open toe sandals quite often. With the right brand and style of hose (Hanes Silk Reflections Sandalfoot) for example, and a perfectly polished pedi underneath, the look is truly feminine. I realize there are women out there who continue to suggest pantyhose are not in style ‘at the moment’, but that does not take away the fact that wearing hose is the most elegant way for a woman to dress for any occasion. It always has been and it always will be. Aside from that, men love the look as well. I work in a professional office environment with men coming and going all the time each day and a great many of them notice me because I am wearing pantyhose. Whether I wear sandals or slip off my pumps in the afternoon hours, guys take notice of my legs, feet and even toes. All this, while at the same time other women at the office who ‘dare to go bare’ don’t get any looks at all. I don’t know who will see my post at this late date, but I do like voicing my opinions on this subject matter when it comes up. I can only hope some women out there will read this and be themselves instead of listening to what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’.

    • Hi Stephanie, Thanks for your comments. We are happy to post them and enjoy hearing everyones view on this! Love your confidence and that you are doing what you feel is right for you. That is what it’s all about!

  5. Absolutely you can! Keep them Sheer, stick with the natural shades (e.g. tan), the right style (“sandal-foot), and also keep the toe seam positioned under your toes. Nail polish that will show through is also a nice look, as long as the hose are very-sheer.
    This means skipping the drugstore brands, and getting your stockings from Macy’s or JC Penny. Haynes Silk Reflections are my preferred brand, and there are Black or tan fishnets are an option; some brands are not just fishnet-style but they also have sheer stocking/fishnet others from Berkshire that are very sheer.
    It also epends who you are dressing for; men or women. Men virtually always prefer stockings. Women, especially since Sarah Jessica Parker proclaimed her hatred of stockings, have been led to the “bare is betteoffr” look (which in 99 44/100 % false). My legs always look better, and my 40+ legs always turn more heads than the [much better / younger] legs, (but I also have very-cute feet..which is something that many men secretly love to see). Watch for yourself sometime. My brother-in-law is one of them. Sometimes I give him a show by slipping off a shoe and adjusting a toe seam, and then get him to stand-up (which he can’t) When I have some odd bruises, I will actually put a bit of foundation over the bruise before putting on my stockings.
    The other thing – you can always take them off later. Better to be overdressed a bit (which you can correct) than to be under-dressed..
    One more thing; leave some room at your toes. The “tight and pointy” look that you get with tight hose doesn’t look as good. Typically, my sandals are strappy, and all 5 toes are open in the front (vs sandals that cover your two small toes). I never have a problem with runs with my sandals.
    Naturally, I am assuming that you are going to buff your heels, else go in for a pedi..

    • Hi Tracy, Thanks for your comment, however we beg to differ with you on this topic. If you want to wear sandals you should not be wearing hose with them. While we agree that sheer hose are sexy and attractive (Btw,why are you flirting with your brother-in-law????) they need a shoe with a peep toe or pump. At least sheer hose are back in style. We agree that not wearing hose has been the popular trend for several years now, much to the dismay of many of us over 40 gals that have started seeing signs of aging in our legs. It was back in the early 80’s when Daisy Duke made it popular to wear her stockings with shorts and high heel sandals. Trends come and go. We are not saying it is right or wrong, just saying it’s not in style at this time. (Sheer hose are fine with peep toe or pumps.) If you want to appear youthful and up to date, we suggest that you do not wear hose with sandals!

  6. Vicki Davisson says:

    Well summer is almost over but a light, short sleeved jacket would be nice with this dress, and I agree with the neutral/tan shoe match – or perhaps gold sandals. A cream purse would be a nice touch if the reader has one. I agree too that the turquoise jewelry can be saved for another outfit.

  7. Charlene says:

    The jacket is a killer to the dress. It’s just so blah… the fabric is too hard for the dress. A softer, less structured piece (even a colorful scarf) would lighten the look. Just my opinion.

  8. Coral is such a pretty summer color. Nude shoes definitely (if you can). I like the woven clutch idea too. What about a non-statement gold necklace with the bracelets and skip the pin and big turquoise beads.

  9. Hi Jen. Hi Deb. Great question and the advice is spot on. Definitely nude shoes! An alternative to ‘tone it down’ a little would be to keep things in the warm & neutral family – throw in a textured/woven clutch in a gentle russet brown…perhaps in a leather for day and if for evening, move it into bronze/copper. The pink in the coral would bring out the pink undertone in the copper. It’s late here in Oz. Time for bed. Hope that helps. A:)

    • Hi Anita, (from down under!!!)
      Great ideas…yes, the idea of toning down one of the accessories is a GREAT one! It’s tempting to want to “match” everything and using a russet brown in leather or woven is a perfect touch.

  10. Hi! Cream colour heels are o.k.and any lignt colour shoe you can substitute.

  11. Hi Deb! Thank you for another great post – and fantastic question! I do have to say that sometimes I wonder how I will translate your ideas and your photos because you are so slim and beautiful Deb. This is a great question as this lady is obviously gorgeous but has those niggly veins (or other treats of life that people like me have acquired!). They might all be markers on the map of our fabulous lives but they are not so useful in a sundress. So yes, please, more ideas on being fab AND catering for the niggly bits. Thanks! Jen