A few years ago, I would have said they were too sexy to wear except as a costume piece. I don’t remember what changed my mind, probably Wardrobe Remix, because I started wearing them to work in December 2006. I started with brown, thinking black would be to obviously sexy, but later started wearing a subtle black pair too. I’ve since added gray and nude fishnets to my stocking supply.
The thinner the strands of the “net,” the smaller the holes, and the lighter the color, the less noticeable the tight’s pattern. In fact, in most of my photos, you can barely tell I’m wearing fishnets at all. From far away, they appear to be transparent hosiery. Nude fishnets photograph as impossibly even-colored legs, without the stuffiness of pantyhose.
I had my confidence shaken a few weeks ago, though. I was walking home from work, wearing the outfit pictured at left, when two teenage boys asked me if I was a prostitute. It’s 4 p.m. (still daylight), I’m walking in a residential neighborhood (nearly home) and I’m asked if I am a hooker. I’ll spare you the rest of the conversation.
What’s your opinion? Are fishnets acceptable business casual wear?
From left to right: Nude, Gray, and Brown fishnet tights.
And finally, some other internet opinions on the subject: