Bare legs is the state in which a person does not cover his or her legs with any clothing in a public space. A person may have bare legs for functional reasons, such as to keep cooler in hot weather or during physical exercise. Most modern swimwear is worn without any leg covering exemplified by the speedo , bikini , trunks and fundoshi. The increased popularity of higher hemlines in women's clothing has resulted in increased and increasing exposure of legs. Initially, the shortened dresses were associated with the popularity of legwear which continued to cover the legs wholly or in part, such as socks and stockings. The introduction of the miniskirt and the microskirt saw a change to pantyhose or tights and other leggings.
Rule #3 of bare legs in the office: watch the rest of your attire
As the mercury starts to rise, so does the great pantyhose debate.
When I speak to a group of women on appropriate dress for the workplace, the first question is invariably: How do you feel about pantyhose? Hosiery is like makeup. If you are very young, you can get away with not wearing it. Hosiery is similar. If you are young, you can get away without wearing pantyhose because you probably do not have varicose veins or age spots, and you probably have time to shave your legs daily and keep up with a fresh pedicure. However, as we get older, we get busier with children, work, and all the other things in life. Our bodies change, and over time our once-smooth and sexy legs become riddled with spidery veins, scars, age spots, wrinkles, sun damage, and more. Who wants to show all that to the world? If your legs and feet are not perfectly groomed and attractive-looking, forgo the bare legs and strappy sandals, and wear pants or skirts with pantyhose. For example, I was in the elevator one day and noticed a woman who was well-coiffed, well-dressed, and elegantly put together.
Find another article View next article Share this article. The formality of office attire often diminishes as temperatures rise. For women, the more skin you show, the less influence you have. Do you really want to work harder to earn the respect of your co-workers and boss? Keep up a professional look by combining seasonal items with lighter weight classics. Pair capris with a lightweight blazer, sandals with a wrap dress. Happily, unless you work for a conservative office that specifically calls for them, pantyhose and stockings can be left in your drawer. Bare legs with a knee-length skirt is 21st century work appropriate. Though Michelle Obama has made them work-chic, tank sleeves are still up for debate in many offices, and that goes double for spaghetti straps.
For the longest time I felt that it was unprofessional to have bare legs in the office. Then one day at my last job, I realized that even though I was the youngest person in the office by about 20 years , and even though we all regularly wore skirts and dresses, I was the only one wearing tights! In fact, the others were all shocked when they realized I was wearing tights. After that, I changed my attitude to never wear open-toed shoes in the office. Lo and behold, the other ladies all professionals were wearing open-toed shoes! If you were out hiking all weekend and you have scratches from tree branches all over your calves, you should probably cover up your legs, whether with light pants , a longer skirt, or tights.