How to Wear Fishnet Stockings without Looking Trashy

February 26th, 2008


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Editor’s Note: We were inspired by the equal 50-50 split on last week’s fishnet stockings poll, so we’re taking this opportunity to show the 50% of you who were pro-fishnets how to best wear this trend.  And perhaps these tips will turn around some of the fishnet naysayers.

Fishnet stockings used to be reserved for a hot night out at the club or a late night rendezvous (or other equally racy events).  But now they’re making their way into more mainstream wardrobes.  How do you wear fishnets without looking trashy?  Three simple tips:

(1) Choose a fishnet stocking with a fine mesh.  The finer the mesh, the less racy the stockings appear.
(2) Pair the stockings with clothing that’s more sophisticated than sexy.  If you’re wearing a dress or skirt, a hem that’s around knee-length or longer is ideal.  Pants pair well with fishnet stockings–it’s especially fetching when you can see just a hint of stocking showing.
(3) Slip on a pair of closed-toe shoes.  Boots are great, but most closed-toe shoes will do the trick.  An open-toe shoe looks silly with fishnet stockings–or really any stockings (if it’s warm enough to wear an open-toe shoe, why are you wearing stockings?).

Have a great tip about how to wear fishnet stockings?  Share it with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: How To, Ready Made Outfits, Trend, Trendscape, Trendscape, Women, Women's

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. august  |  February 26th, 2008 at 7:33 am

    haha, I wear fishnets to church with a conservative skirt or dress with close toed heels. I wonder if my congregation is split 50/50 on whether I’m trashy or not ;)

  • 2. Trisha  |  February 26th, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Haha you’re daring! But then again, it’s not just about what you wear–how you wear your clothes and how you carry yourself matters even more.

  • 3. Mimi  |  February 26th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I think they work if the outfit is relatively conservative. The smaller mesh is important– have you ever seen little “pops” of fat coming through the net? Not attractive!

    I never thought of wearing them with pants– I wonder if they make fishnet “socks”?

  • 4. Lauren  |  February 26th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    They do make fishnet socks! I have a pair! :)

  • 5. Trendini  |  February 27th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I am loving the blue dress! perfect for spring! :)

  • 6. lilli  |  March 1st, 2008 at 9:15 am

    at age 66 I still show my legs and enjoy eyecatching stockings, including fishnets. For those of us with a bit of road maps on our legs, as do I, my suggestion is to first put on a sheer pair of panty hose and then slip into the fishnets. Trust me, this works!

  • 7. kelly  |  March 4th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    nude or almost nude colored fishnets make for a subtle yet interesting touch to an outfit.

  • 8. Trisha  |  March 4th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Great tips, all! I love the nude fishnets for a touch of texture.

  • 9. Em  |  March 5th, 2008 at 5:09 am

    I used to wear fishnet stockings to work all the time. I had a lot of boring black suits and I would jazz things up with a pair of fishnets with a small diamond patterned mesh and my favorite mary janes. I worked at a bank at the time and they were very strict about clothing but they never let out a peep about the stockings. I think it might have helped that I’m really short and there wasn’t a lot of leg going on, lol.

  • 10. clum6ers0me  |  March 6th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    that bag is so cute…where is it from?

  • 11. notetoauthor  |  October 4th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    “A real Lady always wears stockings. It doesn’t matter, how hot the weather is!” Candice Bergen

  • 12. Wendy  |  January 3rd, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I wear fishnets to work a lot in the fall and winter usually black or beige either with a knee-length skirt and heels or a below-the-knee skirt and boots showing an inch or so of my fishnets. I work with a lot of men and they do get noticed a lot LOL. Work can be boring at times and it’s nice to feel and look a little sexy.

  • 13. Lynne  |  September 9th, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I have a pair of fishnet knee-hi. Can’t remember where I got them and would like some more. I’ve loved fishnets ever since the song came out by Morris Day (am I dating myself). Anyway, a co-worker told me you can’t wear nets in the summer, but personally I’m won’t when its freezing outside. Is she right?

  • 14. rebecca  |  December 9th, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I totally think the best way to wear fishnets is with a skirt…during fall

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