I shop for them at Ann Summers and TK Maxx and pay about £20 a pair. I actually have to wear a uniform for work, and it’s not the most flattering outfit, so I compensate by placing on a pair of fairly stockings underneath. I buy my tights at M&S, for £10 a pair, and they come with a bolstered part across the waist, bottom and thighs, and actually hold me in. The tops of stockings and suspenders could be visible through the tight-fitting materials, which would look dreadful.They feel like a secret indulgence — different women in their 50s might choose Botox, however my anti-ageing weapon is gorgeous underwear and attractive stockings. They remind me I’m a woman in what is still predominantly a man’s world. About 3 times a 12 months, I spend £220 on a set of matching bra, knickers and suspenders. I do a lot of public speaking and there’s something that’s empowering about standing before a room full of individuals and being the one one who knows I’m sporting stockings.But the belt felt so cumbersome around my waist and, on the quick walk to the restaurant that night time, one of the stockings unclipped and hung unfastened for the rest of the evening. I have three drawers filled with tights — patterned, ribbed, wool — in nearly every other color underneath the sun. They cost around £20 a pair and I must spend tons of on them every year. I always carry spares in my bag in case the ones I’m carrying ladder. Worse still, as a result of stockings don’t go all the best way as much as the waist, until you’re stick thin, your thighs are prone to spill over the top.
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