Do Nude Hose Make Me Look Fat?

From the book “100 Ways to Look Fat” – Baloney Concept #11 – Nude hose make you look fat.  Hardly!

Some women love their panty hose; others hate them.  And there is a big push by a few New York designers to declare them hopelessly old-lady.  Their comfort and fashion merits are topics for another day, but they certainly DON’T add visual pounds – not a single one.

Nude hose smooth out any irregularity in you skin tone that might draw attention to the lower half of your body ( eyes-down focus tends to be a pounds-on focus too).  And if you have pasty-white legs, the subtle darkening that nude hosiery provides can make them appear slimmer too,

And if you choose a spandex-blend body-shaper hosiery, it can actually firm up your thighs, tummy and derriere in a smooth and comfortable way while eliminating visible panty lines.  I love the Great Shapes from – particularly the All-Over Shaper style.

body shaper nylons

FIT TIP:  Use the height/weight chart to determine your size, then consider ordering one size larger to the top elastic isn’t snug enough to create a little roll of soft tissue above your waistline.









About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Marjorie Carter on October 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm


    I agree with you about nude hosiery. I understand that most young women attorneys I know don’t wear hose, even in the winter, and even when they’re in court. And many older women follow that trend as well, maybe in an effort to appear younger. But there is something very well-groomed about wearing hose with business attire, and I agree that wearing the right hose can actually be figure flattering. I often go bare legged in the summer at my office, but if I’m appearing in court, I always wear hose or tights. It just looks more professional, in my opinion.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on October 18, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      You make a good point Marjorie. An image consultant colleague made a great observation on this issue. She says clothing defines our personal boundaries, and in professional settings going without hosiery just invites others’ attention (and imagination) to go to in a direction we probably don’t really want. Interesting angle to consider, no?

  2. Mary on October 17, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Another helpful posting, many thanks Nancy.

  3. Elaine Earnshaw on October 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    I am aware of designers ideas on pantyhose being old-lady. I don’t understand why they think that. If you wear a sheer nude pantyhose I think it enhances your appearance. Of course, if you have perfect legs with no flaws and a slight tan I guess you can go without.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on October 18, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      This is probably the most controversial topic in fashion right now. Personally I resent a couple of NY “experts” deciding for all the rest of us that hosiery is OUT. There are pros and cons and each of us should decide for herself based on personal characteristics, the outfit and the occasion.

  4. Elaine Earnshaw on October 20, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I totally agree with you.

  5. Kristina on July 16, 2021 at 10:03 am

    Thank you for affirming good sense. The New York designers are working with anorexic, very young women, to sell clothes, NOT to help the rest of us function in the real world. I retired from college teaching and always wore hose partly to relieve my aching feet, and also to try to be a good example for young women who grew up in jeans and tee shirts. They seem to follow TV as a guide, when real life professional work requires clothes that are reasonably comfortable, supportive, durable, and flattering. I could not have worked a full day and commuted an hour each way in the NY clothes, nor would I want to. Nor could I shovel snow, change a flat tire, or cook dinner. Bless you!

  6. Helen Peemoeller-hpeemoeller \ on February 18, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Another reason go up a size is that height and weight measurements don’t take into consideration that two women of the same height and weight may be very different in terms of weight carried below tewaist. If you have a lot of your weight in your tummy and hips, those charts can be very misleading

    • Nancy Nix Rice on February 18, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      Ain’t that the truth! Thanks for the reminder and heads-up.

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