National Geographic : 1938 Oct
Hosiery shades vary each season, but certain rules always apply in getting smart, becoming hosiery colors HINTS ON HOSIERY COLOR The more color in your skin, the less in your hosiery. If you're short, don't wear hosiery that contrasts sharply with dress or shoes. Grenine twist, with its dull sur face, has slimming effect on legs. When you are tanned, match stockings to your skin tone. Don't wear black hosiery unless your legs and costume are perfect. Never buy a shade because it looks well on someone else-check it on your own skin. The better stockings fit, the clearer the shade (and the effect of sheer ness) appears to be. <^ ' 64wy Make a list of the basic colors in your wardrobe. Then select a few basic shades each of which will go with a whole range of colors. Now check these shades for their becomingness to you. It is better to choose a tone that flat ters your ankle than a high-style color-better to harmonize it with skin tones than arbitrarily match a costume color. Some skins are pink in general tone, others yellow, white or tan. Every hosiery shade is af fected by the skin tone of the wearer. Always try the shade over hand or arm to see how it will look on you. Next consider your leg contours. Lighter shades make legs look larger, darker shades slenderize. "Grayed-down" neutral shades are universally flattering. They blend into the background, make ankles appear slimmer. Practically all stocking shades are variations of beige or taupe. Some have a red cast, some a yel low and others a gray. Decide whether the red, yellow or gray effect is most becoming to your costumes and skin tones. Choosing only a few shades is sound economy. But don't buy the same shades in every weight. A tone that is perfect in 2-thread hosiery may be too dark in 4 thread. For your heavier stock ings choose slightly lighter versions of the basic shades. 1 Realsilk's Shop-at-Home Service brings you an actual summary of the season's smartest costume colors (with samples of fabrics and shoe leathers), showing which hosiery shades are correct with each color range. 2 Realsilk's Wardrobe System of ho siery buying helps you plan your season's supply soundly and econom ically-fewer shades, correct weights, adequate number, right colors. Saves time, mistakes-adds style. To get Realsilk Hosiery, phone your local Realsilk office and ask that a representative call on you at home or office. REAL SILK HOSIERY MILLS, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. iALiItiii "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."