I love hosiery of all kinds, from pantyhose to stockings with garters, to thigh highs, to tights. I am a big fan because I think it is just sexier than bare legs. I prefer pantyhose and tights because I need a little extra shaping help, not going to lie, but thigh highs are fun and I wear them as well.
That being said I live in Houston, Texas and in the Summer pantyhose are just not going to work. I go bare legs in the heat with flat or high heeled sandals and sometimes wedges. When I do though, I use self tanner because I do not want the real thing to make sure my legs are not pasty and I am more religious about my pedicures in the summer because if you are going with an open toe shoe those toes need to be pretty and painted at all times.
There is a product you can buy on Amazon I used before, it is a spray on product that gives the impression you are wearing nude hose. When I go out I use it sometimes, it is made by Sally Hansen and it is called something like Air Brushed Legs. Gives a real pretty finish and does not rub off on your skirt or dress.