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….. and other personal observations from a country girl here in the southern UK.
It seemed to happen almost overnight.
September was spent, Indian summers a thing of the past, the weather had cooled noticeably.
And I felt exposed walking through the fields and woods with bare legs!
Suddenly gone were the shorts, skirts and summer dresses of the GG’s passing by. Jeans, leggings and leisure wear, even hats! and fleeces and jackets were brought out from the backs of wardrobes everywhere.
So, reluctantly, I dug out my 40d black opaque holdups. I only wear black opaque’s to avoid the Norah Batty look of beige legs. My lovely legs were no longer suitable to be seen in their naked glory outdoors. For one thing the golden tan was fading, and I felt somehow inappropriately dressed. Well, I am not not one to dress appropriately most of the time, but even I found my pale bare legs somewhat unattractive. I felt as if everyone was noticing. I had become Gollum slinking down by the pool. I had become visible for flouting the dress-code. There was a big yellow arrow pointing at my white appendages – I mean my legs!
It had to be opaque’s because I am a confirmed trouser hater. I refuse to wear anything with two legs that are joined at the top. Panties don’t count – at least mine don’t – I prefer high-
leg-cut briefs. Opaque’s last longer than lesser denier hosiery – they don’t ladder so easily (unless you get grabbed by a briar.)
It has to be skirts. Fortunately I am not alone. There are still a few die-hards out there. Mind you, gone are the days when I can shorten the skirts to 15″ by rolling over the waistband and hitching them up waist high. I do love a short skirt on a breezy day. I leave it to your imagination to figure out why.
But not with hold-ups. I am conscious of their tops being dangerously close to being on show, and find myself constantly tugging down on the back of the skirt. After all I don’t want to draw attention to myself do I?
Next trip out and I was suitably attired. Bye bye pale ghostly legs. It was a short denim skirt and black opaques. And ankle boots. I had become invisible again.
The ground is damp now, and early morning walks are through the overnight dew and often wet grass, soaking trainers and lightweight shoes. The falling of leaves in the woods is a blessing – they cover the mud! Not a blessing in town though, eh Grace?
The downside of opaque’s is that they lessen the tactile sensations of hem against bare skin. And airflow is lessened, though only marginally, as it is more concentrated on the exposed skin ‘twixt panties and hold-ups. Another minus is that I go through them (literally) far too quickly. My feet can go through even the reinforced toe bit after only a wear or two, which is okay when wearing boots.
On the plus side they do look good against my denim skirt whilst I am driving to the car park. And they give a smooth feel and uniform look. I have to admit it. My legs do look better in black hosiery. I guess it makes them slightly thinner and the stretchy material defines them better. And who doesn’t love the full black lingerie sensation.
Another plus is that when teamed with a black skirt, from a distance it can look as if a girl is wearing leggings.
So we are back to being appropriately dressed for the situation. Boo hoo! Can’t wait for next spring.
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