For all the trolls, ignorant comments, and creepers, I still love how the Internet enables you to connect with people in such diverse and rewarding ways. For example, when Johnny Zapp and I first began chatting, he shared with me an editorial he wrote as well as his fantastic blog, The Chivalrous Life, and then earlier this year, he became a sales representative for Kix’ies Stockings. Kix’ies provides women of all shapes and sizes with comfortable, fashionable holdup stockings which stay put regardless of the activity. I confess my initial skepticism. Several years ago, the idea of wearing holdup stockings took root because I despise how pantyhose always have a “control top.” Call me a hypocrite because I can wear skinny jeans, wiggle dresses, and pencil skirts, but when it comes to a control top stocking, I draw the line. At the time, I was also watching Mad Men religiously and wanted to channel my inner Joan. Not only will I feel sexy under my clothes, I reasoned, but I will also solve this pesky control top problem.
The results were disastrous. First, every pair I tried cut into the softer tissue of my thighs to create a less than flattering muffin top effect which sure didn’t make me feel anything other than the need to pick up running. When I finally settled on the lessor of all evils, I wore them to the mall for a day of carefree shopping only to find they would slide or roll with walking. I spent more time ducking into corners, covertly lifting up my skirt, and yanking those annoying things back into place than I did anything else. Eventually I became so frustrated, I tugged with the full force of my irritation and created a sizable run down my left thigh. My next stop was the bathroom, and the stockings next stop was the trash can. I never tried them again, that is until Johnny offered to send me a free pair of Kix’ies. He assured me that I would love these stockings because they were well-made and catered to a curvier leg. With eyebrow appropriately hooked, I accepted. [Read more...]