Stockings for light and dark skin

In the hosiery world, the term ‘nude’ is used very loosely; ‘nude’ seems to only mean ‘Caucasian nude’ and neglects the fact that people don’t just come in one colour. Even Caucasian skin can be lighter or darker, depending on the ethnicity of the person, or even, how much sun their skin has been exposed to.

I did a bit of investigation and poked around some forums to find out if I could locate some stockings for darker skin tones. However, I discovered that while there seem to be quite a few pantyhose brands producing pantyhose for darker skin, it is very difficult to find actual stockings. Instead it seems to be up to women to decide if they are ‘coffee’ or ‘chocolate’ coloured, or to simply opt for plain black.

Quite a few women have contacted me lately, asking where they can find stockings for their dark skin, so I did some research and while I was at it, I checked out some lighter tones for the pale ladies among us.

Please note that I have not tried all of these out so cannot recommend them, I am just pointing you in the right direction.

1. The very first brand I found was Gerbe with their ’15 denier stockings in a range of colours to suit all skin tones’. Thankfully there is no mention of the ambiguous word ‘nude’ in the colour descriptions, ‘ecru’ is for fair skin, ‘peau bronzee’ for the medium tones and ‘opera is for darker legs.

Gerbe Ethnic Colours sheer matt 15 skin tone stockings

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 9.59.16 pm2. Just like darker ladies could opt for black stockings, fair women could opt for white stockings. However if you’re looking for something a little more subtle than bright white legs there are other options. My next find has a colour called ‘off-white’ that might work for you pale ladies, and also add a bit of shimmer to your legs thanks to their ‘high shine look’.

Falke 41511 Seidenglatt 15 luxury lace top stockings

1316535713-472251003. Although the image below isn’t a great representation of the colours in Eleganti’s diamond sheen full contrast range, they do seem to have a couple of good colours on offer for fair skin – ‘porcelain/ black top’ and the not so impressively named ‘natural/ black top’, plus they have a seam up the back if that’s what you’re looking for.

Eleganti Diamond Sheen full contrast RHT stockings

1414153912-333938004. Although I couldn’t find any stockings made specifically for dark skinned ladies, I have located some stockings that come in varying colours which may match your skin tone. Le Bourget Voilance stockings below appear to have a good selection of brown and bronze colours – ‘noisette’, ‘vision’, ‘bronze’ and ‘cannelle’.

Le Bourget Voilance luxury satined sheer stockings

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.21.50 pm5. What Katie Did have a few colours available in their retro seamed range, they stock ‘coffee’ and ‘chocolate’ coloured stockings available.

What Katie Did retro seamed stockings

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.29.56 pm6. However, if you are a big fan of genuine nylons, you also have the below option from Eleganti. The ‘copper’ colour may be of some use, plus the low denier (15) means that they are sheer enough to blend into your natural skin colour (as supposed to opaques which would change the colour completely). These are also filly fashioned stockings.

Eleganti Cuban Heel fully fashioned stockings – plain colours

Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 10.04.28 pm7. The last brand is Cervin and I have added them mostly because I like their sales photo, it’s so pretty! They have a colour called ‘chocolate’ which may work for some of you darker ladies, plus these are very robust stockings.

Cervin Seduction Couture seamed stockings

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 8.27.54 pmIf you are aware of a brands that produce stockings for light or dark skin, please feel free to comment below!


3 thoughts on “Stockings for light and dark skin

  1. I have one style and manufacturer that haas suited me for many years. Berkshire, 70 denier, with 32% lycra. Heavy duty yes and very supportive. Taupe works well and smoke comes in #2

  2. I’m very pale and find Cervin’s Melon and Blush work much better for me than the “naturals” and “nudes”, however the only ones I’ve found that almost matched my tone were be Jonathan Aston in Champagne with red seams, love those! Unfortunately they do not seem to be in the permanent range and mine now have a little snag 😦

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