Searching for a pair of stockings turned into a major mission for me last week. I was stateside in LA and decided that I was going to bedeck myself in some pretty phenomenal lingerie from Lise Charmel and all I needed to complete it was a pair of nude stockings. Despite having a drawer full at the boutique I managed to leave home with out any.
First port of call was Harrods in Heathrow’s Terminal 5, no great surprise that they didn’t have any, after all it’s only a tiny Falke concessio,n so I helped myself to a couple of pairs of tights in case of emergency. And yes, not having appropriate hosiery can legitimately be called an emergency.
So it was up to the cosmopolitian city that is Los Angeles to provide me with the stockings. After a visit to Bloomingdales and a rather frustrating conversation with the sales assistant in Nordstrom where I had to explain what stockings were I felt at a loss. Is this typical of the US? Or perhaps due to the sunny climes and popularity of perma tans in LA there is just no demand for them?
It was wandering down Hollywood Boulevard that I came upon Fredericks of Hollywood the famous lingerie store. I think I can safely say the key focus of Frederick’s is not every day basics! But due to the seductive nature of the shop nude stockings were at last in my possession. A moment of hesitation came when I noticed that they were only $10, surely that was far too good a price for these to be any good!
I was pleasantly surprised, although no denier was listed on the pack they seemed to be about 15D and were shaped. The lace at the top could have been a tad softer and I am not sure how well they would have lasted to a full day wear but the for a few hours I would definitely recommend them. However my favourite Cervins will be on my do not for get to pack list for next time!
Do you even forget to pack essentials when you go away? What’s the worst thing you have forgotten