The expression “Blue Stocking” is not referring to the colour blue. Female Academics might get offended by this term because it is a pejorative term.
To continue in the lighter vein, stockings can be described as a garment covering the foot and lower part of the leg but not mainly intended to cover the whole leg! In the ancient days stockings were made of cloth unlike the present day varieties of cotton, nylon, knitted wool and silk. Half-stockings, also called socks cover only the foot and part of the calf.
Pantyhose or tights are quite distinct from hold-ups which are also a type of stocking which stays up on their own while normal stockings need a suspender belt.
Thigh high stockings are preferred by many due to its aesthetics, more ventilation and less seat, reducing challenges from fungus and bacteria and other ease of use particularly in the toilet.
A Fashionable and convenient way to wear a stocking is to wear panties over the stockings.
Modern stockings are designed in various styles in a broad variety of colours.
If you are fashion shy then avoid the sparkle print tights stockings with interwoven silver Lurex threads which make them sparky and shiny.
The endless list of different style and designs include Crocket Garter, Lace Body, Lace garter belt, 5″ Lace Top with Opaque Stribe, Back Seam Garter. Back Seam Garter. Back seamed, Back seam with European heel and finishing hole, Beade and Biker zipper stockings and many more.
Improper stockings can break or make an outfit. While wearing a dark dress, dark stockings/hosiery is the best choice. The other alternative colours are charcoal or navy. Flesh colored stockings are fairly safe with almost all outfits. Try for invisibility and sheerness when selecting a stocking.
If you want to feel different and make a bold statement, then select a wacky pattern with bright colours. You should also note that these designs and style are not suitable for job interviews, weddings and for first dates!