I haven’t been too happy with the trend of having bare legs while wearing a skirt or dress. I think it’s a great trend — for other women. It’s not because I don’t like my legs. I like my legs…except for one thing.
Pantyhose, nylons, stockings…whatever you call them…hide imperfections. Imperfections like spider veins.
While I am old enough to have developed spider veins because of pregnancies and other various reasons, I’ve always had transparent skin that shows my veins. One summer when I was 17, I wore shorts to work. One of my co-workers pointed at my leg and said “What’s that?” He was pointing at my veins. What a way to boost a teen girl’s self esteem, eh?
One advantage of having fair skin — phlebotomists and nurses love my veins. They rarely have trouble finding a vein when I need to give blood or have an I.V.
So understandably, I like to hide my legs and their bluish, purple-ish veins. But I also like to wear dresses and skirts.
I’ve thought about using self-tanners, or air brush in a can. But the directions on how to use those products scare me! I’m so impatient, I’m sure I’ll end up with streaky or orange-y legs.
Last Sunday, instead of my usual slacks, I wore a skirt to church. It was 20 degrees outside. I love this weather! I can finally wear my favorite accessory…black tights!
That’s reason enough to love living in Chicago during the winter.