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Shoes, please! Am confined to compression stockings for the summer...

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 14:04

As the topic says: I've been diagnosed with a DVT in my leg, and have to wear compression stockings now . I'm generally happy in jeans etc, but in the summer months I do usually break out the skirts and dresses. I'll have to wear these for two years so it'll be worth finding a nice pair (or two or three) of shoes which can be worn with black stockings and a skirt or dress.

I know for most of you this request probably sounds silly, but in the summer I'm usually in sandals, etc, and in the winter I wear tall boots with tights or leggings. I've not 'done' shoes with black stockings and a skirt before, and I'd love some ideas please.

I'm 35 years old, tend to wear dark colours (might border on the gothy if I'm honest, but really just a border Wink, have black hair and pale skin so I think it's just my natural look). So, I'd be happy with something a bit funky, in fact I might as well as the stupid stockings are going to look so silly during warmer months anyway. I am, however, also open to looking at flats.. as much as I dislike them.

So please, help! Grin Am off to read my son a book, will check this in a little bit. Thank you so much.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 14:05
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slug · 11/05/2012 15:20

Mrs Lettuce. You are on fire today

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 15:23

heehee, pleased you think so.

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 15:48

Wow those are amazing Grin I'm very tempted and I don't even have an excuse to wear them at the moment...

Any more suggestions are appreciated. That heel looks like a nice height.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 16:10

Of course you do! THey're fine for nipping down the supermarket, no?

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 16:11

...have an occasion I mean.

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 16:22

Grin True, they're just understated enough.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 16:34

But, seriously, if you're going to have to wear thick black stockings all summer I think you need to go in for serious statement dressing - sounds like you do a bit anyway. So, plainish dress and kick-ass shoes or some sort of extreme element in the clothing with plainer shoes. Easiest way to them stockings off, am sure of it!

I'd never consider stitching a contrasting seam down the back or anything like that. Obviously

Oh, and I fear this dress may be required for autumn. Is from getcutie.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 16:36

...Easiest way to carry them stockings off...

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 16:37

these look cute. I think it's a shade of pink I could live with.

Could use something a bit more casual to wear with a jean skirt though I think..

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 16:45

You wont look like a prat if you dress to the stockings though, you have to try and make it look you mean them IYSWIM.

Not that you have to buy a load of new clothes, but some tings just aren't going to work. 'fraid denim skirt maybe should be off the menu until autumn.

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 16:48

oh just saw your posts. WOW I like that dress Shock

Yes, I'm afraid I'm just going to have to own these stockings, if you know what I mean, which you seem to. Grin At the moment I'm in terrible ones that come up to my knees, which I can put tights or leggings over, but I'm trying to find a way to get a pair of thigh highs as well. Not sure they will give me a prescription for those, though, and the only ones I've seen online have been 100 quid. :(

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 16:51

Simulpost, sorry!

Thanks for the advice, really, I don't usually wear tights/leggings without tall boots (and in colder weather) so it's all new territory to me.

Why doesn't that fabric in the original pic come up when I click the link!

Probably for the best that it doesn't, for now. Grin But wow I like it.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 16:53

yy, own them, that's what I meant! Couldn't find the phrase!

They might prescribe you know, if you claim significant psychological distress... Got to be worth a try. That said there may well be valid medical reasons not to go thigh high.

In which case you'll need opaque stockings and a proper 6 or 8 suspender strap suspender belt.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 16:55

Re getcutie dress - it's 'cause they have loads of delightful prints to choose from and seem to like to choose the worst to show on the site...

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 16:56

I don't suppose you know of a site where I could order a useful belt like that? The only one I have is more for show and not particularly useful.

Unfortunately I'm in the size 18-20 range at the moment, so not always easy to find in that size.

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nothingoldcanstay · 11/05/2012 16:57

I have loads of over the knee socks that you can wear with boots of various descriptions.

They look a bit fresher than black tights and look good with smart or short skirts. La redoute, Next and ASOS all good styles and lots in the sale.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 17:00

StockingsHQ is the place for proper suspender belts (as well as the lovely-but-useless bedroom ones). THey also do good stockings, natch.

Way cheaper than buying a few pairs of thigh high compression stocking and probably cooler too.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 17:02

x posts there I think they go big enough, not sure what measurement equals which size.

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 17:14

hm yes good question, I've no idea if they would replace normal compression stockings. I'm on the lowest level (class 1) , I was just going to look for them in thigh high sizes.

The XL belt would fit, by those measurements. Am considering it now Grin

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 17:16

No, normal stockings wouldn't replace compression stockings, they'd have to go over them...

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GreenEggsAndNichts · 11/05/2012 17:18

right. So, find opaque stockings, then put them over. sigh. Sorry for the slow brain.. hell, when I said tights earlier I was meaning I'd put them over the stockings, no idea why I didn't think it there.

Am having fun browsing at the moment at any rate.

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MrsLettuce · 11/05/2012 17:20

Good!

I'll have a root about for shoes later once the DC are in bed.

You just need to play up the goth / vintage elements in your style and you'll look amazing all summer.

Don't see the stockings as a limitation - make it a style revolution Grin

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MadameChinLegs · 11/05/2012 17:20
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kbaby · 11/05/2012 17:45

I had to wear them for a few weeks but mine were white soooo.... Could you get white ones then dye them a variety of colours and wear them with dresses so they look a bit like leggings under a dress.

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