Women’s hosiery also represented an important fashion consideration, largely as a result of rising skirt hemlines. (1)

1926, a man can't help but looking as ladies show off their amazing shoes and hosiery fashions.
1926, a man can’t help but looking as ladies show off their amazing shoes and hosiery fashions.

Black cotton or lisle stockings vanished among the fashionable set and were replaced by beige or tan hose made of silk or, after 1923, rayon (then called “artificial silk). Affordable cotton stocking were still available throughout the decade, but fashion dictated that women spend the extra money to sheath their newly exposed legs in luxurious silk. While pair of plain silk stocking could be purchased for about a dollar, fancier silk hose could cost six dollars or more for a pair. (1)

Chicago Mail Order Co. ad, 1927 -  you can see here the variety of colours available to order.
Chicago Mail Order Co. ad, 1927 – you can see here the variety of colours available to order.

Women wore garter belts to keep their thigh-high stockings from sagging or falling down. (1)

Risque French Postcard, 1920s
Risque French Postcard, 1920s

Sometimes women rolled the tops of their stocking over garters worn just above the knee, but flapper fashion dictated that stockings be rolled down to expose delicately powdered knees. More conservative Americans considered bare knees the epitome of immoral dress, but as the 1920s progressed, stockingless knees became an increasingly common sight. (1)

Miss Puck Day Found on galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com - note the stockings rolled down, a true flapper!
Miss Puck Day Found on galleries.apps.chicagotribune.com – note the stockings rolled down, a true flapper!

Sources:

(1) The 1920s (American Popular Culture Through History) by Kathleen Drowne and Patrick Huber, 2004

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