Stockings, Tights & Socks
Although often overlooked when purchasing a costume, stockings, tights, and socks can really be the finishing touch to an outfit. From bobby socks to monster fur legwarmers to sexy fishnets, these accessories can make all the difference. Sometimes leg wear are absolutely essential for a costume. Bobby socks are a good example of a must have accessory if you're going to create a real 50s poodle skirt look. The same is true of white knee-high stockings for a man's Colonial knickers. They may be sold separately but they should be considered a necessity if you want to create an authentic look.
Some stockings, socks, or tights are not required but do make an important part of a costume. Furry legwarmers, for instance, can really make a monster or animal costume look more complete. 80s lace cycling shorts or a burlesque dancer's fishnets are the same. You can get away without them, but wearing them will really improve your outfit. There are all kinds of tights and stockings to wear under any outfit. An opaque pair can cover your legs if the skirt is too revealing or if it's too chilly. You can find a style and color to match almost any outfit. If you're dressing in a sexy costume then you're going to want sexy stockings. Fishnets, especially thigh highs worn with a garter, can really make your legs look sexy.