@Jamie Smiths Hi Jamie-I too have chronic venous insufficiency from wearing workboots and standing on concrete for 35+ years. I completely understand. That's how I ended up here on the forum in the first place-I was curious as to whether or not I should wear openly in public, or keep it hidden. It was here that I realized I wasn't the only one wearing, and wanting to wear in public, so I got up the courage and support from family and friends to wear openly. I wear prescription medical grade compression pantyhose as well, but only in cooler weather. During the summer months, they are far too hot to wear. I have the comfort for men pantyhose from Shapings, and they fit and wear well, but I wish they had more skin tone options available. My legs look so out of place compared to the tan on the rest of my body during the summer, so I'll wear regular pantyhose instead that offer many shades throughout the summer to better match my skin tone as my tan deepens. Here are a few more reasons for wearing regular pantyhose in the summer with shorts: (1) they are lighter, therefore cooler.-(2)they hide the blemishes on my lower legs where the blood pooling has left permanent marks.- (3)I have many more options for skin tone shades than compression pantyhose-(4) during the summer, no chafing between the thighs, and my feet don't sweat and stick to my shoes when I'm wearing pantyhose. (5) I figure some sort of compression during the summer months in regular pantyhose is better than none at all.
I also like the freedom of a skirt, and the many choices of fashion that the ladies have compared to male fashion. I have no problem around the house wearing my pantyhose, skirts, and occasionally shoes or boots, but I won't go out in public this way out of respect for my family- they're just not ready for that yet. I have no desire, nor could I ever pass as a woman-I'm just not physically built or wired that way, but I do like having options other than the stereotypical male clothing, and have started experimenting with different styles of pantyhose and clothing to express myself. It's just a part of who I am.