However, someone I know was told that stripy stockings were considered offensive stereotyping. She said they shouldn't be worn as part of a witch's attire. I must admit I was a little surprised, and I wondered what others thought. I also did a tiny bit of research.
Stripes did appear on stockings as far back the 17th century - usually a band of stripes at the top forming a garter. I've heard suggestions that wearing them was considered somewhat risque at the time. However, stripes for socks really only became a big thing in the early 20th century as sportswear in team colours.
What do you think? Are striped stockings on witches cute or insulting? Does it depend on the circumstances? Would you wear them? Do leave a comment.
The pictures show me in my own stripy socks (top), Jane Mortimer's hand-knitted socks and the cover of the first book in The Madness and the Magic series.