I have a faint memory of a classmate telling me (at 11 or 12 y/old) that only girls who hade played scrabble (or gotten the box out, maybe arranged the tiles ) wore black undergarnments.
It was either about black or red ones.
I wonder if that's the same thing your grandmother thought, that black is provocative, white is pure 'little-girl' suitable.
I have a much stronger than faint recollection of the headmistress of my school - 1200 or so pupils of both sexes, headmaster and (deputy) headmistress - telling us that we couldn't wear black tights. We were permitted dark brown or dark grey but not, absolutely not, not ever
, black ones because only ladies of negotiable affection wore black nylons.
And nurses, pointed out one of the senior girls, politely.
Well, yes, all right, and nurses on duty. But nonetheless, black nylons were not worn in public by a respectable...
Yes, policewomen wore them as part of their uniform but that didn't change the fact that...
And traffic wardens. Barristers. Legal clerks.
Yes, well, that was as it might be but...
And since this was Northern Ireland in the late 1970s and early 1980s, even a headmistress 40 years behind the times wasn't going to fall for a question about whether or not nuns were respectable. That was not a discussion that was going anywhere
that anybody would want to follow it.
What she would have said if she had known that I was wearing stockings and a suspender belt rather than tights, I can't imagine.