Remember the days when your mom wouldn’t even vacuum the house without wearing a pair of stockings and garter belt? When did the things change? Back in 1980’s, I remember my thrill when my mom got me a pair of pantyhose with polka dots. I grew up in a society where pants, jeans, shorts or any sort of such clothing were forbidden for women. You could wear only dresses and skirts that would at least cover your knees. Of course, you had to have quite a few pairs of hosiery to match your outfits and different seasons. Meanwhile, the USA was undergoing cultural changes and television influences, and hosiery went to the back stage. Jeans and shirts were found more comfortable than skirts and heels, and that pair of stockings was considered an unnecessary hassle. It didn’t even last a couple of wears after all. In 1990’s, the stars of Sex and The City brought a new trend in – bare legs, and everyone happily followed it. Yeah, my legs don’t look perfect and aren’t even tanned… so what? It’s trendy, though!
How did it happen that men (!) have become a number one consumer of hosiery in the past decade? Maybe men were trying to fill that gap of not seeing women’s legs in pretty stockings. After all, it was one of the most feminine items in a woman’s wardrobe. Admit it, ladies, very few men would disagree that a woman in stockings is unattractive. You may have many flaws but wear a pair of silky stockings or thigh-highs, and you will find that your man is looking at you as if you are a super star from a fashion magazine. He’ll instantly change his attitude!
Celebrities started showing up in hosiery of various styles (I won’t overload this blog with photos – there are too many!)
There is no doubt that hosiery is becoming one of the essential parts of a wardrobe. You will find yourself trying to find matching shoes and clothes for that pair of fancy tights in vibrant colors and delightful patterns, instead of just grabbing a pair of those plain old pantyhose that will work okay with your new dress or pumps.
Finally, hosiery has taken the place it deserved.
Treat yourself to some stockings, and stay foxy!