History of Stockings
This week we will cover an item that almost every crossdresser owns - the trusty and very sexy stockings. The history of stockings dates back centuries and has evolved significantly over time. Here we provide brief but interesting overview of the history of stockings.
Stockings can find their roots in ancient civilizations. In Egypt, Greece, and Rome, both men and women wore garments resembling stockings made of woven fabrics, leather, or animal skins. These early versions served both practical and decorative purposes. During the Middle Ages, stockings became a staple in European fashion. In the 12th and 13th centuries, both men and women wore hose, which were separate leg coverings made of wool or linen. They were typically held up with attached garters or tied with bands above the knee.
In the Renaissance period, stockings became more elaborate and decorative. They were made of silk, velvet, or cotton, adorned with embroidery, lace, and intricate designs. During the Elizabethan era in England, men's hose became highly fashionable and often featured various colours and patterns. The introduction of knitting machines in the 16th century revolutionized stocking production. Stockings could now be knitted in one piece, eliminating the need for seams. Knitted silk, wool, or cotton stockings became more accessible and affordable.
The Industrial Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries brought significant advancements in textile manufacturing. Machines were developed to mass-produce stockings, making them more widely available to the general population. Stockings were an essential part of everyday attire for both men and women, and the demand for them increased. One of the most notable milestones in stocking history was the invention of nylon stockings in the late 1930s. Before nylon, silk stockings were the most desirable but expensive. Nylon stockings, introduced by DuPont in 1939, rapidly gained popularity due to their affordability, durability, and sheer appearance.
In the mid-20th century, tights and pantyhose emerged as alternatives to traditional stockings. These full-leg coverings combined panties and stockings in one garment. Tights and pantyhose became particularly popular in the 1960s and 1970s, offering convenience and a smoother appearance. While tights and pantyhose remain widely worn, traditional stockings made a comeback as a fashion statement in recent years. Fishnet stockings, patterned stockings, and various materials such as lace and sheer fabrics continue to be popular choices for those seeking a retro or sophisticated look.
Throughout history, stockings have transitioned from practical leg coverings to fashion accessories, reflecting societal changes in fashion, technology, and gender norms. Today, stockings are worn for both aesthetic appeal and functional purposes, making them a versatile and timeless part of fashion history.
- 25 Jul, 2023
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