Whenever I consider men in tights I think of medieval jesters from a Shakespearian play or super heros.
It seems, however, that this staple underwear for women is now very popular with the opposite sex. Whether this is a cult or a simple fad, Mantyhose, Brosiery, Guylons, He-tards, Beau-hose, or whatever you want to call them, the wearing of hosiery by men has gained momentum over the last couple of years.
I can’t pretend to understand the psychology on why men would want to wear pantyhose. My understanding is that it can be for a variety of reasons; warmth, performance, medical, simply shock-value to elicit a reaction, making a fashion statement, a fetish or cross dressing to name a few. There are probably a few men out there with the fantasy that women are ‘turned on’ by the sight of them in pantyhose. In my humble opinion that is a very rare group of ladies.
Anyway, I digress, so let’s move away from the fetish side and take a look at men wearing hosiery in terms of making a fashion statement. My understanding is that the Italian design house Emilio Cavallini started the Mantyhose fashion trend in 2009 with a unisex range of tights via their online shop. Apparently European men picked up on this decorative hosiery and liked the idea of having patterns on their legs standing out from their shoes or ripped jeans.
I understand that men now account for around 2.5% of the hosiery market.
Getting men to speak out about the subject is probably incredibly difficult and I imagine that over the years I have probably walked past many men with pantyhose under their regular clothing and I haven’t even noticed. Indeed, I only started researching Mantyhose because there was a man at my local department store this weekend buying hosiery for himself and it fascinated me.
So, do I like men in pantyhose?
I have dated quite a few men with better legs than mine and they would have looked fantastic in hosiery! It’s also an open secret that many hosiery companies use male legs for their photo-shoots. Male legs are longer and more defined to show off the product to the female pantyhose market.
Personally I still think men in tights is an unusual look but if worn as a stylish fashion statement it can be a great way for men to decorate their legs.
If worn incorrectly then I have no desire to see it.
I would say the same to women in bad hosiery too.
Ultimately. It’s not hurting anyone is it? So each to their own I say.
I actually quite like this look and wouldn’t be put off by any man wearing this:
Men, if you do, however, chose to wear hosiery. Please remember the simple rule. Shave your legs.
And, if it is ‘just for warmth’ reasons, be reminded that long johns do still exist.