Category Archives: Hosiery Glossary

Hosiery History: Understanding Why They’re Not Yet History in Fashion

Hosiery History: Understanding Why They’re Not Yet History in Fashion

When one thinks of hosiery, it’s easy to picture an empowered woman who knows how to rock patterned or sheer hosiery while looking like an ever-classy lady. Some may even picture women from earlier centuries who wear hosiery underneath their long skirts.

Hosiery as a fashion statement has come a long way. It has evolved through many styles and materials. And while we at Hosieree.com carry brands that offer only the best quality hosiery, it’s good to look back and see where this fashion statement started.

The Evolution of Hosiery

Hosiery dates back to as far as the 9th century, where the crudest of materials—including gut strands to act as suspenders—were used. This evolved to woven stockings, knitted pairs, and synthetic yarns.

As the material evolved, so did the use of hosiery. Did you know that in the earlier centuries, men also wore hosiery? While it might be a sight to imagine men in tights or lacy hosiery, they actually wore it even before women did! 

Hosiery was even used as a way to distinguish between social classes. This is because the members of the upper class would wear white or colored stockings, while those from the lower class will wear black. Considering the nature of work that the lower-class citizens had to do, this difference in hosiery colors made sense.

From Panti-Legs to Pantyhose

Even the pantyhose has an interesting back story. According to records, Allen E. Gant supposedly first created the pantyhose in 1959 for his wife, Ethel Boone Gant. Ethel was pregnant, and had a hard time going on trips because women were expected to wear thigh-high stockings, girdle, and garter, which did not sit well with pregnancy.

Gant got to work sewing stockings onto panties, which his wife was able to use. Gant took these to a clothing mill and created better prototypes that finally churned out the pantyhose that we know today.

Politics of Pantyhose

There was also a time in hosiery’s history that it became a statement for women. As the fashion industry saw an overall revolution, bare legs also seemed to embody freedom and comfort. Perhaps the issue was more in the expectations from women regarding fashion more than the dislike for pantyhose.

Nowadays, hosiery has become a part of women’s fashion. Some use it as part of their uniforms and outfits for the daily grind. Others wear it as an expression of themselves and their fashion sense. 

The beauty of hosiery is that, despite the fluctuations of use and perspective on these undergarments, it has evolved with the times. Now, it is more common to see colored tights or lacey stockings as part of one’s fashion statement, proof that hosiery is here to stay.

Hosieree carries a number of brands and hosiery styles that you can choose from. Check out the website for more styles, and add some spice and texture to your everyday wardrobe with the right hosiery garment for you.

Tights To Give Your Winter Looks Some Edge

Tights To Give Your Winter Looks Some Edge

If you’re looking for a little edge to incorporate into your winter looks, the right tights might be just what you’ve been searching for. Tights are the ultimate cool weather accessory; turning summer clothes into fall staples, elegant dresses into comfortably warm ensembles, and adding layers to just about any look. So what about edge? If you’re looking for a rock-concert ready look for winter, the right tights are going to give you just that. 

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The Best Way To Hand Wash Your Hosiery

The Best Way To Hand Wash Your Hosiery

While hosiery bags and special washes encourage women to wash their hosiery with a machine, we at Hosieree.com still believe that hand washing is the single best way to keep clean while retaining your hosiery’s longevity. With high-quality European crafted hosiery, you’ll want to take the proper care to get the most from your hosiery investment, and we believe that hand washing gives you your best opportunity at just that. For this reason, we want to outline the best way to hand wash your hosiery for maintaining maximum quality throughout the years: Continue reading The Best Way To Hand Wash Your Hosiery

White Hosiery Is Making A Comeback Thanks To Our American Duchess

White Hosiery Is Makitg A Comeback Thanks To Our American Duchess

The United States has its first English duchess, and it seems the whole world is wrapped up in what is being deemed the “Markle Sparkle”. Upon news of her engagement to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, became an instant global fashion icon, and this has only increased since their May 2018 wedding. Back in May, Meghan was spotted wearing a cream colored hat, matching dress, and something that many considered a risk upon her legs – clean white hosiery. Continue reading White Hosiery Is Making A Comeback Thanks To Our American Duchess

Hosiery Trends To Take You Into Pre-Fall

 Hosiery Trends To Take You Into Pre-Fall

Pre-fall is a unique season for fashion. It’s the only mid-season fashion switch up we see throughout the year, and it really winds down the bold summer looks into a cozy place ready for the cool weather season to set in. We don’t have a pre-winter, a pre-spring, or a pre-summer, so the month long period of pre-fall is a really fun time to experiment with mixing summer and fall looks into one cohesive outfit. Continue reading Hosiery Trends To Take You Into Pre-Fall

Five Sheer Pantyhose That Will Look Like Your Natural Legs

 

Five Sheer Pantyhose That Will Look Like Your Natural Legs

Everyone knows that sheer pantyhose can give you a smooth, sleek leg line that highlights your muscle tone. However, if you opt to wear a sheer pantyhose, you don’t want it to be obvious. At Hosieree we have a wide variety of sheer pantyhose that can help highlight the best features of your legs while still covering any issues. Here are our picks for the five of the most natural looking pantyhose in our catalog: Continue reading Five Sheer Pantyhose That Will Look Like Your Natural Legs

5 Common Hosiery Questions Answered

5 Common Hosiery Questions Answered

While hosiery is a staple for many wardrobes, we still received a number of questions pertaining to hosiery and hosiery care. At Hosieree.com, we want to clear the fog from all of your hosiery questions, and make sure you feel confident and comfortable not just while you’re wearing your favorite hose, but when you take care of them as well. 5 common hosiery questions answered are: Continue reading 5 Common Hosiery Questions Answered

4 Tips For Longer Lasting Hosiery

4 Tips For Longer Lasting Hosiery

High quality and well-made hosiery is an investment in your wardrobe. Just like other wardrobe investments, like elegant coats, designer jeans, or that perfect dress, you’ll want to keep your hosiery investment in good condition to ensure you can love your hosiery for a good long time. 4 tips for longer lasting hosiery are: Continue reading 4 Tips For Longer Lasting Hosiery