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Apparently, Mantyhose Are Totally Happening

By Glamour Magazine Mar 6, 2012 6:14PM

by Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour Magazine

Next time your favorite tights go missing, you might check out your guy's drawer, because if a new report is to be believed, "mantyhose"--yes, hosiery for dudes--is totally a thing right now.

The look hasn't exactly gone mainstream yet, but apparently enough men are interested in svelte-ifying and staying warm that demand has increased, and hosiery specialist Emilio Cavallini tells WWD that his recently-launched just for dudes line is doing pretty well. "A growing number of men have been buying tights at emiliocavallini.com since a unisex collection was introduced in June 2009, said Cavallini. Purchases by men account for 2 to 3 percent of the company’s annual production of one million tights," reports the paper.

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So just how did "mantyhose" come to be a Cavallini specialty? "When we started our online shop we noticed that a lot of tights sized medium-large were being purchased by men.…So I did a search on the Internet and discovered there is a cult following for mantyhose...we came up with the concept of creating tights that both men and women could wear."

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Basic black is their best seller, and he says most men wear them under pants for warmth, or with shorts to make a fashion statement. And of course, there are some wild patterns available for the more adventurous (check out the his-and-hers pairs from his site above).

We've already seen Spanx for dudes...and a real-life "bro"...and undershirts that second as shapewear...so are mantyhose just the next logical step? Or is this just a road you don't think men should go down? Would your guy ever wear a pair of tights? Don't you just love the name "mantyhose"? Discuss!

Photo: Emilio Cavallini

May 5, 2012 7:35AM
What next? Guy's in skirts because it's easier to use the head.,
May 5, 2012 7:31AM
Are there any Real men out there? You guys that like tights have wased too many of your mom's underware.
May 5, 2012 7:22AM

@Duck Hunter you should try being am MAN. Long Johns don't count....



May 5, 2012 7:18AM
I will stop wearing pantyhose when girls stop wearing jeans and keep their hair long. Are girls that wear pants lesbians? I live in the northern U.S. and I do wear them for warmth under my pants. Yes they do feel nice and make my legs look better. I do not shave my legs and am not gay. My legs do feel great after a long workout wearing them. It is not a sexual thing for me to wear them and all you homofobic's should be more open minded.
May 5, 2012 7:15AM

@DT89 you would probally thnk that a dog with a red thing looks sexy


May 5, 2012 7:11AM
I'm a 23 year old woman and this sounds SEXY!!!
May 5, 2012 7:08AM

I am 100% against anything that promotes, in any way whatsoever, sexual deviation.

What is wrong with you people nowdays !!

May 5, 2012 6:19AM
our founding fathers did not wear pantyhose, there was no such thing at the time,  they wore stockings to their knees; they then buckled their knickers below the knees to create the style we are used to seeing from the 1700's.  but, if men want to wear pantyhose, let them.  i have given them up as one of the most uncomfortable pieces of leg wear i've ever had.
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