Apparently, Mantyhose Are Totally Happening
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
This has nothing to do with manhood, homosexuality, etc., etc. Remember Economics 101? Supply and demand. I just wish a certain culture would invest in BELTS so I do not have to see their unsightly underwear..... and this generation is our future! How much do you pay for bottled tap water or your Strbks coffee fix?
In the past professional football players wore panty hose to keep warm under their uniforms. . The use of support hose was very effective, they helped to prevent swelling in the legs and ankles, improve veinous blood return, and were relatively inexpensive. .If a player sustained and injury the "panty hose" helped to reduce swelling by exherting pressure on the site. So professtional athelites have understood for years, that hosery are not just a fashion statement. Graduated compression/pressure stockings help to prevent lower extremity swelling and sometimes blood clots. Blood clots can break loose and travel from the legs to other parts of the body such as the hear,t lungs and bralin and cause a pulmonary embolism, heart attack or stroke. Leaving the person permenantly diasable or they kiledl them. Sosometimes fashion can have a positive health influence. It does not matter if it is a man or a woman. The benefits can be life saving.So gentlement don your pantyn hose, and play ball!
I cannot believe that so many people are angry over things like this. Women fought and continue to fight over equality. But, when is equal REALLY equal? Does it end when women could wear pants? Does it end when you are free to bed with anyone you choose? Equality ONLY can happen when everyone in their various perspectives feel they are equal. Since that can never truly never happen. I say let men wear what they / we want. Women do WHY CAN'T WE? WE have the freedom to look and dress as we see fit. Be it a sundress a gown a bathing suit or whatever, if you can, then equality means I can TOO. One more point, someone mentioned a bra.... I know you have seen or know a man that could use a bra or something of the sorts.
Last but not least. Men have been wearing the same tired "fashion" for hundreds of years. ( pants and a shirt ) It is about time WE get choices too.
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