Introducing Mantyhose. Yes, Mantyhose.

Men in tights? Nylons for guys aren't just for Robin Hood anymore.

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Women have recognized the benefits of legwear, such as tights or pantyhose, for decades. They provide extra warmth, they smooth over any unsightly bumps or bulges, and they give you another opportunity to accessorize your look. Well, now men are joining the party as well.

Mantyhose – stockings that are specifically designed and marketed to men, as well as unisex versions – are growing in popularity. Often they are worn by men who work outside, such as landscapers, to guard against the cold.  They also serve as a compression tool for those with circulatory problems, and are said to help revitalize muscles if you are standing on your feet all day.

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Mantyhose have been popular in Europe – that bastion of progressive, gender-neutral fashion – for years, but have only recently gained traction in the U.S. Francesco Cavallini, vice-president of luxe hosiery company Emilio Cavallini, tells Women’s Wear Daily that men are a growing niche market: “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.”

Indeed, there is an online community of mantyhose enthusiasts, and many congregate at the site e-MANcipate.com. Its founder, Chan Kraemer, writes in a post, “We believe that pantyhose for men can be an everyday clothing item, and that it can be fashionable as well.”

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Most men buying into the trend wear their tights much as you would wear long johns – beneath the pants, as an extra layer. However, those with sartorial boldness might try pairing them with shorts.

For those concerned about fit issues that might be inherent to this unisex garment, Cavallini says, “The mantyhose are extremely elastic and stretchable and can fit men comfortably at the top.  If it’s fine for Italian guys, it’s fine for the world.”

Mantyhose are part of a larger trend of shapewear for men, which has gained steam as men have come to learn that a control top can provide benefits for them, too. Spanx now offers options for male customers in the form of Manx, and numerous other companies have sprouted up to market smoothing undershirts and man girdles.

There is of course a long history of men in tights – think medieval jesters, Henry VII, and Robin Hood. And one of the truisms of fashion is that most trends are not really new, just recycled. So ladies, when you catch a glimpse of a construction worker’s stockings beneath his jeans, refrain from hooting. Before we know it, men will be showing off their gams just as often as women.

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3 comments
PaulDuane
PaulDuane

This has been happening in secret for dozens of years. It has finally made it's way into the fashion world. Not every guy should be doing this, but it works for some.  I've been incorporating sheer hosiery into my wardrobe for a long time: http://www.paulduane.net/style

cerone007
cerone007

Allision, you didn't mention the other reason women wear them: to make their legs look great and sexy too.

hendrikdejong48
hendrikdejong48 like.author.displayName 1 Like

To Whom It May Concern,

I wear for the last 3 years compression tights from "NIKE and Under Armour"and recently pantyhose and tights from Activskine. I can't say up to this day, I regret that I have both those products. I had a major back surgery last Dec 05 and shortly there after, I developted a blood cloth from my right leg to the right long and as the doctor has told my wife and later told me that I had only less a minut to live. I wish that the doctor told me that I should wear tights on a dayly basic wish i do now and my wife has no problem with that. My legs are not tired and as well are not resless anymore.

I would suggest to all men, WEAR  MENS PANTYHOSE OR COMPRESION TIGHTS as a daily outfit. You will benefit from it. Yes you wife, has to get use to it that a men wear pantyhose or tights, but you as a men, should not bother with that, it is what you feel that good for you and what feels right for you and what other people are saying, you should disregard those negative comments. I wear pantyhose under my pants or I wear them with shorts as long as I am dressed normally and not offensive to the public.

Wear you pantyhoseor tights and beand feel happy

Hendrik