– Getting a Leg Up, Again
by Robb Ksiazek
It hasn’t been all that long since
vintage stockings became a staple in women’s attire. Leg wear has been
around for longer than we have been alive, but it wasn’t until the early
part of the twentieth century that the fashion hit the mainstream. The
twenties were roaring with a newfound freedom and independence. Women took
the initiative to make the world their own. By doing so, fashion forward
apparel hit the main stage, and opened up new lifestyles for women around
Not too many years later came the wars and
the depression. With the men overseas fighting the war, women were now
called upon to do jobs formally considered to be a man’s. Women stepped
up to the challenge and did a remarkable job.
Since those times, women’s fashion became
different. The styles were functional, yet the sex appeal was becoming
more apparent with every passing season. They were becoming more risqué,
and more and more women became to appreciate their bodies in the new duds.
Replacing the Traditional Stocking
At the 1939 World’s Fair in New York,
DuPont revealed their new scientific
breakthrough: nylon. Until now, women’s stockings had been
traditionally made of silk. With this new material came the creation of
the nylons we know of today. The synthetic material was stretchy,
lightweight, and relatively cheap to produce. Stockings were expensive to
manufacture and they needed to be custom fit. Nylons were one size fits
Women now were able to buy more than one
pair of nylons stockings and didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg.
During the years of WWII, much of the nylon was used for military tents,
parachutes, and more, creating a shortage in retail stores. Soon after the
war, though, women’s legs were buzzing again.
A Silk Stocking Comeback
After the invention of nylons, silk
stockings lost their popularity. Many producers were going out of business
because they couldn’t compete with nylon prices. The manufacturing
process was much more difficult, and women were just not interested. Then
along came the World Wide Web.
The internet is inherently good for
ecommerce. It brings markets together, even though they may be worlds away
from each other geographically. But not on the net. More and more vintage
stocking manufacturers are now opening up shops and creating the classics
Lingerie stores don’t have to compete
with nylon producers because there are enough consumers of silk
stockings that are fingertips away. Customers can order their
stockings online and have them shipped to their door. There are now many
companies that carry the traditional leg wear, along with a variety of
other apparel such as intimates bras and panties.
Consumers can really find anything they are
looking for on the internet, as it is there for the small shops to employ.
About the Author
Robb Ksiazek researches, writes, and
publishes about sexy lingerie for
Lingerie-4U.biz. He feels the right apparel will allow us to be
ourselves, yet someone we desire to be.