Thursday, December 29, 2011

Skirt or dress with nylons tights pantyhose look part 46

wool pantyhose for cold days
Pantyhose and boots

feminine and in the kitchen

Tight skirt and stocking for sexy look

Very romantic outfiy with nylons
For girls youthful dress and pantyhose 

highlight your legs with nylons
very feminine and cute skirt and white pantyhose


   Pantyhose are the legwear of true style and finesse. The very expression of femininity, pantyhose have gone through a loss of popularity lately, at least in the US, where sales have supposedly dropped around 70% since the late 90s. Fortunately, even though those numbers are predicted to drop further, we're fairly certain pantyhose are here to stay. For one thing, in other parts of the world, the popularity of pantyhose hasn't faded as much as in the US. New technologies introduced in the manufacturing process always have a direct and visible impact on the quality of pantyhose produced, as well as on the multitude of available styles. Pantyhose are basically constantly re-invented, getting ever sheerer and shinier and providing an endless canvas of creation for the minds of fashion designers world over. Pantyhose also act as compulsory business-wear for women in corporate circles everywhere.         

Be nice and sexy to celebrate
for youthful look pantyhose color

for a seductive look sexy skirt and pantyhose
 What exactly is the role of panty-hose though and how does this wonderful garment fulfill its mission? Before and above everything else, pantyhose are designed to make the wearer's legs more attractive, slim and stylish. The fact that pantyhose also keep legs and feet warm is secondary to that objective, but rather important nonetheless. Pantyhose are also supposed to reduce friction between the legs and thighs as well as between the foot and footwear, thus eliminating chaffing.

Through the shiny and perfect texture they to lend the legs of the wearer, pantyhose cover up small imperfections such as varicose veins, blemishes, scars and just about everything else. 

 woman in white pantyhose and skirt

Two girls in skirt and pantyhose

The name "pantyhose" was created through the joining of the words "panty" and "hosiery", as pantyhose obviously represent a merger of the two garments. In other parts of the world, pantyhose are also known as tights. In the US, the term "tights" often denotes non-transparent thicker legwear or leggings which are not footed. 

Mother in pantyhose

Pantyhose are mostly made of nylon and lycra, the stretchy fiber invented by Du Pont. The nylon gives your pantyhose its sheen and texture, while lycra makes it extremely stretchy in all directions. Panty hose are usually made up of a waist-band, which is more elastic and much stronger than the other parts of the garment, a panty part (which is less sheer and offers more support than the legs) and the leg part (which may or may not come with reinforced toes and heel). Sheer to waist pantyhose(known as STW in specialty lingo) only have a T-band top, which means there is no visible panty part when they're worn under a leotard for instance. Pantyhose over a certain size feature crotch panels made of either a thicker blend of the same material or cotton.
legs in pantyhose

Pantyhose History

   The main catalyst for the invention of the panty-hose was of course women's fashion. During the 1920's, skirts would get shorter and shorter, and traditional silk stockings would come under pressure to reach ever higher on wearer's legs in order to prevent the top band from hanging out from underneath the skirt. Theater production companies went as far as to sew actress' and dancers' stockings to their briefs in an effort to solve the problem. The need for a garment made of similar material as stockings, yet capable of covering the entire lower body became obvious. Nylon was invented by Du Pont in 1938 and it seemed like it was the perfect material for the new Panti-Legs or Panty-Hose. Still it wasn't until 1959 that pantyhose as we know them today entered production at the Glen Raven Knitting Mills in North Carolina. Allen Grant is the one credited with the invention of panty hose, although Ernst G. Rice had come up with a similar invention about the same time. Others, like actress Julie Newmar, contributed through later improvements. 
girls in skirt and pantyhose

Early pantyhose were rather cumbersome: they weren't exactly stretchy, they sagged and they cost a lot. It wasn't until the 1960s that pantyhose became a mainstream fashion item. The addition of elastane made PH more comfortable and advances in knitting technology started to allow for various styles to be created. 
Although the height of the pantyhose fever seems to have declined since about 1995, nowadays pantyhose are still popular as ever newer and hotter styles and models are churned out by factories at an unprecedented rate.

patterned pantyhose

Two elegant girls

Secretary in tight skirt and patterned pantyhose

Cute skirt and pantyhose

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