Nylon stocking stories

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From a successful innovation, to rarity, to a must-have, and a fetish object — the development of the nylon stockings definitely is fascinating and worth a closer look. Stockings, or rather hoses are not an invention of the 20th century. Some kinds of socks were already known in pre-Christian times in the Mediterranean region. From about the 11th century on, lords, kings, and holy order carriers started to wear wool and silk hoses — attached to belts.

In the 15th century, hoses became longer, and in the 16th century, farmhands fighting in peasant wars started to wear combinations of knickerbockers and long socks. The long trousers became fashionable for men and made long hoses unnecessary. What mainly was an accessory for men, became more and more an essential accessory for women. Therefore, matching stockings were a must. The ones who could afford them, wore silk stockings, the rest had to wear cotton or wool stockings. In the s, skirts became shorter again and this time, I mean about knee-lengthso stockings got even more important, and should look good, of course.

Made of silk or rayon, they looked quite pretty and already were available in different colours to match the skin colour, or even the colour of the handbag or lipstick! Back then, it was not possible to mechanically produce tights. Therefore, stockings were attached to garters. Some artists, though, especially dancers and actresses, sewed their stockings on their panties, so they already had some kind of tights.

Nevertheless, the majority of women still wore stockings with garters. Although silk stockings might have been much more elegant than the cotton or wool stockings, they still had some downsides: True silk stockings were quite expensive and super delicate, while rayon stockings were more affordable, but lost their shape quite quickly after wearing and washing them a few times, so something new was needed.

The revolution was a synthetic fibre. Until stockings finally were made of nylon, it Nylon stocking stories a few more years, though. Nevertheless, the advantages of nylon are obvious: Nylon fibres are stretchy, durable, washable, dryable, keep their shape, and are quite tear-resistant — so this synthetic fibre is definitely much more practical for stockings than silk or rayon used to be.

In Germany, women had Nylon stocking stories same problems as the ladies from the US. So German chemists searched for a new fibre as well. Chemist Paul Schlack developed a quite similar fibre like nylon in Perlon.

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But if you now expect a kind of stocking war, I have to disappoint you. Both competitors agreed on an arrangement: DuPont supplied nylon stockings to the countries west of Germany, IG Farben the German counterpart to DuPont supplied perlon stockings to countries east of Germany. But we will come back to this later on. InDuPont sold about 4, nylon stockings from an experimental plant in only a few hours.

After this huge success, on May 15, nylon stockings were first sold commercially in the USA. DuPont offered the first 5 million pairs of nylon stockings for affordable prices in selected stores in the US. The problem: The demand for nylons was immense, and could not be covered. The consequence: tumultuous conditions in and in front of the stores. During their first year on the market, a lot more than 50 million! Back then, nylons usually had Nylon stocking stories 40 den and 70 den. There are, for sure, quite different reasons nylon stockings were so successful.

But nonetheless one thing is clear: Stockings show the illusion of bare skin, but actually cover the legs. Every woman was able to at least feel a little bit like a Hollywood diva when wearing them. Nylon stockings are glamorous, tempting, ladylike, and reputable at the same time — is there any other piece of clothing with similar characteristics? Hence, they have some special features: Often darker toes and heels, a seam at the back, and a keyhole. To hold them up, they were worn in combination with a garter. interesting facts about stockings in this blogpost.

In the middle Nylon stocking stories the s, machines that were able to knit hoses were invented, so until about seamless stockings got quite popular. Unfortunately, the pleasure of having access to affordable, pretty nylon or perlon stockings did not last for long. After the beginning of World War II inperlon was no longer used for the production of stockings in Germany, as it was needed to produce goods vital to the war.

When the United States entered into World War II innylon suffered the same fate and was needed for the manufactoring of war essentials like parachutes, tents and so on. Many patriotic women even donated their nylon stockings for this causes.

During war time, nylons were only available for very high prices on the black market. Maybe nylons were so sought-after as they were that scarce. I read that, at the end of the war, women were asked what they missed most. After the end of the war in Septembernylon stockings were produced again. Thousands of women queued up an tried to get hands on pair of nylons.

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According to reports, some women even fighted over nylon stockings! In Germany, the situation was different. Nylon and perlon stockings were still only available at the black market and at least as sought-after as cigarettes.

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Beside the black market, American GIs were another reliable source for nylons in Germany. It is said that soldiers from the Nylon stocking stories could get almost everything from young German women in exchange for a pair of nylons. But even in the US, the demand for nylons met the need only in March From then on, nylon was the most sought-after material for stockings.

Over the years, they also got finer, and in the early s, delicate 10 den were reached. In Germany, affordable nylons that always spread a kind of Hollywood glamour, remained a dream for a long time. Despite the currency reform in Western Germany inmodern, affordable hosiery was still not available, but rather an expensive luxury. So every woman who owned a pair of nylons, took good care of them, and a run was a real drama.

There were even stores, where women could bring their stockings for repair work! In the beginning of the s, though, things got better for German women. Stocking manufacturers crowded onto the German market again and sold millions of pairs in the first few years. For some years, nylon stockings have been a must-have for mannequins and movie stars.

Popular movie stars advertised nylons and made them even more desirable. One of the most popular fetish models wearing nylons regularly was definitely Bettie. So it seems like nylons were a dream come true for both, women and men. Until the middle of the s, seamed nylon stockings were seen on fashionable women.

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But then, in aboutmachines that were able to knit hoses were invented, so until about seamless stockings got quite popular and seams, on the other side, old-fashioned. When at the end of the the mini skirt enterd the fashion world, stockings became impractical, as they could be seen underneath the hemline. Something new was needed and progressing technology paved the way for tights and pantyhoses. Until today, most women choose tights over stockings, and the classy nylons mainly got displaced.

You usually almost never see real nylon stockings with seams on women nowadays, at least not outside of the bedroom. What a pity! There Nylon stocking stories no other piece of clothing in my closet that gets as much attention and compliments as my seamed nylons — from both, men and women, by the way. Furthermore, a thin seam at the back of your stockings will optically make your legs look slimmer and is definitely an elegant eye-catcher.

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And as I get so many question on topics like practicability of nylon stockings, I wrote a full blogpost on how to enjoy wearing nylon stockings in everyday life. Although tights are definitely more popular than real nylon stockings nowadays, there are still some passionate wearers. One of the most popular of them might be burlesque queen Dita von Teese.

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But I also follow some wonderful Instagram s and blogs that show nylon stockings:. Wearing nylons or pantyhose is no longer a must, and bare legs found social acceptance which is a good thing! Nevertheless, I personally still love the hosiery department of department stores most. As you might know, I love wearing true fully fashioned nylons, but also like modern hosiery, and love to experiment with different styles. Nevertheless, there is nothing else that gives me those wonderful old Hollywood vibes like true nylon stockings.

I love the glamorous feeling of putting them on, and the rustling sound of them when crossing my legs.

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And if you now would like to try authentic nylon stockings as well, I recommend to have a look at the following brands. Authentic, so called fully fashioned nylon stockings are sometimes quite hard to find nowadays. As mentioned before, modern pantyhose and tights are definitely more popular and by far not all hosiery stores offer true nylons.

Nevertheless, there are a few brands that still sell them. Here are some examples:. PS: If you would like to know how to identify true fully fashioned nylons, make sure have a look at my stockings ABC. Perfect Fit, descreet, and reliable: 3 Garter Belts for every Occasion. How to take Care of your delicate Nylon Stockings.

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