In fact, nylon would earn the moniker "the fiber that won the war. Because, as hemlines grew shorter, the need to cover scandalous lady skin with something — anything — grew larger, but we won't get into that now. Suffice it to say that American women were wearing silk stockings. Unfortunately, they didn't stretch, they were delicate and ripped easily, and they often required an extra garment, like a garter belt, to hold them up.
By The Weight She Carries in Fun Facts August 24, Did you know that women once stood in line for hours just to get their hands on a pair of stockings in the s? And when the supply ran out, the women became angry and a full-fledged riot almost ensued!! Check out our fun facts about hosiery below: 1. The wearing of hosiery dates back as early as the 15th and 16th centuries. Initially, stockings were worn by European kings and noble men to make horseback riding easier, and to show their financial and class standing because stockings were made out of silk.
SHARE Japanese women have long been attached to nylon pantyhose, wearing them even during the hot and humid summer months. Despite the fashion for bare legs and sandals, many working women continue to wear pantyhose to the office in the sweltering heat. Recently, however, a great number of them have actually switched to hose. Yes, stockings are back, but not the ones your mother used to wear. Leading the trend is an Italian import, called Stay Fit in Japan, that stretches thigh-high and is kept in place with silicone bands that stick to the skin — no need for garter belts.