A to Z of Lingerie: F is for Fishnets
F is for fishnets. Oh, they are definitely my favourite thing ever. I could write about them all day! In fact, this may actually become my longest of the A to Z posts.
Here is a little bit of literature and history for you. In Aesop's fable, The Clever Peasants Daughter, a girl is told to be "not clothed, not naked" so she wraps herself in fishnet. True. Was it on her legs? Well, it doesn't say but I like to think this is where the idea for fishnet stockings came from.
Fishnets have been worn since the 19th century in Europe but mostly by dancers and prostitutes. Up until the 1960s they were only worn by loose women and pin-up girls. Thank goodness that changed! They became more mainstream in the 1960s and punks began to wear them in the 1970s.
I loved the 1990s trend for wearing fishnets under torn jeans. Part of me still wants to do that but obviously I don't. The one thing I would never do is wear them with a short skirt. It has to be knee-length or long to stay respectable and look more stylish than slutty. Although, I'm sure people have their own ideas.
What I love about fishnets is how they make me feel. Plain tights just don't cut it. I need to have a little pattern and if I can't wear fishnets I have to wear something a little funky - polkadots, patterned, whatever. Just something eye-catching and decorative. Who wants plain legs?
In my teens I would have shrunk away from the idea that people would look at my legs but now, and since my late twenties, I have actually enjoyed standing out. Fishnets help me do that. And the best part of this style is that anyone can pull it off. Alternative teens, young women, or stylish mature women. It's a look that can be adapted, depending on how you wear them.
Also, there are other advantages to wearing fishnets that most people don't even consider. They hide your hairy legs between waxes and if you have a feminine infection, they allow your girly parts to breathe. And now I'll bet all the boys reading this are feeling totally disillusioned. Think about that next time you watch a blue movie with a fishnet clad pair of legs in it!
If there's one item of hosiery that every woman should own, it's a good quality pair of fishnet tights or stockings. Thank you for reading. It was worth doing an entire month of A to Z posts just to write this short piece about fishnets.