A to Z of Lingerie: S is for Stockings
We all know what stockings are. We've all seen them or worn them. That needs no explanation. So how can I write about stockings without making it titillating and keep it educational?
I started to wonder about the history of stockings and I asked Wiki answers why stockings were invented. The answer?
"To wear on your dirty little feet."
Eww! Is Wiki answers coming on to me? Gross! So I went to Wikipedia and read all about the history of stockings. Obviously they were first worn by men for warmth and as time passed they developed into something more like what we know now, and were not always for warmth.
I do own stockings myself, as well as tights (panty hose for the American readers) and I do love to wear them. If I am wearing a mid-length or long skirt, and the fabric will allow me to wear them without showing too much visibility, I will always choose stockings over tights.
Another variation of the stocking is the hold-up. I don't know if there's another name for these in America or the rest of the world but they're basically stockings that stay up using silicon bands at the top instead of suspender belts. I've been put off using these because of a bad experience.
A couple of years ago I decided to put my faith in hold ups, despite having been let down by them in the past when the silicon lost it's stickiness and my hold ups did not hold up. So I wore a pair to work one day and they lasted until five o'clock. Great. Then I had to walk to the car park and the friction caused the silicon to lose it's grip. It was embarrassing enough having to walk the whole distance holding on to the tops of my legs to spare my blushes but an old wino noticed I was walking funny and asked after my welfare. When I replied that I was fine he said I didn't look it and insisted on walking me to my car to make sure I didn't hurt myself. It goes without saying that I will not be investing in any more hold-ups for use outside the bedroom.
Have you ever had a lingerie disaster?