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How Many Women Wear Stockings?

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I was wondering how many women wear stockings and suspenders on a daily basis. Are there any statistics on this topic

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Erhard

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All We know is that Mrs Welsh wears every day!

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Here in the USA......functional all day wear?.....very rare

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Hello Erhard:

I do although I am 63 and grew up with stockings. I haven't worn pantyhose since I was in college although I will wear black opaque tights to work in extremely cold weather.

I have no statistics on the number of women who wear stockings daily, although I would guess it's an extremely small number here in the U.S.; probably less than one percent. From what I've learned here on the forum, I would guess the percentage might be larger in the UK.

But as I've frequently said in the past, women who refuse to wear stockings simply don't know what they are missing. Stockings still make me feel special after all these years.

Karen

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Well, we live in the southwest of the USA and my wife wears stockings and suspenders every time we go out.

 

And, by the way, we are older than OnyxPointex.

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Mrs F wears everyday to work, unless it's too hot.

 

 

And for pics/fun.

 

 

Am I lucky or what? B)

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Considering how few examples of stockngs are even on the shelves of local retail outlets, and that the vast majority of women display "bare legs" while wearing skirts or dresses in this part of the world, I'll join the others in suggesting very few indeed. :(

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I wear them at times, but none of my girlfriends wear them during the day. From reading the forum and chat it seems like more men are wearing them than women.

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Yes its definitely men who wear more than wome I wear everyday without fail x

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I wear them at times, but none of my girlfriends wear them during the day. From reading the forum and chat it seems like more men are wearing them than women.

 

Yes its definitely men who wear more than wome I wear everyday without fail x

 

I don't believe more men wear stockings than females .  My guess is most of the females who buy from SHQ don't join the forums because they consider the product to be a normal everyday item  unlike men who buy stockings for themselves . Men who buy socks online , would not consider joining a sock forum .

 

Cue Rikki , to tell us about his visit to the stocking factory .

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I wear holdups on a daily basis, and suspenders/stocking for best/fun etc.  Suspenders are not comfortable for wearing over an eight hour working/shopping day

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Hi Erhard.

 

Allow the following additions and expansions on and to previous comments.

 

Based on observations culled from everything including personal visuals to media (disregarding "porn" and  related sites) I agree few women wear stockings, certainly not daily though on occasions of which most are familiar. Those to frequent here are not a good measuring barometer as this topic falls into that category as why look for a Chevy at a Ford dealer? We are too close and personal to the subject not to be prejudiced. There are indeed women to willingly few to wear hosiery (outside of those heavy types, leggings and the like) and I'll keep my definitions here to the more "accepted" styles. Among those few the majority choose pantyhose/tights as classic/traditional stockings are considered archaic by any standard and pantyhose/tights are the modern day equivalent to girdles and hosiery. By comparison stockings are many steps backward. Given that the most are those to follow fashion, norms dictate that hosiery in general is that to avoid. Just part of the brainwashed follow the crowd set.

 

​Sales space at venues is fractional compared to decades ago though as has been stated numerous times, there is apparently enough interest to keep the interest alive and well as proven by the mere existence of this Forum and that SHQ is so successful.  

 

All the excuses are known well and this part falls into two broad fashion camps: those to pursue "comfort" and those to make a statement. The wearing of hosiery and associated garments has been expounded upon longer than I've been around as is increasingly akin to a sin though in past decades was accepted then  as much as flip flops today. With today's clime hosiery is considered "uncomfortable" with that notion continuously reinforced. Those making statements with their duds cannot claim comfort as I have seen outfits that could not be comfortable in most manners and admit to having participated in such behavior myself (I believe the vastness here and anywhere have also at one time or many) in attempts to be fashionable, hip, in or (_____________) add your own. The combos I see in Ann Arbor as example are true eye sores incorporating ripped, torn and trashed hosiery as part of the show.

 

As to any not knowing what they are missing, they have no idea, would not know nor appreciate the difference (personal experience quite bears this out) and never will and  never care. Most have no notion of elegance lacking the capacity to do so given the societal influential pressures and associated related stigmas.

 

Regarding the number of men or others wearing hosiery, I've no manner to accurately determine or gauge those numbers. The majority of stockings I deal with on eBay are procured by men- I surmise the most to be collectors, then "others." My take has very few are women though a few have made note they indulge, some for fun with many due to a "dress code" situation. I seldom am provided further details and to ask I'd consider a violation of personal space.

 

To sum- very few women wear hosiery for a cast of reasons, fashion pressures and trends, the ever prevalent stigmas reinforced by the preceding  with many further reinforced by stories from the past originating from those that considered them a necessary nuisance back when. And, lest any forget, the considerable stigma associated with porn to the point classic hosiery is considered suitable for sluts or tarts, this augmented by continuing ignorance.

 

Regards,

Dworkin    

   

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My lovely lady of over 30 years mostly only wears her FF stockings when we fool around at home, but can occasionally be persuaded to wear them discreetly in public - at the cinema (back row of course), or in the bar of a hotel when we're out of town for a nice weekend together. She will often do so with boots so they're not too obvious, but that's just a personal preference. But whatever she wears I love her and respect her deeply.

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Of females who wear hosiery on a daily basis, I guess the percentage is less than 10%

 

I wouldn't disagree with this - even among my friends, most of whom are vintage/retro enthusiasts, and some of whom are 'alternative' models, few actually wear stockings day-to-day, though they may wear them for photoshoots and such.  Perhaps that is personal preference, or perhaps it is more like not taking their work home with them; either way, I don't see it as a place to intervene (although if I'm asked for help/advice, I always do what I can).

 

 

As to any not knowing what they are missing, they have no idea, would not know nor appreciate the difference...and never will and never care. Most have no notion of elegance lacking the capacity to do so given the societal influential pressures and associated related stigmas.

 

Hear, hear Dworkin!  I often get compliments from girls and ladies who are slavishly following fashion, and they always finish by saying "I could never get away with wearing something like that", my response to that is "Of course you could, if you wanted to".  Far too many people are never given the option of moving away from fashion, so I like to give them that small sentence to think on. 

 

 

 

As for me - on a work day, I wear stockings from early in the morning until I get home in the evening, and depending on the rest of the days' activities will continue to wear them until bedtime (that's a minimum of 9 hours, up to 15 or more some days); when I'm not at work, I still wear them, but I don't get up as early in the morning ;)

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Hi,

 

Like probably lots of cross dressers i wear seamed nylons on a daily basis.

 

xx

 

Caroline

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I wore stockings daily when I did not have a job.  When my children got older and I was home alone during school days I decided to get a job in the school system.  I've been doing that for many years and I now manage a school cafeteria.  I don't wear stockings at work but I still enjoy my stockings on the weekends or when my husband and I go out.  To this day he still "Dresses Me"  I love the attention and passion!  I'll always enjoy that.  I actually anticipate him doing that.  With all the heart ache and death in our family here recently I realize even more today the blessed relationship we have.  I cherish every time he slides stockings onto my legs, garters me, slips my panties on to my body, gives me pedicures or a fresh, delicate shave job (He's done that for over 40 years) and treats me like a goddess.  Just the thought of someday losing that makes today a day to do something special with him.  We have seen how just one day, one hour or one minute can change a life for people that survive when a loved one is gone to the Father.  So as long as I'm wearing stockings and my husband is here I know who will shower me with adoration.

 

Susan

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Hi

 

stocking or hold ups anytime I wear a skirt or dress.

 

Kate

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I was thinking about this thread at lunchtime today.  I was having a coffee  in a town centre cafe in Sleaford and just staring out of the window into the main street (for those who don't know Sleaford, it is a one street town centre). 

 

There are about 15,000 residents in Sleaford of whom I would estimate half are females.  Of these 7,500 females probably 30% are either children or geriatric.  Of the 5,250 remaining women, I would estimate that 80% wear trousers on a daily basis.  Of the 1,050 skirt wearing women probably 80% at this time of year wear opaque tights or leggings - in the summer the same proportion are bare legged.  This leaves 210 hosiery wearing ladies.

 

In the local supermarkets the shelf space given to tights as opposed to stockings or hold ups is probably in the proportion of 19:1. 

 

Which would suggest there maybe as many as 4 ladies wearing stockings on any day in a town of 15,000 residents.  On those sort of ratios, it is unlikely that we would encounter a stocking wearing lady, let alone get a glimpse or sighting.

 

On this basis I came to the conclusion that the two definite sightings I have had in Sleaford in eight years are a very good return!

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You can see by my profile that I started to wear stockings at 14, quite common in 1964. I still wear everyday with a girdle. 

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I was thinking about this thread at lunchtime today.  I was having a coffee  in a town centre cafe in Sleaford and just staring out of the window into the main street (for those who don't know Sleaford, it is a one street town centre). 

 

There are about 15,000 residents in Sleaford of whom I would estimate half are females.  Of these 7,500 females probably 30% are either children or geriatric.  Of the 5,250 remaining women, I would estimate that 80% wear trousers on a daily basis.  Of the 1,050 skirt wearing women probably 80% at this time of year wear opaque tights or leggings - in the summer the same proportion are bare legged.  This leaves 210 hosiery wearing ladies.

 

In the local supermarkets the shelf space given to tights as opposed to stockings or hold ups is probably in the proportion of 19:1. 

 

Which would suggest there maybe as many as 4 ladies wearing stockings on any day in a town of 15,000 residents.  On those sort of ratios, it is unlikely that we would encounter a stocking wearing lady, let alone get a glimpse or sighting.

 

On this basis I came to the conclusion that the two definite sightings I have had in Sleaford in eight years are a very good return!

 

I american stores the women's hosiery section is no longer a department in most stores with just some on display in some remote section of the store and you needs to ask directions.

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I don't own a single pair of tights. I wear stockings because I like the feel, it works out cheaper, Dacorum is always a reminder and lastly my fiancé loves them.

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I american stores the women's hosiery section is no longer a department in most stores with just some on display in some remote section of the store and you needs to ask directions.

We were in Nordstroms today and hosiery was not obvious.  

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We were in Nordstroms today and hosiery was not obvious.  

 

I buy at the Hanes/Leggs outlet store near me and the hosiery section is now in the back right corner. Years ago hosiery was half the store and now it's about 10%. 

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Suspenders are not comfortable - ladies comments please - this is like a dagger to the heart!!

 

Paul

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Paul

 

LOL Yes suspenders (garters) with stockings make me feel sexy and they are classy (ladylike), but the bad news is that there is no Santa Claus, no Easter bunny, and suspenders (garters) are uncomfortable. 

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Suspenders are not comfortable - ladies comments please

 

 

Paul,

 

personally I find such comments to be complete and utter hogwash; but then I also recognise that some people may not have found and/or be wearing the right size stockings/suspender belt/girdle/corselette/waist cincher/etc, etc.

 

Remember that we are all different in the way we perceive the world around us, and what is nothing to one person may literally be agony for another - such as a woman with vulvodynia may not be physically able to wear any sort of panty or trouser, but this is something most people are never consciously aware of feeling.

 

The beauty in humanity is that every thing is different for every one of us - some things less so & some things more so than for others.

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Are we talking the uk, usa whole world? either way it varies day to day most days in the uk the stockometer hovers arounf 28000, with the highest reading for 2014 at 32,431

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When I started to wear stockings at 14 I wore a 4 strap suspender belt which I found to be quite uncomfortable due to the non stretch nylons pulling it down onto my waist causing it to cut in. My mum recommended I change to a girdle commonly called a roll-on.I still wear a girdle everyday only a lot more firm.

Andrea

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Hi,

 

I wear vintage seamed stockings on a daily basis with either a corselette, girdle or suspender belts with straps ranging from 6 to 14 and find them all to be sexy,sensual and comfortable.

 

Caroline(cd)

 

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A quote from Taylor:

 

"I often get compliments from girls and ladies who are slavishly following fashion, and they always finish by saying "I could never get away with wearing something like that."

 

Taylor countered that they could. I've to say that no, they can't. Most are stuck inside the proverbial box, caught in the "loop" and people in general are unable to see further than the eye can reach. Frank Zappa said that everyone wears a uniform. He was right. Ever notice how much everyone looks pretty much like everyone? I've been on long enough to see sameness in fashions occur from hair, makeup, shoes, even eyeglasses. With a sizable crowd, make the bodies invisible and this would become most apparent. Do that in any time period and the results would be the same. Most people are "stuck" and worse, even were they to know, are too scared to dare being  different due again to the possible resultant attention which ranges from embarrassment to ridicule. As example Westmeister expressed his lady dons boots or sits in the back of the cinema when wearing FF's for reasons in his thread. I brook no disrespect, they are a very fortunate couple to have found each other and enjoy such indulgements and I express my envy. Leggygirl in another post expressed reservations about wearing FF's in public after an interface from a proto sub humanoid clod. Love, idiots abound, just look at what's on the tele, in tabloids and who is in public office for starts.

 

All this illustrates the complexities involved with what passes for fashions and stigmas associated with certain aspects therein. How many have mentioned they go to efforts to hid the "bump" as surly that is a dead giveaway yet bra straps are not only accepted, at times promoted. All relevant to point of view, relevant to perceived perceptions shaped by society views.

 

Another point more recent holds garter/suspenders are uncomfortable and they can be. As Taylor made light, everyone is different and a key is finding what works for an  individual's particular circumstances. Another point that is an oft overlooked deterrent related- wearing classic traditional hosiery is an art. Those that grew up with them as in decades ago had mentors a many. Now, I see gals that can't seem to get wearing pantyhose/tights right which given the wonder stretch materials available is astounding. The simple has that without a proper teacher such presents difficulty few have interest in, fewer care to master and given (in my opinion) most don't note the difference between sheer flat knits and the "other" stuff and as they do not have the capacity to enjoy the experience. Among those  to know the most of those don't care. This is an area I do have considerable first hand personal knowledge with. The majority of women I've encountered  in my time had no desire to wear that "old" stuff even if and when they knew the difference. To them it was not worth the effort. And that was just one reason. Given that we live in a "convenient"  era, traditional hosiery, garments and attendant attention with regards  to getting it anywhere near right do not fit the current mode and few really care about the "look" which does not fit with the current mindset promoted and so easily excepted.

 

Very few have the pluck or will to actually be different  though due to clever marketing think they are when generally they believe to  look unique, like everyone else.

 

My compliments to all here to take the time to expend the effort to be themselves and truly I enjoy the exchanges here in the Forums should that only be for the most part to view as truly we are rather few. Long live SHQ and participants.

 

Kindly Regards,

Dworkin

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It can become electronic ping pong with all the subjective points of view but maybe one of our internet detectives can find the differences between the sizes of today's women compared to those in the 1920's? I think they'll find women today are much heavier for the most part and have given up on fashions. There was no precision of moment or hour when we women stopped caring how we looked, it just happened. I wear stockings but not everyday and try to follow my mothers advice on my appearance in public. If you want to be treated as a Lady then at least look like one. The slacks and sneaker cookie cutter look gets old fast.

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I do (wear stockings on a daily basis, with the exception of 3-4 working days spent in jeans).

And it's highly uncommon in Norway. Even so, I've probably recruited a handfull of women in their 30's and 40's to to the comfort of stockings.

 

Cold autumn and winter days are spent in Levante 100 denier wool stockings, other days at the office are normally spent in either Silky or Nylonica (no, I'm not a secretary ;) ).

And for romantic dates out on town, or for company dinners, I choose Gio or Eleganti. Either cuban heel or manhattan heel, - I've got a genuine softspot for those two. 

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Taylor countered that they could. I've to say that no, they can't. Most are stuck inside the proverbial box, caught in the "loop" and people in general are unable to see further than the eye can reach. Frank Zappa said that everyone wears a uniform. He was right. Ever notice how much everyone looks pretty much like everyone?

 

Oh, Dworkin - there's a difference between them being able to do it (dressing is a simple art), and choosing to do it.  I know most probably won't - but I personally find it much more fun & enriching to suggest that someone follow their heart/dreams/passion/etc than to keep quiet and be another negative ninny to add to the ever-expanding pile.

 

 

maybe one of our internet detectives can find the differences between the sizes of today's women compared to those in the 1920's?  I think they'll find women today are much heavier for the most part and have given up on fashions

 

Not exactly the twenties, but perhaps this is a good starting point: http://www.glamamor.com/2013/08/sizing-up-old-hollywood-heights-weights.html

 

Although I suspect it is all about proportionality, rather than weight increase only - I often struggle to get a dress (wiggle or otherwise) that actually fits me, simply because I'm more of a classic hourglass shape and that makes me the minority, even in online boutiques such as Vivien of Holloway & Lady k London, everything is too big in the hips, or - as far as I can see - not a reasonable proportion at all.  The general populace are becoming more pear-shaped, whereas I'm shaped more like most on the above list; and as for fashion - what a fickle subject!  Today it's maxi dresses, tomorrow it's bodycons, unless one prefers to wear what one likes, and stuff what we're told is "en vogue", which (as I said above) I always strive to help others see they can do, if they would like to.

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