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When most women wore stockings...

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A few of the gents of a certain age might recall the glamour magazines Spick and Span, very popular in the late 50s and early 60s. Almost all the pics were ladies in stockings but, of course, that just reflected what all women wore at the time. I have just added an album devoted to Adrienne Houston in some delightful poses. Hope you enjoy

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Stockings were just that. They were stockings and it wanted "tights" to remind us of what many people lost.

And, reading this forum, Oh, did we know what we had?

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My ex hubby grew up with all women around him wearing stockings.  I grew up in transition to tights but I remained with stockings, where my friends started or converted to tights

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20 hours ago, blackmacjay said:

Stockings were just that. They were stockings and it wanted "tights" to remind us of what many people lost.

And, reading this forum, Oh, did we know what we had?

Yes - at the time I certainly knew that stockings were something special.

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Was brought up in a home where stockings were the norm . Same with hubby so we both don't think it is unusual. What we wonder though is us ladies look so good in them and the reaction we get,why dont more wear them . To lazy my guess .Shame we have lost that feminine look. To bad for all

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I was also brought up in the era when stockings were always worn both by ladies and girls over 12 years old on a regular basis and the transition to tights didn't start until I was about 19, so they were just looked on as a normal piece (albeit special) of female attire.

Mrs JS also wore stockings in her teenage years and I am lucky that she wears and has worn regularly since we got married in 1975. 

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Lots of girls I knew in the 1960's always wore stockings under denim jeans as well as with a skirt or dress.

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My girlfriend in the mid-sixties was a regular stocking wearer - always sheer, 100% nylon, dark tan/coffee and sometimes black. Looked and felt stunning under a very favourite moss green, figure-hugging jersey dress, of splendidly 'variable' length.

When hemlines dramatically rose in around '65, stocking wearing became a tad risque - unless you could find them really long, which was difficult. She was quite an expert seamstress, and I remember her running up a couple of striking one-piece jump suits, in shiny cire nylon, with chunky long zip from collar to crotch. Her Mum did not approve of either of these!. As a preferred nylons wearer, it was always suspender belt and sheer hose under these wonderful jump suits, the full-length zip proving an opening of delicious effect.

In the summer, sheers could give way to light-coloured or brown fishnets, over tanned legs.

Means of transport for a 1966 was a Vespa scooter, and a short mini-dress or skirt and stockings wasn't really on, so followed experimentation with the newly-available tights. Sheer-to-waist wasn't common in the early years, and most tights (especially the 20D and 30D variety) had reinforced tops; so, even though thighs were encased, the shortest skirts still showed 'tops' - which could be quite intriguing, if you weren't sure . . .

For several years, tights (and high hemlines) were routine wear, and we both went through our student days, near Manchester, together.  I do recall it was the norm, then, when wearing a bum-skimming miniskirt, to wear ones panties over tights, rather than under; many of the girls at College liked to provide a cheeky flash of colourful knicker from time to time.. Such were the delights of the newly-liberated '70s!

Practical though tights were on a daily basis, my girlfriend always had a love of the look, feel and comfort of real nylon (and was I going to argue with that?), and for every special occasion, when dressing up was preferred, she reached for the suspenders and sheers.  Those occasions ran to parties, family gatherings and nights out (and in) with special friends.  When we both graduated in the summer of 1971, I guess the Vice Chancellor had no idea that underneath that fitted silk dress was basque and stockings.

And over the years of work that followed, commuting as she did to central London, a very civil servant, her preference for stockings never waned, nor lost its delightful appeal - an ever-present reminder of the power to both intrigue and arouse.

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15 minutes ago, Chrissie said:

My girlfriend in the mid-sixties was a regular stocking wearer - always sheer, 100% nylon, dark tan/coffee and sometimes black. Looked and felt stunning under a very favourite moss green, figure-hugging jersey dress, of splendidly 'variable' length.

When hemlines dramatically rose in around '65, stocking wearing became a tad risque - unless you could find them really long, which was difficult. She was quite an expert seamstress, and I remember her running up a couple of striking one-piece jump suits, in shiny cire nylon, with chunky long zip from collar to crotch. Her Mum did not approve of either of these!. As a preferred nylons wearer, it was always suspender belt and sheer hose under these wonderful jump suits, the full-length zip proving an opening of delicious effect.

In the summer, sheers could give way to light-coloured or brown fishnets, over tanned legs.

Means of transport for a 1966 was a Vespa scooter, and a short mini-dress or skirt and stockings wasn't really on, so followed experimentation with the newly-available tights. Sheer-to-waist wasn't common in the early years, and most tights (especially the 20D and 30D variety) had reinforced tops; so, even though thighs were encased, the shortest skirts still showed 'tops' - which could be quite intriguing, if you weren't sure . . .

For several years, tights (and high hemlines) were routine wear, and we both went through our student days, near Manchester, together.  I do recall it was the norm, then, when wearing a bum-skimming miniskirt, to wear ones panties over tights, rather than under; many of the girls at College liked to provide a cheeky flash of colourful knicker from time to time.. Such were the delights of the newly-liberated '70s!

Practical though tights were on a daily basis, my girlfriend always had a love of the look, feel and comfort of real nylon (and was I going to argue with that?), and for every special occasion, when dressing up was preferred, she reached for the suspenders and sheers.  Those occasions ran to parties, family gatherings and nights out (and in) with special friends.  When we both graduated in the summer of 1971, I guess the Vice Chancellor had no idea that underneath that fitted silk dress was basque and stockings.

And over the years of work that followed, commuting as she did to central London, a very civil servant, her preference for stockings never waned, nor lost its delightful appeal - an ever-present reminder of the power to both intrigue and arouse.

What a great story. It echoes my experience too all though not through to marriage. I remember the knickers over tights very well and would add that a lot of girls wore two pairs of knickers, one under and as you say, a colourful pair over. This practice came in handy in the disco when the song, 'Jump up and down and wave your knickers in the air' was played.

Great times.

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On 11/12/2017 at 3:20 PM, John S said:

Lots of girls I knew in the 1960's always wore stockings under denim jeans as well as with a skirt or dress.

And the bumps showed!!  So sexy.

That said, women were much less concerned if bumps or stocking tops showed a bit - every one was wearing stockings so it was no big deal.

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Oh for those days once again. Thanks to being born in the 40's, I was able to enjoy the sights and sounds of women in FF and RHT's that would swish when they walked or crossed their legs. OH such a lovely sound. I don't know why it was so arousing (well actually I do) but it was and still is a stimulant to my body, along with the feel and a few other pleasure to be had from those well worn stockings..... 

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Fully agree with everyone's views on this subject...bumps/straps on show would not be so taboo if stockings were everyday wear...let's face it no woman bothers about her bra straps showing through clothing. Lady S has worn stockings mainly FFN's all her life and doesn't bother if straps/bumps show...after all it is only underwear on show and if wearing FFN's is not showing that you are wearing stockings why be bothered about the method of supporting them showing?  It is the same with calling them "slutty"...as I have mentioned before on this forum I blame the media and they are always described as such by them...again if everyday wear by all women I do not think they would have been branded this way. Seamed stockings look extremely classy and elegant and very sexy but a tight skirt/blouse or high heels could also come under the "slutty" banner but it does not seem to be bandied about as much.

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Fun discussion.  Pantyhose took over in the mid to late sixties.  Bare legs took over from pantyhose.  So it's probable  that many women under late fifties have never worn a pair of gartered stockings in their life.

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I'm 47, so am more accustomed to tights / pantyhose with only some stockings. Stockings and suspenders will always be my favorite to see! 

But now it's just rare to see hosiery in general, thanks to a wider variety than ever in fashion. I support people dressing as they want. Seeing any woman in a dress and hosiery is both distracting and exciting for me, in good and bad ways. 

Most of my female friends in their 40s/50s just aren't interested in nylons or opaque hosiery in general! So I'll sometimes see them out and about in nice dresses and bare legs. 

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On 12/11/2017 at 6:46 PM, Chrissie said:

My girlfriend in the mid-sixties was a regular stocking wearer - always sheer, 100% nylon, dark tan/coffee and sometimes black. Looked and felt stunning under a very favourite moss green, figure-hugging jersey dress, of splendidly 'variable' length.

When hemlines dramatically rose in around '65, stocking wearing became a tad risque - unless you could find them really long, which was difficult. She was quite an expert seamstress, and I remember her running up a couple of striking one-piece jump suits, in shiny cire nylon, with chunky long zip from collar to crotch. Her Mum did not approve of either of these!. As a preferred nylons wearer, it was always suspender belt and sheer hose under these wonderful jump suits, the full-length zip proving an opening of delicious effect.

In the summer, sheers could give way to light-coloured or brown fishnets, over tanned legs.

Means of transport for a 1966 was a Vespa scooter, and a short mini-dress or skirt and stockings wasn't really on, so followed experimentation with the newly-available tights. Sheer-to-waist wasn't common in the early years, and most tights (especially the 20D and 30D variety) had reinforced tops; so, even though thighs were encased, the shortest skirts still showed 'tops' - which could be quite intriguing, if you weren't sure . . .

For several years, tights (and high hemlines) were routine wear, and we both went through our student days, near Manchester, together.  I do recall it was the norm, then, when wearing a bum-skimming miniskirt, to wear ones panties over tights, rather than under; many of the girls at College liked to provide a cheeky flash of colourful knicker from time to time.. Such were the delights of the newly-liberated '70s!

Practical though tights were on a daily basis, my girlfriend always had a love of the look, feel and comfort of real nylon (and was I going to argue with that?), and for every special occasion, when dressing up was preferred, she reached for the suspenders and sheers.  Those occasions ran to parties, family gatherings and nights out (and in) with special friends.  When we both graduated in the summer of 1971, I guess the Vice Chancellor had no idea that underneath that fitted silk dress was basque and stockings.

And over the years of work that followed, commuting as she did to central London, a very civil servant, her preference for stockings never waned, nor lost its delightful appeal - an ever-present reminder of the power to both intrigue and arouse.

Great story, thank you!

John M

 

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Any UK members like to suggest a particular year things " changed".

Was it all over in a couple of years, or faster?

I'm a '53 model so memories a little faded.

Much appreciate considered opinions

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I would say  tights took over from stretch seamless stockings in 1967? probably earlier in swinging london?

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On 06/12/2017 at 8:57 PM, lone_ranger said:

A few of the gents of a certain age might recall the glamour magazines Spick and Span, very popular in the late 50s and early 60s. Almost all the pics were ladies in stockings but, of course, that just reflected what all women wore at the time. I have just added an album devoted to Adrienne Houston in some delightful poses. Hope you enjoy

Not just Spick and Span but Beautiful Britons and they were still being produced at least up to the late 70s, There was a small outdoor newsagent in Castle Street in the centre of Liverpool that I used to buy them from. When I got married I binned them all. I had many of them and they are worth a few bob now. SIGH!

I hope its OK to post the following YouTube link. There are more.

 

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22 hours ago, Wilesco said:

Not just Spick and Span but Beautiful Britons and they were still being produced at least up to the late 70s, There was a small outdoor newsagent in Castle Street in the centre of Liverpool that I used to buy them from. When I got married I binned them all. I had many of them and they are worth a few bob now. SIGH!

I hope its OK to post the following YouTube link. There are more.

 

Happy days, all we have now is leggings and opaque tights yuk!!!!!!!!!

gt

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I am a guy in my early 40s and while I like  to see women wearing stockings it is quite debasing the way guys on here feel cheated that most women don't wear them anymore !

Look chaps it is not you that has to wear them I am also very aware of the opinion that women have of men that expect them to dress a certain way and expect mainly old fashioned things of them 

I do not want to be the bloke that women think of as a bit pervy or somebody that cant be trusted because I have weird expectations

some of you guys are very greasy:58674bddb5b72_EmojiSmiley-01: You see a girl and you care nothing else about looking up their skirt This is the reason some women don't wear stockings ironically ! 

This is the modern era if you come across a lady that happens to be the type you like then its a good day 

Beyond that just stop being weird 

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