I have been wearing pantyhose for as long as I can remember. Being a man who wears pantyhose can be a bit… different, for lack of better words.
At first it started out in the comfort of my own bedroom as a child, about 6 or 7 years old. Hidden from my family, because I thought maybe I was doing something I shouldn’t have been.
As I got older, I secretly wore them hidden under my jeans, hoping no one would find out… At the some time afraid, yet excitingly curious to know – “What would happen if someone found out I was wearing women’s pantyhose?”
What was so wrong with it anyway? Why was I (a boy) wanting to wear a women’s garment?.. Was something wrong with me? Is something wrong with the rest of the world? What’s the big deal?
All of those questions and more where going through my head as a kid, and into my teenage years… However the older I got, the braver I became, and the less afraid I was to do a few experiments to search for some of those answers.
I began small, and subtle. I cut holes in my jeans and wore nude or suntan color pantyhose to see if anyone would notice the slight shine, and ask questions… No one noticed.
So I kicked things up a step, and wore darker colors like coco, and even black.
Only my close friends really noticed At least they are the only ones who said anything… “Are you wearing pantyhose?”
Moment of truth.. here we go.. “Yes”.
“WHY?” was immediately the next question to follow.
Admittedly I was a little embarrassed at that moment, but I couldn’t for the life of me think of a single reason as to why I shouldn’t. “Because they’re made for women?” That wasn’t a good enough reason for me to accept… so I told my friends “Why not?! They’re comfortable, and I like how they feel.”
…. after a few seconds of silence, the rest of that conversation went pretty good from there. A few questions with me explaining things… it turns out I have some really supportive friends who like me for the weird person I am, not the clothes I wear.
As time went on, and with knowing who my true friends are, I started to do more research and also started wearing pantyhose with shorts. Of course I started back with nude while wearing shorts. Testing the waters to see if anyone would notice… then a good friend gave me some advice… “Stop wearing Nude, it looks like you have 2 prosthetic legs!” Like I said… supportive…lol.
The next day I wore Suntan color pantyhose. Even though they were a few shades darker than my actual skin tone, my friend was right… they looked better.
I did this for quite some time, and as it turns out… The general population doesn’t really care! Everyone is too busy worrying about the things they have going on in there own lives, that not many people ever even noticed that I was wearing pantyhose. If I had to put a number on it, I would say maybe one in ten people might have noticed. Only one out of twenty of the ones who might have noticed, actually asked me about it. Then I had the same conversation as I had with my friends, all over again, sometimes less.
The more research I did, I found out that I’m not the only one, and certainly not the first… men have been wearing pantyhose for literally hundreds of years! Rarely in sight of public, however the number of public sightings were growing every day.
I learned that they even have brands now, made specifically for men… with fly opening, so No more women’s brands. The more research I dug into, the more fascinated I became with this garment, and it’s history.
That’s when I decided to be bold, stand out, make a statement, and spread the weirdness…
I wore bright, bold colors, with different textures and patterns. I was standing out by standing proud and not afraid to be comfortable being me in such a silly little garment.
I took joy in mixing and matching my wardrobe to go with my collection of tights and pantyhose.
But still one question remains…
For a while it would have seemed as though I was obsessed with pantyhose… but I wasn’t. I was more obsessed with why pantyhose had fallen out of what I’d call, “the social norm” for men. Men use to wear pantyhose as commonly as shirts, or shoes! I know the materials have changed, but why did the wearer? Why did it become a garment for only women? I understood bras, but couldn’t women adopt tights like they did pants… Not to say that women took it over, because it’s the men who stopped wearing them for so long. Perhaps it was because we realized they looked better on women than they did on us men… but then again so does everything else.
So what is this all about? It’s the history, and the present. The fabrics and garment it self. The future of this garment and where it’s going.
As I’ve learned over the years, it’s in fact Not a big deal… It’s just another garment, but is history (in some way) repeating it self? What will men do with it this time?