There’s pantyhose and then there’s mantyhose. Mantyhose is pantyhose for men the trend has been picking up steam for the last 10 years or so. Yes, men do really wear pantyhose. Men do enjoy wearing lots of women’s clothing including hosiery. Of course, there are performers, female impersonators, cross dressers, and drag queens who pull out all the stops and dress to the nines. But, regular guys are also sporting pantyhose for a variety of reasons.
Mantyhose: Fashion & More
Some men wear support hosiery for medical reasons like varicose veins and circulation—male nurses and men with jobs that require lots of walking and standing have donned pantyhose for this reason. Others wear it for warmth and compression. Others do it for fashion reasons and wear them with kilts, skirts and shorts and consider themselves fashionistas. If you Google “mantyhose”, you will see many sites like Luluemon and Amazon, as well as some fashion and accessory designers.
The Royals Must Have
Thanks to Megan Markle (aka Duchess of Sussex), pantyhose could be a returning trend for men and women. Less than one week after she got married and became part of the British family, she wore a cream-colored Philp Treacy hat, a GOAT dress and white pantyhose. Pantyhose are actually part of the royal dress code put in place by Queen Elizabeth. Other rules include royals prohibited from wearing colored nail polish and/or dresses above the knees.
Millenials and other social media peeps have been mocking and meme-ing Megan because she wore hosiery. The GOAT website crashed after she wore the ensemble and shoppers are looking to get that ladylike style dress Megan wore on top of her pantyhose. Markle Madness is in full swing. If you hate pantyhose, you might be out of luck. Looks like it will be returning to stores soon and on Instagram influencer feeds.
Bare Legs Can Cause a Commotion
Last month, Megan did break tradition and showed up sans pantyhose. She was spotted bare-legged at a charity performance of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theater in London. Megan wore a sleek, black Judith & Charles tuxedo dress and it was much shorter than any dress or skirt she’s worn since her May wedding and becoming a duchess. She does have great legs, but more than likely she will return to pantyhose for events, especially if her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II is there.
Want to know what it’s like to wear mantyhose?
Check out this story from The Daily Beast, Jacob Tomsky Wears Mantyhose (Men’s Pantyhose) for a Week