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National Nylon Stocking Day
Break out the hosiery and grab your garter belt! It is National Nylon Stocking Day on May 15. It’s the day we celebrate the invention of nylon stockings, that much is obvious. Today, mostly we wear panty hose, but what did women do before nylon was invented?
Many may not remember ever hearing the term “nylon stockings”. Varying in color, design and transparency, nylon stockings (also known as hosiery) are close-fitting, knitted garments worn the same as socks. Some knitted socks are plain, but some are very interesting like these ones. Knitting socks can be fun, but can you imagine having to knit stockings?
Back to stocking! Stockings are longer than socks, ending well above the knee on the thigh and held up by means of a garter belt. Today, they have stay up stockings that grip the thigh, but back in the day, a garter belt was an essential piece of your wardrobe.
A bit of stocking history – Prior to the 1920’s, stockings were made of woven cloth such as cotton, linen, wool or silk and were worn for warmth. As hemlines of women’s dresses rose in the 1920’s, women began to wear stockings over their exposed legs. These “new” stockings were sheer with a seam in the back. Shame on any woman whose seams weren’t perfectly straight!
During World War 2, we needed the nylon for parachutes, so women at that time painted their bare legs with eyeliner to make it appear as though they were wearing stockings! An enterprising young man could almost ensure a young lady’s affections if he presented her with a gift of stockings. Even though it was highly improper, the gifts were almost always accepted – you didn’t want to appear ungrateful for the effort it took to get them.
In the next post, I will share with you how to draft a garter belt to your own body measurements, so you can celebrate Nylon Stocking Day in vintage style!