NOW THAT’S FUNNY
Ladies, we have our revenge. Now men wear pantyhose, too!
All those years we struggled into those limp, clingy, suntanned hose, only to peel them off at the end of the day, sticky and itching … did you know that men were secretly wishing they could do the same?
According to Francesco Cavallini, vice-president of luxe hosiery company Emilio Cavallini, men are a growing niche market: “When we started our online shop we noticed that a lot of tights sized medium-large were being purchased by men…”
After some research online, Mr. Cavallini, found that there was a strong but definite following among men for hosiery. Or, as racked.com calls it,"brosiery."
Right now, most men are wearing the hose under their clothing, for warmth. I don’t know why they don’t just wear long underwear, that stuff is much more comfortable than hose.
Men in Europe (those Euro-dudes are always on the forefront of fashion) are starting to embrace pantyhose as an everyday clothing item, as the site www.e-mancipate.net evidences. They show men wearing hose in various colors, peeking out from under shorts, or with rolled up pant legs revealing wild designs of swirls or stripes.
Ladies, do you dig a guy with tights? Would you let him buy you a drink if you met him in a bar? Or would you expect him to mime that he is stuck in a box?
I can’t see my two sons gravitating toward this trend. They won’t even wear tighty whiteys. They prefer boxers. Actually, they prefer pajamas, but so far they’re not allowed to wear those to school.
I definitely don’t want my husband wearing these. He had surgery a couple of years ago and had to wear compression hose on one leg for a while. That was weird enough. They don’t mention that during the wedding vows, I’m just saying. Plus, his legs are longer and way more slender than mine, and I don’t need to be reminded of that.
But hey, I don’t want to be uptight or anything. Guys! Carry a murse! Sweep on some manscara … whatever makes you feel pretty, er, handsome, er, whatever.
It’s 2012, and it’s OK for a dude to wear hose. I just have to ask – why would you want to?
Pam Lobley writes the “Now That’s Funny” column. Follow her on twitter @plobley.