By Cristina Casciano-King
Mantyhose made a big splash for the American Metrosexual Male earlier this year in many publications like NY Magazine, The New York Times and even The Week. So were the men of NYC flocking to sites to snap up the latest trends showcased by these fashion forward publications?
Mantyhose are just like their female oriented counterparts, they are produced in sheer, patterned and even oiled to give the look of tan legs. The brand that is getting the most recognition for reintroducing Men to hosiery is Emilio Cavalli selling to men world wide and even creating a new formulation of materials and breathablity for there unisex collection tights. They are selling like crazy in countries like Germany, France, Scandinavia, Canada, and even the USA.
Emilio Cavalli isn’t the only brand targeting men. The world famous brand Spanx also has a line out for men, that helps with posture and flattens the tummy…They even have underwear that are said to create the “ultimate underwear experience”. The brand Gerbe has offered men’s hosiery for a while, but hasn’t strayed from the traditional nude selections.
When I was in high school, the boys on the swim team would “borrow” the girls pantyhose to wear while practicing to get ready for big swim meets. But, I wouldn’t say they were getting ready to be the future metrosexuals of the world.
Men aren’t just wearing the mantyhose under their clothes to keep warm or to enhance circualtion. They have been spotted under shorts both with patterns and without. So who will we see sporting this fashion statement next; Ryan Gosling or Tom Cruise.