ⓘ Pantyhose for men. In American English, the term pantyhose generally refers to hosiery traditionally worn by women since their introduction in 1959, however som ..


ⓘ Pantyhose for men

In American English, the term pantyhose generally refers to hosiery traditionally worn by women since their introduction in 1959, however some manufacturers also produce pantyhose for men, or, colloquially, mantyhose, brosiery, or guylons.


1. History

In 1996 Leggs, a US pantyhose company, opened a storefront together with a product-related bulletin board on the web. They soon discovered that most of the visitors talking about their products were men. After conducting a survey in 1998, the company came to the conclusion that many men were wearing pantyhose as a regular clothing item, and would buy leggings in a well-targeted male product range, if it existed.


1.1. History Production

Based on this survey and other market research, G. Lieberman & Sons GLS Hosiery began to manufacture and market ComfiLon in 1999, which became Activskin in 2002. Comfilon/ActivSkin was followed by a variety of other male pantyhose aka "mantyhose" storefronts as well as popular brands like Wolford, Cecilia di Rafeal opened their own subsections catering to men. Mens tights also account for 2–3% of the business of Italian legwear designer Emilio Cavallini.


1.2. History Size of the market

The market for mens pantyhose has continued to grow steadily since 1999. While ActivSkin, a leading seller of male pantyhose and tights, does not release specific sales data, they now sell to customers worldwide in 76 countries and have reported growth each year since their inception. An important component of that growth is continued expansion of public awareness of this phenomenon. On March 14, 2012, Forbes magazine indicated that mantyhose could be the next billion dollar undergarment idea.


2.1. Uses As clothing

Men who wear pantyhose as a regular item of clothing have come to the attention of the media with increasing frequency since 2002, beginning with a front page Wall Street Journal article on the subject, entitled "Kingsize, Not Queen: Some Men Are Taking to Wearing Pantyhose". Some of the reasons for wearing them include:

A significant portion of the population - both male and female - will eventually suffer from some sort of leg circulation problem, including venous insufficiency and related issues. There is no physiological difference between men and women that prevents it from developing in men in nearly equal frequency as women, therefore men can benefit from the preventative aspects of full length support hosiery every bit as much as their female counterparts. It is important to consult a physician when these problems worsen and varicose veins begin to appear, to make sure medical intervention is not necessary. The regular use of full support tights or pantyhose may be all that is needed to prevent these symptoms from occurring.


2.2. Uses In scuba diving

Pantyhose are also an effective protection against box jellyfish stings. The pantyhose were formerly thought to work because of the length of the box jellyfishs stingers nematocysts, but it is now known to be related to the way the stinger cells work. The stinging cells on a box jellyfishs tentacles are not triggered by touch, but are instead triggered by the chemicals found on skin.


3. Rationale

There have been anecdotes of men wearing pantyhose for practical purposes nearly since their original introduction in the womens market, but these stories have been typically difficult to verify because the men in question tended to refrain from discussing the issue. Such anecdotes have included:

  • For fetishistic and/or erotic purposes.
  • NFL Players wear them to stop from getting cold during winter games.
  • Men with varicose veins or other circulatory problems that may or may not require surgical hosiery.
  • As a possible measure against ticks and chiggers; also blisters.
  • Horseback riders wearing them to prevent chafing.
  • Hunters and campers wearing them as a base layer beneath other cold weather attire.
  • Motorcyclists wear them under their riding gear to aid movement and to prevent chafing.
  • Soldiers who have to wade through deep water and want protection from leeches.

Reasons why manufacturers are now producing pantyhose for men:

  • With the advent of the internet, the male pantyhose market is growing and online hosiery retailers have reported that the majority of their sales are to male customers.