For many women, pantyhose have become a necessity. Pantyhose have come a long way since they were first created in the 1950s. Today, many styles not only flatter your legs but they also hold, tuck, nip and suck in every part of your lower body, giving you a sleek smooth look. Pantyhose are also very versatile and come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges.
Initially, nylon was invented in 1930 by Wallace Hume Carothers and a few other researchers at the DuPont Company. However, the creation was not formally introduced to the public until 1939 at the New York World’s Trade Fair. Researchers were looking for a material that was like silk, but more abundant and less expensive. After studying chains of molecules called polymers and experimenting with beakers containing carbon and alcohol-based molecules, nylon was discovered. The mixture stretched and had a silky texture. This finding opened the door for other synthetic fibers to be discovered. In 1940, nylon stockings went on sale at DuPont stores and women lined up to get their hands on this new invention. This lead the way to the invention of the pantyhose, which were invented in the 1950s by Allan Gant Senior. Pantyhose were introduced to the public in 1959 by Glen Raven Mills, which contained underpants and stockings all in one piece and eliminated the need for multiple garments. Glen Raven Mills also introduced seamless pantyhose, which happened to coincide with the first miniskirts.
Pantyhose are measured differently in different countries, but in America they are measured by height and weight. For the most part, you can find pantyhose ranging from an A (which is the smallest) to a Q4 (which is the largest). An A typically fits those who are between 4’11" and 5’5" and weigh between 95 and 125 pounds. Size B fits heights from 5’1" to 5’7" and 110 pounds to 140 pounds. Size C fits from 5’4" to 5’10" and 120 pounds to 150 pounds. Size D fits 5’6" to 6 feet and 135 pounds to 165 pounds. Size E fits 4’11" to 5’5" and from 145 pounds to 170 pounds. Size F fits 5’4" to 5’7" from 150 to 165 pounds. Depending on your height, the Queen sizes range from petites to tall from 5 to 6 feet and 185 pounds to 320 pounds. Many sizes overlap each other and also vary slightly from one brand to another. Usually if you are a B with one brand, though, you’ll be a size B with another brand.
Colors and Styles
The most popular color of pantyhose is nude and if you find the right sheer, this color will match your skin flawlessly and flatter your legs. The purpose of wearing nude pantyhose is to give the illusion your legs are smooth and perfect without looking like you are wearing pantyhose. However, there are all kinds of colors and styles to choose from, including black opaque, navy, white and several shades of brown. The key is to find the right color to match your outfit and most importantly your shoes. If you are looking for something a little more daring or dressier, there are also fishnet patterns. They look great with certain dresses or suits and show you have style and class. While the fashion jury’s still out about wearing white shoes and black pantyhose (or vice versa), there are many vibrant or basic colors to choose from whether you're going for style or boldness.
In addition to making your outfits look complete, pantyhose can also flatter your shape. Sheer pantyhose enhance the appearance of your legs, making them look smooth and flawless. When wearing darker pantyhose, they can outline the shape of your legs while making them look slimmer and sleek. If you opt for tan or brown pantyhose, you can have an instant tan any time of the year. Pantyhose are also great at keeping the circulation pumping in your legs and keeping you warm in winter months.
It is always best when measuring for pantyhose to go by the manufacture's guidelines on the back of the pantyhose packaging. When looking for the perfect fit, weigh and measure yourself before you go shopping for pantyhose so you get a good idea what size you need. Remember, pantyhose should fit like a glove and feel comfortable at the same time. In terms of style, it's almost always more stylish to wear shoes that are darker than the shade of pantyhose that you are wearing.