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'Brosiery' and 'mantyhose' take off as men seek the warmth, comfort... and 'fashion statement' of patterned tights



:doh0715: Here's the least disturbing pic in the article. There's a few more at the end. Don't scroll down. :banghead



If you thought men in tights was a sartorial statement best left to medieval jesters, think again.

The underwear staple for women is making its way into wardrobes of the opposite sex - and the look is gaining popularity.

If any were in doubt as to the strength of the trend, it even has its own name: Mantyhose.

Italian design house Emilio Cavallini has designed a range of tights that it says are unisex and the styles are being snapped up by men, who make up two to three per cent, or 20- to 30,000 - of the company's customers.

Costing $27, the tights, made from a mix of cotton and nylon, were launched in June 2009, reports WWD.

Speaking to the fashion newspaper, the company's vice president, Francesco Cavallini said: 'When we started our online shop we noticed that a lot of tights sized medium-large were being purchased by men.…So I did a search on the Internet and discovered there is a cult following for mantyhose.'

Cult or fad, the trend has gained some momentum of late, with Racked even conducting a poll as to the best name for the dubious new dressing habit.

While it was WWD who coined the term 'mantyhose', brosiery' is a clear leader in the survey, ahead of 'guylons', 'he-tards', and 'beau-hose' - a term surely reserved for the most confident men out there.

Mr Cavallini said that his company's 'brosiery' is tested on its male employees and that their research had led to a special, breathable fabric being designed to account for men's higher perspiration levels.

The designer believes his male clients mostly seek warmth, wearing the pantyhose under trousers - but tells the fashion newspaper he has seen men pairing them with shorts, while his sister Lisa Cavallini, the company's distributor in the U.S., told the publication she believes the leg wear is a style-driven choice.

'The unisex tights are mainly black and white, but I believe the men buying these tights want to make a fashion statement,' she said, though they do not run in sizes any different to those normally targeted at women.

'I believe the men buying these tights want to make a fashion statement'

The Florence-based design house specialises in a vast range of colourful hosiery and underwear, from tanks to crocheted dresses and leggings to thigh-high socks.

The designer believes the hosiery appeals to men's style tastes - they are made in stars, stripes, spots, skull patterns, black, white and chequered styles and are marketed to both men and women.

Function over form may be the truest drive behind the sales and there is some sway in the figures that show sales are strongest in some of the world's coldest countries: 'The mantyhose are most popular with customers from Germany, France, Scandinavia, Canada and the U.S.' says Mr Cavallini.

Where Emilio Cavallini dares to tread, others have gone before and a selection of men's tights forums - again, from the U.S. and Europe - unlock a hidden world of (non-novelty-patterned) male hosiery.

St Louis, Missouri-based G Lieberman and Sons makes a range of men's tights in large sizes - and with front zippers included - while high-end makers, Falke, stock sizes that fit men.

Paris-based makers, Gerbe, feature a range of men's sheer black and nude designs on their site, worn with gusto by suave models in white shirts.

Where long-johns were once the norm to ward off cold winters among northern European men, could skull-emblazoned designs finally be giving mainstream male shoppers an excuse to get back into tights?

 

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There was a link in the sidebar of a movie review of "John Carter." that said "Joe Namath, Eat Your Heart Out: ‘Brosiery’ and ‘Mantyhose’ Take Off." That was a short entry, but it said "Yes, there are photos. The horror...the horror..." and it had the link to this article. Morbid curiosity got the better of me and I clicked it.

Then I saw the pics. :brownbag It was down to either bleaching my eyes or inflicting them on the rest of you. :goodfinge

I'm ok with the concept of a "Murse" - plenty of people carry backpacks instead of stuffing their pockets with all the crap of the modern era - but this is going way out on a limb.
 

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Well, I'm definitly ok with what SHE's wearing. :goodfinge
 

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Good fawk!

Now just to get the Bro or the manzier!
 

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I was gonna try to come up with something totally witting and worthy of spitting your coca-cola on your keyboard... but this needs no embellished explanation.

That's just fuuucked up.
 

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I wonder what people thought back in the early 70's when Football player Joe Namath did an ad for Legs Pantyhose, and wore them in the ad. ive heard that football players used to do that.
 

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This post from the man who wears a skirt :histerica
:rofl: All the more reason for me to avoid them! At least you can hide yours under your pants! :goodfinge

AWWWWW, BURN !!! - pay no attention to him Iolaus.
Meh... I've got thick skin. :toothless
 

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Thats just wrong :barf . What ever happened to Men being MEN? TV shows are casting men as wimps, almost groveling for women's attention. I bet the Duke is rolling in his grave!
 

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What the ever-loving hell is metrosexual?
You must be young.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosexual
Origin

The term originated in an article by Mark Simpson[2] published on November 15, 1994, in The Independent. Simpson wrote:

Metrosexual man, the single young man with a high disposable income, living or working in the city (because that’s where all the best shops are), is perhaps the most promising consumer market of the decade. In the Eighties he was only to be found inside fashion magazines such as GQ, in television advertisements for Levi's jeans or in gay bars. In the Nineties, he’s everywhere and he’s going shopping.

However, it was not until the early 2000s when Simpson returned to the subject that the term became globally popular.

In 2002, Salon.com published an article by Simpson,[3], which identified David Beckham as the metrosexual poster boy and offered this updated, succinct definition:

The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis — because that’s where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are. He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object and pleasure as his sexual preference.
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=metrosexual
1. metrosexual

You might be "metrosexual" if:

1. You just can't walk past a Banana Republic store without making a purchase.

2. You own 20 pairs of shoes, half a dozen pairs of sunglasses, just as many watches and you carry a man-purse.

3. You see a stylist instead of a barber, because barbers don't do highlights.

4. You can make her lamb shanks and risotto for dinner and Eggs Benedict for breakfast... all from scratch.

5. You only wear Calvin Klein boxer-briefs.

6. You shave more than just your face. You also exfoliate and moisturize.

7. You would never, ever own a pickup truck.

8. You can't imagine a day without hair styling products.

9. You'd rather drink wine than beer... but you'll find out what estate and vintage first.

10. Despite being flattered (even proud) that gay guys hit on you, you still find the thought of actually getting intimate with another man truly repulsive.

"Some people think he's gay, but he's actually metrosexual."
 

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1. metrosexual

You might be "metrosexual" if:

1. You just can't walk past a Banana Republic store without making a purchase.

2. You own 20 pairs of shoes, half a dozen pairs of sunglasses, just as many watches and you carry a man-purse.

3. You see a stylist instead of a barber, because barbers don't do highlights.

4. You can make her lamb shanks and risotto for dinner and Eggs Benedict for breakfast... all from scratch.

5. You only wear Calvin Klein boxer-briefs.

6. You shave more than just your face. You also exfoliate and moisturize.

7. You would never, ever own a pickup truck.

8. You can't imagine a day without hair styling products.

9. You'd rather drink wine than beer... but you'll find out what estate and vintage first.

10. Despite being flattered (even proud) that gay guys hit on you, you still find the thought of actually getting intimate with another man truly repulsive.

"Some people think he's gay, but he's actually metrosexual."
There is no way in the sam hell I would date a guy with ONE of those... Two would be totally no f'ing way.
 
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