May 15: Nylon Stockings Day

This is one of those holidays that I just don’t know about. I mean, Nylon Stockings Day? As in, pantyhose? As far as I can tell, they’re one of the most ridiculous and uncomfortable items of clothing in existence.

Nylonstockings [image credit AntiqueRose on]I mean, if you want something to keep you warm, wouldn’t you want it a bit thicker? And if you want it for modesty’s sake . . . wouldn’t you want something not entirely skin tight, or, at the very least, not transparent?

Nevertheless, I confess I do wear them sometimes! 🙂

Kate Middleton is credited with bringing nude hose back to fashion.Anyway, despite all that, today is Nylon Stockings Day. In 1935, a new synthetic material, nylon was developed. Then, on May 15, 1940, DuPont began selling nylon stockings, which were, by all accounts, immediately popular. Although stockings and pantyhose are not technically the same thing, they are very similar and the terms are often used interchangeably. Happy Nylon Stockings Day!

“How beautiful your sandaled feet,
O prince’s daughter!
Your graceful legs are like jewels,
the work of an artist’s hands.”

Song of Songs 7:1


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