August 7, 2008

Men in tights!

Posted: 10:56 AM ET

Anchor Robin Meade

Hey big fella, are those my pantyhose you’re wearing?


Sales of pantyhose to men are on the rise.

Did you get a load of the story we had on our show today about men and pantyhose?
Apparently more and more men in Europe and the U.S. are wearing them, according to retailers. (hell - there was a shot of a men's pantyhose brand, I didn’t even know existed!)

But the best part of this story is the response we’re getting from you the viewer about men wearing pantyhose. Golfers are secretly telling us they wear them on cold mornings. Some military members say they wore them on the rifle range. A Brooklyn dude said he puts them under his pants. And it was mostly about warmth…while not having to put on something bulky.

Hey fellas….do you have an opinion about this? (or experience with this?)

Blog away baby.

(I personally hate wearing pantyhose…it feels icky to me.)

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alex   August 7th, 2008 11:26 am ET

i think it's about that we stop this gender difference and allow people to wear whatever they want, i think i would wear them, men legs are by far my best feature

Keith   August 7th, 2008 11:57 am ET


I have worn hose for years and my wife, of 15 years, states that they look good. I started wearing them for warmth, but it got to the point where they are just part of my everyday attire. I have never received any negative feedback from anyone who noticed. In fact, some women have stated that they wish their man had enough guts to do it. If it looks, or feels, good....why not?
BTW: You have a great show, keep it up!

Peoria, AZ

R   August 7th, 2008 12:03 pm ET

Love them in the winter. They do work keeping my legs warm. I'm glad that there are now several 'men's' pantyhose out there.

alex kaminski   August 7th, 2008 12:33 pm ET

I am a man who wears pantyhose under my clothes. I like the way they feel on my skin and the massaging effect on my legs. A lot of times I will wear them to bed and it helps when my legs are sore from a lot of activity during the day.I also wear tights in the winter for the warmth without bulkiness. I feel that pantyhose companies should start targeting men in their advertising. We are a growing market and hopefully soon it will be socially acceptable for men to wear pantyhose in public.

Arron   August 7th, 2008 2:37 pm ET

I am a Police Officer and spend many cold days outside. I wear pantyhose to keep me warm during the winter months. They are less bulky than long johns, and they don't chafe when I'm running.
My wife even helps me buy them. Remember, it's just material, right?

Abby   August 7th, 2008 5:23 pm ET

I would like to see Bob wear the tights in the am. Tell him just to pretend he's Romeo, Robin Hood, or Henry VIII. If they can do it, so can he.

Cherryville, NC

jim   August 7th, 2008 5:32 pm ET

Hi Robin,

I've been wearing tights for years. I work outdoors in Washington and a female co worker of mine told me she wore them for warmth. I went and bought some that day. Ive been wearing them ever since. Long underwear is just so bulky and restrictive. Mens tights are much better. I only wear them during the winter months and when skiing. My wife thinks it's kind of macho. I really don't care if anyone knows. Some of the guys I ski with have switched over as well. And hell, I'll admit it, they do feel good.
See you in the morning.



Joe   August 7th, 2008 6:41 pm ET


I am a man and have been wearing pantyhose for several years now. They have provided me with warmth in the winter, but one of the main reasons I wear pantyhose year round is that my legs don't ache as much at the end of standing on my feet all day. It is a light garment so it goes great with wearing it under pants. And of course I also like the way they feel on my legs, its unique and unlike any other garment I own. I never understood why pantyhose is a garment designated only for women and not socially acceptable for men to wear. Women and men both have legs and each is entitled to their own fashion style. It's a mistake that pantyhose companies don't target men, they are ignoring a significant and growing customer base.

JUAN   August 7th, 2008 7:18 pm ET

i love pantyhose i been weairng them for 35 years and i like the way they feel and the way they look they help my legs when when i work all day they help me with my circulation on my legs too they are a great invention for the legs no matter if u a men or a women i been out wearing pantyhose for years and people love it love the suntan and the black like the old saying says try it u like them

Will in California   August 7th, 2008 9:54 pm ET

Hi righteous ravishing Robin.

I am one who goes commando in pants at times. If ever I go hiking or camping, I will be wearing pantyhose to keep bugs from crawling up my butt. Getting Lyme disease from a tick bite is not good at all. I'm sure that is the other reason why some men in the military (especially snipers) wear pantyhose when outdoors. The last thing a sniper wants is to have a bug bite him while hiding from the enemy, only to jump up and let the enemy see him; or when he's aiming his weapon at the enemy as well. There are pricier tights that are tick and ant-resistant that are available at online stores like Cabelas or Redhead. During winter, I've worn pajamas under my pants to keep warm, so I can still wear flipflops when outside. No, I'm not Hawaiian, but I look like one.

My two cents worth.

My name is Will and I approve this message. :-)

Gary   August 8th, 2008 12:12 am ET

There's something about the texture of pantyhose that just makes my legs feel good - tingly and stimulated. It's quite interesting those times I've bought them, and I wore a pair of nude hose once recently in public with a pair of shorts as kind of an experiment, and to see if I had the guts to do it. One woman at a mall kiosk took it in stride, thinking I had a skin condition. I've also seen other men with them on rare occasion. I say, to each his own. Love your show, which I keep on in the background as I work in my home office.

Kevin   August 8th, 2008 1:54 am ET

When it comes to underwear... women have it going on and have for a long time. I had a girl friend that introduced me to her comfort level down under.
I hate to admit it but..... you girls do have it going on!

Steve in Atlanta   August 8th, 2008 10:25 am ET

HI Robin, Love your show you are always so perky and positive even when telling us the worst of news. Your husband is truly the luckiest man alive. I too am married to a wonderful woman who understands my love for pantyhose. I wear them first of all because I love the way they feel. I also love the way my legs look in them. Second I do wear them in the winter for warmth (good excuse) almost every day. I agree men and woman both should be able to dress and wear whatever without fear of judgement from our peers. But no matter what they do in Europe I'm afraid "men in tights" or pantyhose will never be accepted here. I work public saftey and am around a bunch of macho men all day who would never understand.Sorry to hear you dont like wearing pantyhose, you have such gorgeous legs. Why is it so many woman are against pantyhose? Maybe the subject of a new blog?Keep up the good work girl! You rock!

capt jeff   August 10th, 2008 2:33 am ET

it simply depends upon who's pantiehose i'm wearing....stevie nicks or courtnet love, or kera phillips, .... yeah...!!! ;-)

Jeremy   August 10th, 2008 6:03 am ET

Well, I haven't seen or ever heard of this. Gotta admit, it is kind of funny. And I'm sure if I walked to class wearing panty hose, I'd never hear the end of it. Sounds more like someone lost a bad bet. But then again it doesn't get too cold down here, but even in the coldest months I'd rather take my chances..


Norman   August 11th, 2008 8:07 am ET

Wow, I'm guessing more men wear pantyhose than I thought... This is news to me.

Jay Herrod   August 11th, 2008 9:44 am ET

Helloooo Robin

Jay Herrod the skirt man here. I have been wearing wool tights in the winter for some time now. There is just enough nylon in them to keep them from itching.
While I am on the subject, it is known I wear women's mircofiber underwear because they help me with my heatrash condition. They are made with the same material as pantyhose and are therefore cooler.
Lastly this maybe the subject of a new blog but I had to start wearing skirts because of my sever heatrash and now I like wearing them because they are even cooler than shorts. I think if more guys had the guts to try wearing them and get the idea "it's not the manly thing to do"
they would like them. This "gender thing" has got to stop.

Doug   August 11th, 2008 2:44 pm ET

Yeah I knew a lot of guys in the army wore them. They claimed it was to keep warm but the rule was don't ask don't tell so I didn't.

Grant   August 11th, 2008 4:57 pm ET

This is starting to get creepy.

Army Veteran   August 11th, 2008 11:02 pm ET

Many guys in my infantry platoon, including me as a medic, wore pantyhose that were basically "knee highs" under the socks. Those who wore them on long road marches had fewer and less severe blisters than those who did not wear them. Made my job as a medic easier and more enjoyable.

Darren   August 12th, 2008 7:46 am ET

Pantyhose belong on the ladies.......

matt in florida   August 12th, 2008 9:16 am ET

Darren I agree........pantyhose belong to the ladies, except in military operations. It's pantyhose not man-t-y-hose!!

Irina   August 12th, 2008 4:19 pm ET

OMG!Some of you "men" need some

Stevie   August 12th, 2008 7:44 pm ET

OMG! We do need help! Especially with the sizing!! A, B, C what's that all about. Seriously, I love them. Warm in the winter without the bulk of longjohns. No underwear lines when you wear semi tight pants and the circulation support for your legs if you're standing all day.
Women seem only to see the fashion, men see the purpose (ok, I do prefer sandal foot :) )

Jay Herrod   August 13th, 2008 11:00 am ET

Stevie, you got it right in in that we men see the purpose in wearing pantyhose and tights or in my case, skirts. Matt and Irina, you got it wrong. We men have listed reasons for pantyhose and tights so they are not just for women. Therefore, pantyhose and tights are not just for women. One last thing I got to say this is that the same goes for skirts. Everyone knows I wear skirts for medical reasons (severe heat rash because a doctor told me to). The skirts serve a purpose, they help keep me from getting severe heat rash. Why suffer when I don't have to? Get my point Ah for peak sakes, this is the 21st century!


Wes   August 14th, 2008 3:55 pm ET

I have been wearing pantyhose for 20 years, and started wearing them to the office for the last five. I will be honest and say that I love the way they make my legs look. On top of that, they feel sensational when I am walking and give the additional luxury of being silky soft to the touch. Us guys deserve to have this luxury. Since I wear them under my pants, no one has noticed. Wearing socks is too much maintenance. I am constantly pulling them up and they bunch up in the foot area. Pantyhose are carefree – no sagging or bunching.

Dave   August 17th, 2008 10:26 am ET


I've been shaving my legs and wearing hose for a couple of years now. I wear hose for several reasons. I started wearing hose to help my tired legs get through the day. I have to admit though that I too like the way my legs look when wearing hose. I also enjoy how the hose feel against my skin.

Equality is a two-way street. If women can work a job typically thought of as a man's, wear clothes that are typically thought of as men's and engage in social activities typically reserved for men, then why can't men do the same things? Hose are not just for women. Neither are skirts. I enjoy wearing both. BTW, I am straight, happily married and a proud father. Rarely -if ever- have I been considered a girly-man!


JOE   August 17th, 2008 11:18 am ET

irina some of us men love to wear pantyhose so why not wearthem tell me something irina why do u wear pants pants are for men not womens

Eric   August 17th, 2008 8:15 pm ET

Well, I dont wear pantyhose, but I inherited some womans running cloths are there is a pair of black spandex urethane blend running tights. When I tried them on I could not believe how comfortable they are. Not in a sexual way, very very comfortable. I run a lot and I would love to run in these, but I don't dare...they are a little shiney. I wear them under my suit in the office and amazingly they keep my legs COOLER than if I just had slacks. I wear them around the house now and I am going to get some mens running tights. Society will let men wear these things if there is a "percieved" reason for it. I dont hear anyone calling Michael Phelps gay and he is sporting LOW RIDER shiny tights. I am sure if I wore them to the pool I would get some funny looks. But if I wore some lycra tights and ran in the wintertime, people would be like, well he's just staying warm. I think its just a bunch of homo-phobia.

Jay   August 18th, 2008 2:47 pm ET

I wore them many years ago in the military – hotter then Hades in the Summer, but ticks cannot bite through them and attach – and I spend a lot of time in the woods now hunting all over the country – and have found other hunters and guides who wear them for just that reason, and they reduce chafing when in horseback. As outdoor gear they are kinda like a hat with earflaps – you feel silly wearing it – but they sure do work!

russell joyner   August 19th, 2008 2:07 am ET

I can see wearing panty hose for warmth on cold hunting mornings.
but ...they just make me feel....pretty!

Toni Dillingham   August 19th, 2008 8:44 am ET

Robin, I love you show here is a song title gone wrong...
She's gotta a chicken to fry-
She's got a ticket to ride – Beatles
from my friend Jean

Shelley Stipes   August 19th, 2008 8:59 am ET

Songs that you got wrong......
My neice, Emily, used to sing Paul Young's song.......
"Every time you go take a piece of MEAT with you!"
Emily is now 28 years old and the mother of 3 boys!

Sam   September 4th, 2008 7:01 am ET

I 've been wearing pantyhoses for a very long time and I feel very comfortable in them. And I am not gay, just a 'normal' housefather. I can recommend wearing pantyhose to all men and women!

alex   September 9th, 2008 12:07 pm ET


A lot of men are admitting that they like to wear pantyhose. Some women like it or don't mind it, and some women hate the idea. I am curios how you feel about men that wear pantyhose, and do you think it should be acceptable in society?


Jim   September 17th, 2008 12:01 pm ET

I agree with all men here on wearing pantyhose. I have worn them now for the past 30 years. My wife is very supportive and open minded.
I believe it is time that men begin to see that fashion is just that and it is not gender specific. What about a blog on men wearing high heels?

David   September 24th, 2008 12:06 pm ET

I, too, have worn leggings (not pantyhose, I don't like the tight toes) for a long time. Thermal underwear 'catches' and your clothes do not move with you. I also like the feel and it is well documented that the compression assists the muscles. I like the look of tunic and leggings on women and in renaissance paintings of men, but in real life, they don't look right on men. I am sure we would get used to it, just as it was so popular in the renaissance.

Ken Fused   September 30th, 2008 4:45 pm ET

I also wear "tights" (pantyhose) on occassion. 1. to keep warm, 2. they do feel great & 3. "she who must be obeyed" enjoys it.

What's the harm...? it's better than sticking them on your head and robbing a bank!?!

Nestor   October 7th, 2008 7:55 am ET

I Never heard of them but I still like my long johns, and I don't see a reason for thin pantyhoses when you can just wear thick jeans.

David   October 13th, 2008 2:09 pm ET

Robin – I can;t beleive you don't like pantyhose!!! This is the most feminine of all of women's clothing. You have outstanding legs and I'd love nothing more than to see your legs encassed in nylon every morning I see you on the tele!

Now as for men wearing them,,,yes, I do wear pantyhose,...generally sheer to waist....I wear them for the sheer feeling and the way they make my legs look. Not only do I feel incredibly sexy but they are great for support....especially when I work out I wear them under my sweats or my spandex tights. yes I am comfortable enough in my masculinity to wear spandex tights to the gym.

I am not gay or bi. I just love the look and feel of women's pantyhose...and so does my wife and ALL of my former girlfriends. For the record, I'm late thirties, physciall fit with athletic build and the hose make my legs look awesome!

Hope to see more of you in pantyhose Robin!!

rod   October 24th, 2008 11:54 am ET

living in a cold climate you do what you need to stay warm. I have tried pantyhose, dance tights of all kinds (and knitted, microfiber etc), leggings, running tights. Runners, joggers, bicyclists, they were tights for a reason, to keep legs warm. I must say that the type of leg attire has to fit the necessity and the temperature. Bike tights come in different thicknesses for the type of weather you'll be in. As for wearing under your slacks, I've found footed microfiber tights to be the best; your pants glide over them unlike the sweater knit or wool blend tights and leggings. No one will know you have them on, and your legs will feel warm. and if by some chance anyone figures out you have them on, who cares. I bike a lot and wear different thicknesses of leggings/tights and only one of my neighbors seems to think its weird or even queer. I DON'T CARE. You wear what works.

Jim Perkins   November 18th, 2008 6:33 pm ET

Hi Robin,
I did miss your story about men wearing pantyhose and I wish that I could have seen it. Do You have it available in your archives? I am a man and wear pantyhose 24/7 and love them for the comfort and I don't have tired legs at the end of the day. I have also worn them with shorts during the summertime with no problems. I would love to hear from other men who wear pantyhose in public and feel free to release my email address to anyone who would like to talk with me about this. If you ever do another story on it I would love to be contacted.
Jim Perkins

Neal   November 24th, 2008 8:50 pm ET

Hi Robin,
I missed the story but found the blog. I've never worn tights but have just started wearing knee high tights. Both men and women in my family are prone to varicose veins and now at 45 I'm getting noticeable spider veins. It was recommended to me to get knee high support hose as I priced them, however they tend to be a tad expensive. I found the womens kneehigh nylon tights nearby, though not as thick, seemed to offer the same level of light compression. I'll admit that I felt odd shopping for knee highs in the womens clothing section since these are not offered in the mens clothing of department stores. Well, I've been wearing the few I purchased for over a week and I've noticed my feet and ankles don't ache in the morning like they did before. I've started shopping around online for more options. Since I've noticed their warmth, I intend to find some tights for the full-on winter. I cannot stand long underwear. I agree its too bulky under my pants.


Bob   November 27th, 2008 6:46 am ET

I had a motorbike accident a while ago and mangled my leg quite badly. The doc pescribed some support hose to improve circulation and I tried both the knee length and waist length style. I was a little reticent at first due to the whole macho thing, but after a few days I realised that: a) nobody knew I was wearing them; b) they were super comfy; c) they were really warm. I'm back on the bike now and I wear tights under my leathers all the time. If I'm touring I can carry 10 pairs of hose in less panier space than one pair of long johns. At the end of the day they are the practical option even if they do make my wife and kids giggle when I put them on. I don't think that I look sexy in them and I don't get turned on, but hey, if you do, then that's a bonus for you! I just like being warm and comfortable. If guys want to wear them so what. Life is too short and people worry too much about things that aren't really worth worrying about. I'm just glad I'm still here to be able to wear anything!

James   December 16th, 2008 2:17 pm ET

I'm a 46 year old man I wear pantyhose all of the time.I am NOT gay.I just enjoy the warmth they are providing for me now.I love the feel on my feet and legs I just enjoy wearing them.I go out in the summer in nude color or tan color pantyhose with shorts.I also wear sandals with them too.I'm wearing a pair right now.They also help my circulation in my legs and they keep my ankles from swelling up too.I have type 2 Diabetes and wearing pantyhose is the best thing for them.I think Men should wear them openly and be proud of it after all this IS the United States of America.If your brave enough to fight in a war you should br brave enough to wear Pantyhose openly.If you guys don't then why bother even wearing them?

Adam   December 21st, 2008 12:56 am ET

I would like some women to try on long johns in jeans or suits. Man...there is a HUGE difference between tights and johns...and tights feel way more comfortable! But thats not my only reason why I wear them....

I'm actually 21 years old, and I was recommended from my doctor that I started wearing tights for compression on my legs due to everybody in my family has varicose veins. Since varicose veins are passed down from heritage, he said that I would get a head start on keeping my legs healthy. My doctor also told me that most men wear them in the medical field too, due to long hours on their feet.

Like other men have stated in the comments, they feel good and even though I don't show off my legs in these tights/pantyhose, I think that eventually it will become a unisex clothing, would have to be seeing that women stole hose from men first right?

o btw, for the women who think its weird for men to wear tights, just try on taking up some long johns in the winter and see how long you last without feeling uncomfortable...

Robert   December 27th, 2008 12:51 am ET

Hello Robin,

i've been wearing pantyhose for over thirty years. I wear them walking in the neighborhood and they are excellent for keeping my legs feeling warm and massaged. I usually wear suntan and taupe but do wear black tights and sometimes double layer my pantyhose. I often wear suntan and taupe over the suntan pair in Leggs Sheer Energy style or just two pairs of the same color in black, suntan, or taupe. I also wear them shopping or running errands and really enjoy the comfort and feel they provide under shorts. Pantyhose are a great staple in my wardrobe and I really do enjoy wearing them.

Robert   January 1st, 2009 2:55 am ET

Happy New Year!

Ok, I couldn't resist. I wore my footless cable tights this evening and ushered in the New Year. it was a wonderful experience! I watched the New Years' celebrations and the advantage to footless is you can paint your toenails. Yes I did and I liked it. I painted them candy apple red with sparkles. Earlier in the day I took my walk through the neighborhood and it was windy and cool. I wore a pair of taupe pantyhose over a pair of nude pantyhose. The compression was just right for the walk and provided enough warmth to keep my legs warm. The abundant sunshine made the pantyhose shine and added a visual appeal. So, not only do pantyhose feel great on my legs but they make them look great. What's there not to like about pantyhose and tights? It's really great to be able to wear shorts in the winter with pantyhose or tights to keep my legs warm and looking smooth and shiny.

Pete   January 2nd, 2009 1:36 pm ET

I've learned to dismiss others opinion of me long ago so wearing pantyhose and tights when it's really cold is fine. I must admit the feeling of the fabric is a welcome compared to the usual thick consticting that wool or cotton offers.

Mark   January 4th, 2009 8:03 pm ET

Only real women wear pantyhose, sorry Robin. I travel to Europe often and see women of all ages wearing them. I haven't noticed them on any men there yet, yikes! American women are still in the pilgrim/settler mindset, just not feminine enough for such a garment in North America. Something men should never wear.

Ronaldo   January 6th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

Oh yea, I ride a Harley , Body build, and when we need to go out , I supply my wife with the pantyhose.

Ronaldo   January 8th, 2009 12:54 am ET

Hello Robin, my last post got deleted, prolly because I used a brand name.

I had ACL replacement surgery about 6 years ago. It was a Tae Kwon do injury, (have done Hap Ki do, ju jitsu and kung fu). Some of the time was teaching in the military.

Anyway I finished physiotherapy, was doing my exercises , but still had quite a bit of residual pain. I don't like taking pain killers. I saw these uber compression pantyhose at the pharmacy, and decided to try them.

They worked as far as relieving the pain , so now I wear medium support hose most of the time. ( Not in the Gym tho), I buy them in bulk at my favorite discount store,

Yes I shave my legs, a lot of guys do that now, and its no big deal.

Jay   January 10th, 2009 11:17 am ET

I took ballet classes in college and ended up buying several pairs of tights for the classes, so when I went skiing, it was obvious to wear the tights. Then when I went cross-country skiing, I just wore the tights and took off my ski bibs... and then it was comfortable in the lodge to walk around with my tights and a t-shirt. That was almost 25 years ago, and not much has changed. I forget sometimes that most men don't wear tights. During the winter, I wear them at home all of the time. My wife and children think it is normal, too. They are very warm on cold days and many of my sporting activities require tights: biking, running and cross-country skiing. What's the big deal?

Dave   January 22nd, 2009 8:53 pm ET


I read that you don't like panyhose, great in them. Anyway, I don't wear pantyhose, but I do wear long johns when needed. Maybe if they had another name for Pantyhose? Manhose, menwamers, ect...
Dave W.

pat   January 23rd, 2009 5:07 pm ET

Hi Robin,
Intresting subject, i am 44 yr old married man who has worn hose since I was 18, I like the feel and have worked retail for 24 years and wear them for support, being on your feet all day hurts no matter if your male or female. My wife and I have found that Sears Support Thearapy In firm toning are by far the best out there. Non of this fancy marketing for " Manhose" that is just gimmick, they're mostly too sheer and of poor quality. Try thre Sears brand, they hold they're shape, stay put, are supportive,AND are silky,sheer enough for wearing with dresses. my wife swears by them and so do I.
Not to mention the benifits of wearing them for outdoor activities,Hiking, Hunting. For Surfing and Diving. They make putting on a wet suit so much easier. As for Cycling, Skiing or Running, the motion on the skin stimulates circulation,reducing fatigue and cramping. Give these a try, you won't be dissapointed. As a sizing guide men 5'10 or taller 195-225 lbs use a size D. ~ Pat in Oregon.

Rik   January 29th, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I own several pairs of pantyhose, tights, and leggings. In Southern California it gets cool in the fall and winter. Coolest temp gets to 55 and if cycling you have to wear something. I have cycling leggings, leggings, and cotton/acrylic leggings. I have worn even tights and pantyhose with shorts. I had gone to the gym and I worn them. Inside the gym, a few young attractive women, one spanish and one asian was socializing in class before it started. The spanish young lady asked me if I was wearing stockings and why. I told her it was good for my legs to prevent cramping. I had a step class so it helped. She asked if she should buy also and I told her to buy. Next week she came in wearing leggings and I worked out near her and in front. I think the women loved it. There were no bad comments for wearing nude tights. They smiled but didnt mind. It just took em a while to get used to it. I have worn them several times to the gym and worn my nike tights to the mall. Not to mention I noticed a local basketball player in the mall the same day and did a double take. He had on black tights with white socks. He was with his girlfriend. Another time leggings with tights or tights and shorts while biking. It is the trend now. Try it.

Nikolai Elamaa   January 30th, 2009 9:56 am ET

After reading this article, I just went and bought a simple pair of black tights at Wal-Mart, for $5. And they definitely keep you warm. I slept in them, went to class in them (under my pants), and am planning on buying some more pairs of them.

John   February 3rd, 2009 5:56 pm ET

Hell yeah! I wear my hose all of the time and my wife does not care. Stop hating on the hose and let people do what they want to. We are stipulated from an early age at what is right from wrong. Maybe those stipulations need to be over looked, I mean we now have a black president.

kevin   February 7th, 2009 5:49 pm ET

im 53 and have been wearing pantyhose since I was about 12. pantyhose have changed a lot and for the better since then. I wear pantyhose for variety of reasons. I sleep in pantyhose every night. I love the feel of nylons and how they fit. why cant a guy like the feeling of smooth shiny slippery pantyhose? im married and have 3 kids. my wife even bought me 4 pairs of expensive pantyhose. American made pantyhose dont come close the quality of hose made in Europe. want to try some really great pantyhose? look at the website. why cant we wear nylons?

bob orlando   February 9th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

hello to everyone!
I am soon to be 44 and have been wearing pantyhose since i was the age of 12 yrs old. I remember buying my pantyhose when it came in the eggs, aka leggs sheer energy. i do keep my legs shaved as they itch when there is stubble. I think a male should be able to wear openly with shorts or under his pants and not worry what society has to say. for me its for health reasons. it help my circulation and support to my legs when on my feet all day. i so wish society was more accepting on men wearing with shorts.i use to have the support of my wife but that went out the window when we had our kids. I say if i am not harming anyone who cares what others think. I would like to find ladies couples or others in the orlando area tht might want to give some support.lets be open men and show we don't care what others think. leave a way to get in contact with you and we can try and develope something.

Binky   February 12th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

I wear tights quite a bit. I tried my first pair when I had to wear a costume when I was young. I worn them around the house until I was about 7 and then satred to feel ashamed.
I always loved the way they feel and would sneek and wear my sister's sometimes when no one was home.
I'm 33 now and have my own place and wear them a lot. I keep it to myself though. If I saw a guy wearing tights I'd think it was creepy.

Binky   February 12th, 2009 6:58 pm ET

To Robin,

Why would you say that wearing pantyhose feel icky? I think they feel amazing on!
I really think dresses and skirts have lost their magic since women stopped wearing pantyhose with them.

I really hate that even anchor women are going bare legged.

I can agree with it in the warmer months but girls look foolish not wearing hose when it's cold out. Most of them look like cave women when they wear skirts without the hose IMO.

kevin   February 12th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

robin, I read where you say pantyhose are icky. please explain that a little more. maybe wearing american made pantyhose are good enough, I wear all european made pantyhose. what brands have you worn. you have very nice legs they would even be more attractive with sheer shiny hose

kevin   February 14th, 2009 2:27 pm ET

if you only wear long johns and such and are worried about what they call them why not give yourself a chance and try wearing a pair of pantyhose. I've worn long johns and there is absolutely no comparison. I've been wearing pantyhose for a long time and I choose those over long johns everytime. they are smooth slippery if you find the right ones, and just simply feel good.

Chris   February 18th, 2009 2:26 am ET

this is a actually from a previous blog of mine. But this actually hurts me emotionally to know that we live in a cultural language and don't know the true nature of it:

I like tights visually. I really don't think crossdressing is very cool at all, unless an artistic achievement. But I do think tights are a unisex garment. And I do think the male body should be allowed to be accentuated and decorated vibrantly, or subtly, or in any way for that matter so long as it looks artistically/aesthetically sound.

I think that our culture suffers immensely from the suppression of the visual/sensory expression of males. I have never met a man who did not indicate in some form that he enjoyed the feel of comfortable smooth fabrics, or that he didn't wish to understand/arouse a woman's visual sexuality more. While women desire and have made strides in emotional and abstract social equality, men still are in a much more, often self inflicted, archaic state of visual communication, and state of being.

It is a general "consensus" that beauty is "of" women only, or that "handsome" can only apply to certain standards. I think shakespere wore "handsome" clothes!! I also think that if you tried to tell him he was acting gay, He'd sock you in the face!

This not only oppresses men; but women–who have more of visual inclination–tend to feel confused about their sexuality.

kevin   February 19th, 2009 11:06 am ET

ROBIN do you even read this blog anymore? was your coverage of men in pantyhose just a momentary news filler or was there some genuine interest on someone's part? Ever since I can remember, since Ive been wearing pantyhose men are looked down upon and thought of as being gay or needed some kind of counseling. Or was your coverage just another "jab" at us? I stand behind what I believe in and gave 20 years of my life to serving my country. Im man enough to say I wear pantyhose like the growing numbers of other who do. Are you even following up on your blog or was it just a passing thought to do this. If there is no interest on your part why not just say that and close the blog and be done with it or you could comment on this subjects contained in here.

Pvalley   February 19th, 2009 2:52 pm ET

I wear Hose all the time it started out after some really bad leg cramps I found that I love the way they feel and give my legs some support they need

Blake   February 19th, 2009 6:41 pm ET

"it feels icky to me"
Clearly your buying JUNK!
The only other possibility is your buying the wrong size. It seems that most women suffer from picking the smallest size that the chart says they fit in. Men, on the other hand, pick (not only what looks good), but what fits well. Pick a quality brand that feels good to the touch, fits right (this is trial and error to a greater degree) , don't be cheap and buy a size that's comfortable. Trust me you will change your mind from icky to Oooooo that;'s nice.
Can you imagine, a man giving advice to a woman. What next!

Johannes   February 20th, 2009 2:32 am ET

Nothing wrong with men wearing sheer pantyhose. And as long as we laugh of men wearing pantyhose women are ranged lower than men. If women want to be equal to men then stop all that nonsens and stop repressing yourselves. I have worn pantyhose the last 35 years.

wayne   February 20th, 2009 9:59 am ET

HI Robin,

Interesting subject. I just started wearing pantyhose about 6 weeks ago, primarily for the warmth in winter. Since I travel a LOT in airplanes, I have done a lot of research about Deep Vein Thrombosis, and the perils of sitting cramped in an airplane for hours.
Graduated support Pantyhose give yours legs a lot of help when sitting for long periods. And todays brands are even sheer and look nice. After telling my wife about this, she started wearing the sheer graduated support and says her legs feel a LOT better at the end of a day at work.

Hose-man in Iowa   February 20th, 2009 11:00 am ET

So many proclaim the attributes of wearing pantyhose for warmth, I agree that a pair of hose worn underneath body hugging thermals is a definite for cold conditions. As I am in public safety, and out in the elements non-stop it is nice to have the warmth of a pair of hose under body hugging thermals to keep warm outside, but not so overly thermal to make being inside uncomfortable. Range of motion isn't as greatly effected by wearing hose and body hugging thermals compared to the bulky weighted down feeling of long johns or other bulky thermal items. In addition to the thermal aid that hose offers during the cold months, I personally find pantyhose to be as beneficial during the summer months. In wearing BDU utility uniforms and being outside on an August summer afternoon in Iowa a person can have extreme perspiration and become uncomfortable due to the heat and sweat. The probability of chaffing is high. Lots of officers that I work with complain about this issue, I rarely complain simply because I wear pantyhose under the uniform. Nothing worse than having talcum/baby powder residue come through a dark uniform. "He looks a bit chalky today." The material wicks sweat away and the glide effect keeps the uniform from sticking to my legs creating hot spots and heat rash.
Off duty and when the weather is pleasant and the use of pantyhose for warmth or thermal protection isn't a reason, then I wear them because they feel great, look great, and I just like to put them on and wear them. I don't wear out to very many places because of the stigmas of a guy in pantyhose, but putting on pantyhose is like putting on shoes, socks, a t-shirt, shorts, or anything else that a person wants to wear.
So the question remains....if men find pantyhose appealing to wear, find benefits in wearing during cold weather conditions, hot weather conditions, and in general like the looks and feel of pantyhose, what is the turn off to women? Why have pantyhose become so "icky" to wear? Wouldn't hose have the same benefits to women? The wearing of hose would mask the blemishes and flaws that so many women are worried about. I much rather see women wearing pantyhose to accomplish this need versus putting skin dyeing chemicals on that give them that lusturous orange peel colored complexion. Pantyhose on a woman is a finishing touch. Pantyhose being worn is similar to a woman selecting the right bracelet or ear rings to accentuate an outfit and make it feel complete.
Not that any of our opinions or insight will greatly effect how women feel about them, but it would be nice to see more women return to wearing them just because they are a symbol of femininity.
If women don't return to them then I guess the pantyhose manufacturers, who know of men who wear hose but don't recognize or market to us, will have to rely on us to keep their businesses open and producing.

Mike   February 20th, 2009 11:11 am ET


It's time women woke up and smelled the roses! Men have been wearing pantyhose and tights for decades. I wear them because they feel good. End of story.
Women hate them because they don't 'fit' right. Everyone should know by now you buy a size or two larger than you need. The newer fibers hold them from sliding.
That's okay....women won't wear them, men will.
Women hate the thought of their men in pantyhose, well, men hate seeing women in gawd-awful pant suits.
Back at ya, girls!

Steve   February 20th, 2009 2:34 pm ET

I am a 60-year old man and I wear pantyhose without socks everyday to work. In the warmer months I wear them with shorts when I am not at work. I like the way the make my legs feel and the way the make my legs look. By the way my wife likes the way the look on me.

U.N.   February 24th, 2009 4:53 pm ET

I've been wearing pantyhose, stockings, and panties for years. I shave my legs daily. I love the feel of nylon and silk! I really like the feel and range of materials available to women. Men's underwear is boring, binding, and totally unimaginative. I fail to understand why we are stuck in such ridged ways of thinking that define black and white boundaries with clothing? I'm comfortable enough with who I am that clothing does not define me. Rather, my personality defines the clothing I enjoy.

Each to their own!

bob orlando   February 25th, 2009 5:14 pm ET

I have to agree with U.N on what he says. and yes panties are less binding and do have a varity of colors styles.
I have another feeling on tights and pantyhose.
so many people think its not normal for men to wear pantyhose. but men in ballet do wear tights. the only differance between tights and pantyhose is pantyhose are a bit more sheer then tights. so what is the differance if a male is wearing pantyhose or tights ? absoulity nothing. if a man is confortable in wearing and even openly society should let it be and think nothing of it.

Richard   February 27th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

I wear tights(or opaque pantyhose) with shorts in warm weather all the time, and I wear tights to do workout at gym every day. They feel good and my legs look good in them. Do they make man look feminine? Some people might think that way but I don't. People's perception is subjective: for example, in European swimming pools, those tight skimpy speedos are mandatory for men, but in the US it's considered audacious and most men wear loose shorts to the pool.

Modern masculinity is no longer on the appearance, it is more on one's character. A real man is someone who loves and takes good care of his wife and children, someone who can be responsible for what he is doing, and takes leadership when needed. A man with a tough look, wearing rugged clothing but unfaithful to his family, or doges responsibility, is not a real man.

Greg   February 28th, 2009 10:44 am ET

I have worn hose since college. When a girlfriend had me wear them as part of a costume. I resisted then but now I love the feel.

Trace   February 28th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

I appreciate your article!! It is nice to see these pop up now and again. When they do an article on men in hose it either appears as 1 of 2 things. 1. A slam on men that do so or 2. Women saying how much they hate them and think men are idiots for wanting to wear.

I have worn for over 2 decades. I am a married father of 2 girls. The number one reason i wear is the look it gives my legs. Be honest, most legs all need help and I refuse to be confined to boring baggy pants. My legs are cut and bruised from work and the magic of hosiery hides these marks and allows me to wear shorts (I wear kilts alot too) Check this out if you have never heard of it When mens hosiery started popping up a decade ago or so I felt liberated. I have had people come up to me and say they can't believe how good it can look on a man. A persons first image in their mind is one of drag queens but that is so far from the truth.
I wish an article would be done about the average joe male hosiery consumer and not just pick some guy out of the crowd and put them in hose. Almost every article I have ever seen tries to make it a joke of some kind. Yet , the numbers prove otherwise.

Richard   February 28th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

I wear tights to the gym every day. Married with 2 kids, successful in business, I am very secure about myself and I wear tights openly in gym and in daily life.

Here are some pictures of me in tights:

Darrell   March 5th, 2009 1:43 pm ET

I wear pantyhose daily with shorts or under slacks all it takes is a little shopping to find the right brand and style that fits your contour its no different than any other article of clothing not every brand fits all persons, I have been wearing JMS which have larger sizing and lately I have been trying support style and have found that Sears nice touch style hosiery has several different support styles to choose from and beings I am 6ft and over 220 lbs the F size is quite ample and does not pull or slip down. I am married and my wife has no problem with me in pantyhose as many other women have no problem either just that they think I should shave my legs.

Tim   March 10th, 2009 10:13 pm ET

This is actually a very old topic for me, but certainly not a tired one. I started donning pantyhose 30 years ago and have always loved wearing them. I'm 41 now. Yes, I know some women say they "hate" wearing them. I'm sure many men wouldn't like them, either. ;) I don't recommend them to those that aren't interested in wearing them.
Recently, I explained to a woman that I wear them because I find them extremely comfortable and I simply love being in them. It's that simple. I don't need excuses, even though there are many viable ones. She was raised in the Soviet Union where women were taught to wear them to attract men, so she explained. She therefore asked me if I wanted to attract men. It is reasonable for people to ask things when they don't completely understand what they see. It's much better than simply disdaining it out of xenophobia. I was very happy that she did ask and that I could explain the truth of why so many men enjoy wearing pantyhose. :)
Live while you are alive, folks. Don't be afraid of social stigma that is no more than a manifestation of anxiety.

RSM   May 9th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

As someone who sells leggings to men and women around the globe at UnJeansDotCom – I know people are wearing and enjoying them.
Leggings are perfect casual wear for women and men. Having worn leggings for years, I'm aware of people's comments both negative and very positive. After all, it's not the leggings on the man but the man in the leggings. Everyone looks good in leggings and some people look great! If more people, women and men, wear leggings then it will just be another apparel choice. At one time denim jeans were worn only by miners digging for gold. Now they are everywhere and nobody asks whether you've struck gold.
No pockets on leggings? – no problem – wear a belt pack. When wearing leggings I'm actually more comfortable when my wallet isn't sticking in my butt (like it does when I'm wearing baggies) Instead it's comfortably at my waist with my keys, cell phone, etc.
Give leggings a chance, wear them and enjoy!

mara   May 13th, 2009 5:43 pm ET

I am surprised how many men wearing tights/pantyhose. Congratulations to all of them. No comments to narrow minded people saying pantyhoses are just for ladies. They should get over their homophobia.
It is time for eMANcipation, isn't it? Fashiondesigners already talking about men in skirts and dresses and let them run over the catwalks in Paris, London, New York, and mostly wearing pantyhose or socks. And what matches best with the new men's skirt or dress? A pair of tights or pantyhose.

Pantyhose or tights nothing else than material which feels good on the skin and are not scratching. In other words, perfect for the body and skin.
Body and skin do not make a difference what sexes they are born in, and it is not true that men feeling different. That is just in the head of some people which putting both sexes in diagrams and charts – and make them stereotype. Welcome to uniformed world, or?

What I mean: Just wear it if you like it!

Jeff   May 18th, 2009 7:25 pm ET

Once again a very old topic for me but.... I have been wearing pantyhose for about 40 years. It started out wearing my sisters or mothers pantyhose and later turned sexual as I got a little older. I have worn pantyhose under suits as well as jeans and even shorts in public. It is amazing what little response you receive when people notice. I use to travel quite frequently and even went shoeless with dark pantyhose on in planes and never even got a question about them. I now wear pantyhose almost daily. My wife does not seem to mind, however, I don't think she wants the kids to find out. She tries to steal a secretive look to see if I am wearing them but won't say anything. I told her that I see her looking all the time to see if I am wearing them and she just laughed. She was absolutely busted. My 9 year old daughter saw me with them on one day and asked why I was wearing them and I told her because it was cold out.

I find wearing pantyhose very comfortable and of course the soft felling very satisfying. I know that there have been men and many women that have seen me wear them but have had no harsh comments at all.

The funniest story came when I was wearing pantyhose and shorts into a department store shopping for pantyhose. I talked to the sales clerk who didn't even notice that I was wearing pantyhose. She did ask if I was a secret shopper because I seemed to know so much about pantyhose.

Wear them if you want to...

Tim   May 19th, 2009 8:07 am ET

I have been wearing tights under trousers for several years and I find that they don't have the bulkiness of long johns. I think tights are excellent for keeping the legs well insulated. I have reached the point where I just go to the local M&S store and buy them and don't give a damn what people think. When i pay for them the women behind the counter don't even bat an eyelid so I'm sure that I can't be the only man buying tights.

Mary Yaris   May 31st, 2009 7:57 am ET

Hi everyone,
Men wearing tight's or pantyhose great i have been wearing them for over 40 years and love them. I would not give them up for anything i would also love to wear a girdle and suspenders but that is a little embarrassing. I do not care what women think afterall they have robbed the men of their clothes.So why do men not just wear them openly and also the skirt i would be just great.This will take a long time for our present generation to accept but in the end it will come. the sooner the better.just remember men have legs as well.

Anthony Power   May 31st, 2009 8:05 am ET

Hello this thing about men wearing tights is a bit too much why cant men wear tights or even a skirt if they want to.what is the problem they are only clothes i dont want to dress up as a woman or anything like that but yes i would like to put on a skirt sonetimes and tights i have my likes as well as any woman.Yes i do wear tights every day and love them but would be embarrassed if my family caught me in them also if i went into hospital with them on i would be realy embarrassed as i know a lot of nurses there.If i had a choice realy i would wear them openly all the time but not now as i would be laughed at and pointed out as i live in a small town i would stick out like a sore thumb.

brian   June 6th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

funny subject, we wear wool uniforms in reenacting a self masochistic hobby in 100 degree weather running around in wool waist coats and wool regimentals, the point im going the long about way is its just clothing.just clothing, if ticks, warmth, feeling good, are excuses for wearing clothing sounds like men are put off wearing clothing that now is adorn by women. where and how did fashion between the sexes switch? look at some men's fashion at the 15th and16th century to the change in fashion 17th century . to me its not as evil or embarrassing wearing tights or nylons lest you mention it and want an negative response. keep it to your self, look at bike riders and runners today whats the difference? if i had a want to different apparel i want and always said i want to make codpieces fashionable again just to see the faces would be hilarious , the Scott's make kilt wearing exceptable no one says anything of it it .looks cool (both definitions) the most important thing is if it puts money in the till and your happy buy what you want before someone makes you wear plain no sex futuristic clothing .

tom   July 7th, 2009 8:22 pm ET

I first wore hose as a teenager, the lady I babysat for had the greatest legs, and I would keep my eyes open for a discarded pair, take them home, and wear them at night.
Years later, I have been wearing them without my wife's knowledge when she is out of town. I could say I am diabetic, (I am) and that I wear them for the circulation support, but there is no need to lie here, is there? I simply like the way they feel: I do wear L'eggs Active support hose, because they are snug, slippery, shiny, and soft. Warm in the winter, too.

Thanks to the other men who have come on board.


Lars   July 12th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

I don't need to state any other reason than, I like them.

I've been wearing hose for years, on shaved legs might I add. It's funny how people believe that their opinions should control others. I guess that they believe that men wearing pantyhose is anarchy. Please, what about when women started wearing pants, that hasn't been the end of the world.

Guys, just wear what you want!

Hose fore ever!

Rik   July 20th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Personally, I own tights, pantyhose, leggings, running and cycling tights. Blue, black, tan, nude, white, and wine colors. I wear them for cycling and working out at the gym. The nude and tan is gym wear. Blue and black are footless and have nylon and cotton. These are worn cycling or at gym. Also leggings for gym and cycling with shorts. I have only had a few inquiries with one gorgeous gal at the gym. She asked and I told her tights were worn for keeping legs from cramping. I also wear leggings on occassion. She thought it was acceptable and only said "oh, I should buy some since my legs cramp too." I suggested she do that. The following week she worn black leggings. This was about a year ago. After that women started to wear them in the gym. Now it's everywhere. I guess by me wearing leggings and tights it got local women to wear them. Also saw footless leggings and tights worn with shorts by men locally in SOCAL. Long shorts with black tights over socks is popular. ALso cotton tights are popular with shorts here.

Jim   July 25th, 2009 6:09 pm ET

I'm a 40 year old guy who has enjoyed wearing pantyhose his whole life. I wear them daily under pants and wear with shorts when weather permits. I enjoy the support, the general feel, and the look. Though I have been told I have great legs they aren't as flawless as they once were and the hose do improve the appearance legs of both genders....yes, both men and women have legs! I have never had a negative reaction from anyone though I have noticed when I have been noticed.

I know I am not the only one...we just have to get our bretheren to open up about it.

Jack   September 22nd, 2009 12:03 pm ET

Hello Robin, I'm 54 years young and have been wearing pantyhose since my mother switched from thigh high nylons to pantyhose. I instantly loved the way my mom looked in her pantyhose and shorts which she wore around the apartment every day unless the family was going to Church or some function. It looked so much different then the look of her nylons attached to the garter clips on her long leg or boy leg panty girdles. When my curiosity got the best of me and I asked her how she liked her new pantyhose she said they felt wonderful and when I asked how or why she said that not having to wear the girdle and fuss with the garter clips etc made it a lot more free feeling and the fabric of the pantyhose was just as luxiourious as her old nylons. Running my fingers down her calf to her feet had her giggling and I got the feeling that it felt good so I asked if I could try a pair. My mom and sisters all started laughing and said yes. That weekend my mom bought my 3 sisters and me our own pairs and from the minuite we put them on my 3 sisters and I all felt so wonderful that we couldn't keep our hands off each othere legs. That was 1967 and I've been wearing them for the incredibly wonderful sensations I get from anything that lightly touches my legs from my pant legs to rushing air and almost everything inbetween. I also started to really like the way they made me look and my sisters started having me wear their tights for the great colors and textures knowing how much I loved the pantyhose. I liked the tights as well but their fabric never gave my skin the same strong wonderful sensations that I get from the pantyhose. Even on the hottest days, the slightest breese on my pantyhose covered legs feels exqusite and wonderfully cool. I'll never stop wearing them daily.

Rich   September 27th, 2009 9:14 am ET

Hi Robin, I'm 46 and I to love to wear Pantyhose have been for over 20 years and will until I'm unable to put them on, I wear because I love the feel and look, and it helps with circulation in my legs.

P.S. You could do a story on this again now that its been a year and show or tell of all the response you have received from this.

Sean   October 1st, 2009 5:35 pm ET

Hi Robin.

i am 40 year old male, been wearing pantyhose since i can remember. i wear them pretty much daily under my suits. i will wear them when traveling under mens walking shorts. do not have the nerve to wear them in my local town. My wife wears then frequently as well, she knows i wear them, however does not like the look. she says they are to fem looking for me.

anyway i really would liek to see it become more mainstream


me   October 8th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

I'm a straight guy and I've been wearing pantyhose under my pants to work for 15 years. But just recently I began wearing them on cooler days under my shorts when I go walking or jogging. Feels great and no one has said a thing about it...

vince   November 11th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

i wear spandex or tights my self and i am fine with it i am a male in portland oregon i feel good wearing them and i think you should have a body to wear them

Jim   January 9th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

I to have been wearing tights, leggings, and pantyhose for about 40 years altogether. As most people have said, they do feel good wearing them, even better on shaved skin. I love all the colors they have out now for tights, sometimes I will wear a skirt with them around the house, and my wife loves it. She helps me pick out skirts at the store and she is always looking for sales on leggings and such so we can both wear them and be happy. I don't see any problem what so ever with men wearing whatever they want. Hey, if it feels good, looks good, wear it, man or women. Enough said.

mark   January 14th, 2010 7:35 pm ET

Ive read this article,and there are mixed oppinions on the matter.
I am in the UK, and in the middle of a hard winter.
I work outdoors day and night. I got my wife to buy me some tights(pantyhose). I wear these under my normal clothes for extra warmth. They felt weird at first, but they do there job real well. I wont wear longjohns as the are too bulky.And tights are cheep to buy. I now have 6 pairs, and im not embarrased about telling folk i wear them.
I am 6` and do find them comftable,and very practical.
Men were the first sex to wear tights in the past....

Rik   January 27th, 2010 11:52 pm ET


I posted a message back in July. I thought I share another story. Earlier today I went to a local Wal-mart to return an item. I was wearing jean printed leggings. It looked like really tight jeans and the dye was wrinkled print. I worn with running shoes and a long sleeve casual shirt. I thought I would get some looks. I am sure I did walking over to return the item and wait in line. There were women and guys in line. I didnt hear anything. As for pantyhose or tights, I do own them with other pairs of leggings. I love the look and feel. I go out casual to the mall or cycling, or into a large store (like Wal-mart or Target). Didnt have any bad comments. I worn nude tights to the gym before and only had a girl ask about it. She thought it was ok. I explianed it was for preventing cramps. We worked out in a class and I walked her out later. She worn leggings next week. That was over a year ago. Happy trails to guys out there.

brad   February 4th, 2010 9:51 pm ET

used to wear boxer pants under my jeans for warmth but the problem was they would ride up several times a day making the southern waste area VERY uncomfortable. the wife joked that i should try her cotton footless tights. i took her up on it. us guys have been missing out on very comfortable legwear let me tell ya. im pretty sure so far it hasnt compromised my manliness, i am monitoring it though LOL!!

mario   February 27th, 2010 11:15 am ET

hi everyone, i grew up in germany and i used to wear sweatertights as a kid all the time and it was very commen. one day when i was ca 8 my mom tossed all away and i was mad so i took some of her sheer ones and absolutly loved them till she found out and was mad about it. she would allways take them away from me and make shure that i cant wear them but i just hid them. today 30 years later, i still wear them and love them under clothes. in the winter i love opaques and sheer pantyhose in the summer. i even tryed them with shorts with no bad coments. i hope they become more acceptable for guys to wear especialy since women dont wear them anymore. i belive it's a macho thing here in america. also, there is nothing uncomfortable about them unless you buy them at a drug store for $1. dillards still has a decent collection and other than that you will have to shop online. try wich are the best!

Mike   March 12th, 2010 6:46 pm ET

I have been wearing tights/pantyhose since I was a baby, my mom put me in them because my socks would never stay on. I am now 44 years old, happily married for almost 20 years have 3 adult children and 4 grand children. My wife and family except me the way I am, I tend to obsess about pantyhose, I only wear sheer to waist various colors and brands. I agree with most post's the European hose are oh so much better, but I like No nonsense and Leggs, they have really started to put the quality into their product. I am wearing No Nonsense STW right now, this pair has lasted quite awhile and still no holes or runs~~

Women who say they don't like to wear hose are most likely wearing control top and too small a size, I cannot stand control top, if that's all there was, I would hate them too....I have a sister in law who wears control top and she doesn't need to, she is pretty fit and petite. I can totally understand not wanting to wear them in hot temps, I often do not wear them, just like any other article of clothing, if it's hot out your not going to wear a jacket, right?

I also agree that people really need to quit being so damn judgmental, we are all hypocrites when it comes to that~~ Keep an open mind and do what makes you feel good, if not, your just lying to yourself, and that's a waste of life. Pantyhose are clothing, whatever the reason we wear them doesn't really matter, all that matter's is that we are secure with ourselves as human beings. Or you can continue to be a Hose-a-phobe and keep living the lie you call a life~~

Paul   April 9th, 2010 8:47 am ET

Like quite a few males who have written above, I also enjoy wearing pantyhose (sheer tights as they are known as over here in England) and opaque tights.

I have worn tights for about 35 years now, I find them really comfortable and wear under jeans or trousers and when at home,
( just with my wife) usually without socks.
Whenever I need to purchase any more tights I like to visit the hosiery section of a local large superstore, otherwise just buy more limited choice of brands and styles in with the weekly shop.

As also mentioned by others, I wish society (in general) would back off in such outdated and narrow-minded views of us just wanting to wear a particular choice of legware. It doesnt hurt or affect anyone else..!

fearless freddy   April 16th, 2010 4:25 am ET

yep i to wear them when i go camping, there is nothing warmer than wearing them in your sleeping bag with shorts (i case of a pit stop in the middle of the night) Kolotex sheer releif are one of the best for men, as there shape is spot on and they have a re-enforced heel and toes. been wearing them for years and they last as they are very hard wearing.

kevin   April 19th, 2010 9:02 pm ET

I really like wearing those leggs sheer energy pantyhose when they came out but now years have passed and I wear very sheer shiny slippery pantyhose. went through a divorce few years ago and the ex thought she had me over a barrel when she told the mediator that I wear pantyhose and I'm addicted to them. the female mediator said "Lady dont you know how many men are wearing pantyhose these days?" that ended that. I wear pantyhose to sleep in every night I've remarried since and my wife loves the feel of nylons on my legs. so what's the big deal!

Matt   April 27th, 2010 12:10 am ET

Women know that they can put on any article of clothing that a man wears and no one says a word. And so men have to stand up for our freedom to do the same! If it feels good on you or if you like its benefits just do as the women do. Just wear it and don't give a flip about what "anybody" says about it ! If you buy it and like it then wear it when and where you want to. After all words cant hurt you. And we wore them before they did anyway.

Jack   May 1st, 2010 5:44 pm ET

I started wearing pantyhose while I was a resident in USA in the cold winters when working outside the house and then at home. they feel great at any time, but I don´t show them in public. Felt very shy every time I bought them, but after some time I did not care if somebody was watching me... it´s been almost 20 years since I started wearing them, and I know I will not change my mind about.
I feel that life is short and if we don´t do what we like to do or wear what we want then what? Get over and enjoy the little things I tell my self!!! Born in Argentina...maybe some of the first guys around here wearing pantyhose under pants??

Joe   May 24th, 2010 2:10 pm ET

Robin thinks Pantyhose are .....Icky, well good thing she has such perfect legs and all her jeans slide on perfectly and her legs never get cold or need a little color or the leg pain from standing all day is just not there.
I am a heterosexual man that loves to wear pantyhose I have been wearing them since I was 6, I am 50 now. I have worn every style and make on this planet. I consider myself a PH expert.

It's about time the guys are enjoying the benefit of pantyhose hosiery or Tights as they call them in europe.

Jerry B   June 13th, 2010 7:20 am ET

Just found this site whilst exploring the internet (yes I really have only just gone on line!). Reassuring to read that so many men wear and enjoy their tights. Here in GB it seems to be an underground movement just like it is in the US. Lots of sportspeople use them openly. Horse riders, builders, market traders, the military wear them covertly. I have been wearing them for years although not on a regular basis. My wife hates me wearing them and has to be in a very good mood before she will let me wear them openly. I wouldn't wear them in front of my kids either due to current social conventions. I enjoy skirts and dresses too. They seem to be well suited to men because they don't bind and grab your crotch. Part of the problem here is that many transvestites have terrible taste in clothes – lots of beefy men in floral summer dresses etc. If 'womens' clothes were tailored to mens' shapes then we'd look a lot better in them. There should be more freedom to wear what we want. Women have that freedom, men don't. No fair. How long till the clothing revolution?

Jerry B   June 13th, 2010 7:46 am ET

Whoops, I may have inadvertently insulted some people with my remark about transvestites in my previous post. The point I was clumsily trying to make was that society has attached this label to men who wear 'women's' clothes. Whenever the media looks at this subject, the label is applied and they find a bunch of pantomime dames to feature. This prevents the rest of us from sticking our heads above the parapet so the practice never becomes mainstream. Or maybe it will now that hosiery companies have clocked the fact that there is money to be made from this.
Anyway, apologies to the previous contributors if any offence was given.

STEVE   June 17th, 2010 11:01 pm ET


James Black   July 8th, 2010 11:29 pm ET

I'm a 47 year old man I wear pantyhose I don't care who knows it!I wear them openly with shorts and sandals I can't stand wearing regular tube socks I am NOT gay I'm just very comfortable wearing them my favorites are reinforced toe suntan but I like sheer toe(sandalfoot suntanpantyhose to)I have been wearing them secretly when I was younger but now I wear them out in public to the grocery store or some other public placelike that as long as I wear them on my legs who am I hurting if nobody likes it they don't have to look I have been wearing pantyhose for 37 years since I was 10 years old and I'm proud of it.So PLEASE keep all derogitory coments to your self please This is the 21st century and we men are taking over the hosiery wearing women gave up!Women don't look good to me when they wear a dress and bare feet YUCK the ultimate turn off!

Ken   July 12th, 2010 11:46 pm ET

I wear support stockings or pantyhose everyday. It all started with an MRSA infection that damaged my leg. Now I wear men's and womens sheer support stockings or pantyhose everyday. I also wear a kilt, so it isn't hidden from sight. Sometimes Tan or Black. The manufacturers tell me that shaving my legs helps the fit and comfort. So I shave every day or so and find them very comfortable.

alex   July 16th, 2010 1:20 pm ET

This issue about whether or not a man should be allowed to wear pantyhose is a direct reflection of what is wrong with our American culture. A person should be allowed to wear whatever they want without being judged. European culture is far more accepting than Americans will ever be. Our American culture has been slipping into new lows over the last 2 decades and I put the blame on American women. Here are some reasons why.

To start with, American women lack any sort of feminity. The average American women now feel that it is better to act like a man and that it is bad to be “girly.” I can’t begin to count how many times a woman has told me she likes sports or other manly activities to prove they can fit in with the guys. They dress like men, get tattoos all over their body, swear worse than sailors and now I see women using chewing tobacco. Why would any man want to date a woman who thinks she is a guy? The mentality and culture of “feminism” that has taken over America has made it the most unfeminine place in the world.

American women think they "deserve" a rich, model-handsome husband who will "take them away from all of this.” I am still trying to find out what “all this” is and why is it so bad. It seems that before a woman will agree to going on a date, you better show her that you drive a real nice car and have a loaded bank account. I guess being a good, honest, hardworking man isn’t enough.

American women are lazy. They have it in their heads that their rich, model-handsome husband will get them a maid, nanny and personal slave to take care of every detail – and that their husband/boyfriend is REQUIRED to cater to their each and every mindless whim. Most American women, after getting married, do not even try to please their husbands anymore; they already have them so why bother. To them, “housekeeping" means getting the house in the divorce. European/ Russian women still respect, love and try to please their man all the years after the wedding day. They understand that a husband and wife have to have mutual respect for each other and need to work as a team to make it in the world.

By far, European/ Russian women outdo American women when it comes to dress style. The dress style of European and Russian women is much more stylish, attractive, classy, and feminine than in America. American women don’t seem to care how they look; the norm is jeans and flips flops. European/Russian women are much better at maximizing their appearance with clothes/cosmetics and unlike American women, they love wearing dresses, skirts and high heels which are much more attractive to men. European/ Russian and Asian women still wear pantyhose to enhance their style and dress. They know that a majority of men like the way pantyhose looks on a woman’s legs and give them a sexy and classy look. Most American women have stated they will never wear pantyhose even though their husbands/boyfriends like it and bare legs give them a trashy look.

In general, women in Russia and Europe are far more approachable, inclusive, modest, and easy to meet, date, and bring into your social/dating circle than women in America. American women prefer not to acknowledge your existence if you’re not in their clique. It is widely agreed by men and women in the rest of the world that the US has among the most snobbish, unapproachable and anti-social women in the world. European/Russian women have better conversation skills, are generally more interesting, intelligent and friendlier and have a much more accepting attitude.

Robert   July 17th, 2010 6:52 pm ET

I wear pantyhose all of the time.I also shave my legs before I put them on.The way they feel on your legs is incredible.I don't know what the fuss is about men wearing pantyhose,woman wear men's clothes and everyone accepts it.Let men wear what they want to.

James Black   July 17th, 2010 11:49 pm ET

I went out to yard sales with my sister today Saturday 7/17/10 I wore mens shorts and suntan pantyhose I even talked to a man from my Church and I know he seen it but as we say here in Tennessee "I don't give a flying tater who knows it!I'll wear them the rest of my life and I would even go on national TV and say it!So common all you supposed to be macho men out there who say you wear pantyhose come out in public wearing Shorts and Pantyhose.

James Black   July 21st, 2010 12:35 am ET

Well I went out shopping with my sister again today I wore a nice dress shirt and dressy mens shorts and Suntan Reinforced toe Pantyhose My sister said she liked my outfit and for her to complement me like that I regard very highly.I even wore my sandals.I enjoy going out like that and I will until the day I die.When I do I even want to be burried in suntan Pantyhose.I wear them to bed every night as well I can't wear any other kind of socks or anything like that.I'm not gay I just love to wear suntan pantyhose.I'd like to see all men be socially accepted weaing their pantyhose after all don't a lot of women wear mens clothes?And what about these guys with pierced ears and earrings?They are accepted why not us?

Andrew   August 10th, 2010 9:52 pm ET

OK – I feel as though I must weigh in here. I see that a great many men wear full-leg hosiery for fetish-oriented reasons – there is nothing wrong with this, as no one is getting hurt. If wearing hose for this purpose affords these men the extra non-pharmaceutical charge that kicks up their sex lives, they should have at it.

There are a great many men who wear tights for exercise-related purposes. I feel that no further discussion here is necessary, unless we have neanderthals and neophytes among our numbers.

I fall in the middle. I have my legs waxed because I am a crossdresser. I exercise religiously and wear compression tights in the colder months for obvious reasons. During the warmer months, I wear lighter weight tights to cover my legs in the week preceding a waxing appointment. Were it my call, I would wear Hooters-style tights under my workout shorts, given their support and coloring, but that would most likely have a destabilizing effect on my workout environment.

If anyone has a flesh-colored tights solution that might not draw so much attention in the gym, I would be most grateful.


James Black   August 12th, 2010 10:24 am ET

Well here I am again I'm sitting here on the computer wearing my white shorts striped shirt and Suntan Pantyhose I'll be heading out to Walmart in a little while.I will be wearing what I have on now.You know I think I would like to see a Pantyhose manufacturing company target us men to wear their product and advertise it on Television look at all of the men who watch sports on T.V.or a good movie.That's how they would get a lot of customers to buy their pantyhose especially us men women don't wear them anymore which I think is a big mistake.What do you think?Should a Pantyhose company advertise on T.V.Pantyhose for men?I think they should.

Terry   October 2nd, 2010 3:01 pm ET


I agree with the many viewers we wish women would start wearing hose again. It is such a classy look. We appreciate Beyounce, Lady GAGA, and many other celebs wearing them. Contrary to what the fashion Lords say pantyhose with shorts is an attractive look.
I'm a male and have been wearing since I was approx. 8 years old. and now wear 24-7. the comfort of support pantyhose is out of this world it's a shame the so many people don't realize the comfort because they feel they will not be fashionable.
Men keep wearing and start going public with them, it's great wearing with shorts, once you get over the initial fear it becomes all down hill from there.

Cosmo   October 28th, 2010 12:56 pm ET

I'm afraid the idea this is catching on or more tolerated in Europe simply isn't true. It's not something you ever see, nor are men's tights being sold in stores. Although there is a subculture of men who think this is on the verge of becoming mainstream, I think they will have a long wait. When the subject comes up in European news sites, and there was a flurry of this about a year ago, some may have thought this would be a new fashion, but in general it is still rejected as being too feminine for men – both by men and women, the latter not being fooled by all the talk of 'benefits' and comfort. It is very analogous to men wanting to carry a handbag!! You could do it, but who in their right mind would want to.

bryan   December 17th, 2010 10:05 am ET

to the men who say they would feel more comfortable wearing pantyhose if they were called by a more masculkine name, get real,
not matter what you call them they are simply panty hose. And they do have brands for men byt the price diffrence is out rageous they are no better than just regular pantyhose. So wear them and don't worry about what they r called. I will say when you start wearing garter belts and bras that you have crossed the line

Martinus   January 18th, 2011 10:03 pm ET

Wearing support hose as prescribed. I can't use it under pants because of warmth/heat which would my leg concern worse. So I have to use skirts, and wherever I go I get so many compliments, sometimes even applauds. In short most talking about "cool, great, handsome". I like wearing skirts, I feel free and very comfortable, but I am not the best friend wearing all day long every day those pantyhose.

Gerry   January 26th, 2011 4:01 pm ET

I love wearing pantyhose–tights– or whatever you call them. I love the way they feel and the way. I also like the way my legs look in them.
My wife also likes me in them. i have strated wearing them around the house and have them in many bright colors. i wear the hose and a top and it just makes me feel good.

mara   January 31st, 2011 8:53 pm ET

Martinus, I can understand you. Wearing skirts gives you more freedom and a must-wear pantyhose take some of this freedom away. I also know that a pantyhose can feel good on your skin, smooth. I wear pantyhose daily except on very hot days, but never under pants. I know the risk which comes with overheating legs.

Men should wear skirts, that makes them more attractive, and when it is necessary to ad a pair pf thighs or pantyhose, it is okay. I think we all have to learn and adopt a new life-living and dressing style for men.
So, men let's go – skirted and with smooth pantyhose.

Jgt   February 10th, 2011 6:50 am ET

I wear them for circulation,problem in legs, while driving long distance in a semi.and i do like how they feel with or without undies(prefer a thong). The way they make my legs and butt feel, is awesome.,

Lindsay & erik   March 11th, 2011 3:18 pm ET

Hi there. Great topic.
It is refreshing to see a lot of intelligent people here. Great to see the Men (& Gals) that are able to admit to actually liking something that is skin tight, silky smooth and made to look and feel alluring and sexy. (Imagine that!)

Something we wanted to throw in here, especially for anyone with remarks of 'not for Men'; 'Tights' have been worn by Men for HUNDREDS of years. That is correct, Men have been wearing Pantyhose (or Tights) MUCH MUCH longer than Women!
Now we would both (girlfriend/boyfriend talking here) like to see them on Women most of all- please guys, no bulges like with sweat pants- jeans, okay, but anything thinner is pushing the boundary from 'sexy' rock star to 'trying to gross you out w/my bulge'. :) Men wearing Pantyhose or Tights is completely fine. Even talking about this, when you really think about it- is quite simple minded.
ex: they are clothes- they have many functions (positive) – wear them.
End of story. Anyone that can not see this, either needs to really think about life being 'life', and not what the t.v. tells you life is – or needs to – well yes, just wake up. :)
Here is a kicker, how many of you boys can admit to girls and other guys that you find Pantyhose very sexy on a Woman? :)
Post script- To Robin: If you really do find Pantyhose 'icky', and you're not just saying that to fit in with the 'whiners', then we urge you to please treat yourself to a high quality pair of silky Pantyhose. They will cost a little more, but will last much longer and will look and feel ...incredible. We highly recommend: Falke, Wolford, Gerbe, Aristoc, Donna Karan & some Calvin Klein.
(and we look forward to seeing you in them!)
Thank you.

me   March 23rd, 2011 4:56 pm ET

I'm male and I have worn pantyhoes or tights for 30 years since a (female) ski instructor suggested it for warmth. I find them a comfortable insulator in the winter and even a comfortable option in spring and fall with shorts. I have not gone public much in shorts but it isn't from wanting to. I think they feel good and look good too. As I get older, I am finding much value in the support styles for sore legs. There is a lot of benefit that men deserve to receive as well. I see responses from women here and other places that are less than supportive, but can you imagine if men told them they shouldn't wear pants?

Paul   April 3rd, 2011 11:00 am ET

Hi all

My wife and I share tights, it's a great feeling to be getting dressed together and sitting on the edge of the bed both putting on sheer or opaque tights.

Dave   April 8th, 2011 6:28 pm ET

I know this is an older blog, but wanted to share my thoughts on the subject. I have loved pantyhose and tights on women ever since I was a young boy(40 now). Up until about ten years ago, I thought that they were only for women but not anymore. I was introduced to them, as clothing for warmth, by a girl friend of mine and ended up loving them. I hunt a lot and there is nothing like being in the woods and freezing your butt off or having your long johns droop on you and just make you totally uncomfortable. I started off wearing a pair of her tights under my hunting clothes and absolutely fell in love with them. They are thin, warm and very comfortable. Not to mention, they feel pretty dang good against the skin. They do make silk long johns now, but they still don't hold a candle to a nice pair of tights or pantyhose.

I hate to hear that you hate pantyhose, or at least think that they are "icky". I have seen you wear them a few times and think you look so wonderful in them. You certainly have the legs for them! I wish more women(and men) were open to them. I personally think it makes a womans legs look amazing and the selection of colors just makes it all the more exciting and fun.

kelly J   April 16th, 2011 12:26 am ET


I think it is sexy!! For men to wear legging. women show off they boobs, this way men can show off what they have!!

Dave   May 12th, 2011 2:09 pm ET


I am glad to finally see another woman that isnt totally against a man wearing pantyhose or tights. It is a shame that there aren't more women out there like you.

Jimmy   June 12th, 2011 5:14 pm ET

I'm a 56 year old male that wears support pantyhose. I'm a paraplegic, I wear them for circulation problems in my legs.They really help and prevent any swelling from in my legs having them down all day. Warmth is also a factor in cold weather.

mike   August 23rd, 2011 9:05 am ET

They make manhose.I wear tights in the winter to help stay warm has I work in outdoor construction

mike   September 1st, 2011 10:16 am ET

I'm from Maine .I have been wearing tights for about 4-5 years and that's cus I was dared to dress drag for Halloween. So my lovely wife went to Kmart and bought a skirt shirt black tights and a thong. That Halloween was cold and windy. I was shocked that the tight keep my leg warn all night long. I got a lot of "i love Ur legs or Ur legs look good " those were from woman saying that.Ever since then I wear tight in the winter time as I'm aan avage hunter and I go ice fishing alotand work out side all day. Tights r comfy and soft and warn. I wear them in the summer time when my legs start getting tired.

Martin   October 7th, 2011 12:26 pm ET

Tights is for unisex not just for women only as you can see online store recommend men to wear for numbers of reason also it help to protect legs from blood clots,weak muscle asu know legs haveone valve tha very important to keep running normal. im male and wear black opaque tights with jean or cord shorts – very short that quite good also skirt as well that ok for men to wear it. ive wearing since i was 6 years old and i would recommend men to keep wear tights plus sit too long is time bomb so save your own legs.

Anomoyous   December 26th, 2011 7:11 pm ET

I have tried various brands, but most seem to be impractical for the average male. So far, the best I have found was Mstevens-mans brand, and the new Cecelia de Rafael that go up to 6 feet 1–for large size-they don't have Xtra large, but they will stand up to a lot of abuse, but be prepared to pay twice as much as the Mstevens brand which is still good, but does not stand up as well to abuse or the use of standard shoes which seem to wear them out faster. With the new Satin Cecelia brand, they are tough and difficult to damage-150 Denier–I say go with what is practical, and it will look way better than the see throughsy hose.

anomoyous   February 26th, 2012 10:47 pm ET

I found out why the Mstevens brand wears out so is the waistband. I would recommend that you guys sand those rough heels on your feet with fine 320 grit sandpaper everyday you put them on, especially the Cecelia de Rafael brand. I found out the hard way the other month when I found a bunch of tiny little holes all over the heels of the fabric on both feet! Also, tight dress shoes wear thin spots on them too. Try to find hosiery friendly shoes if you can find them! If you are 6 feet 4, you would need to add a waistband to the Cecelia brand and tighten the waistband to 8 in. It will go up to 10 inches after you are done. It would require a scissors and 3/4 inch elastic, and a yarn needle that has a hook. Just tape that, and carefully thread it thru. I would not recommend the Cecelia brand if you are very fat!

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