My Friend’s Vintage Pantyhose Drawer

March 8, 2014 under Vintage

So as I was digging through my friend’s drawer, I found she had a collection of vintage pantyhose. She wants to sell them for about $4 for single pair, about $6 for value packs that have 2 pairs in them, and $8 for the vintage Dim brand.

Do you want to buy? E-mail me. friends@fantasystockings.com

Just looking at these vintage pantyhose packages is already a thrill!  Most of these are made in Canada.

vintage pantyhose for sale - made in Canada - tights from the 80`s, 100% nylon

Cover Girl brand pantyhose. I didn’t even know there was a brand like that! (SOLD already)

Silky Panty. Extra tall, burgundy. Sheer and ultra transparent, sandal foot.  Made in Canada.  100% nylon.

Cover Girl ultra sheer pantyhose for those special occasions when you want nothing but the ultimate sheer.  Soft cotton lined gusset.

vintage pantyhose for sale

Finesse brand no run pantyhose. 4 taupe, 4 black pairs in stock. Made in Canada. Magi-stitch construction provides greater durability. Run resistant. Queen size. 100% nylon.

vintage pantyhose for sale

L’amour sandalfoot pantyhose with a polka dot print.  Made in Canada.  100% nylon. Available in several shades of grey and one in taupe. Buy it here – L’Amour Vintage.

vintage pantyhose by Baycrest brand

Baycrest brand, sheer silky control top sandal foot pantyhose. Queen size. Misty black. Made in Canada. Quality tested by the retail research foundation of Canada. Buy it here – Baycrest Vintage.

These pantyhose have a silky nylon / spandex panty for gentle hip and tummy contol, ultra sheer and lycra spandex leg and an invisible reinforcement knitted into the toe for added durability called Super Toe. The extra touch of lycra in the leg offers you a better fit with a silky luxurious feel.

made in Canada - tights from the 80`s, 100% nylon

Discretion nude pantyhose, ivory colour, rather off white. Large (135 – 155 lbs). It says that there is a 30 day guarantee! (well, I’m unable to extend it to you after 30 yrs though) 100% nylon. Made in Canada.

made in Canada - tights from the 80`s, 100% nylon

Woodsonia silky panties and hose in one. Sandalfoot. Cotton gusset added for extra comfort. Panty portion consists of 77% nylon, 23% Spandex. Leg is 100% nylon. Made in Canada. Actifresh, made exclusively for Woodward’s!

Whisper vintage pantyhose brand for sale

Whisper pantyhose. Different colours. 100% nylon. 20 Denier. Made in Canada. Buy it here – Whisper Vintage.

vintage Kayser soft touch pantyhose

SOLD ALREADY

Kayser soft touch, all sheer sandalfoot. Extra large. All sheer pantyhose, cotton lined gusset. “Soft touch” with a touch of lycra for a superb fit. SOLD.

92% Nylon, 8% Lycra/Spandex

made in Canada - tights from the 80`s, 100% nylon

Woodsonia non run all sheer sandal foot panty hose. Colour – bone. Fits between 5’4” to 5’8”.  Non-run stitch provides greater durability. 100% nylon. Made in Canada. Buy it here – Woodsonia vintage.

vintage tights queen size - pantyhose XL from The Bay brand

The Bay brand. Queen size pantyhose. Reinforced panty and toe. Fits 160-200 lbs, 73-90 kg. 100% nylon. Made in Canada. Treated for long lasting freshness.

made in Canada - tights from the 80`s, 100% nylon

L’amour queen size pantyhose. Slate grey, 170-200 lbs. Motif style. Made in Canada. 100% nylon.

made in Canada - tights from the 80`s, 100% nylon

SOLD

Phantom fashionables. Medium size. Fashion patterned and opaque panti hose sandalfoot. Fashonables add a little mystique to a very beautiful you! Made in Canada. 100% nylon. SOLD ALREADY

made in Canada - tights from the 80`s, 100% nylon

Dim pantyhose looks like coffee in these small bags.  One pack, the shiny one, is black pantyhose and the knee highs are in the other one.  These were purchased in France in 1982.  Large size.  These Dim are $8 each.

These Dim pantyhose were bought in Marseilles in France by my friend, in a shop that just sold lingerie and stockings. She went there to visit her friend and they together went to this shop, buying Dim bras and hosiery. That store was special because it was one of the few places that had bras with adjustable straps.

woodwynn hosiery vintage

Woodwynn brand. Queen size pantyhose. 160-195 lbs. Made in Canada. 100% nylon. Charcoal.

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Where to Buy Vintage Stockings and Pantyhose in Vancouver?

July 10, 2013 under Vintage
vintage 100 nylon pantyhose by miss canada brand

My vintage pantyhose – Miss Canada brand, 100% nylon

I know where!  I am so excited, just now I was walking along Main Street and noticed a vintage store called Woo Vintage.  I rarely check vintage stores, but I absolutely had to go there because on their sign they had a pair of legs in stockings.  So I was hoping that if they carry it, I could buy some vintage stockings or pantyhose for myself.

I walked in and asked for vintage stockings.  To my surprise they had a whole basket full of all sorts of different brands!  Still unopened, both pantyhose and stockings from decades ago.  It’s  like a chance to travel back in time and feel what it was like for people back then.  What a treasure!  I am tempted to go buy the whole basket actually.  Here is an example from their online store – vintage Hudson stockings.  They also have an account on etsy.

I just couldn’t leave the store without a pair of Miss Canada pantyhose in my hand, a Canadian brand that probably no longer exists.  It claimed to be one size fits all.  Obviously, the same day I put on that 100% nylon vintage pantyhose. Relatively stretchy, sheer to waist, no gusset, chocolate brown.  Yes, for me it fits, but let’s just say I wouldn’t recommended for a lady either taller or heavier than me.

Miss Canada brand vintage 100 nylon sheer pantyhose package

Vintage packaging of Miss Canada brand pantyhose states that the composition of the hosiery is 100% nylon in both English and French. It probably used to be a brand that would sell in department stores, according to the shop owner.  One size fits all perhaps would be true a few decades go, but sure not for the modern North American size.  The range of 100 – 150 lbs would perhaps be about size Medium.

Miss Canada brand vintage 100 nylon sheer pantyhose packaging

I did spot a few special brands, like Alferd Sung, for example.  I recommend this location if you want to buy vintage stockings or vintage clothing and jewelry in general. Another item that I finally found there that I couldn’t find anywhere else was a pair of oversized vintage clip earrings.

 

Woo Vintage

4393 Main St.

Vancouver, BC

604 687 8200

 

If you are in Vancouver, come and indulge.  if you are not, they have a Facebook page and an Etsy store where you can purchase items.  Perhaps you may need to check directly about pantyhose though, since it is really one of a kind thing.  Once they are gone, they are gone.

https://woovintage.com/

https://www.facebook.com/WooVintageClothing

https://twitter.com/WooVintage

http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WooVintageClothing

vintage pantyhose packaging - Hudson Wonderfit Phantom Fitlon

Vintage packaging for Hudson, Wonderfit, Phantom, and Fitlon pantyhose.

vintage pantyhose and stockings selection

The treasure basket!  An opportunity to buy vintage stockings while they are still around.

 

Different types of heels: Cuban, French, Havana and Manhattan!

May 15, 2013 under Vintage

reinforced heel

Somehow I always referred to them as Cuban, but turns out that there are some classifications out there when it comes to reinforced heels.

Can you tell each type of heel apart?

There was recently a nice article explaining the difference done by Gigi’s Intimates, an online store that specializes in vintage-look stockings by Cervin and Gio.

Perhaps it would be nice to know how such heels got their names, but for now, have a look at some instructions on how to tell which one is which.

FULLY FASHIONED HEEL TYPES

 

Gypsy Rose Lee

March 20, 2013 under Vintage

Gypsy Rose Lee - American burlesque dancer is reading backstage

…. A World Famous "Burlesque Stripper"

…. seen here with the Original "Laptop"!

gypsy rose lee photo in bodystockings and a fancy hat

By David, USA

 

Ellen June Hovick was born in the US city of Seattle, Washington in 1911. Two years later her name was changed to Rose Louise Hovick, so that her new younger sister could have the name Ellen June… By the end of her career, Louise, as she was known to family and friends, had become a legendary strip-tease artist,  written two novels, a memoir which was the material for the Broadway hit "Gypsy – a Musical Fable", and a play which was released as the film "Doll Face" in 1946. She was featured in thirteen movies, and nine television shows, including her own San Francisco morning talk show in the 1960’s.

She was known as Louise to her closest, but fans across the USA knew her as Gypsy Rose Lee.

Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque dancer 6Gypsy Rose *rose* to stardom as a saucy burlesque stripper, a career highlighted by a four year stint at the famous New York City burlesque palace known as "Minsky’s".  Her strip shows were the cause of frequent police raids and arrests. Gypsy’s rise to national fame was driven by her quick wit – she was very clever, in fact smart, and always right there with a quick response to a remark from the audience… she would even make intellectual recitations as she stripped. Gypsy Rose got her on-stage "trademark" quite by accident – during a performance a snap broke and her entire dress fell to her feet – the audience loved it and she worked it into the act. Gypsy had a casual and relaxed style of stripping that contrasted with the more common mechanical style of stripping known as "herky jerky".

 

 

Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque dancer 7

Gypsy was politically active, and supported the Loyalists during the Civil War in Spain. Her frequent presence at meetings of the Communist United Front made her the subject of an investigation by the US House Committee on un-American activities.  She founded one of the first kennels in the US for breeding Chinese crested dogs.

 

Gypsy Rose Lee died of lung cancer in 1970, and she is buried in Inglewood Park, California.

 

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly…very slowly”

– Gypsy Rose Lee

 

Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque dancer 8

Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque dancer 9 Gypsy Rose Lee burlesque dancer 10

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Wolsley Underwear and Hosiery Advertisement

December 14, 2012 under Vintage

This is an old advertisement that used a man for their marketing material.

I’ve heard it in a lecture on marketing that this was an approach to recognize the males as customers too.  Women buy hosiery and underwear and who gets to appreciate the most?  The men!
This brand still exists to this very day.  I wonder, did they really try to get men to buy stockings for their women or is this taken out of context by the presenter of the marketing lecture that I listened to?

I would love to hear your opinion. But I somehow don’t feel that the man in that silly hat on the Wolsey poster turns me on.

What kind of knickers should be worn with a garter belt?

December 1, 2012 under Vintage
woman in stockings with a dog on a leash is picking up her dropped purse.  High heels, stockings, suspender belt, knickers, hat, bizarre.

pin up girl in knickers

I absolutely love the authentic pin up girl look with fully fashioned stockings and garter belt and I’d love to re-create that look.

I remember hearing in a talk show that garter belts are not supposed to be worn with thongs, at least authentically.  It makes sense since thongs are a relatively recent invention.

But what kind of panty would one wear?  Or, should I say the British way, what kind of knickers? I would appreciate if someone can send me some ideas.

I am also trying to understand if in the vintage image below garter belt straps are attached to the panty or if the panty is being worn over the belt.  Ideas?

I would really like to do a photoshoot dressed in the most authentic way possible.

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Vintage Advertisement for Artificial Silk Stockings

November 18, 2012 under Vintage

I found this ad somewhere and thought to share it with my readers.  Is anyone nostalgic yet looking at those stockings with reinforced toes, soles, and heels?  Silk stockings, despite their sky high price, were the most desirable accessory for women. Even Coco Chanel said that it’s better to have a wrinkle on the skin than on the stockings.

I was in Washington DC this summer, browsing the Smithsonian district.  I kept on asking if they had vintage stockings since I’ve read on their blog that they do.  Introduction of the nylon stockings was a major milestone in the clothing industry, as you can see from the history section of this blog.

Perhaps the exhibit was no longer displayed since I couldn’t find it.  But if anyone of you have ever seen it there, please let me know and share your experiences with the rest of us.

Update from 2017: One of my internet friends here, Ian, says that he visited a car museum in England called the Lake’s Transport museum. They had a display of fashion from the 1960s and there was a pair of vintage stockings there by Mary Quant.

Vintage stockings and pantyhose present from England

September 4, 2012 under Vintage

This morning started for me with a very special moment.  I finally got my hands on a long-awaited parcel from England, sent by James.  He found them in a shop that sells retro items in London.  What a selection of vintage pantyhose and vintage stockings!  I don’t know what to try first.  It’s been on my mind to get my hands on such stuff or a while.

I think that the first one that I’ll probably go for is the off white textured hose in the middle.  But I can’t see the label, looks like it’s been taken out of the package.  I am so excited and very grateful to James for finding this pantyhose treasure and sending it to me.

Brands and description on the package:

 

Kayser – Cotton Sense, plain knit tights with a cotton gusset give you the choice of wearing one garment rather than two.

Dolcis – Sheer Delight, guaranteed ladderproof, fair lady 10

Escort – Sheer Stockings, Miami Size 9 (S-M), Stockings with the look and feel of real silk, re-inforced toe band and patch heel for extra strength.

Gazelle – Ideal, description in German, Mocca

Winfield – Sheer seamfree micromesh stockings

Wolford – Flamenco, the pantie stockings with the perfect fit (tried it on and it’s as strong as new!)

Aristoc – Shareen, sheer, stretch, seamfree, micromesh, colour: brandysnap

Martin Fisher – Seamfree, panti stockings, shade: Jasmin, 20 denier stretch

Christian Dior – beige stockings, but out of original package

Elbeo – Cling tights super, sheer, seamfree, Cantrece, sandalheel, no seam under the foot

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Las Vegas Strip Strip Hooray Burlesque Performance

August 12, 2012 under Vintage

This is a fun photo from Strip Strip Hooray in Las Vegas of a burlesque performer in a sexy corset, garter belt, and vintage looking stockings.

In this show the dancer playfully takes off everything except for nipple covers and her undies and jumps into this giant martini glass full of water, gracefully splashing around.  It caught my eye because it is not a common concept.

I would love to see such a beautiful show some day, but burlesque doesn’t seem to be big in Canada.  They may have independent performances from time to time in small community centres  but that’s about it.

I’d love to hear your opinion on burlesque.  Did you ever go to a show?  I love the concept of art and sexuality combined and I hope that this lovely tradition will not disappear.  Glad to see that Las Vegas is popularizing that style with this wonderful show.

Dita von Tease from Strip Strip Hooray in Las Vegas in stockings and lingerie

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Coco Chanel and Suntan Stockings

August 7, 2012 under Vintage

Before Coco Gabrielle Chanel, suntan was something associated with peasants and women tried to avoid it at all costs.

But thanks to her, she put an end to that trend and even came out with her own line of tan stockings by Chanel.  Even up to this day, Chanel brand still offers hosiery.

Interesting Point:

Did you know that before she became a fashion legend, Coco Chanel used to work as a clerk in a small hosiery shop? Legends do start small! From humble beginnings to grandeur!

Career: Clerk, Au Sans Pareil hosiery shop, Moulins, 1902-04

This Chanel design in the photo has been copied and re-created by so many different brands. But nothing looks the same as Chanel.

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