Ukrainian Tights – a Gift from Julia

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A few years back my friend Julia sent me a package from Ukraine. It contained many cool souvenirs and of course, knowing how much I’m into it, she sent 2 pairs of tights. 

In my opinion, both styles are quite rare. I’ve seen beige back seam tights before with a black seam and with a beige seam, but never a darker shade like this, especially with a reinforced toe. 

grey polka dot pantyhose from Ukraine on my legs - Ukrainian brand hosiery

Polka dots are common, but to find them in grey is not. To my surprise both styles turned out to be quite durable. 

If you are wondering when these photos were taken, I will surprise you – just about 2 days ago! Yes, Calgary still has snow falling from time to time. It is almost March and I still didn’t pack away my winter jackets. 

Here are photos of the packages. Giulia brand and Duve brand.

Duve, Giulia hosiery brands ukrainian pantyhose brands covers 1 Duve Giulia

Special Event at Dolce Amore Lingerie in Vancouver

Sale – 20% OFF!

Saturday: February 2, 2013

 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

People keep on asking me where I buy my lingerie.  Well, either in Europe or in places that import it from Europe.  I would like to recommend one of my favourite lingerie stores in Vancouver that has a broad collection of swimwear, lingerie, hosiery, and accessories.  The owner is a very sweet Polish lady.  LGTB- friendly, in case some of you are wondering.  Recently they added a whole vintage section there.

vintage lingerie photo

Dolce Amore Lingerie and Swimwear

772 Thurlow Street (in the courtyard behind the Starbucks on Robson)

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Can you come?  Please let me know.


Interview with CJ from Tights Fashion UK

Fantasy Stockings is pleased to present this interview with CJ from TightsFashion, a UK-based website that provides comparison of hosiery brands and presents a lot of useful information and  beautiful photos.  


How did you decide to start your site?  Many people like the product, but only a few decide to go as far as you with the idea.


It might surprise visitors to TightsFashion on to know that there was a time when I had no interest in tights and knew nothing about them.   An engineer by training and careful with money by nature I was alarmed by how often my wife threw out tights and bought new pairs.  To cut a long story short I did some testing together with my wife to find a brand and style of hosiery that would offer the optimum value for money… the most durability for least cost while at the same time looking good.

TightsFashion was more of an accident than a plan.  I was experimenting with a few things relating to search engine rankings for another project and decided to set up a site in another area entirely to test the ideas.   I had some data on tights/pantyhose to hand from my earlier research with my wife so decided to use that as the content to save time and effort.

Then I was approached by a hosiery retailer wanting me to become an affiliate and carry advertising… the rest as they say is history.


Do you have any totally wild and outrageous ideas for hosiery photoshoots that you would like to create? 


I have one idea, but perhaps not one to share with your readers.  I would love to shoot a transsexual model, but in such a way that it was not apparent what she was; that is pass her off as just another young woman.

Why?  You might ask.   Well there was a rumour some years ago that a major hosiery retailer was using a model of this type on their packaging, the suggestion being that people who are genetically male don’t get cellulite.   I have no idea if that is true, but if they could get away with it then why couldn’t I.


You probably meet men who actually enjoy wearing hosiery.  Do you feel that there is a good market for men’s hosiery?


Hosiery for men is a tricky topic.   I think men make up a significant part of the hosiery buying and hosiery wearing population, particularly on-line.  The problem is that many/most of those men are not buying for reasons of fashion.

Some men are buying to keep warm or for medical reasons, a lot of specialist make hosiery has more in common with thermal underwear than fashion hosiery and on the whole I find it uninteresting.

My view is that for most men buying hosiery there is a fetish aspect and the fact that tights/pantyhose are made for women is part of the appeal.  My own view is that "female" hosiery is generally nicer to wear, and usually far cheaper to buy.


I can’t help but notice your photography skills, did you learn yourself or did you enroll in some formal training? 


Aside from a few hours of very basic tuition I am entirely self-taught as far as photography is concerned.  I would like to get a lot more time in the studio with models to try more things and to learn more. Some of my shoots are purely for learning and never get published.


I am always interested in how producers choose their models.  What is important to you and based on what criteria do you choose them?


Generally I use girls who are new to or hoping to get into modelling.  Partly this is to give new talent a chance, plus it lets me take complete control and work at my own pace.


I also try to choose models who live close by and perhaps most importantly like hosiery… the one shot I did that really disappointed me was with a model with a great body but no love of hosiery.


I avoid tattoos because they distract from the tights.   I don’t demand perfect skin as the whole point of the hosiery is to cover the imperfections.


Do you have any other interests or hobbies that you enjoy in your spare time?


I am not quite sure what "spare time" is.  I have rather a lot of hobbies and interests and not enough time to do them all.  I really enjoy hiking/walking and I often combine this with a love of travel.   I am very interested in wine and I run a wine tasting club that meets once a month… my holidays tend to be to places with vineyards too.


I enjoy working on my garden and I have a pond with koi carp.  Photography of course, outdoor rather than in the studio.


I am a member of a clay pigeon shooting club … (for those not familiar with the sport the "pigeons" are clay discs fired from a catapult launcher, they replaced live pigeons many decades ago), and a badminton club.


Why do you think that pantyhose and stockings sales declined in the past 2 decades? 


I don’t have any firm data on this, and of course I can really only look at the UK, but my feeling is that compared to 1992 the market is smaller but growing fast.   The growth in the number of on line retailers, and the success of more established sites like UKTights is testament to this.


You say that “what is right for a girlfriend and what is right for a wife are different”.  Can you explain to us how so?  In my ideal world there wouldn’t be a difference, but I realize that it may not be the case for others.



This is just an observation based on many years of experience.   A girlfriend will love it that you bought her something sexy and expensive, a wife will probably complain at the waste of money and the fact it is not the style she usually wears.  Of course it varies from woman to woman but I expect most married men will know what I mean.



You mention that in your tights review you talk about sizing.  I usually take size Medium, but I find that it really varies from brand to brand.  Why do you think they can’t just make these sizes standard worldwide to keep it simple for the consumer?


This is an easy one.   Look at the average woman in the USA.  Now look at the average Japanese woman.  Then consider the varying heights and shapes across Germany, Italy, France, Spain, UK… there is simply no way that you can make any small/medium/large system work across the whole range.   I do find it frustrating that the European size schemes all use similar notation but the sizes are different.

e.g. Kunert size IV is 44-46 in Germany, 46-48 in Italy and France and 50-52 in Russia, and what do those numbers mean anyway?


I notice that you really praise seamless pantyhose in your reviews.  Do you think that seamless would be the hosiery of the future?  I recently tried on an evening dress and realized that seams from my pantyhose were showing through the gentle fabric. 

I love seamless pantyhose but they are not the future.   I do think though that every premium brand should have a seamless style precisely for the reason that you mention, even the best flat seams can show through light and tight fashion.  That and seamless look and feel so sexy.

Why not the future?   Well they are expensive to make for one so will never displace hosiery made in two halves and seamed together.   The seamless knitting process makes it hard to knit a deep body section so they tend to be hipster styled unless you are very slim in the hips and bottom, they you can get them waist high.


In your tips for gift ideas, you mention that it’s best not to go with hosiery less than 10 den.  Does this mean that you personally are not a fan of ultra-sheer hosiery? 


On the contrary I am a huge fan of ultra-sheer hosiery, and I suspect many men buying hosiery as a gift might love the idea the ultra-sheer material on their loved one.

My advice is aimed at men who need advice and I am trying to avoid the situation of a guy buying sheer hosiery for his lady who is not a regular wearer of sheer hosiery and ruining it either taking it from the packet or putting it on, particularly if the ultra-sheer hosiery is not top quality.  I have had 10 denier 40% lycra pantyhose from the supermarket literally fall to bits as I stretched it prior to wearing.  Some of the best hosiery is 5-9 denier, but this is not for the beginner in my experience.


It is quite rare to see pantyhose in a fashion magazine unless it’s some kind of a winter jacket commercial that obviously won’t be styled with summer sandals.  Do you have any opinion on why this bare leg look is promoted in the fashion industry?  


This is an interesting question.   It shows in some ways how North America lags behind Europe in terms of fashion.  Two years ago the fashion press would still be saying "steer clear of sheer" but now sheer hosiery is popular even among, or maybe particularly among, younger women.


Some women of a certain age who never wore hosiery still go for the bare leg look but now they are the ones out of step with fashion.  It will be interesting to see if the look transfers over the Atlantic in the coming year.

TightsFashion is unique on the web, although there have been attempts to copy both the content and the format.   First and foremost it is a site for lovers of hosiery as a fashion item, designed to provide information on as many styles and brands as possible and to provide price comparison between the leading on line retailers.  The information on the site is provided for all to use free of charge, to promote the wearing of hosiery for the beautifying of legs everywhere.


If you would like to stay current with the updates from TightsFashion, you are welcome to follow CJ on Twitter, @TightsFashion, or connect on Facebook through the Tights Fashion Fan Page.


Top 10 Myths about Pantyhose – can you help me with this list?

I’d like to create a list of what kind of things people say about pantyhose.  Some of this applies, but to cheap brands and when you are not wearing your size!  Can you help me with this list?

1) Falls down between the legs

2) Unfashionable

3) Obsolete

4) Over-priced

5) Not Healthy

6) Itchy

7) Not for youth

8) Causes pain

9) Not for cold weather

10) Not for warm weather

Please help me to improve this and I’ll put it on a separate page for readers to see at all times.  I would also like to include an explanation to why this is not true.  (ex. different denier for different weather)

update – this list is now published under A Dozen Myths

Interview with Hosiery for Men Blog


Hosiery for Men by Gerbe

Hosiery for Men is a blog from England that widens acceptance of hosiery for men.  The founder of this blog is a straight man who simply likes wearing hosiery for leg support, warmth and comfort.


I know a lot of men who wear pantyhose, most often secretly, but most of them don’t go as far as starting their own blog.  How did you decide to blog about your hosiery interest?

I was aware of a few other blogs focused on tights/pantyhose and men but some of them didn’t seem to last for very long or have much regular content. I guess that I wanted to write a blog that I myself would like to read. I also wanted to have an opportunity to write more about my interest and try a wider range of hosiery products.

Since I started the blog almost a year ago, it has really taken off. I have built up some great contacts with hosiery retailers and manufacturers, and been able to test a very wide range of samples.

The blog now gets between 400-500 page views a day from all over the world.


Ela hosiery designed for men

Well, some of the brands sold in department store are actually really very good indeed. I am speaking of some of the premium brands such as Wolford, Falke, Philippe Matignon etc. But also some of the more budget brands such as Gatta, from Poland, are also a good for men.

The main thing I look at is the sizing – will the tights fit taller sizes? Another key feature is the brief. Some tights/pantyhose are made with a low waist style that isn’t really suitable for most men. Lycra content is also important for stretch and a good fit.

Of course, one can also check out the wide selection of tights now made for men – brands such as Comfort4Men, Ela, Aries, Adrian, Activskin, Doyeah etc. There are some very good products that include features that ensure men get a good fit – longer length in the leg, generous brief and even a fly opening.

Comfort4Men are a remarkable brand – their tights, pantyhose and support hosiery are designed by a woman, but no effort has been spared in meeting the highest standards and specifications. Activskin also produce an impressive range of legwear for men and the quality is also very good.


I’ve heard someone say once that if a man would like to buy pantyhose designed for females, they should go one size larger than what the size chart says.  Is there anything that men should know when purchasing women’s brands?

I am not so sure that is a good rule to follow in every case. Sometimes the sizing information isn’t that accurate.

With experience and a lot of testing (much more since starting the blog) I have got to know which brands have accurate sizing and will fit me well.

Tights for men by Knittex


Do you ever show off your hosiery by wearing it with shorts?  If yes, how do people usually react when they see it and what how do you explain to them such choice of wardrobe?

No, I have never worn tights with shorts. I know that is a style that some guys go and I have recently seen it as part of the collections of some prominent designers such as Givenchy.

However, I prefer to wear tights under trousers.


Since manufacturers continue to make hosiery for men; does it mean that there is a good market for it?

There seems to be a division of opinion on this issue. Some manufacturers, such as Gerbe, are sadly discontinuing their range of men’s tights. However, there always seem to be new styles appearing from others, such as Knittex from Poland.

I think that in general the marketing of men’s tights has been rather poor in general. Some brands don’t seem to market much at all and don’t seem to have made use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

It was interesting to see what happened recently with the launch of the Emilio Cavallini range of unisex tights. There was simple a huge amount of publicity everywhere and it raised the visibility of men wearing tights hugely. It seemed to me that this was an area of great interest to the media and those manufacturers making men’s tights should really be trying to take advantage of this.


Hosiery by Emilio Cavallini

Have you ever tried shaping pantyhose?  Some women say it makes a great difference.  I imagine that there are some men would like to have their waistline slimmer too. 

I have tried compression/support tights and pantyhose. Some of these are marketed for the shaping capacity. My main aim in trying them is to check what benefits there are in terms of leg support. If you are working on your feet all day, or even sitting down for long periods, support hosiery can be very helpful. They keep your circulation going and lessen fatigue. I recently tried some Philippe Matignon Revitalise 70 tights – – they were excellent and provided a feeling of well being all day.


What is your opinion on patterned hosiery?  I’ve seen some fun pictures of your blog of men wearing polka dot print pantyhose with shorts.  How adventurous do you get with your own hosiery?

I am not that adventurous to be honest. I don’t think polka dot hosiery with shorts is really a good look for guys. That was one of the styles in the Emilio Cavallini unisex range, but I think most men will go for neutral sheer or opaque styles.


Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for other men who wear hosiery for comfort or medical reasons?  Getting our society to show more open-minded is not an easy job.

I think people are much more open-minded than people realise. Firstly, almost all the hosiery retailers are open-minded about men wearing tights and pantyhose. Not only are we an important part of the customer base, in most cases they will also provide friendly advice and support.

When buying tights for myself in department stores, I have also found sales assistants to be completely supportive and helpful. The Falke store in Harrods of London, for example, were particularly helpful, talking me through their range and helping me to choose something suitable (that is also how I got to try the excellent Falke Pure Matt 100 denier tights.

I would encourage men to be happy with who they are and comfortable in their choice of legwear. I hope the Hosiery For Men blog can help widen acceptance.


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