However, her parents thought this was quite OK and were present at the occasion. This paid off in a sense, the girl got famous instantly and was invited to a bunch of talk shows.
These Red Boots are on sale on eBay.
In case you are wondering about the hosiery in the photo above, it’s Havana tights by Fiore. I love those mock stockings tights!
by Julia, about her grandma in Ukraine
One time at my grandma’s place I saw old nylon pantyhose. My grandma told me that she has even more interesting items took out a bag of old clothes from the attic. It was full of various stockings, old pantyhose, socks, leg warmers, and spatterdashes.
"These are the ancestors of today’s pantyhose" Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ said grandma Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ "Look."
Grandma showed me her old leg warmers that her mom wore to work. During that time buildings didn’t have proper heating and in order not to catch a cold she wore shorts, legwarmers, and socks. In the 50’s the items that saved her from the cold were spatterdashes, warm socks, and rubber boots. In addition to that great grandma wore stockings. They came in different colours Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ beige, black, grey, brown. Even though stockings were not warm, but they looked very fancy.
"Now, these are already my own stockings" Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ said grandma Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ "Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬¦ they have a patterned knit from wool yarn. And, here, these ones are machine knit from cotton yarn. And these other ones are made of silk. Such stockings were worn under long knickers and they would hold up on the legs thanks to the round elastic bands , 2 Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ 3 cm wide. Later we acquired stockings made of dederon (a trade mark for polyester yarn) and such stockings would attach to a garter belt. Such stockings were comfortable and pretty."
My grandma wore such dederon stockings for about 3 to 4 decades and she shared a funny story with me from her youth. When she was in high school, she would run away with the other girls between classes to a discount store to buy such stockings at lower prices. Once they didn’t return in time and were late for their chemistry class. For they had to go in front of the school committee and write a note explaining where they were for half of the lesson.
"Later nylon pantyhose appeared" Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ grandma continued Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ "They were not durable and not comfortable. Those pantyhose were replaced by a type with a panel between the thighs and they were much more comfortable.
Now for plus size women there are pantyhose with an extra panel of fabric in the front and at the back and they are so elastic. Depending on the season, there are warm styles and lace fishnet styles."
In those times men didn’t notice women in pantyhose as much as in today’s time. Stockings and pantyhose were just common items in a women’s wardrobe. Today men tend to gather around women in nice pantyhose. There is an unexplained force that in public places attracts men to the wearers of pretty pantyhose. Men, enchanted by the beauty of women’s legs in pantyhose, will not necessarily sit or stand near the one with nice legs in pantyhose, but will choose a spot from where that woman can be seen well.
Written by Inna, Ukraine:
There is no mystery in the fact that the most renowned fashion designers, stylists and hear-dressers are men. So, probably we wouldn’t raise our eyebrows at all to being told a happy ending story about a businessman who found his devotion to hosiery manufacturing, as the story of this lucky man falls seamlessly under man-in-fashion-and-beauty lore definition. Except for one thing: namely, that our Ukrainian culture has never bargained for it.
Maxim Kuzmenko, the owner and ardent ruler of OMAX International company, based in the Ukraine, was pondering over his own business since getting the last classes of his school education. His commercial streak was being honed during the early 90’s. At that time, the future leg-wear factory mogul occupied himself with marketing consumer and industrial goods of different kinds into the country, largely importing (what at that time verged on smuggling) them from abroad.
I’m not going to relate the whole chronicle of the OMAX boss’s genesis, but it’s worth noting that his path into hose-knitting Heaven wasn’t so easy, due to the nature of the product he was dealing with. He faced ups and downs in his industrious efforts to cobble together the best experts, up-to-date equipment, novel technologies and reliable partners. A lot of changes had happened since the moment Maxim Kuzmenko tweaked and dyed first number of so-called “tubes” and wholesaled them to the local market retailers, but probably the most important change that
And now, years after hearing of a Russian luxury yacht owner who had made his fortune selling women’s hosiery, Maxim Kuzmenko, Head of Omax International has his own luxury yacht, except instead of being moored at Monte Carlo, it is moored at Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.
Did you get a run in your pantyhose, but don’t have a spare pair on you? Even worse, are you running short on time and can’t afford to go look for a public washroom to change in?
In Odessa, Ukraine, a new taxi service for women called Krasotka (means Beauty) caters to women and has basic items available for their comfort and needs. If your pantyhose ripped accidentally, they will give you a new one.
On their website they even say that they offer a service to transport goods and give an example – if a woman is busy, but her girlfriend is in desperate need of a spare pair of pantyhose, she can ask Krasotka taxi to urgently deliver the item. They have everything from tampons, umbrellas, to children toys.
Even though the owner of the company is a man, Krasotka’s clients and drivers are only female. Men are rarely allowed only if they are being accompanied by a woman (as part of her baggage, I suppose). Once they made an exception for a male gay couple who wanted a ride and gave a bold statement that they are “girls too”.
By Julia, our Ukrainian Connection
Since the 60’s, women cannot imagine their life without pantyhose because of all the benefits that this invention presents. In general, hosiery used to be darned to a point that one would do anything possible to preserve it and prolong its life. It would never get thrown away!
These days, as the standard of living improved and quite often old ripped pantyhose are thrown away. But what a waste! For some appearance of a run is just the beginning. There is a way to give used pantyhose another chance life and it is something that doesn’t even cross people’s mind.
The uses are so diverse! There are many options what to do with ripped pantyhose Р“СћРІвЂљВ¬РІР‚Сљ dusting cloth, dish cloth, storage casing for onions and garlic and for Christmas tree decorations. But the most interesting idea is to make crafts! Creativity is unlimited when it comes to using this gentle, light, and romantic fabric to decorate your home.
What an entertaining and wonderful idea it is to create flower compositions from nylon! From sheer fabric one can make delicate flowers, which can be even used as hair clips, brooches, wedding decorations, and lamps.
Her flower compositions are amazing! Literally, from an ugly duckling Inna creates a beautiful swan. Sheer fabric, tape, and glue transform in the hands of the craftswoman and acquire a new life in a form of pretty flowers. This gives used pantyhose a second chance to life and help to reduce landfill waste.
In Ukraine this method is new and only a few people work with it. Inna Kostenko hopes to develop her skills to a higher level and eventually start to teach classes on pantyhose art.
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I was surprised to find these photos of a Ukranian singer, Nastya Kamenskih, at an award ceremony in 2009. Naturally, she was the winner for “the most beautiful person” in Ukraine for that year.
Maybe some practical reasons for doing this could be to get that sexy look of stockings and garter belt without showing bare skin that may have imperfections.
I’d love to hear your opinion about this! Would you consider doing that? Do you find it sexy?
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I had an opportunity to spend a couple of weeks of summer in multiple Eastern European countries and observe at least one third of women proudly wearing pantyhose.
In general, in that region women put more effort to look their best even if they are going to do their daily chores. Looking good is an expectation. Maybe not explicit, but it’s always there.
Borispol airport in Ukraine seemed to be the hottest place throughout my trip, temperature wise and fashion wise.
As an example, I’ve seen a beautiful brunette model
promoting Malboro cigarettes at the duty free store. She was very friendly and gladly posed for a photo. Her sporty outfit looked stunning with a pair of shiny pantyhose.
Again, at the same airport, I saw a beautiful Barbie Girl who was catching a flight to Sofia, Bulgaria. She was wearing nude pantyhose with her pink outfit despite the hot weather.
I remember hearing results of a survey why Arab men prefer to date Eastern European women. One thing from the responses that shocked me was “these women look after themselves even after marriage”. I was surprised to realize that this statement implied that some women don’t.
For the record, I noticed that the Barbie girl had a ring on her finger. Yes, such beautiful women don’t stay single for long.
Chopin airport in Warsaw was not far behind. There were a lot of fancy women there, both staff and tourists, wearing pantyhose. Considering that in most airports photography is not allowed, I had to be quite careful in order to get a few sneak peeks for you.
In Poland I was pleased to see a beautiful blond woman checking boarding passes while wearing chocolate pantyhose. What a rare sight! I think it’s only possible in Eastern Europe. Brown is a very rare colour these days and somehow it doesn’t get recommended for fair skinned people. I remember how in our Vancouver Wolford boutique staff were just adamant about me expressing an interest in a tan shade darker then my own skin tone.
In LED airport in Russia I also saw a lot of pantyhose, but with their tough security I decided not to play with the rules. Of course, that vast country is full of women of all ages and sizes in pantyhose. Teens, grandmothers, young moms… they all wear it. Fashion stores have great hosiery selection, including brands like Falke.
Some curious bullet points here about Eastern Europe:
- reinforced toes are frequently worn even with sandals
- plain pantyhose greatly outnumber patterns
- nude seems to be the most popular colour for plain hosiery
- black is the most popular colour for patterns
- pantyhose commercials on TV and banners for brands like Conte
- layering is OK, i.e. wearing beige fishnets over sheer nude pantyhose
- even plus size ladies wear it (I saw a mature woman in bright orange tights)
So friends, if you would like to make this summer full of nylon legs, book a flight to Eastern Europe for an unforgettable pantyhose experience!
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Let’s talk about something to warm up the winter. How about some exotic exercise, like a jog on high heels? Would you like to sign up your wife for this high heel contest? She may need a pair of shoes to flaunt!
There is also such thing as lingerie football, but those women wear garter belts and even garters, but no stockings. I suppose that they need to wrap their knees and feet for protection, so they can’t really have sheer clothing over it.
I think we need to get more lingerie sports, it would be very entertaining. Any other ideas? Wrestling? Let’s say for sure not fencing!
I guess that nothing really compares to running on high heels because this is something that women have to do from time to time. It’s a good skill to have! I’ve done lots of it in my school years, running to the bus stop to catch the bus on time.
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