The masculinity of UK males could be under threat following the results of a new survey by online tights retailer, Tights Please, which suggests that many are in reality hidden mantyhose wearers.
95% of survey respondents (male and female) said that men did wear tights and that they were worn under the trousers at the office or other places of work because they ‘felt good against the skin.’
When the survey quizzed women as to the type of tights their menfolk prefer to wear, 44% said that those specifically made for women rather than men were the most desirable.
Retailer Tights Please stocks Cette Dublin Tights, the plus size version of which is proving to be very popular with men who love their feel and of course need the larger size.
Men’s hosiery expert and blogger of hosieryformen.blogspot.com said: “Tights are becoming increasingly popular with men. They are comfortable, provide a layer of warmth and also provide leg support for men working outside or at a desk all day. There are now a number of brands of tights manufactured specifically for men and this is a growing market. However, there is a good deal of evidence that most men buying tights for themselves are happy to buy tights made for women when the quality and sizing meets their needs. The price can also be more competitive.”
“Brands such as Falke, Cette, Charnos and Wolford that make extra large sizes are particularly popular. Many men prefer opaque tights in dark and neutral colours, although women's sheer and semi sheer tights also sell well.”
Sophie Hawkins, Marketing Assistant at Tights Please, added: “It’s perhaps not a big surprise that women’s tights are becoming increasingly popular with men as they are generally manufactured to a more luxurious and using much softer materials. Sales of our Cette Dublin Tights plus size are double that of the normal sized range due to the number of men who love these tights.”
Men and their relationship with tights has been hitting the headlines recently with the launch of Emilio Cavallini’s range of men’s tights and a new video from Madonna (Girl Gone Wild) featuring hordes of male dancers in tights.
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Notes to Editors:
1. Tightsplease.co.uk was founded in 2000 and has grown to become one of the largest online hosiery retailers in the world. Tights Please stocks a wide range of fashion tights, stockings, leggings, leg warmers, socks, hold ups, knee highs, shapewear, and opaque tights, and has supplied tights to international celebrities, film makers, and fashion designers. Over a million people visit tightsplease.co.uk each year.
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