A vintage outfit is not complete without a pair of seamed stockings, but what is the point of a seam, and where did it come from?
A mini history of nylon stockings
Stockings have been around for a while but were made of wool, cotton or silk until the invention of nylon. Nylon stockings were first created in the 1940s by a company called Du Pont. It is reported that when nylon stockings were first introduced into the market, 4 million pairs were sold in one day! The demand for these new stockings even caused riots.
During the war, Du Pont switched from making stockings to making war equipment such as parachutes, which meant that there was a shortage of nylon hosiery; stockings were sold on the black market and women resorted to drawing seams up the back of their legs with eyebrow pencils to emulate the look of a fully-fashioned (seamed) stocking.
OK but why do they have a seam up the back?
Although there is no longer a need to ‘seam’ stockings, there are many people who still love the look of seamed hosiery. There are still specialists who make stockings in the traditional way but this is a very time-consuming and expensive technique. Nowadays it is a lot faster and cheaper to simply stitch a decorative seam up the back of a stocking. Many hosiery brands are doing this and in a variety of colours too.
If you’d like to try out seamed stockings for yourself, make sure you check out our Maria stockings and add a bit of history to your legs!
When it comes to suspender belts, the two most common questions that people ask me are; "How do you go to the bathroom in that?" and "Should I wear my knickers under or over my suspender belt?"
The first thing I want to mention is that there are no rules around how to wear your clothes, play around with them and just go with what works for you.
However if you're new to suspender belts or are hesitating about trying them then I can certainly give you some guidance!
Personally speaking, I wear my knickers both under and over my suspender belts. My general rule is, if I'm wearing big knickers I wear them over my suspender belt, but if I'm wearing small knickers then I will wear them under.
Big knickers are generally a little harder to manoeuvre if they are under the belt, which is why I just keep my life simple by wearing them over. This way I can just pull them down and leave my suspender belt in place when going to the bathroom.
I tend to wear smaller knickers underneath the suspender belt mainly because I prefer the aesthetic of having the straps over my knickers. I also know that when it comes to going to the bathroom, it's very easy for me to pull them down without having to fuss around with the suspender belt.
It's important to feel comfortable in your underwear so make sure you do what's best for you!
Click here to view our Everyday Glamour suspender belts (they are super stretchy and actually allow the wearer to pull them down like they would a pair of knickers!).