Many women now profess a sincere hatred for pantyhose. They have been forced, due to dress codes, to wear for years. So why on Earth would a guy ever want to wear something that a lot of women consider restrictive, hot, itchy and generally uncomfortable garment that has even been equated with medieval torture devices?

Many guys simply feel more comfortable wearing pantyhose or tights. They usually wear them as a one piece replacement for socks and underwear. If pantyhose are sized properly there is nothing for men to find uncomfortable in them. Since the development of Comfilon and many other new men's tights or pantyhose brands men now have a variety of styles to choose from. These male focused brands are sized and proportioned for men. Some of these male styles even have a fly opening for convenience of those who prefer a fly.

Some men like to wear hose simply because like the way pantyhose look under close fittings trousers. Since they are a one piece garment there is no visible underwear or sock lines. I like the support in the groin area as much as the support in the legs. Most traditional men's underwear has little to no support in this area. Boxers are fine, as long as I have a pair of tights on underneath.

Athletes have found that wearing compression leg wear helps them with their performance. Athletes from every sport including running, swimming, cycling, football, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, hikers, mountain climbers, aerobics and dance have all discovered the benefits of compression leg wear. If your sport involves leg muscles then performance will be increased using compression.

Just as many men as women suffer from circulatory issues or tired heavy or aching legs and turn to support wear to help with these issues. Men may try support socks at the suggestion of their doctors. Doctors will often prescribe compression stockings for a variety of medical conditions. Some opt for knee high or thigh high but a lot of them just feel that the waist high is easier or more comfortable. I tried some knee length men’s support socks to help with tired heavy feeling legs, but like many others found that I did not like the tight band at the top of my calf. So I switched to waist length hosiery. I can get relief from support pantyhose without going to a medical grade product. I will start posting reviews of the many that I have tried and will continue to try.

Wearing pantyhose or tights as a base layer for activity in cold or hot environments or any activity where you sweat also will benefit the wearer through perspiration removal. Wear beneath cotton or wool and the perspiration will wick, passing through the nylon weave to be absorbed by the top layer leaving you drier and more comfortable. There are many other commercial undergarments made for this purpose. These other garments usually cost between 40 and 75 dollars. The most I have ever paid for tights or hose was less than 30, usually much less.

So how do most guys end up trying pantyhose for the first time? Pre-teen or adolescent young men try on their mom's or sister's pantyhose out of curiosity. Some older guys innocently dressed up as a member of the opposite sex for Halloween or during role playing with friends or lovers. Many as little boys were dressed up by their older sisters for fun. Some of us, me included, were dressed in tights as young boys as was common practice in many communities and had no desire to stop. Bicyclist and runners may try on a pair to keep warm and remain aerodynamic when they train in cooler climates. Hunters and outdoorsmen for years have been stealing their wives or girlfriends pantyhose to keep warm.

However they first tried on a pair, once they pulled them on they had no desire to take them off. The more they wore them, the more they realized how good they felt.

Here is a news flash for you if you are not aware; most of the men that wear pantyhose or tights on a regular or even daily basis are straight. Many of them are conservative even Republican men wear pantyhose. Religion is no barrier for most men to wear either. There is a discussion going on at one blog about what the bible says about men wearing tights. Most of us have simply found that they are a comfortable, practical and helpful garment that just feels nice to have on.



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Property-Invest 6 years ago from London

Keeps you warm in winter, that's for sure!

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jm2fly 6 years ago from Virginia Beach Virginia Author

And I think they can have an evaporative cooling effect when it is warmer out if done right.

Thank you for your comment!

rich 6 years ago

Keeps the biting bugs off in the summer

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Gift Experts 6 years ago

OK, wow, this is a news flash. COol info! And it's funny that these aren't comfortable for women, but men don't mind.

bob22 6 years ago

The only reason they don't find em comfortable is that instead of learning ppl just go cheap and get the garbage they paid 50 cents for lol. Ask women who know what they are talking about and suddenly you enter a world where pantyhose are comfortable and durable.

Instead of buying the dollar store brands, go for something of quality, if it still itches, remove the hair on your legs and if it run at the toes then maybe its time to clip your nails freak lol.

Most complaints from women about pantyhose come from ignorance, cheapskating and hairy legs or long toenails lol. The main problem is usually dollar store brands.

If you want comfy hose, go with wolford, and before you scream about the price , see how long they last vs dollar store crap and you will see they are actually the cheapest hose you will ever find as you will wear it for years, dollar store crap might last enough to be worn twice. Oh and get the proper size of course, for men its probably not an issue since it already takes guts to show up at the cash in front of other customers to buy a pair of pantyhose but Ive seen chicks buy a size smaller because they were ashamed of their true size lol then they complain I mean come on use your head. If someone laugh at you, ask him how he would like to be beaten up in public by a guy in pink pantyhose :)

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tectonic 6 years ago from Singapore

yikes, i wouldn't wear one but i love to see women in them :)

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jm2fly 6 years ago from Virginia Beach Virginia Author

I used to say that until I tried it. You might be surprised.

ComputerGuy 6 years ago

I suffer from chronic leg cramps and pain. Wearing pantyhose has help eliminate it without the side effects of drugs.

OK, they are uncomfortable in the heat of the summer, but that is a small price to pay for the relief that they give with the leg pain. I just wish I started wearing them years earlier.

Greg Howard 6 years ago

Excellent review of the subject. You and I had similar childhoods and came to the same conclusion regarding wearing tights as a man. The older I get the more I realize they are simy an article of clothing. I could see people wondering why a man might wear a bra as men typically do not have breasts requiring support (though as the populace fattens Seinfelds Bro or was it Mansierre may alter this notion). But guys have legs that get cold, have circulation issues and in my case this guy finds them so comfortable, it's silly not to wear them.

I have to chuckle when men are confronted with wearing them and they reply "I'll stick to long underwear". You mean you'd rather wear a bulky garment that restricts your movement, that's not as warm, is cotton so the sweat will collect there and make you colder, falls in the crotch further cramping "your style and future family" and in reality is just cotton tights? Talk about semantics.

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libby101a 5 years ago from KY

If it's more comfortable then so be it! Nice, interesting article! Thanks.

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libby101a 5 years ago from KY

LOL Ron! I'm with ya! If it's comfortable then wear it!

Lucky0967 5 years ago from UK

Men wear tights for various reason as it unisex not for women only, it for both, I usual wear tights for long time since i was 5 years old kid and now Im wear tights under mini skirt or knitwear jumper dress that make lots comfortable - men can wear tights, skirt,dress,etc.. as it normal clothes as unisex :)

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jm2fly 5 years ago from Virginia Beach Virginia Author

Thanks for all your comments. It is just as simple as if you are comfortable then don't worry about what some narrow minded folks might think. Often people who are bothered by something like a man wearing pantyhose for style, health or comfort have their own hang ups.

mail man 5 years ago

I use pantyhose in the winter months to help keep warm while dong my post office deliveries, it stop's the chaffing of the uniform pants on my legs, they support my tired achy legs and most of all they are comfortable try it you will like it

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jm2fly 5 years ago from Virginia Beach Virginia Author

Mail man, I work outside also and you are correct they keep you warmer in the winter, prevent chaffing especially in the summer and can be great support for tired achy legs any time. I wear them winter,spring, summer and fall. If I do not wear them I am miserable at work anymore. What's not to like? Men should not fear the hose. Wearing pantyhose won't make a transvestite!

mail man 5 years ago

I would like to wear them during summer also but do not want to offend any of the home owners on my rout, and I never asked if it is against post office dress code.

But getting back to the original question of why a man would want to wear pantyhose, my answer is I like to.

I would like to see pantyhose manufactures market there products for men in the major department stores to help open the trend of men in pantyhose to the public.

Dustin 5 years ago

Hello all, Im a 27 year old male I use to work for Sams Club and I worked in the freezer cooler area, My girlfriend at the time bought me thermal underwear to help keep me warm but I noticed when I was in the freezer I would sweat and it would soak them and it got worst when I had to come out of the freezer. It sucked. Never in my life did I ever think I would put on a pair of pantyhose but my girl friend told me to try them, Not thinking it would be much different but to my surprise it worked out great. If I do sweat I don't notice. One thing that did bug me was it pulled my leg hairs so I did shave them and it was worth it. I no longer work at Sam's club but I now have a job where Im outside almost all day, so during the winter is the only time I where them as a form of winter clothing. So my leg hair grows back for the summer. Kinda funny. If anyone has not tried this you should. Im not gay, crazy or weird. You have to try it to believe it. That's my opinion.

mark 5 years ago

Now i like to wear tights daily when working outdoors. The reason i wear them is for the warmth when its cold.I mostly wear underwear as well. my wife knows i wear them for comfort outside. i also love the feel of them against my skin,and it can be a turn on for me.

But i diont wear them for sexual kicks, just for comfort.

And weren't tights/pantyhose originally male clothing in years gone by????

I just buy cheap supermarket tights, afterall, they are to be used as a base layer.

ricardo 5 years ago

I wear Legg's Active Support everyday. I don't care what people think while working out at the gym in pantyhose and shorts.

Assassin Fred 5 years ago

Very true... The first time I put on pantyhose, I was 5, and I was addicted. I wore them as often as I could after the first time...

Ken 5 years ago

I have been pantyhose for a long time now. My wife knows and she loves them on me.I go to bed with pantyhose, sleep with them on, and also make love with my wife. Guys you have to try that, its awesome.

sissychuck44 5 years ago

i love wearing nice pantyhose. i prefer the women's brands for a number of reasons.

mike 5 years ago

I love wearing womens haynes silk refelections . Why well for a few reasons . The first reason is they feel wonderful ! The next reason is they feel really good to wear especially under a suit . I also wear them because they sort of work like viagra. I love how it feels when a women runs her hands up my pantyhose clad legs to the right area! that almost causes !!!!!!!!!! the next reason is every women i ever showed this to has loved it . Pantyhose are awesome I love how they feel and You can bet i wear them 24 /7 pretty much .

women who complain about it are buying junky pantyhose that are to small for them . If they bought good quality and correct fitting they would see it different .

Jeffrey 5 years ago

The article is spot on!

I have worn tights for over 30 years. I started out of curiosity by wearing my sister's tights. When I first got married I did occasionally steal my wife's tights and wore them. But for other reasons we divorced. I am now remarried and I can wear tights, skirts and dresses to my heart's content. I am so happy. My wife likes me wearing skirts because it gives her 'easy access'. Wearing sliky tights in bed is a fantastic feeling. I have now started waxing my legs and the smoothness just makes it all so much better. I do not want hairy legs again. My wife lets me use her epilator. Life is great.

I am sad for those all those who think that all men who wear women's clothes are gay - wrong! I have a wonderful relationship with my wife and after so many years of feeling guilty about my crossdressing am now content in life.

bcooper 5 years ago

I've been disabled since birth by Cerebral Palsy, been using a wheelchair since ~ 7 years old, and have poor leg circulation because I could never walk. I've always wanted to wear female clothes, esp. pantyhose or tights. Fem clothes fit my 5'0" body better, too.

Some of the store brands are ok, some itch like crazy - ditto for more expensive name brands. But the pantyhose from HUE are very nice feeling. Ditto for some of HUE tights, as well as most HANES tights. If I had to guess, it's probably either the dye or the way they are woven, or both.

I've found a little trick to disguise hair - wear a nice feeling pair of "light support pantyhose" under one pair of your favorite color - even if your favorite color pantyhose have itched before, the support pantyhose will be the only thing you feel, plus one pair sets up a light pattern called the moir effect (I think that's what its called) with the other pair. It's a very interesting effect.

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jm2fly 5 years ago from Virginia Beach Virginia Author

I'm glad to hear from all of you guys out there who have figured out that life is too short to let old fashioned stereotypes keep you from enjoying life to its fullest. Don’t let other people make you miserable over something so trivial. It's about being comfortable with yourself.

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jm2fly 5 years ago from Virginia Beach Virginia Author

I'm glad to hear from all of you guys out there who have figured out that life is too short to let old fashioned stereotypes keep you from enjoying life to its fullest. Don’t let other people make you miserable over something so trivial. It's about being comfortable with yourself.

CB7 5 years ago

Really like the closing paragraph of your article. I think it really sums up why I like wearing hose. "Here is a news flash ...; most of the men that wear pantyhose or tights ... are straight. Most of us have simply found that they are a comfortable, practical and helpful garment that just feels nice to have on." Wore a pair of tights as part of a Halloween costume & found them to be very soft & comfortable. In fact my friend who helped me pick them out, she didn't think less of me when I admitted to liking them. In fact she just smiled & said "what did I tell you?" I began to think why not. Would occasionally (after all guys aren't supposed to) wear tights around the house. Tried some support pantyhose too; found they help my legs when they are feeling tired & achy. Yes life is too short, so if I like wearing tights or pantyhose because I think they are soft & comfortable so be it, although except for around the house I will keep them hinder under my my pants.

troughline 5 years ago

Ive had a fetish for womens tights sine childhood. I even took balle tclasss in my teens and twenties because it enabled me to openly wear tights. Women are re discovering the joys of tights.For me as a male tights are easy to buy and to wear.Much easier than stockings and girdles.

Mike 5 years ago

I am a married man who wears stockings in the summer and pantyhose in the winter.I usually wear beige stockings with my shorts in warmer months.Of course I keep my legs shaved.My wife is used to it and I get no looks from the public at all.I used to think eveyone was looking at my legs but no-one cares.Guys you must try it.Its a really nice feeling,also keeps your legs from sweating.

NJ_CDX 5 years ago

Of course there are a number of bisexual crossdressing men who enjoy hosiery, lycra, slips and so on. Light support hose help my tired, old legs, but also provide a certain kinky thrill. With muscle n circulatory problems. The hosiery massages allay long n helps a lot! But I don't deny the transvestite nature I have when I add other lacy slinky things.

Pantyhose are also great under my wetsuit for winter kayaking!

heather shoelicker 5 years ago

i had to wear panty hose at first cuasei lost a bet . the bet is over andi still wear panty hose dialy even in the july heat. i thik mainly cuase ofi got so used to wearing them and maybe cuasei fi didn't keep wearingthem my domontrix would take more of my money each pay time heather shoelicker

larry 5 years ago

I being wearing tights and pantyhose since childhood.Thank to one very cold day when My mom give me one of my sisters tights to wear.Next day I asked her if I can wear tights again under my jeans to school.Since tights come to be part of my clothing.Keep me warm and feels good from toe to the waist.I wear opaque or sheer to waist and they not only feels, but looks good to.My girlfriend likes it on me to.So i being getting new pairs from her lately.She got good taste for tights and buying all the different colors for me.I know some days when I don't have on, my legs get lot more tired.But I have some fetish for wearing tights and pantyhose to.And my lady is fine with it.She sad she rather see me in tights or pantyhose or with a other woman.I guess Im one of the lucky ones.

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My3stockings 5 years ago from Indonesia

I think men wearing pantyhose or stockings is just very normal. Why? Because pantyhose or stockings for the first time (until right now) is made for men (now is unisex hosiery). So..wearing 'that' isn't something weird,wrong,etc,etc because its for you men. Dress,skirt,bra,high heels ,etc is made by men for women. But because women 'cross the line' wearing men's clothings like...you know what it is. So..why men can't 'cross the line' wearing women's things. Hmm?! Thank's Hub.

rigby 4 years ago

I work out doors in all weather in an anti-crime unit. My uniform is a point of pride and a level of deterance. I wish they would make a pantihose type thing for the upper body. They work well as an under layer between long underwear and skin. They also offer a bit of eveaporation of sweat.

Hose were mens clothing long before they were womens clothing. Kind of cool that they are entering into mens fassion on some level

transvestite (don't tell) 4 years ago

I like too wear pantyhose, stocking, and leggings. but i think stockings/ holdup's are better than pantyhose for guys. my wife thinks thay look great and i like the feel of them, as for keeping warm leggin's are then way to go. I wear them to the store under my jeans and i wear a pair to bed instead of PJ who's going to know try it, it's fun but tell the wife first she might get upset if she finds you in her cloths lol. if she don't mind ask if you can borrow a thong ;)

mike 4 years ago

rigby they do make body hoses goto emancipate.net they have all kinds of tights and pantyhose for men with the fly opening as well

Antonio 4 years ago

Pantyhose are great for cold weather since they are not bulky or hot like long underwear, they keep you warm and are great for outdoor jobs and jobs where you go in/out of buildings. Living in Minnesota they are really a blessing, by the way lots of men wear them they just don't advertise it

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allsheerguy 4 years ago

I've worn stockings since I was 4 and pantyhose since 6. My mother noticed I really liked them and gave me her used pairs to play with and would buy new pairs for me occasionally.

I bought lots of my own pairs, I wear pantyhose out openly with shorts. I've met several girls who liked how my legs looked.

I'm somewhat surprised that many women don't like pantyhose. I love wearing them. They feel great. If they didn't I would have found that out a long time ago.

Maybe it's because I'm more selective in my pantyhose buying. I have some brands and styles I like and stick with them. When I do try something new, it's usually something that is a higher priced item than the cheapest stuff you might get a a pharmacy.

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Paul Duane 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

I'm a straight guy with an active dating life that loves to wear sheer hosiery. I have my own look - a blend of masculine and feminine elements. It's not for everyone, but then again, who is? I get a few confused looks when I walk into a club or party, but for the most part I get loads of compliments. People respect it when you blaze your own trail. Here are a few pics of how I do it: http://www.paulduane.net/blog/fetish

- Paul

hoselove 4 years ago

Count me as one of the male pantyhose-wearers and unabashedly so. I am so fortunate as my current spouse not only accepts wearing pantyhose, whether just around the house or for sex, but she also surprises me from time-to-time when she comers home with new pairs of pantyhose for me. It is an even bigger thrill when we purchse my pantyhose together.

normal guy 4 years ago

I think pantyhose are great in the winter months as long as you get the right size. They are warm but not too warm and mostly comfortable, so they are great for those working outside or living in cold places. I have been wearing them for a long time and discovered that when people find out about me wearing them ( I"m male) most didn't think it was strange and if they laughed at first they quickly forgot about it and I continued to be warm. In fact i have found that a lot of men actually wear them for warmth (especially tights) they just don't advertise it. I was told this by my doctor as I was being seen last winter and was slightly embarrassed about wearing tights. So keep wearing them its good for you, better than getting sick

Mike W 4 years ago

I love wearing pantyhose, I wear them on a daily basis here.

mark 3 years ago

i love wearing pantyhose and tights ive worn them since i was 6 my first pair of tights were red and i wore them every day this was 1965 but i never wore hose or tights with shorts publicly until i was 20 due to the fear of scrutiny or ridicule im 53 now and ive come to a point in my life that i don't care anymore what people think i live in a small narrow minded province that if you do anything considered girl your weird or gay well im neither the sooner mens pantyhose and tights gets into your local stores like target walmart etc the better i think this will finally get the social acceptance us men need to wear without fear or judgemental women or men looking like were weird or something

mike h 2 years ago

I wear compression pantyhose and stockings for edema following both knee replacements. Love the soft sensuousness of the hose on my skin. Love thos blog. Happy to read there are others like me.

Amber 2 years ago

Im a bisexual male but I love to wear women's clothes especially pantyhose, as a matter of fact , I wear them everday sometimes with panties, and sometimes without depending on my mood.

Frank M4449 2 years ago from Calif

I wear compression pantyhose for tired legs and feet after a 10 to 12 hour day on them. I've tried several brands and No Nonsense size E is the best fit for me(6 ft, 255lbs. And size 15 feet) for the day time. At night I wear a brand called Curvation found at K Mart, size Curvatious 4. The hose massage my legs to help with Restless Leg Syndrome, but the control top isn't so tight and my member can grow straight out. They are very comfortable to sleep in.

Anon1 2 years ago

I am a man who likes to wear hose anytime I can. So have found out that I can get mine from Brightlifedirect, where they sell low priced compression hose of nearly all types and sizes for men and women. I choose the women's thigh-high lace top light compression stockings. They wear just as good if not better than regular hose and I love the feminine lace stay-up tops. They also last longer than regular hose, if you don't put them in the dryer after hand washing them. I do need the compression hose, and have a great excuse to my wife for wearing lacey thigh top hose. She's not happy, but slightly agrees to me wearing them for support. Especially in the hot humid summers where wearing full pantyhose is way too hot.

Just wanted to pass on some information to hose lovers out there ;)

gino 2 years ago

my love for sheer hosiery came as a teenager.

I worked in a tuxedo rental store and the owner who was a female recommended I wear pantyhose with a tux.

now 20 years later I wear pantyhose and stockings with business suits ,formal wear and dress clothes.

with the right shoes they feel great on your feet.

and I love the ability to slide my shoes on and off.

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garry the man 18 months ago


its simple! women hate them ! so i will wear them i like them !

Frank M4449 4 months ago

Been a while from my last post. Been wearing shorts and hose out in public and no one has said a word. Been to large flea markets, movies, large malls, hardware stores. Not a word. Left my house to go to a men's Christian confrance in a polo shirt, Just My Size Run Restiant pantyhose ( nice compression, and they hold up well, it what I always wear out), shorts, and sandals. Made several stops, 1st at Kmart to buy more Curvation hose for sleeping in 2nd got a hair cut( the lady barber looked and smiled but not a word) 3rd a hobby shop for modeling supplies 4th a gas station to change into my suit( of corse I left my hose on underneath) a good day of fun. Next day after the confrance I stopped at a gas station for snacks and to change back into my driving clothes. Stopped at a CVS to see what hose they had and a stop at Home Depot for work supplies. Again nothing said to me. Start trying it guys, do wear out of town to start and go out at night in your town. My first time in my home town at night. I was in an outdoor play and my wife asked me to stop at the store to pick up some items. No body said a thing, but the woman in front of me in line kept checking out my legs and went outside. I paid for my items and went outside where she was waiting to ask me if I was wearing and why. I told her I was in a play outside and i wore all the time for leg pain. She smiled and said nice legs and left. A few weeks ago she came up to me and reminded me of our first meeting and asked if I was still wearing. I showed her my ankle under my pants. She smiles and said see you around.

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