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Stocking Quest | Finding Stockings For Men

Updated on October 21, 2009

A vision quest is a journey in which a man or woman goes out in to the wilds of the world to see solitude and discover spiritual truths. A stocking quest is when a man goes out into the retail wilds of the world to discover stockings for himself.

A stocking quest is usually much more fun than a vision quest, which will often involve hallucinogenics, starving a lot and imaging that you're talking to animals and spirits. Stocking quests will see you wandering the real and electronic malls, searching for the perfect stockings, the ones which you have dreamed of for so long.

Stockings come in two forms, stay ups or hold ups. Some hosiery purists believe that only hold up stockings, which require a garter belt to look good, are 'true' stockings. They are right, and they are wrong. Hold up stockings are certainly the original type of stocking. They look great, feel great, and they can be combines with infinitely customizable accessories in the form of garter belts.

On the other hand, stay ups are admirably modern creations. Personally, I stay away from them because I don't overly enjoy the feeling of my flesh being constricted by a powerful elastic or silicone band, but that's just me. Males may find the feeling less disconcerting as their legs tend to be far more muscled and toned due to all that testosterone pumping about their bodies.

Both stay ups and hold ups come in a wide range of styles. Lace top stockings are always popular among men who like hosiery for the fact that they combine the loveliness of lace with the omnipresence of nylon. Nylon is everywhere in the stocking world. You can't go two steps without running into it, so although it is undoubtedly pleasant, it starts to lack a certain je ne sais quoi after a time. Lace top stockings alleviate the boredom and transform utilitarian hosiery into something truly special.

If you are the kind of man who enjoys living on the edge, fishnet or diamond net stockings are also wildly popular. They don't have the same feel to them as traditional nylon stockings, but they do look quite dramatic in comparison.

Seamed or unseamed, opaque or sheer, Cuban or French heel. When one immerses oneself in the world of hosiery, one quickly discovers that the options are multitudinous. This is why I call the search for stockings a stocking quest. You will uncover many stockings along the way. Some you will love for a long time, some will soon turn sour and laddered within moments. This is the nature of the stocking quest. And as with all quests, it is the journey which matters, not the destination.


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      lge 8 years ago

      Well, hold ups have duly been acquired - Wolford brand, VERY expensive, but VERY nice: smooth & silky. They stay up all day, give the constant feel of gripping my thighs, AND are quite invisible under my trousers. Nor will I have to shave my legs.

      I still like stockings and suspenders though. On a decadence scale of 1 to 10: Tights - 2; Hold Ups - 7; Stockings and Suspenders - 9.

      I enjoy your blogs very much, Hope, long may they continue.

      Best wishes.

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      lge 8 years ago

      For me, it's always been stockings with suspenders, I guess because that's the way it always was in my formative years. I haven't given hold ups much thought but maybe I need to try them. Would I need to shave my legs?

      I'll let you know once I've tried.