Wednesday, 23 March 2016

10 Steps for Men to Wear Tights as Fashion - Conquering Your Demons

Jeffrey Scott is a designer who creates form-fitting tights that are designed for a man's body and made of specially chosen fabrics.

On the Jeffrey Scott website you can see there is a huge selection of men's tights in both solid fabrics and prints.

Ina recent blog post, 10 Steps for Men to Wear Tights as Fashion - Conquering Your Demons, Jeffrey outlines some practical ways forward for men who want to wear in public. We reproduce this with the Jeffrey's kind permission.

I want to wear tights in public but I'm scared. This article lists the 10 steps you can take to incorporate tights into your personal fashion and conquer the demons that are stopping you.

We all have an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other telling you what to do and what not to do. I think it is that little devil that is telling you that there is something wrong with your tights. If you want to wear your tights in public follow these 10 steps.

It is normal to do some of the steps many times before you are comfortable moving on to the next step. It may take you all summer, or it may take you a week. By the time you get to the end, you will wonder why you were so hesitant in the first place.

1. Listen
Put on something you have worn dozens of times before and go to any public place you like to hang out. Anywhere, except a library will work. As you are going about your business listen to the people around you. They laugh, they giggle, point, look at their phones and have fun all around you.

2. Get a pair of tights
Black tights are the easiest for beginners. Black is slimming and it hides some of the curves of your body that you may be self conscious about. It also makes your bulge less apparent, which will make you less self-conscious. Even though black may not be your final goal, it will make the initial steps much easier for you.

3. Wear tights around the house
The people who love you are at home. They are the ones that will make comments on your new fashion choice. Tell your family it is a fashion you want to try and go for it. Their comments will likely be the last and most honest you will ever hear. I almost guarantee it. Get up in the morning, throw on a pair of tights an go about your day at home. Clean, play games, have family meals, cook, just relax and be comfortable.

Your family can be instrumental in your fashion breakthrough. For any of the following steps, if family is with you it will help you feel more comfortable than if you are alone. It doesn't have to be the topic of conversation, or even acknowledged. Having them there will inherently make you feel more part of the crowd.

If you have a hard time with excitability this is a great time to desensitize yourself before you go out in public. I acknowledge that some guys are moving from tights fetish to tights fashion. I applaud you for being who you are, and pulling something you enjoy into your day-to-day life. Be you, its important. Just remember, there is no room for erectile excitement in tights fashion. Consider it a 'wardrobe malfunction' and avoid it.

4. Go outside and get the mail
Wear your tights to outside and get the mail and come back. This is likely your first public appearance, make it brief and just like your routine. This step is not about others seeing you, rather its about you facing the fear of others seeing you. If you live in a cul-de-sac like I do you may be terrified of your crazy talkative neighbor stopping you for a conversation.

You may do this step a few times before getting comfortable. The first few times you may scan out the window to make sure no one is out there. After a while, you won't care if anyone is in the neighborhood.

5. Food delivery / Package delivery
Wear your tights around the house and order food for delivery. Accept and pay for the food when it is delivered while in your tights. The previous step conquered your fear of the possibility of seeing someone. This one makes it a guarantee. Even though this step only lasts for a couple of seconds, it generates a lot of fear and conquers it very quickly. Remember this: a delivery person's goal is to ring the bell, give you the food, get the money and leave because they have 10 other orders to deliver before they get cold. They probably won't even notice you as much as they notice the numbers on your mailbox.

6. Drive through
This step is about conquering your fear of what may happen while you are in transit, and helps you have quick, meaningless, friendly conversations while you are in your tights. Drive-through attendants don't want conversation, but this step allows your subconscious realize the tights aren't the elephant-in-the-room that your subconscious thinks it is.

7. Pick-up food
I like food, can you tell? Order some food from a restaurant and go pick it up. You are now forcing yourself to stand in public and have a conversation with someone. It may just be telling them your name and paying for the food, but it is an important step. Just remember your listening exercise at step 1 if you have to wait for the food. Look around, get comfortable and do what you would normally do in that situation. Remember, you are more comfortable than all the guys in the whole room.

8. Quick shopping destination
Convenience stores and grocery stores work great for this. Park the car, head into the store, buy something, pay for it and leave. It can be an item you have purchased dozens of times before. No need to spend any more time than you normally do. Milk, Toothpaste, paper products, a soda, medicine; it doesn't matter. Be friendly and keep your head up and look around. Remember the exercise in step 1 and move through the store as you would normally.

9. Browse shopping - Gym/workout
You're almost there; you got this. This step forces you to think about things other than the fact you are wearing tights. The tights aren't the most important thing about your whole day, and the goal is to forget you are wearing tights while going through your everyday tasks. Full grocery shopping, gym workouts, and trips to the mall are perfect for this exercise.

10. Hang out
No, not what you think. By now you are comfortable wearing your tights with family, and with strangers. Now it is time for it to become part of your personal fashion. Parties, time with friends, and just hanging out is the final step. You can also start incorporating some style and color into your tights wardrobe. Remember that it isn't about tights, its about being you.

Now that you have tights incorporated into your fashion and wardrobe you will want to wear tights everywhere. One last piece of advice is to be conscious of dress code. Tights aren't acceptable style everywhere. Offices and formal events are the wrong place to push the fashion boundaries.

Nuno Gama Spring/Summer 2016 Collection: Part 2

Yesterday we showcased the Spring / Summer 2016 collection of Portuguese fashion designer Nuno Gama which once again features opaque tights for men with shorts. This is becoming a signature look for Nuno Gama.

Here are some further images from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

New Mantyhose iPhone app

The team behind the hosiery fashion website have just released an iPhone app.

The app shows the latest content from, the hosiery fashion portal.

You can practical tips about wearing hosiery, receive the latest news about discounts at the best brands, learn from fashion and streetwear stylings, discover new types of hosiery, including tights / pantyhose made for men.

The app is available for free download at the Apple App Store.

Nuno Gama Spring/Summer 2016 Collection: Part 1

Portuguese fashion designer Nuno Gama has once again featured opaque tights for men with shorts in his latest collection for Spring / Summer 2016.

We first featured Nuno Gama last year when we covered his Fall/Winter 2015/16 collection.

Here are the first batch of images from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

New Comfort4Men 60 Denier Luxury Men's Tights

Comfort4Men, one of Europe's leading men's hosiery brands, has just launched a new product: 60 denier luxury tights for men

The tights are described as velvety opaque multi fibre 60 denier tights with Lycra 3D, with a 
special feeling of warmth and softness.

They are available in low waist and high waist versions, and come in four different sizes.

The tights come in two colours: Black and Graphit.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

New Nike Golf Hyperwarm Tights

Performance tights for men have become a regular fixture for runners, on the basketball court and elsewhere.

Nike have recently launched their new Golf Hyperwarm tights. Designed to boost motion using a compression feel, regulate body temperature and offer another layer of heat, the Nike tights are created out of a high-stretch Dri-FIT material which helps keep athletes dry.

This is more evidence that tights growing in popularity for their function and practical benefits.

The contemporary style of wearing tights with shorts has most definitely crossed over into the mainstream, and looks likely to become even more popular.

The resurgence of tights in menswear

The US based hosiery retailer Hosieree has just published a very interesting blog piece called THE RESURGENCE OF TIGHTS IN MENSWEAR. It reflects on why tights have made a comeback as part of menswear.

Playing close attention to fashion trends, they observe:

"With the comfort and ease of tights, it’s really no surprise as to why it would be making this resurgence, but this is a new vintage renewal on the men’s fashion scene that we’re not sure anyone was really expecting to see for the year 2016. Beginning with runway shows in early 2015, tights are being seen as a replacement for dress socks under trousers and men’s dress pants from runways to walkways all across Europe and into the United States. There have even been menswear bespoke and custom tights indie brands popping up in hip regions particularly catering to this specific trend."

Adrian Squares 50 Men's Tights

In asking why there has been this resurgence in the visibility of tights for men, they answer:

"So, why this resurgence of tights in menswear after more than a generation? It’s simple – men are realizing all of the comforts and benefits of tights that ladies have been enjoying for a long time. Tights are supportive, they’re warm, they don’t slip, and they have a fantastic look under a pant, and these benefits are far from gender exclusive. When viewed under a pair of trousers, like a dress sock, they simply look like a dress sock, and the keep a man’s appearance flawless and seamless while providing additional advantages."