Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Spotlight on Stockings Direct

Stockings Direct are one of the leading online hosiery retailers in the UK. I recently tested and reviewed two styles of tights from the wide selection they have in stock:

Gipsy Diamond Opaque Tights

Aristoc 80 Denier Luxury Opaque Tights

I am now pleased to publish a recent interview with Jenny Bryant of Stockings Direct.

Can you provide Hosiery For Men readers with some background information about Stockings Direct? 

Stockings Direct was born way back in 2004. Even though the 21st century was already four years old, the general quality of online stores was pretty terrible. We had a vision that we could do it better than most so decided to launch Stockings Direct. We had a passion for the products and the energy to ensure we provided the best service possible. Eight years on and it's gone from strength to strength, with customers across the globe.

Are male customers buying tights for themselves an important part of your customer base? Do you welcome their custom at Stockings Direct? 

A significant proportion of our customers are men. We have always welcomed them and really appreciate that they have chosen to shop with us.

Are there any particular styles of tights or brands that are popular with your male customers? 

The styles men choose are wide and varied. Whilst some are looking for extra warmth, others appreciate the fine nature of the yarns and quality of manufacture. It would be hard to single out particular brands. Quality is a major factor really.

Which tights sell particularly well to your male customers? 

Semi opaque styles are very popular. A high gloss finish is another favourite.

What kind of service will male customers receive at Stockings Direct? Do you welcome enquiries and requests for advice? 

Men ordering from Stockings Direct will get the same level of service that we extend to all our customers. We try our hardest to ensure all our customers are happy with the products they receive and would welcome anyone with any queries to get in touch.

There has been a huge amount of media coverage of 'mantyhose' (tights for men) in recent months. What are your thoughts about the greater visibility of men buying and wearing tights? 

Any media coverage that increases people’s awareness of hosiery in general is always important. Right now it's exciting to see that legwear is crossing traditional boundaries. 

To men thinking about trying tights, what would you say are the main benefits of wearing them? 
If men are thinking about trying tights for the first time we would recommend they think about what it is they would like to get from the products. They can provide extra warmth and a more refined appearance compared to socks. If you spend lots of time on your feet then they can help with circulation. Cosmetically they can vastly improve the look of your skin. We must not forget also that they can feel fabulous on!

There are now quite a significant number of manufacturers of tights made specifically for men. Do you have any plans to stock a range of men's tights?

We will always stock products where there is enough demand from our customers. The vast existing range of tights we have on offer caters very well for our customers needs. We do however keep a close eye on the market and trends so will not hesitate to introduce a male specific range when the time is right.

Jenny, many thanks for speaking to Hosiery For Men and also for supporting the blog. I hope readers enjoy the interview and also take the opportunity to look at the Stockings Direct store.


  1. Nice one ! Actually leggings are something which should be there in every girl's wardrobe. Wearing a nice designer leggings, you can not only create a style statement but will also gives you a sexy look. Nowadays, web stores has enable women to buy stockings online available in numerous colors, patterns and designs. Moreover, prices of these stores are also quite genuine.

  2. Good to see that im not the only bloke that has a passion for wearing tights, ive warn them now for many years and will openly admit a preference for them worn day to day as a normal item of underwear. Cant see much point in wearing tights made specifically as menswear and personally as a matter of preference would rather wear tights produced and sold as womens underwear. All of my female friends know that i prefer tights and have always been very encouraging about it and i dont have any issues with wearing tights openly in female company.