- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It started in Europe — and perhaps it should have stayed there.

A fashion trend that sees men sporting pantyhose — or mantyhose, as it’s been dubbed — has now shifted from Europe to America. The first truly publicized sighting was of a Daily Beast reporter, Jacob Tomsky, who agreed to wear the leg wear for a week.

His subsequent Daily Beast report started: “You should see their faces, the women, when I tell them what I’m wearing. Their eyes widen, and they laugh and laugh, place a hand on my arm, and laugh again.”

From there, he describes – in play-by-play detail — how interested men might go about donning the hose. File under: Things you never want to hear a man say. Here’s an example: “Bunch them up by the toe and work your way up.” And another: “Shimmy them up both legs at relatively the same pace, drawing all slack from the foot until you stand upright and pull hard and discover that, yes, for whatever reason, you are not absolutely wearing women’s undergarments.”

The Daily Beast reports that “pantyhose for men have become trendy in Europe.”

Business Insider, believably or not, reported similarly in January.

“It’s definitely become a trend for men in Europe. It’s fun for them to wear,” said designer Lisa Cavallini, in the Business Insider report. Warning: “The interest is also growing in the U.S. market, and we’ve had so many requests for mantyhose that we’ve added an extra-large size for men who are six feet tall and weigh up to 198 pounds,” she added, in the Business Insider report.

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