In the sixteenth century, it would be perfectly normal for a respectable gentleman to be seen wearing hose, as it was then known - Henry VIII was even reputed to have padded his in order to make his legs appear more masculine. Since then, however, fashions have changed, and with the odd exception such as leggings for running or cycling, hosiery has become a purely feminine affair, longer and thinner than its male counterpart. A man might wear thick, knee-high socks for playing sports, but never gossamer thin stockings that reach up to his thighs - novelty socks with humorous designs on them are about as exciting as men's hosiery ever gets, and even they're often more boyish than manly. One need only consider the stereotypical femme fatale, offering a tantalising glimpse of her black lace stocking tops, to begin to appreciate the cultural significance of women's hosiery. More mundanely, pantyhose or tights 1 were, until fairly recently, a routine part of the dress code for secretaries and other female office workers, no matter what their rank. The same was true for nurses, air hostesses, maids and indeed pretty much any other profession that expected a skirt to be worn as part of a formal uniform. Bare legs were to be abhorred, trousers were strictly for men, and thus women had to wear hosiery.
So I had my husband wearing dresses, skirts and tights. There was a problem. He had male hair on his legs which showed through his new tights. Plus some hair on his chest which showed on the low cut dress. Worse than that, his genitals were quite hairy and this looked far too masculine.
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As a woman, I write a great deal about men who wear lingerie. To be honest, it has become rather a passion of mine over the past few years. To be honest, it has become rather a passion of mine over the past few years, but it wasn't always that way. This is the story of how I came upon this phenomenon of men who like to wear lingerie, and how I came to love a man who wore panties.