Sept. 6, 2010 — What is it that we love so much about pantyhose? Is it the look, the feel, or both? Most people will admit that legs adorned in pantyhose look better than “bear” legs. I believe true lovers of pantyhose love the way they feel as much as the way they look.
What is silky?
Almost universally, people say pantyhose have a “silky” feel, probably because that’s the word they’ve always heard associated with pantyhose. But when they describe how pantyhose feel to the touch, most people use words such as “smooth,” “slick” or “slippery.”
I have always thought of pantyhose as silky, but to me, “silky” means extremely soft and delicate like the silk of a spider’s web.
Not exactly silky
When Lycra (the most widely known brand name for spandex) is added to the nylon fabric, you get a “support” effect. Spandex is a man-made synthetic blend of rubberized particles. That can be good for keeping pantyhose from sagging, or for therapeutic reasons.
Pantyhose made with spandex offer a smooth, slick or slippery feeling to the touch. If you run your hand over pantyhose like these, it will slide across effortlessly, as if on a glassy surface — like running your hand over a dolphin as it swims by.
On the other hand (or legs), pantyhose made with a high degree of spandex (left) are very shiny (yeah, I know many people really like shiny) and have an elastic look.
To me, those pantyhose feel like a rubber band stretched to the max.
I strongly believe this is the reason women say they hate pantyhose and complain that they are too tight (below right), too hot and just too uncomfortable.
It’s almost as if manufacturers today believe that all women want pantyhose that will hold their tummies in and massage their legs (really?), but in so doing, the tightness can give them stomach aches and cut off circulation to their toes.
Speaking of toes, I find it a bit disturbing when everyday real girls, or even professional pantyhose models show off their feet in photos, but their pantyhose are so tight because of too much spandex, it actually pulls their toes down and under, so they aren’t displayed properly.
In the picture (left) this Japanese professional model is wearing that kind of pantyhose. Knowing how much most men love seeing pretty feet in nylons, it’s a shame that this model’s pantyhose are made with so much spandex, the fabric compresses the natural curves of her legs and squishes her toes together, curling them down.
In fact, the pantyhose she’s wearing are so thick, you can barely make out her toes. A longtime reader here (unfortunately, I’ve forgotten which one) wrote recently: “If you can’t see the toes, it ain’t pantyhose.”
I love that quote, and couldn’t agree with it more. (Will the guy who wrote that to me in an email please write me again and remind me who you are so I can give you the proper credit here if you want it?)
Now contrast those super tight and shiny pantyhose with this image of actress Angelina Jolie (below) in the movie, The Tourist, and this scene in which she slips out of her pumps.
See how much more delicate her pantyhose are (likely all-nylon, or very little spandex), as her toes are clearly and nicely displayed?
Sometimes, you can tell when the pantyhose are all-nylon (no spandex), as the toes are held in their natural position. Of course, this isn’t an exact science, as some girls just have toes that aren’t straight, and they probably shouldn’t be showing them so readily.
Give and take
I love that when you touch that fabric, it sorta touches you back. It gives. It moves. When you touch this fabric, you can really feel it, and you can make the person wearing it feel what you feel because the pantyhose will move on her legs, forcing her to actually feel the soft and silky fabric against her body.
And then, there’s the overall concept of 100 percent nylon pantyhose. There’s just something very sexy about the sense of vulnerability that truly silky and delicate pantyhose provide.
Most of the pantyhose you find on the market today are made with some degree of spandex. And what drives me crazy is when I hear ridiculous excuses from women, such as “pantyhose are uncomfortable,” because I realize they might never have tried anything but that kind of pantyhose. Perhaps they don’t realize there is a choice.
I can’t fathom how anyone would describe the feeling of 100 percent nylon pantyhose as “uncomfortable.” Nothing could be softer, silkier and more delicate than 100 percent nylon pantyhose. They make your legs look perfect, they feel so nice on, and they feel incredible to the touch.
Look at the silky, almost powdery texture of these all-nylon pantyhose on the lovely girl to the left. Just by looking, you can almost feel how amazingly soft and silky these pantyhose are. Couldn’t you envision how, if you ran your hand up and down her calf, the beautiful nylon fabric would move up and down with your hand. What could be more delicious than that?
Pantyhose can be practical: The right thing to wear at the office, proper for a formal or special occasion, maybe good for a massage.
Or, pantyhose can be beautiful, decidedly feminine and extremely sexy.
You have a choice.