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    Is Mantyhose the Next Big Fashion Trend?

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Is Mantyhose the Next Big Fashion Trend? - as part of the women's style series on clothing and fashion by GeoBeats.

    Man purses are so old school! Here's a new men’s fashion trend that’s steadfastly growing. It’s called mantyhose, the equivalent of pantyhose, only for males!

    Men seem to be embracing these tights like never before.

    According to a Time's article, Francesco Cavallini of Italy based upscale-hosiery business Emilio Cavallini, told Women's Wear Daily that there's a cultlike following for mantyhose. While most men wear them as inner lining, more and more are wearing them with shorts.

    E-Mancipate, an internet-based magazine for mantyhose, showcases a range of fashionable styles and colors.

    Supportive tights have been widely used in sports. Runners, cyclists, even football and hockey players wear pantyhose under their uniforms for added warmth.

    Centuries ago, tights were originally worn as waist-high, snug fitting horseback riding gear, and surprise! – Men of all classes were the fashion subjects! Noble men stood out bearing luxury tights derived from silk or wool material, while lower class tights were a rough, scratchy material.

    King Henry VIII portraits often show him in tights. Fast forward to the 21st century and NBA player, Kobe Bryant showcases mantyhose on the court. Superheroes are tights-sporting manly men, take Batman.

    So over the years we have seen man purses or ‘murses’, male panties called ‘manties’ and bathing suits called ‘mankinis’. And now the mantyhose. What's next?