From Men's Leggings to Women's Tights: A Brief History of Tights

If you're a fan of tights, you might be surprised to know that they didn't always exist in their current form. In fact, tights have a fascinating history that spans centuries and continents. Today, we're going to take a quick look at the evolution of tights, from men's leggings to women's fashion must-haves.

Believe it or not, tights can be traced all the way back to ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Greeks. Men wore leggings as a form of armor or protection, while women wore stockings made of silk or wool. Fast forward to the Renaissance era, and tights became a symbol of high fashion for men. They were often brightly colored and adorned with intricate patterns and designs.



It wasn't until the early 20th century that tights started to become a staple of women's fashion. During the 1920s, women began wearing silk stockings that were held up by garters. This was a revolutionary fashion statement at the time, as it allowed women to show off their legs in a way that was previously considered scandalous.



1920's women flaunting their thigh highs and garters.

However, silk stockings were expensive and easily damaged, so in the 1940s and 1950s, nylon stockings became the norm. These stockings were more affordable and durable, but they were still held up by garters. It wasn't until the 1960s that tights, as we know them today, became popular.



The 1945 post-war rush to purchase department store Nylon hosiery.
The 60s were a time of revolution, and fashion was no exception. Women began wearing tights instead of stockings, and they were able to express their individuality and sense of freedom through their fashion choices. Tights were versatile, comfortable, and allowed women to show off their legs in a way that was both stylish and liberating.


1960's pop icon Twiggy selling her own "Show Stopper"Tights.

Today, tights continue to be a popular choice for women's fashion. At Betty, we offer a wide variety of tights in all colors, patterns, and styles. From classic black tights to bold and vibrant patterns, we have something for every fashion-forward woman out there.

So if you're a fan of tights, now you know a little bit more about their fascinating history. And if you're looking to add some new tights to your wardrobe, be sure to check out our latest launches.