I've long ago discovered that in most settings, other people don't readily notice when I'm wearing suntan-colored hose with shorts. The color blends in well enough with my skin tone that few people notice, unless they have reason and opportunity to focus on my legs for more than a second or two. (That does seem to be changing a bit, but more on that in another post). In any event, wearing suntan pantyhose (or, mantyhose, if you will) with shorts to an amusement park full of the biggest, fastest roller coasters in the U.S., as well as tens of thousands of other people, does NOT get noticed.
Sooo, if you're an active advocate for men's legwear such as I am, you might wear something like the T-shirt that I wore to Cedar Point when we went last Friday. As I've said, wearing skintone hose with shorts isn't likely to get noticed among the crowds making their way through the park or the lines for rides. However, it's another case entirely you underscore it with the shirt pictured here.
For those who may have trouble reading the graphic, here's what it says (below the ActivSkin logo and URL):
Changing Hearts & Minds... From Pantyhose, to MANTYHOSE!
- Warmth-Without-Bulk for Athletes & Outdoorsmen
- Enhanced Leg Circulation for Energizing Support of Tired, Achy Legs
- Muscle Compression for Improved Performance & Stamina
- Protection Against Chafing & Blisters for Horseback Riders and Others
Of course, the first thing readers will want to know is how people reacted to my 'walking advertisement'? (BTW, my son wasn't bothered by it at all, he was merely making a casual observation when he said it). In a nutshell... nothing. They didn't. I could tell a certain amount of people with whom we waited in line (for all those hours) were checking to see whether I was wearing what my T-shirt was promoting. Yet no sign of disapproval or disdain could be detected, even when they weren't aware I noticed that THEY had noticed. Nor were there any whispered comments from behind, accompanied by giggling or snickering. I was paying attention to the reactions of others, and not a single person gave any evidence of negativity.
What's the 'take home' from all this? Basically, that people are slowly becoming more aware of the growing mantyhose trend, and when they encounter it, they don't really care if a guy's wearing hose or not. Mind you, I was wearing them in an undeniably masculine context, meaning that the other clothing I wore was typical 'guy clothes' and didn't call into question my masculinity. I can't speak to how people might react to someone dressing in a less-than-masculine outfit along with a pair of pantyhose. But then again, we're exploring the emerging male pantyhose trend here on The Nylon Gene, not dressing in feminine clothing.
So, maybe you've been considering finding out what this new trend is all about, but are afraid of how it might be received by others. Hopefully, the experience I've shared above will help get you past that. As the T-shirt says, "Why Not Try A Pair Today?"