Where to shop fully fashioned nylons
Authentic fully fashioned nylons are my very favourite and most glamorous accessories. They always remind me of bygone eras, but are still wearable nowadays, as I already wrote in this blogpost. There is just one problem if you want to choose true nylons: They are quite hard to find! Only a few brands and shops still sell them. Which is mainly due to the fact that only very few authentic machines from back in time still exist. But before I am going to tell you where to shop fully fashioned nylons, let’s talk about the terminology.
What exactly are Fully Fashioned Nylons?
Fully fashioned nylons are vintage-style stockings that have been very popular from about 1940 to 1955. Back then, machines weren’t able to knit hoses, so stockings were first knit flat and then sewn up the back in the shape of a leg. Hence, they have some special features: Darker toes and heels (pointed heels or Cuban Heels, for example), a seam at the back, and a keyhole at the top of the stocking (welt). If you want to know more about the terminology of nylons and stockings, defintiely make sure to check out my Hosiery ABC.
By the way: True nylons without any elasthan fibres might look a bit big at the frist glance, so don’t wonder. They also often wrinkle a bit at the ankles of your feet, which can look quite nice, in my opinion. And if you cross your legs while wearing nylons, you might hear a very special rustling, which I absolutely adore. 😉
Real Nylons by Agent Provocateur
Agent Provocateur* offers beside some very lovely stockings also some true nylons*. I don’t own real nylons by Agent Provocateur, but I do own a few other pairs of their stockings and really like them.
Where to shop real Nylons: Ars Vivendi
Ars Vivendi* is a German shop that offers a great range of wonderful vintage inspired lingerie from different brands. Of course, they also sell authentic seamed nylons* from different suppliers in a lot of differents shades.
Authentic seamed Nylons: Cervin Paris
Cervin Paris offers a good variety of fully fashioned nylons with great designs. I personally don’t own a pair of Cervin stockings, so I can’t tell you anything about the quality. However, I am sure I will try them one day. 😉
Gio Stockings is another supplier of authentic vintage style stockings as well as seamless nylons. They have quite a good selection of different designs. However, as I have never tried stockings from this brand before, I can’t tell you anything about the quality. I will definitely put them on my hosiery brands I want to try list, though. 😉
Nylons from La Dame de France
La Dame de France was a wonderful recommendation from a reader. As far as I could see, this brand doesn’t offer fully fashioned nylons. They do offer real nylons with a fake seam, though. I really like their styles and think, this shop is worth a visit. The website is only in French, though.
Fully Fashioned Nylons by Secrets in Lace
Secrets in Lace still offers quite a huge variety of authentic nylon stockings and is one of my favourite hosiery brands. When it comes to fully fashioned nylons, they are usually my very first place to look at. I simply love the quality and designs of their stockings, even though the price might be a bit higher, especially for the fancier designs.
By the way: As I live in Germany, I always shop at Secrets in Lace Europe. If you are from outside of Europe, have a look at SecretsInLace.com.
Shop for authentic Nylons: Vicky’s Nylons
Where to shop true Nylons: What Katie Did
What Katie Did is especially known for their lovely vintage style lingerie and contrast seam stockings. However, they also sell a few fully fashioned nylons. I only tried them very recently, but actually pretty like them.
Do you know some more brands or shops that still sell fully fashioned nylons? I would be very happy, if you share them with us! Of course, I will also update this blogpost as soon as I discover more brands or shops for true nylon stockings.
PS: I recommend to have look at my garter belt guide. 😉