First, they were an innovation, afterwards they were rare, then almost essential, and finally they are mainly fetish objects –  I’m talking about fully fashioned nylon stockings.

The History of Nylon Stockings

Relased in 1940 they immediately were a great success is the USA. When the United States entered into World War II in 1941, nylon was needed for the maufactoring of parachutes. But women back then were imaginative: They painted the “seam” with a pen on the back of their legs. After the war, nylon stockings were back just to be replaced by tights some years later. Now, they aren’t seen very often in everyday life. I think this is really sad, since they are able to add that certain something so every vintage inspired outfit.

I wear a lot of different types of stockings and tights – depending on the occasion. In this blog post, I want to show you my ten favourite hoses.

1. Dita Glamour French Heel by Secrets in Lace

If you like authentic nylon stockings, you have to check out Secrets in Lace. They still produce their hoses on original machines from the 40s and 50s. I’m very happy to own some pairs of their wonderful stockings. The “Dita Glamour French Heel” are one of my favs, as you can see here an here. They look wonderful with almost all of my vintage outfits. You can buy them at the Secrets in Lace online shop.

RetroCat mit den "Dita Glamour French Heel"-Strümpfen von Secrets in Lace Europe

2. Natalie Diamond Heel by Secrets in Lace

The “Natalie Diamond Heel” stockings are my special occasion stockings: with them, I feel like a movie star from the 40s. They look so elegant and glamorous and put every outfit to the next level, as you can see here. You can shop them at Secrets in Lace Europe.

RetroCat mit den Nahtstrümpfen "Natalie Diamond Heel" von Secrets in Lace

3. Vintage Dot Backseam RHT by Secrets in Lace

Especially in Autumn and Winter I adore darker hoses. The “Vintage Dot Backseam RHT” by Secrets in Lace are a wonderful example. They are even able to transform an office outfit into an elegant dinner look. If you would like to have them, just click here.

RetroCat mit den "Vintage Dot Backseam RHTs" von Secrets in Lace

4. Premier European Heel in Light Pink by Secrets in Lace

In combination with summer outfits, black seams sometimes look a bit too harsh. The “Premier European Heel” stockings in light pink are a wonderful alternative. Although the seam is almost invisible, they add that certain something to summer retro outfits, as you can see here. Shop the beautiful stockings here.

RetroCat mit den "Premier European Heel"-Strümpfen in Rosa von Secrets in Lace Europe

5. Dita’s Daytime Sheer by Secrets in Lace

For a day at the office or at university, I normally don’t wear fully fashioned stockings. Then I prefer modest hoses like the “Dita’s Daytime Sheer” by Secrets in Lace. They also look wonderful with a 60s inspired outfit. The stockings are available here.

RetroCat mit den "Dita's Daytime Sheers" von Secrets in Lace Europe

6. Fancy Stockings by Agent Provocateur

There are no other stockings for whose I receive more compliments than those pretty fancy ones by Agent Provocateur. They are not very suitable for everyday life, but they do go well with an elegant evening outfit.

RetroCat mit ausgefallenen Nahtstrümpfen von Agent Provocateur

7. Orignal Vintage Nylons

I’m very happy to own a pair of original vintage nylons! They belonged to my grandma, who owned a litte store with magazines, hosiery, and some other stuff. You will find a similar model at Secrets in Lace.

Fashion-Bloggerin RetroCat mit originalen Vintage-Nylons

8. Seamed Tights with Cuban Heels

Especially in combination with very short or tight skirts, I prefer tights. So I don’t have to worry if someone can see something that should be hidden. A wonderful example are the tights available at TopVintage. PS: They are also a real bargain.

RetroCat mit einer Cuban-Heel-Nahtstrumpfhose


9. Tights with Rose Details

I don’t have a tattoo, but I really like those small “pictures” above the heels. There is only one problem: I’m absolutely terrified of needles. Those tights (available here) are a wonderful alternative: The small roses look like tattoos but don’t hurt and if I don’t like them anymore, I just take them off. 😉

Vintage-Bloggerin RetroCat mit einer Strumpfhose mit Rosen-Details

10. Opaque Tights by Chantal Thomass

When it’s freezing cold outside, nylons are no longer able to keep me warm. Luckily there are some beautiful warm tights available, like those by Chantal Thomass. With those, you can even have a walk in the snow.

RetroCat mit einer blickdichten Strumpfhose von Chantal Thomass

Shop more stockings and tights (EU):

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And make sure to check out for authentic nylon stockings.

Now I would like to know: Do you wear fully fashioned stockings in everyday life?

PS: Matching garter belts are available at Secrets in Lace, for example. In my blog post about reliable garter belts for every occasion, I tell you which one I like to wear.

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13 thoughts on “Stockings and Tights: 10 elegant Hoses for an authentic Vintage Outfit

  1. Oh Sandra, it won’t surprise you to know this is one of my favourite of your posts. I absolutely adore tights and stockings and I have a huge collection, although not as glamorous as yours. It may sound silly but they are probably my favourite item of fashion because you can change a whole outfit, and my mood(!), with legwear – colour, pattern, sheer or opaque, seamed or not, fishnet, you name it. I wear more tights than stockings, but I like to mix it up a bit, and I have some proper fully-fashioned for real dressing up occasions. I’m not such an aficionado as you, but I guess I wear seams once a week or so – somehow I always feel that bit more elegant, regardless of what else I am wearing. Thanks for such a wonderful post, although I realise it’s only a summary of so many that have gone before! Karen xx

    1. Thank you so much Karen! I did this post because I received so many questions on where to buy stockings and what my favourites are. I know you are a long-time reader and therefore know them all. This makes me really happy! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your lovely comments! Sorry for not showing something new here. However, I’m sure I will order new stockings for fall. 😉

      Many hugs,
      Sandra <3

  2. Stunning hosiery options! You have one of the best legwear collections of anyone I know, sweet dear. I especially love the diamond, bow and text versions here. Tres cute + chic!

    Big hugs & many sincere thanks for all of your wonderful blog comments,
    ♥ Jessica

  3. Absolutely wonderful selection of stockings and tights Sandra! I love your blog, you have impeccable taste, and you really know how to pull them off. I adore the detail on the diamond heel – must get some! I agree with Karen, good hosiery is the best part of any outfit, so many styles dependent on mood or event. I’ve started to wear stockings more often, but mostly hold ups. Tight skirts and suspenders don’t always mix well!

    Would be great to hear what your tips are, and your garter belt recommendations, as I’ve only got one, I’m looking out for a few more – secrets in lace look amazing!

    Big hugs, Eliza xxx

    1. Thank you so much dear Eliza!
      You are too sweet! <3
      I'm already working on a blog post about garter belts since I know how hard it is to find some especially for pencil skirts.
      PS: definitely get those Diamond Heel stocking, they are simply amazing!

      Many hugs
      Sandra <3

      1. Wonderful, I can’t wait to read it! My only suspender is from Agent Provocateur, it’s absolutely beautiful but not very reliable – which has caused a few embarrassing moments!

        Have a lovely day, Eliza xx

        1. Oh I know this problem so well! I own a lot of suspenders whose look wonderful but aren’t very practical.
          Now, I only wear some with three straps – they are so much better! I’m going to show you my favs, soon. 😉


          1. Well, we don’t really wear them for practicality! I love my special secret under my dress or skirt and the slight tug when I walk – right until they occasionally ping off! I’ve been tempted by a beautiful looking Dita von Teese suspender with 3 straps, but haven’t yet splashed out. Will wait for your recommendations!

            I love the rest of your blog, you have the most adorable wardrobe!

            Much love, Eliza xxx

  4. That’s exactly what I need – a suspender belt reliable for everyday. But still pretty please!

    But as it’s getting colder the warm tights are coming out!

    Thanks so much for all your replies, you’re too kind. Eliza xx

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