Thanks for sticking with my A to Z of Lingerie posts so far. I’ve cheated slightly and taken some material I wrote a few years ago about lingerie items as inspiration for some posts (and sometimes lifted a few paragraphs) but this is still all my own work. And for the first time today, there are some pictures of me! Although, just my legs, no face. Eeek!
So, yesterday was E for Eyelet Embroidery, which is more pretty than sexy. Let’s take the heat up a few notches today. F is for fishnets. Oh, they are definitely my favourite thing ever. I could write about them all day! In fact, this may actually become my longest of the A to Z posts.
Here is a little bit of literature and history for you. In The Peasant’s Wise Daughter, by Jacob Grimm, a girl is told to be “not clothed, not naked” so she wraps herself in fishnet. True. Was it on her legs? Well, it doesn’t say but I like to think this is where the idea for fishnet stockings came from.
Fishnets have been worn since the 19th century in Europe but mostly by dancers and prostitutes. Up until the 1960s they were only worn by “loose women” and pin-up girls. They became more mainstream in the 1960s and punks began to wear them in the 1970s.
I loved the 1990s trend for wearing fishnets under torn jeans and I was delighted when it came back into fashion recently. The one thing I would never do is wear them with a short skirt. For me, it has to be knee-length, although, if others can pull it off with a shorter length, more power to them. But it’s not for me.
What I love about fishnets is how they make me feel. Plain tights just don’t cut it. I need to have a pattern and if I can’t wear fishnets I have to wear something a little funky – polkadots, patterned, whatever. Just something eye-catching and decorative. Who wants plain legs?
In my teens I would have shrunk away from the idea that people would look at my legs but now, and since my late twenties, I have actually enjoyed standing out. Fishnets help me do that. And the best part of this style is that anyone can pull it off. Alternative teens, young women, or stylish mature women. It’s a look that can be adapted, depending on how you wear them.
Also, there are other advantages to wearing fishnets that most people don’t even consider. They hide your hairy legs between waxes and if you have a… ahem… feminine infection, they allow your girly parts to breathe. And now I’ll bet all the men reading this are feeling totally disillusioned. Think about that next time you watch a blue movie with a fishnet clad pair of legs in it!
If there’s one item of hosiery that every woman should own, it’s a good quality pair of fishnet tights or stockings. Thank you for reading. It was worth doing an entire month of A to Z posts just to write this short piece about fishnets. Tomorrow is G although I haven’t yet decided what G will be for. I’ll probably decide when I sit down to write.