This is totally gay

I mean it, what sort of panty-waist would wear these:

If you thought men in tights was a sartorial statement best left to medieval jesters, think again.

The underwear staple for women is making its way into wardrobes of the opposite sex – and the look is gaining popularity.

If any were in doubt as to the strength of the trend, it even has its own name: Mantyhose.

Italian design house Emilio Cavallini has designed a range of tights that it says are unisex and the styles are being snapped up by men, who make up two to three per cent, or 20- to 30,000 – of the company’s customers.

Costing $27, the tights, made from a mix of cotton and nylon, were launched in June 2009, reports WWD.

Speaking to the fashion newspaper, the company’s vice president, Francesco Cavallini said: ‘When we started our online shop we noticed that a lot of tights sized medium-large were being purchased by men.…So I did a search on the Internet and discovered there is a cult following for mantyhose.’


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  • thor42

    Get a few pairs for Parsloe and tell him to sashay past the picket-line with them on…..

  • Sarrs

    Wow…just. Wow. Mantyhose? I wear panty hose for two reasons – 1. it’s cold out and I want to wear a skirt. 2. it’s warm out, I want to wear a skirt but my legs are so white they burn the eyes of my co-workers. 
    Do the men who wear panty hose also choose to wear skirts? Also – unisex? The significantly different anatomy in the pelvic region just makes this confusing. 

    • Boss Hogg

      French – no need to say much more.  Is France still the lowest consumer per head capita of SOAP in the OECD?

    • Jimmie

      Hmm perhaps for these mantyhosers there may not me much anatomical difference at all!

  • There is a joke about a rugby player who wore mantyhose ever since his wife found a pair in the back of his car… about the only sort that makes sense.

  • Landy

    I blame the water supply.  

    All those lazy Councils tipping their (merely filtered) human waste into local rivers,.   These are the same rivers from which other councils down-river take drinking water.   Throw in a bit of chlorine or similar and –  hey presto!  drinking water, folks, coming at you out of your taps.   In it, and still active, all the hormones and contraceptive drugs that have passed thru all the women upriver.   Plus all the (previously-ingested) prescription and recreational drugs of course.

    Case in point:  Auckland.  

    Half its water gets taken from the lower Waikato River.   That is after it has passed thru Hamilton and va whole lot of other towns, further upriver and back to Taupo.   Hamilton thoughtfully uses the down-river end of the town when it tips its (unprocessed except filtered) sewage waste in.   That way Hamilton itself doesn’t have to drink the drug additions, like all the female hormones, coming from its own populace.

    But others down-river do.

    And they wonder why so many men these days look as though they are full of female hormones.   They are.

    • Sarrs

      I used to flat with a girl who thought along similar lines as you…she wouldn’t eat chicken because she was convinced that the hormones they use to encourage growth in chickens was going to make everyone huge like and make men grow boobs. Reasonable point I guess but you pair that with the fact that she was ‘suspicious’ of brocolli so wouldn’t eat that either and you get crazy conspiracy cat lady. 

    • Vlad

      Tinfoil hat time

  • BJ

    To answer the question – who would wear these. 
    I guess one of the partners in each gay marriage on their wedding night

  • I think he’s the bloke that threw the Leamington at Len Brown this afternoon ;)

  • mr oil…what meaning of ‘gay’ are you using..?

    or is it both…?

    ..and when i was in prison…in the winter the freezing cold central nth a draughty hut..back in the day..

    ..i got the missus to get me some large pantyhouse…and cut the feet off..and opened the crutch..

    ..they kept me warm…

    ..was i a manty-house-pioneer…?

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    • ahem..!..make that manty-hose’..

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    • Travdog

      no phil, you’re what’s called a crossdresser.

    • ConwayCaptain


      When at sea on mid winter on the tasman or N Atlantic I knew quite a few blokes that wore panty hose to keep warm.

      •  aarr..!..cap’n..!

        ..they work…

        ..were you not tempted yrslf..?

        ..on those long cold nth atlantic nights..? don the mantys..?.

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      • Hagues

        Had they not heard of thermals?

      • Greg M

         Agreed Captain, a good item of kit when offshore sailing.
        Now that I have my nice warm tug I won’t be packing them!

  • Stips

    No please! This and a man bra will be truely frightening…

    • devlsadvocate

       Frightening but sadly useful.

      I got stuck into exercise more about 3 years ago when I went over a speed bump at a good pace and got an ache in my moobs straight after.

      At that point I decided enough’s enough and got stuck in, but perhaps a sports bra might have saved me a lot of sweat and effort?

  • Travdog

    I……this is…….um…….what the fuck??????????????

  • toby_toby

    ” ‘When we started our online shop we noticed that a lot of tights sized
    medium-large were being purchased by men.…So I did a search on the
    Internet and discovered there is a cult following for mantyhose.’ ”

    Uhh yeah dude, those are called trannies. They’re the only men who will buy your mantyhose. This trend is not going to take off, save for a few idiots who walk around with dainty little manbags.


    In this country the bastards wear them on their heads while they rob banks.Dont think the leg ones will catch on.

  • Jackhenderson00

    It disturbs me that I actually had heard of these sometime ago and knew that some fashion company is pushing them… What is even worse is that I also heard through the grapevine that Beckham is an advocate… The shame of this knowledge I tell ya! If David Beckham starts making these mantyhose ‘cool’ and a ‘fashion trend’ – I’m throwing in the feckin’ towel. I’m sorry but I will never subscribe to the fashion trends of Sherwood Forest. Much like I will never to subscribe to Sherwood’s most famous son’s socialistic practices… But I won’t get into that………..

  • brian

    omg men wearing pantyhose
    what next women wearing trousers