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Mantyhose is the latest fashion statement for men

fashion-and-trends Updated: Jan 12, 2009 19:54 IST

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Men have invaded ladies fashion domain a little further, for after 'man-bras' and 'manscara' the latest must have for men is "Mantyhose."


, a large number of men are wearing hosiery under their clothes, for reasons ranging from comfort to health.

While tights have been quite popular throughout Europe for years, but now the trend seems to have touched other parts of the world as well.

When Deborrah Ashley, managing director of

, launched her site in 2005, she used to sell just one line of hosiery for men, and now she has around 13 lines for male undergarments.

Although sales have been rising for a long time, Ashley said that the site received a boost in orders following the Batman craze fuelled by

The Dark Knight


"Before the movie it was repeat bulk orders ... it was almost like a secret society, and now it''s brand new customers,"

The New York Daily News

quoted Ashley, as saying.

She revealed that her customers like their mantyhose for warmth, support for athletics, and circulation.

The site

is devoted to "accelerating the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item," and features a how-to guide for wearing mantyhose properly.

The site also assures men: "Wearing pantyhose is pretty easy. Just don''t believe anything you head about it from women."