National Nylon Stocking Day – May 15, 2021

SatMay 15

National Nylon Stocking Day, held every year on May 15, is the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate this wardrobe essential, which has played an important role in the fashion industry. Here’s all you need to know about the day.

History of National Nylon Stocking Day

Though the history of National Nylon Stocking Day is hazy it is celebrated to recognize nylon stockings as one of the most useful fashion accessories that were invented for women. The day is celebrated every year on May 15 not only to look back at the history of nylon stockings but also to shed light on the numerous varieties and colors of nylon stockings that are available on the market. It also aims to encourage people to wear these stockings since they are durable and extra comfortable.

Yes, the demand for pantyhose may reign supreme today but nylon stockings were originally the ‘It’ fashion accessory. In fact, a dress was deemed incomplete without the addition of some sexy sheer nylon stockings. Before nylon stockings were invented, women wore material that included cotton, linen, wool, or silk. Research on the production of nylon started in 1927 by DuPont and was produced for commercial use in 1939. Once nylon stockings hit the market, they were so popular that over 64 million pairs were sold in the first year.

However, nylon stockings became less accessible during World War II. Their production was put on hold as the texture was used to build parachutes, airplane cords, and ropes. During this time, the demand for nylon stockings in the market was still high, however, despite there being little to no supply.

National Nylon Stocking Day timeline

1560
A Royal Statement

Stockings are worn by Queen Elizabeth I as a fashion statement.

1589
Knitting Faster

William Lee invents the stocking frame machine.

1920
Heating Necessity

Stockings are worn to keep the legs warm.

1939
The Nylon Debut

The DuPont Company invents nylon stockings.

National Nylon Stocking Day FAQs

What are the best pantyhose to wear?

Toeless, nude, ultra-sheer, and lacy nylon are amongst the best pantyhose.

How long does it take for nylon stockings to decompose?

It takes approximately 30–40 years for nylon stockings to decompose.

Do ladies still wear stockings?

Yes, the sales for stockings are still quite high.

How to Celebrate National Nylon Stocking Day

  1. Buy yourself a pair

    To celebrate the day, head to your nearest clothing store and get your hands on some interesting nylon stocking designs. Trust us, you will wear them sooner or later.

  2. Gift stockings

    Make someone you love happy by gifting them with a pair of nylon stockings. Or, better yet, also get them a dress they can pair the stockings with.

  3. Host a nylon-stockings fashion show

    This can be a fun activity. Get your lady friends to sport different colors of nylon stockings with dresses and take turns strutting down a makeshift catwalk to show off each look.

5 Fun Facts About Stockings

  1. Stockings for men

    Stockings were initially worn by kings and nobles.

  2. Women maintaining decency

    Women wore stockings because it was inappropriate for them to be barelegged.

  3. Sold in the millions

    Four million pairs of stockings were sold in four days in 1940.

  4. The riots for stockings

    In 1945, women rioted over nylon stockings.

  5. Affordable for all

    Nylon stockings are cheap and durable.

Why We Love Nylon Stockings

  1. They are durable

    Nylon stockings are a favorite for most women since they are durable and are easy on the wallet.

  2. They look sexy

    These sheer stockings provide warmth and look super sexy at the same time. They are especially suited for formal events.

  3. They are comfortable and stretchable

    Nylon stockings are preferred over other types since the fabric is comfortable and stretchable. This means you won’t have to rush to the store to buy a new pair if you gained a few pounds.

National Nylon Stocking Day dates

YearDateDay
2021May 15Saturday
2022May 15Sunday
2023May 15Monday
2024May 15Wednesday
2025May 15Thursday