Fetishes Laid Bare: Stockings & Tights

Fetishes Laid Bare: Stockings & Tights

by Audrey Andrews

on 27 Feb 2019

Fetishes Laid Bare Stockings and Tights

For some people, stockings and tights are merely a reminder of frumpy school uniforms, and that weird, overblown ‘Do Tights Count as Pants?’ controversy that first reared its head around 2012.

(FYI: the jury is still out on that one.)

For others, who identify as having a fetish for stockings and/or tights, these garments have far more significance, and a whole lot more sex appeal.

But what is it about these garments in particular that some people just can't get enough of?

Well, I won’t keep you in "suspenders" a minute longer: let’s dive right into the world of hosiery fetishes.

What Does this Fetish Involve?

Broadly speaking, fetishes are an erotic fixation on an object, rather than a specific act. And since stockings and tights are objects, they fit the bill.

A person with a tights or stockings fetish may get hot and steamy through:

  • The feeling of the nylon or silk material
  • The way their partner looks in stockings and tights
  • Perving on their partner putting on or taking off stockings and tights
  • Using stocking and tights as bondage restraints
  • Wearing the stockings and tights themselves during sex or under office wear

We say different strokes for different folks. There are just as many ways to express a fetish for stockings and tights as there are people with the fetish itself.

As one example, the Reddit thread, “For lovers of pantyhose / nylons / tights and women wearing them” currently has over 100,000 subscribers. That means 100,000 reasons why stocking and tights might make you as randy as a goat. So, give yourself permission to be curious.

Speaking of curious, on your fetish journey you might like to find out the 5 ways lingerie can make you more empowered.

Why Stockings and Tights?

A great question. A glib answer could be – why not stockings and tights? Some folks get off on knickers, others on bras. There are people with a kink for ties, belts, shoes. The list is as endless as the individuality of humans.

Here are some reasons behind the fetish for stockings and tights:

  • They can make your legs look "perfect" by hiding little blemishes, accentuating the curves of your pins, and even shimmering from the reflectiveness of sheer nylons
  • While they cover the skin, they do not hide it completely, creating a tension that can feel erotic and voyeuristic
  • In movies, they are often worn by characters who have a killer combo of power and sex appeal, fusing two strong forces
  • Wearing tights make it easier to slip shoes on and off, which is a turn-on for those with a foot fetish, AKA in Quentin Tarantino films
  • If your interest is further upstairs, check out sexy corsets, basques and bustiers and find a sexy garment that sets your heart racing.

    How to explore your fetish

    If you or your partner want to explore your fetish for stockings/tights, there are many things you can try.

    Maybe start by pinpointing what motivates your fetish. Once you know why stockings/tights are your fetish, you can start to effectively incorporate them into your play.

    If the combination of sexuality and power drives your fetish, the classic stockings-and-suspenders could be a winner.

    The Lovehoney Sheer Black Lace Top Thigh High Stockings and the Lovehoney Love Me Lace Deep Suspender Belt make a classic pairing, plus they come in base size for UK 6-16, and plus size for UK 18-24. So, whether you plan to wear them yourself, or admire them on someone else, we have you covered size wise.

    Maybe the idea of having sex whilst wearing tights is what turns you on. If so, crotchless tights like this Lovehoney pair could help you bring your fantasy to life.

    If the texture of stockings/tights is a major part of your fetish, consider a bodystocking, like the Lovehoney Black ¾ Sleeve Lace Bodystocking. This way, the silky feel of tights encompasses not only the legs, but the entire body. And it's crotchless, so you can still have sex in it!

    If you are someone that has a fetish for stockings or tights, please do not feel like you are weird, or that there is anything 'wrong' with you.

    This fetish is extremely common and in no way does it dictate your sexuality, impedes on your masculinity or mean you are any less deserving of hot sex. Enjoy exploring what makes you a unique, sexual being!

    Audrey Andrews is a student blogger for Lovehoney. In her spare time she loves to do craft, but would not advise knitting your own condoms.

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Originally published on 27 Feb 2019. Updated on 5 Aug 2020