Ooh la-la, it's National Stockings Day: FEMAIL celebrates the saucy lingerie classic
13:22 GMT, 19 October 2012
From the demure nylon to the more adventurous fishnet fabric, stockings have become synonymous with female sexuality.
And to celebrate the hosiery, lingerie giant Charnos have launched National Stockings Day all in the name of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Can-Can dancers dressed in sexy stockings gave commuters a morning treat when they stopped London traffic this morning on Oxford Street for National Stockings Day.
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Can-Can dancers dressed in stockings stopped London traffic this morning on Oxford Street for National Stockings Day in aid of Breast Cancer Care
The lovely Charnos National Stockings Day girls braved the cold weather and put on a show outside House of Fraser to help promote the cause.
Charnos holds the belief that every woman should feel sexy and glamorous, and what better way to embrace that sexuality than with a killer pair of stockings
The lovely Charnos National Stockings Day girls braved the cold weather to help promote the cause
The celebratory day was launched five years ago in a bid to get the nation’s ladies slipping on the most alluring hosiery while supporting Breast Cancer Care.
The day has proven to be such a success that Charnos stockings sales have risen by 34 per cent in the past two years and hold-up sales have risen by 25 per cent as the nation embraces their legs.
John Roskalns from Charnos Hosiery said: 'The beauty of stockings is the hidden glamour that will give you a secret confidence boost. We’re encouraging women to support Breast Cancer Care and feel sexy in the process.
Commuters and drivers were in for a treat this morning when the group of girls flashed some leg for charity
'We recently surveyed over one thousand women and 93 per cent said wearing stockings made them feel sexy.
'So once again we’re calling for all British women to get behind National Stockings Day and don their hosiery this Friday!'
THE HISTORY OF STOCKINGS
Stocking have evolved from a clothing necessity to a fashion statement over the years
The stocking originally started as a trend for men and before 1590 stockings were made of woven cloth- crafted by the first knitting machines.
English churchman Reverend William Lee invented the world's first knitting machine and started to make hosiery out of cotton, wool and silk.
This trend ran until the 1930s when stockings were worn simply for warmth but as hemlines became shorter and shorter, stockings became more mainstream and a symbol of sexuality.
Nylon was first introduced in New York in 1940 and it was a revelation in the industry. Over 72,000 pairs were sold in the first day alone, and the Japanese silk market collapsed overnight.
American department stores saw 64 million pairs of stockings sold in the first year and manufacturers could not keep up with demand.
The first pantyhose made an appearance in the 1940s and 1950s and were worn mainly in film and theatre productions.
In 1970, sales of pantyhose in American exceeded stockings for the first time, and has remained this way ever since.
CELEBRITIES CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THE STATEMENT STOCKING
Frankie Sandford loves her suspender style stockings
Cheryl Cole's cool tights went on to sell out after she wore them
Alexandra Burke goes for some jewel-embellished stockings
Rihanna is known for her love of wacky tights
Pixie goes for gold in her sparkly-lined tights
Paris Hilton looks both sexy and sophisticated in her pair
VIDEO: Ladies do a sexy Can Can for National Stocking Day…