NEW ELASTIC TOPS LESSEN HUGE STOCKING CASUALTIES (May, 1939)
NEW ELASTIC TOPS LESSEN HUGE STOCKING CASUALTIES
The sheerer the stocking, the longer a masculine eye will linger on even the least well-turned calf and ankle. Because of this fact, the mortality rate of women’s silk hose is 500,000,000 pairs annually. If women were willing to wear medium-sheer stockings of eight or more threads twisted in one yarn, their stocking problem would he minimized. But most women wear three or four-thread stockings for daytime and two-thread for evening, with little thought to the fact that these cobwebby threads must at times resist a pull of several pounds.
The greatest strain on a stocking comes at the knee and garter top when the leg is bent. Most runs start when the tops are too taut. To absorb this strain and cut down stocking casualties, some manufacturers are now using two-way stretch elastic fabrics in the tops of their stockings. The photographs on this page illustrate how the new tops work.
Schoolgirls have this year consolidated their stand against the high upkeep of silk stockings. In many girls’ colleges and high schools, socks over bare legs are now being worn during winter and summer. Silk stockings are strictly for parties and off-campus frolics. College girls are having much fun with their socks. They buy them ankle length, of cashmere or Angora, many of them decorated with embroidered flowers or initials. Although these fancy socks cost $1.26 a pair, the girls consider them a good investment because one pair outwears a dozen sheer stockings.