In 1953, Allen Gant, Sr., of Glen Raven Knitting Mills developed a commercial equivalent to these hose that he named “Panti-Legs”, but these were not brought to the open market until about 1959.
During this time, Ernest G. Rice invented his own design for pantyhose similar to those worn today, and in 1956 he submitted a patent titled “Combination Stockings and Panty”.
This design was adopted by other makers, and this caused disputes in U.S. courts for many years before the patent was upheld some time after Rice’s own death.
Up until this time, there was little reason for women outside show business to wear “panty hose”, as the longer hemlines allowed for the use of over-the-knee stockings secured with a garter belt. Nonetheless, during the 1960s, improved textile manufacturing processes made pantyhose increasingly more affordable, while man-made textiles such as spandex (or elastane) made them more comfortable and durable.
The advent of the fashionable miniskirt, which exposed the legs to well above the knee, made pantyhose a necessity to many women.
In 1970, U.S. sales of pantyhose exceeded stockings for the first time, and it has remained so ever since.
Pantyhose became a wardrobe staple throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

On April 24, 1982, actress Jane Fonda revolutionized the fitness world with her first Jane Fonda Workout video. In the 1980s, aerobics was super trendy and so were the colorful workout clothes.
Ladies wore a leotard and shiny pantyhose or colored tights possibly with leg warmers and a belt .
I miss the 80s.😥

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