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Stockings or tights?

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Stockings, in a form that we would recognise, have been with us since 1589, the year that Reverend William Lee invented a knitting machine capable of producing wool, cotton, linen and silk versions of the garment, mainly for the men of the time. They came by their name uncreatively as the word stock referred to the lower part of the body. Little changed in nearly 400 years, as stockings were worn for warmth more so than fashion. It was only in the 1920s, when women’s hemlines rose, that silk stockings became more of a feature.