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    Stockings are a type of close fitting undergarment for women that covers the foot and leg and is made from nylon, silk, cotton or similar materials that have elastic features. Stockings were woven until the sewing machine was invented in 1589 and made production easier and therefore more popular for the general public. Before the 1920s, stocking were worn for comfort and warmth but as the hemlines of women’s dresses rose were needed to cover women’s legs. Stockings are different from pantyhose in the fact that they are two pieces worn separately on both legs and are held up not by panties but by either a garter, garter belt or a non-slip lining inside the top of the stocking.

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