Melbourne, Aug 5 : They dominated the trendy male's wardrobe for years, and now, after more than 500 years of falling out of favour, tights are back in vogue.
UK stockists have claimed that the garment is selling out faster than they can re-supply.
In fact, some of the world's biggest lingerie manufacturers have also started making them.
Macho culture is being replaced with a metrosexual trend, driving a market for men's grooming products.
Recently, two men-only cosmetics were launched, an eyeliner called "guy-liner" and a mascara dubbed "manscara".
French lingerie company Gerbe sells 11 different designs of men's hosiery, including an ultra sheer and matte finish pair of tights that has a front opening for the male anatomy.
There is also a thicker black pair of tights, for a more Robin Hood-type look.
Kieran Hughes of stockist Precious Collections claimed to have sold 1000 pairs of tights in the past two months, up from 300 pairs.
"German men have been wearing them for years. More than 50 per cent of German men wear tights including famous German football players. I can't imagine many footballers doing that here," News.com.au quoted him, as saying.
Men liked not only the look of the tights but also the insulation and perceived health benefits, such as improving blood circulation to the legs.