The term Hose referred to their stockings. The world’s first knitting machine was invented in 1589 by William Lee, and was for making stockings.The next revolution in the hosiery industry came with Du Pont’s introduction of nylon at the World’s Fair in New York in 1939. Nylon was a revelation – just as sheer and glossy as silk and rayon but much harder wearing and with the sensitivity to getting wet. The first nylon stockings appeared in New York stores on May 15, 1940, and over 72,000 pairs were sold in the first day alone

The word Stock used to refer to the bottom stump part of the body, and by analogy the word was used to refer to the one-piece covering of the lower trunk and limbs of the 15th century. At the end of the 16th Century and into the 17th century the term was also used to refer to boot-hose

wikipedia, various

  • youthy & legs together – 1518&projects 2014
  • legs together – 1518&projects 2014