Doolin's Pub has an event, called Kilts Night, every first Thursday, of every month. I wore my red tartan kilt, a pair of grey wool socks, a pair of black flashes, and a pair of skin coloured sheer hosiery. Read the remainder of the blog entry for the details.
I had originally chosen to wear matte skin coloured sheer hosiery. I wanted something to give as much warmth as possible, without being noticed. However, as I put them on, I noticed how shimmery they were. I decided to wear them anyways, because once I touch them with anything other than freshly washed hands, I do not put them back into the clean drawer, and it would be a while before I would put on a shimmery pair of hosiery. I also thought that I would not chat much with people, and the dim lighting might make it even harder to see my hosiery.
I was wrong. People noticed it.
I showed the waitress my kilt, to get a free pint of Guinness, since it was kilt night. She cheered. She was the first person who might have noticed it.
The first person who definitely did notice was a lady sitting diagonally across from me. She did a double take and said something like, "Oh, nice tights!". When her friend said, "Huh?", the lady pointed and mentioned my hosiery. I asked her if she had seen any guys wear it before, and she said, "No.". They did not say anything after that. I sensed that they did not want to talk about it, because it did not seem like a big deal to them.
There were people who took photos of me throughout the night [or was it only 1 person??]. Hopefully, I'll get them and be able to share them with you. I would not be surprised if the photographers and other people could see the sheen.
The last lady to notice was a performer that night. I went to speak to her about music stuff. During the conversation, I said something like, "I noticed your hosiery, which is quite nice. I wear hosiery as well. May I ask, 'What brand is it?'". She did not know. I went back to the topic of music, or whatever we were talking about.
During the evening, the ladies at my table started dancing, and the friend of the first lady pulled me into it. More people joined in, and then we danced as a group. If they did not notice me wearing hosiery, then no big deal. If they did, then they obviously did not mind dancing with me.
Later on, in the evening, I spoke to the first lady about my hosiery, because she seemed to say something nice about it. Instead of asking her a direct question for her opinion, I asked her, "How do you think that I could make the hosiery more masculine?". She said to get rid of it. She tried to explain that a kilt is meant to be worn without any underwear. I told her that I was asking about how to make the hosiery more masculine, but she insisted on getting rid of it. I find it interesting that she would say something nice about the hosiery, and then encourage me to get rid of it. Maybe she considered it feminine, even though she liked it on guys. Maybe she did not like it, but was trying to be polite.
There you have it folks. Now more people know. I do not know if I turned them off, or not, though.