“Stockings and Suspenders!”: Sepp Blatter in a ‘tight’ spot

He’s resigned from FIFA, so what is Sepp Blatter going to do with all that free time?

He could take up his old position as the president of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders (who still have a Facebook page). With Mr Blatter at the helm, the all-male group lobbied for women to wear stockings and suspenders instead of tights.

In the meantime, Souvenir Press can provide some consolation to Mr Blatter on a subject that’s obviously dear to his heart; some illustrations from fashion historian Rosemary Hawthorne’s brilliantly entertaining Stockings and Suspenders (ISBN 9780285631434)

First, a portrait of the man in question.

henry

Only kidding.

They do have some things in common though, i.e a penchant for stockings…

“Since former times it was men – not women – who persistently revealed their hose-clad legs.”

“The prevailing fashionable ‘image’ for upper-crust men of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries was very macho: an important, puffed-up torso, slim waist and strong hips tapering down to his sleek legs with pronounced calves and neat ankles.”

We like to think that maybe, just maybe, Mr Blatter has a pair of these in his drawers *sorry*.

men

So what is it exactly that Mr Blatter wanted women to wear?

suspenders

Not tights, a.k.a THE ENEMY. 

“Footless tights and leggings (more defectors from the dance studios), worn with baggy tunics and often replacing jeans, have gained enormous popularity with women”, much to the dismay of the World Society of Friends of Suspenders.

boots and tights

Well, at least we know where we can find Mr Blatter…

can can

All illustrations and quotes taken from Stockings and Suspenders by Rosemary Hawthorne (ISBN 9780285631434).

To buy a copy of the book, click here.

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