When I had 'graduated' from wearing little girl socks, I was finally allowed to wear stockings. This was the late 60's. I know, I'm showing my age. When pantyhose became popular, stockings were considered old-lady-ish. I still miss stockings--they are easier to wear and I love the lacey tops. I avoid pantyhose and wear knee and thigh highs occasionally. I enjoy wearing stockings--they make me feel lady-ish. :)
Robin is so right—stockings are much lovelier and more comfortable than nylons (which I flat-out refuse to wear). It surprises me that stockings are not more popular!