Valentine’s Day: An Historical Day That Calls for Stockings
Love is the thing that lights up our hearts, puts a spring in our step, and makes our hearts skip a beat when our phones go beep. Some argue it keeps the world spinning, while others have “sworn off it for life.” Whatever your approach to love, you have to admit it’s to be cherished. You’ll find it driving the most compelling stories — real or fictional — in human history and in the glowing eye of a new mother as she gazes upon her pride and joy’s first moments in the world.
Is it any wonder we’ve dedicated a whole day to love and its cronies: romance, desire, affection, and searing hot lust? And on that day, it’s only natural that we splash the cash on the one who matters most. Here at VienneMilano, we think nothing encapsulates this loved-up day quite like stockings, thigh highs, and any other lingerie piece that looks just as good off as it does on.
But before we elaborate on that stance, we’d like to delve into what makes Valentine’s day…well…Valentine’s day!
V-day, much like most other special days, has a past shrouded in mystery. And like any confusion, it’s usually caused by everyone having a widely different version of events.
For the sake of clarity, we’ll take a peek at each Valentine origin story, beginning with the three saint Valentine’s themselves. Given the rosy, lovey-dovey vibes of our modern-day love celebration, you may be surprised to hear that all three Valentine’s day saints were martyred, each in their own unique lovelorn way.
To begin with, in the 3rd century CE, the setting is the Roman Empire, and we have Valentine no.1 going up against emperor Claudius II. According to the emperor, unmarried men made much better soldiers. So, he banned marriage among his ranks. Valentine, a devote Christian believing marriage to be sacred, wasn’t having any of that. Instead, he essentially started his own marriage black market (without the profit!) It wasn’t long before he was unfortunately put to death.
Another Valentine was also hopelessly dedicated to the cause of love. He fought valiantly to free Christian prisoners from Roman prisons he’d eventually find himself thrown into. There, as legend has it, he fell in love with his jailor’s daughter. She would visit him in secret, and their exchange of letters was frequent. Valentine’s supposed sign-off of choice? “Your Valentine.”
It’s all apocryphal, of course.
A more realistic origin story is that of the Pagan festival of ‘Lupercalia,’ A fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, and the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. A crowd would gather in the cave where Romulus and Remus were believed to have been nursed by a she-wolf (Lupa.”) There, a goat hide would be processed until suitable to be taken to the streets, used for gently slapping both women and crop fields (yes, you read that right.) A slightly more plausible theory: In 15th century France and England, it was commonly believed that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season — lovely.
Which leads us into …
Valentine’s day is a celebratory occasion. It’s for dressing up, feeling fabulous, and indulging your heart’s desires. So excuse us if we say that nothing fits the above bill better than thigh highs. Let’s see, they’re alluring, tempting, powerful, fun, and look just divine on the lovely legs of the one you love most (or your very lovely self!)
It’s no wonder then that every year when Valentine’s Day rolls around, so too do the orders. Whether it be marvelously matte thigh highs or shimmering sheer stockings, we can usually guess who’s behind each cart: a boyfriend, fiancé, husband, admirer who want their one and only to feel not only cherished, adored, and admired, but like a new woman.
Add a touch of sensuality to your Valentine’s day …
Why not join their loving ranks and show the one you love just how much you care this Valentine’s day. Shop from our range of one-of-a-kind stockings and pick one representing her and her unique style. Or, invite her to follow her heart’s desires and select her Valentine’s stockings this year with one of our premium gift cards available for those who’d like to hand a gift over on the big day or those who prefer to do things a little more virtually.
Stockings are a truly unique gift that shows you appreciate every little bit of her!
Originally published at https://viennemilano.com on January 7, 2022.