018: I am not sure if it was a thing elsewhere in the world but around about 2005 'stocking tops' was sort of a fashion thing here in Western Australia. I was living and working in Perth then and it was not unusual to see some women in town showing stocking tops.
My girlfriend points out that technically they were probably not actually stocking tops and were stay-up tops, and also that you could buy pantyhose that looked like stocking tops because they had the stocking top band around them but were actually pantyhose.
Anyway, it looked hot. But sadly it didn't last long.