In the 60s with the rise of the miniskirt, some women took to playing with the amount of leg they showed by wearing a tight weave fishnet in various colors. In the attitude of subverting mainstream fashion, punks and goths of the 1970s took control of the fishnet tights and made them more extreme by ripping more holes. This came along with safety pin earrings, patched denim jackets, and more. Especially for female punks, this was a great way to subvert the mainstream idea of proper women’s clothing.
Fishnet tights graduated to any netted piece of clothing with, you guessed it, Madonna in the 1980s. This pop goddess and fashion icon was often dressed in fishnets, but she didn’t limit herself to just stockings. She also sported fishnet tops, gloves, and body suits.