Hosiery: The word hosiery is really the name given to a
class of tight-fitting garments worn on the legs and/or feet. And pantyhose nylons tights,
for the most part is of a knit construction. So, socks, pantyhose, fishnet
stockings, nylons, leggings, tights and stockings all fall under the category
of hosiery. It used to be that hosiery pantyhose
nylons tights was a kind of secret accessory to
be worn without necessarily being seen. However, with the popularity of
leggings in the 1990's most hosiery like tights, panty hose and stockings now
fit very closely and thus can stand alone as an outer garment to be seen.
or Panty hose:
The term pantyhose was first coined in the United States
around 1959 when Glen Raven Mills introduced a seam-free stocking made from
circular knitting machines. Before then, women wore nylon stockings. So, the
word pantyhose comes from combining the words panties - the American term for
women's underpants - with hosiery. No longer did women need to wear garter
belts, panties and garters with their stockings. pantyhose nylons tights took 3
garments and turned them into one.
The sheerness of the knit fabric has a lot to do with the
naming of the pantyhose or stocking style in hosiery. The sheerness is measured
by the number of denier - the lower the denier, the sheerer the hosiery. Any
panty hose below 15 denier, for example, is extremely sheer and delicate. 15
denier is your standard sheer pantyhose thickness. 20 to 30 denier is semi
opaqe and frequently referred to as sheer tights. 70 denier makes very opaque
tights. Interestingly pantyhose has a full range of denier weights. Fishnet
stockings do not have denier weights.
Pantyhose come in a wide range of popular styles. Women
wanting a slimmer form will purchase Control Top pantyhose which have a
reinforced panty that is like shapewear and holds in your tummy. Sheer to Waist
pantyhose are just that - sheer from the waist down to your toes. This panty
hose hosiery style is great when you're wearing a very short skirt, side slit
gown, lingerie, or open-toe shoes, and do not want any reinforcement line
showing. Of course, the downside is that Sheer to Waist pantyhose are fragile
and can quickly run if not treated carefully. Support hose are of a heavier
denier and really give control to the entire leg. Support pantyhose are very
popular with women who stand on their feet all day. The all-leg support hose
really keeps legs from becoming tired at the end of the day. Back seam
pantyhose have a seam up the back on what is usually a sheer stocking. This is
considered very sexy pantyhose. Music leg makes stockings with a back seam.
There is also a panty hose with a lacy panty area and or a lacy waistband.
Finally, footless pantyhose have been made popular by Spanx. Footless panty
hose give you the warmth and support of regular hosiery, but with the foot
removed so that you can wear sandals or shoes under pants without looking like
you have any hosiery on. Spanx footless pantyhose and Spanx footless body
shaping pantyhose are best sellers.
& Thigh Highs:
First, let's have a quick history
lesson on silk stockings and nylon stockings. Though the first use of silk
stockings dates back to the 16th century, their mass appeal began in the
1920's. It was believed that silk stockings gave the middle-class woman a sense
of royal luxury. And why wouldn't they considering Queen Elizabeth wore them. A
curious dichotomy with silk stockings is that they were also considered a very
sexual accessory. Made only in the color of flesh, they were combined with
short dresses and garter belts to give men a peek at a woman's legs. Wearing
silk stockings enhanced a woman's legs by shaping them and de minimizing any
skin flaws. Thus silk stockings to this day are considered rather erotic.
Nylon stockings or nylons, as they were soon called, eventually replaced silk
stockings in the 1940's. Nylon was an exciting and new fiber to hit the market.
Nylon had the look of silk, but was much stronger. So, nylon stockings, or
nylons as they became known as, could be made more quickly and distributed to
the masses at a more reasonable price. Now remember, we are talking about silk
and nylon stockings - not pantyhose. Stockings only cover about two-thirds of a
woman's leg, from the feet to mid-thigh. The stockings were then fastened with
garters to a garter belt or girdle. Fishnet stockings also made their debut at
So then, what are thigh highs? Thigh highs are stockings that can stay up on
their own without the use of garters. Designed with beautiful lace along the
top containing a touch of spandex, this hosiery style is both beautiful and
functional. In many ways thigh high socks are preferable to pantyhose:
- Aesthetically, they expose the thigh for a sexy look.
- Thigh highs don't need to be pulled down when visiting
the ladies room.
- Men find them quite erotic because they don't need to
- There is no need for a garter belt or garters.
- Because they do not contain a crotch, there is better
- Wearing thigh highs makes going to the ladies room much
Tights: Tights are a heavy denier pantyhose style. Any
pantyhose with a 40 denier weight or higher is considered to be a pair of
tights. Their history is actually quite long, dating back several centuries
when tights were worn by men during the Renaissance era. Male fashion back then
enjoyed displaying their well turned legs. In fact,King Hnry VIII was know to
pad his calf area under his tights to give a more athletic silhouette.
Today, tights are very popular when teamed with a short skirt. Tights come in
every imaginable color and pattern. Tights also serve a very useful purpose in
keeping the wearers legs warm. And, footless tights known as leggings are
another very popular silhouette.
has worn pantyhose or nylons knows about runs. Called laddering in the United
Kingdom, almost every woman has ruined a pair of stockings just trying to put
them on. Once pantyhose are in place, the fear moves to catching your nylons on
a piece or furniture or while getting out of her car. Once a run begins, it can
be contained with the use of clear nail polish placed along the top of the run.
Of course, once this happens, the pantyhose tend to wind up in the waste basket
at the end of the day.
Most hosiery is made with nylon that is not absorbent. Thus perspiration from
the feet, around the crotch area, and along the legs can be very uncomfortable
and unhealthy. This one issue is the primary reason hosiery sales and pantyhose
purchases have decreased over the years. Sadly many women wanted to be
liberated from the bondage of nylons.
Pantyhose nylons tights is constantly expanding its hosiery collection. So,
stock up, and qualify for fun times and overall appreciation of the smooth look