Guide To Hosiery Terms
From stockings to tights, sheer to diamond net, sandal toe to cuban heel, our hosiery guides can help you find the right hosiery for every occasion.
Gone are the days of tights being boring; there’s now a huge range of hosiery styles to choose from. The result though is that you might come across some types of tights that you’ve never previously heard of. With hosiery designers coming up with new ideas all the time, it’s easy to get lost, so we’ve put together a series of guides to the different types of stockings and tights. Wikipedia also has a fairly useful guide to the different hosiery terms.
Suspender Tights / Stockings
Let’s start by looking at the different materials now used in hosiery and the styles they create:
To start, we’ve created the essential guide to denier, which covers the thickness of what we all think of as “ordinary tights” from ultra sheer through to thick opaque. Within this sort of hosiery, the only variance apart from sizing is whether you have a seamed or unseamed pair.
After that we have patterned tights, which range from simple sheer tights with a design in them, normally in black, through to more elaborate designs and colours.
Fishnet is the most commonly known and worn after “normal” nylon stockings. Fishnet is a small diamond thread design, usually with a denser toe, and as a material for stockings and tights, it’s common and considered to be sexier than nylons, but these days there are a lot more risque and exciting options to fishnet.
Large Fishnet and Beyond
Diamond Net, Large Fishnet, Fence Net and Industrial Net are all variations on a theme employed by some hosiery manufacturers. Essentially they vary the size of the diamonds in the weave up to very large indeed to produce some striking and often sensual hosiery.
With that brief guide to the materials out of the way, we can look at the different styles of hosiery we sell:
The mainstay of UK hosiery, these are like thin leggings made from one of the materials described above. In the US they are called pantyhose.
These are a pair of stockings that come up above the knee to the middle or top of the thigh and are designed to stay up without any need for a garterbelt or suspender belt. This can be by means of an elasticated top, but can also achieved by a silicone band in the top section. The silicone banded hold ups tend to be better at staying up and therefore cost a little more.
An American term for hold ups that is gaining popularity in the UK. Usually but not always, a thigh high is a hold up without the silicone band, so just an elasticated top.
Stockings come in the
same sort of variety of materials as tights, but they won’t stay up by themselves. Instead they have a band at the top of each leg, sometimes of lace, onto which you clip a garterbelt. The garterbelt goes around your waist to hold the stockings up. We sell a variety of garterbelts for use with any manufacturer’s stockings.
Suspender Tights / Stockings
In recent years, a hybrid of stockings and tights has come onto the market. Called either suspender tights or stockings, these are tights that have sections cut out around the gusset and sides to make them resemble a pair of all-in-one stockings and suspenders. The designs vary right up to very lacy topped garterbelt areas that make them look very much like the “real thing” but are much more convenient to wear. They are very sexy and yet practical. In the sexy styles we have a variety of these offerings, and you’ll find many in our evening range of hosiery.
A stocking or tights that have a reinforced heel, sometimes reinforced on the sole of the foot and mostly extending up to a point above the heel at the rear of the ankle. Can look particularly striking with seamed tights.