Key concepts in hosiery. All the different types of hosiery and pantyhose in the market, from tights, stockings to socks
This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.
What is Hosiery?
Hosiery is a term that englobes all the fashion garments you wear over your legs. Also called pantyhose (mainly in the US) and legwear, hosiery is part of the intimates, closely related to lingerie.
Hosiery is widely used by both women and men all around the world. Although most people wear hosiery in winter, people wear hosiery all year round.
Over the knee socks
Leggings are a type of all footless opaque tights. Leggings shouldn't be see-through and should be worn as trousers. If they aren't fully opaque, they shouldn't be considered leggings. When leggings look like jeans, then they are called jeggings.
A picture of leggings
Source: UKTights.com | Wolford
Tights are a single piece of garment that goes from toes to waist. Tights are the most popular garment of hosiery. You have a wide type of tights styles.
* In the US, tights are usually called stockings or pantyhose
Image of Tights
Source: UKTights.com | Pierre Mantoux
Key Concepts in Hosiery
Opaque hosiery (High Denier)
Sheer hosiery (Low Denier_
Open toe/toeless hosiery
Glossy hosiery (shiny)
Run/Ladder resist hosiery
Stockings go up to the thighs. They need to be worn with suspenders, otherwise, they will slip down.
Image of stockings
Souce: UKTights.com | Aubade
Hold ups are stockings with a latex band, which holds the stockings without the need of suspenders.
* In the US, hold ups are usually called Stay Ups or Thigh Highs
Image of hold ups
Source: UKTights.com | Girardi