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Pantyhose Stockings Glossary!

 

 

 

Control top

Also called Reinforced Top or Holding Effect.

Pantyhose with reinforced panties made of thicker (higher den) yarn to provide shaping support. They specially knitted with stronger yarns to visually correct certain areas: slim the tummy, smoothen the body lines around hips or push up the bottom.

Denier

Denier refers to the weight of the yarn in grammes at a standard length of 9000 meters (ca 9000 yards). 1 den is 1 g of 9 km yarn. In other words it’s a spectrum of fibers weight, thickness and transparency. The higher the denier, the thicker the fiber, less sheer but more durable. The lower denier the thinner and more see-through garment.

Less than 10 Denier is classed as ultra sheer and perfect for evening wear.

10-20 Denier is a very popular buy, with 15 Denier being perfect for day wear

30 Denier is classed as semi opaque

40-50 Denier is a full opaque

Fishnet

Open meshed fabric that looks like netting with diamond pattern in loose weave. This open diamond shaped knit resembles a fish net. Holes can be small, medium or large. Fishnet gives a provocative look, especially paired with our sexy corsets.

Flat Seams

Hosiery with flat seam is more comfortable to wear as it doesn't leave seam marks on the body. Special technique is used to achieve flat seams, so garments with flat seams are considered higher quality products.

French Cut or Lace

A lace panty is sewn into the pantyhose.

Holding Effect

Known also as Reinforced Top or Control Top.

Pantyhose with reinforced panties made of thicker (higher den) yarn to provide shaping support. They specially knitted with stronger yarns to visually correct certain areas: slim the tummy, smoothen the body lines around hips or push up the bottom.

Hosiery

Any undergarments worn on feet and legs. Tights, pantyhose, stockings, socks, knee-highs, stay-ups, and anklets are classified as hosiery products.

Gussets

A gusset is another part of hosiery that is often added to the crotch area of hosiery, and varies in features and styles, in a similar way to the briefs that have already been mentioned. Below each type of gusset is explained, for our savvy hosiery online shoppers:

Plain Gusset

A plain gusset is a panel of the hosiery item, which is made up of the same fabric as the rest of the hosiery item. The purpose of having a fully flushed hosiery item with a plain gusset is to provide ladies with greater flexibility and comfort.

Cotton / Silk Gusset

Commonly, hosiery will be crafted featuring a cotton or silk gusset. This type of hosiery is very favorable due to the hygienic benefits of having a gusset made from cotton. This type of gusset is sophisticated and is often a better fit, and are more comfortable.

No Gusset

Hosiery that consists of no gusset are very simply, where the tights are finished with a seam around the crotch region, and the seam can often be styled and shaped in various patterns.

Open Gusset

The open gusset is created for hygienic benefits. With the open gusset, the gusset is replaced by a hole which is reinforced by surrounding seams which make the hosiery strengthened, and cooler for hotter days.

Knee-Highs

Stockings that terminate at or just barely above the knee.

Lace Suspender

A section of the hose is cut out to simulate the look of stockings and a garter belt, and often worn with panties.

Mesh

Fabric with a large number of closely-spaced holes, a type of knitting use to achieve texture as if fabric was hand knitted with small holes.

Non-Slip Sole

Pantyhose and stockings with Non-Slip Sole have special silicon spots on the sole to diminish slipping while wearing open shoes, sandals and clogs, great for summertime and high-heel shoes.

Open Toe Pantyhose

Pantyhose that leaves your toes bare, but covers whole legs above. Great for sandals and open shoes.

Opaque Stockings or Tights

Made of yarns of 40 den or greater. Thicker and less transparent stockings or tights are usually worn in autumn or winter.

Pantyhose / Panty Hose

Stockings with panties.
Pantyhose vs. Tights - Pantyhose (known as Tights in the UK) are tight fitting coverings of the body from the waist to the feet. English, tights refers to hosiery that is made of a thicker fabric than pantyhose. Today many people mix them both, so most of the time they can call the same hosiery product tights or pantyhose. Generally, females of all ages wear tights but pantyhose are not usually worn by pre-teens.

Reinforced Heel

Pantyhose with heels made of thicker yarns (higher denier) for more strength.

Reinforced Toe

Hosiery with extra strong toes made of thicker yarns (higher denier) for more strength to avoid runs that happen quite often in the toe area.

Reinforced Top

Also known as Control Top or Holding Effect.

Pantyhose with reinforced panties made of thicker (higher den) yarn to provide shaping support. They specially knitted with stronger yarns to visually correct certain areas: slim the tummy, smoothen the body lines around hips or push up the bottom.

Sandal Foot / Invisible Toe and Heel

Hosiery without reinforcement in the heel and toe areas. In other words the whole foot of the hosiery has the same thickness and sheerness as the rest of the garment, which means no heavier yarn were used in the toe and heel than in the leg. Perfect for open shoes or sandals.

Seamless stockings or tights

Stockings or pantyhose knitted on circular machines (one continuous operation) so there is no seam in the back.

Semi-Sheer Pantyhose

20 - 40 den hosiery, slightly heavier than sheer, but lighter than opaque, and more durable. They are still see-through, but strong enough for everyday wear.

Shaping Effect

Pantyhose that helps to slim and shape the body silhouette.

Sheer

Sheerness of the product that can be determined by its denier (the thickness of the yarn).

Stay Ups / Thigh-Highs

Called also stay-up stockings or thigh-highs, They are stockings that have a wide gripper top that clings to the thigh, eliminating the need for garters.
Stockings that are held up by sewn-in elasticated bands on the lace, you don't need suspender belt to hold them in place.

Stockings

Two pieces of close-fitting hosiery that cover legs from feet to the upper legs and are held in place by silicon (thigh-high) or garters and suspender belt. Always popular, mostly sheer stockings come in several styles and colors.

There's something about a women in stockings and garter belts that men love.

Tanning Effect

Pantyhose, typically sheer that gives your legs the tan effect. Available in wide spectrum of tanned skin colors.

Top Stockings

A lace band at the top of the stockings replaces the plain welt.

Ultra Sheer

Also called bare-look are made of fine denier fibers, usually less than 20 den to get the ultimate sheerness and extra light. Ideal for summer time.

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