Stockings may just be the hottest garment for the new millennium!
We already know Dita Von Teese and Pamela Anderson are two A-listers who love them. Recently, it seems as if many other famous women are wearing elegant legwear too. And we don’t blame them - stockings, thigh highs and high-end pantyhose are sexy and make anyone’s legs look superb.
I took the liberty of putting together a all-you-need-to-know about hosiery guide especially for you!
TYPES OF HOSIERY:
Anklets: Only cover the foot up to the ankle.
Knee Highs: Tights that sit just below the knee suitable for under long pants.
Stay-ups / Hold-ups: An elastic silicone band adheres to the leg and only go as high as the thigh.
Stockings: Stockings are designed to fir the leg up to or above the knee and may or may not be self supporting.
Control-top: Helps to control the body into a slimmer figure using a reinforced threats.
Leggings: Are footless tights, sheer or opaque coming in full or three quarter length.
Tights: Cover the whole leg and part of the stoomach and come in various types and sheerness.
Panty-hose: Are designed to replace brief and are worn as an integral underwear and leg-wear garment.
Opaque: Pantyhose with a higher denier usually 50 plus woven as a heavier knit and are not see through.
Fishnet: Stockings or stay-ups with a material that when worn looks like a fishing net.
WASH CARE FOR HOSIERY:
It is recommended that hoisery be wash by hand in lukewarm water with a mild, non-chlorine detergent or mild (hair) shampoo. Rinse them thoroughly in water. Bunch together and squeeze out the excess water, but do not pull, wring or twisting them. Never dry clean hoisery.
Drying Hosiery is best dried flat so as to avoid stretching the garment. Avoid direct heat from sunlight and indoor heaters. Do not use a drying machine or an iron.
Special consideration needs to be given to stay-ups because of the delicate rows of silicone on the thigh bands. Before wearing, avoid the use of creams, ointments and talc powders, as they may bond with the silicone bands and neutralise their ability to adhere to the legs. Wash in lukewarm water, preferably using a mild shampoo. Avoid hot water as it will damage the silicone. Lie them flat to dry.
HOW TO STORE HOSIERY:
Use the transparent plastic envelope in which you purchased them, or a satin garment bag.
HOW TO PUT ON YOUR HOSIERY:
1. Please use cotton or silky gloves when you put on your hosiery. Remove all items from your hands and wrists. Moisturise your hands, heals and legs with body lotion. No body lotion is to be applied when wearing Stay Ups that have silicon bands.
2. Firstly one of the legs of the pantyhose needs to be gathered from the toe to the knee using your index finger and thumb. Your toes then go in that gathering that has been created. Ensure that the seam is horizontal across your toes.
3. The gathered stocking is then gently pulled over your heal, up the calf and over the knee. Avoid pulling too hard and avoid twisting the stocking. Repeat this process for the other leg.
4. Once both of the hosiery legs are stretched up and over the knees, alternate the unravelling of the hose between both legs, then up over your hips.
5. This process prevents the possibility of a run in your tights.
THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT HOSIERY:
Stockings are often manufactured white, then dyed various colors. Following this, they’re ‘boarded’ where each stocking is pulled over a set wooden or metal leg and steamed. This tightens up the knit, defines the lower limb shape and removes wrinkles. Then each stocking is checked for size to make sure pairs match. Quality checks for faults can mean 40% of production could be lost.
Often, the old machinery can only turn out 15 pairs of stockings each hour, so it’s obviously not really a economical way of manufacturing. This means that fully fashioned stockings are actually a rarity, although thankfully you are able to still buy them!