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Stocking Techniques - What Is Your Style?

Updated on May 20, 2017
The Wild Prints by This Next
The Wild Prints by This Next

Nowadays, the correct stocking has become as essential to fashion as an up-to-date shoe. Whether it is to hide the scars/blemishes on the bare legs or to make changes in appearance, stockings leave no stones unturned in transforming a woman's personality to a totally different level.

The first challenge is buying the right one for you, not just for a style but also for your individual budge. Luckily, there are a few pointers and tricks to help even the most vociferous hose-hater find her perfect fit.

Get Your Style

You can buy stockings everywhere, in any style, color and size. There are different modern variations in royal blue, yellow, tangerine, pink and the sophisticated purple color, though, there are extraordinary quality retro-style seamed stockings sold at boutiques.

Seamed stockings seem to carry a vintage appeal that goes fine for all occasions. This classic hosiery is ideal for both business attire as well as evening wear, and for the savvy woman, provides an air of sophistication as she conveys an ultra feminine appearance.

Reinforced Heel and Toe Stocking
Reinforced Heel and Toe Stocking

For airy strap sandals, there are stockings with specifically unobtrusive heels and toes.The heel splicing can be a fashion asset. Today, we call this the reinforced heel and toe style, or the RHT.

There are also nylon pantyhose boutiques specializing sandalwood, glitter fishnet, tights and wild prints.

Sheer stockings are relatively fine for the customary bare leg appearance, but opaque stockings offer more coverage and durability. If you are conscious about your legs looking pasty during winter days, wearing these stockings will balance out the tone of your legs, giving them the glow that you may be lacking at this time of the year.

The Opaque Tights
The Opaque Tights

Opaques look great on short dresses, underskirts and shorts. Many women wear them under jeans on a freezing day to keep them warm. You can wear minis all the time with opaques. A capri pair would be lovely with cute flats like those that aren't open-toed, but of course, you can go open-toed with some tights. The most handy black opaque stockings can be used to bring out floral prints or vibrant summer patterned dress with a balance of sultry class and sophistication.

Lattice Work or Vintage Knitted by Craft Gossip
Lattice Work or Vintage Knitted by Craft Gossip

Heavier Weights

For country dwellers, a stouter stocking like a lattice is mostly preferred. For shopping forays, household chores, seeing the children to school, a 30 denier stocking-plain or stretch will look versatile and durable. For walks in the woods, there are sleek hose in stretchy, textured patterns to be teamed with gleaming leather brogues.

There are mesh and run-proof stockings. If you live in town or country and like things gay and giddy, along with lattice work stockings to choose from, plain-colored of fancy-patterned. Keep your mind open to all the new designs.

Smooth Semi-Sheer 30 Denier Stockings by Pretty Polly
Smooth Semi-Sheer 30 Denier Stockings by Pretty Polly

The Gauge

Gauge stands for the number of stitches per inch width. The higher the gauge number, the stronger the stocking.

Remember that it depends on the thread or yarn, needle size, individual knitter, and stitch pattern. In general, the fatter the thread and the fatter the needle used with it, the bigger the stitches it will make. The thinner the thread and the thinner the needle used with it, the smaller the stitches.

For formal occasions, a fine 12 or 15 denier stocking is right. A high gauge such as 54 or 60, will give it long life. If you're wearing a full skirt seamless, mesh nylons will make your legs look younger and smoother. Fall and winter opaque tights are usually heavy in denier, 40 and above to cater warmth and coziness when the weather is cold.

Normally, 60 denier stockings make a good middle indication and an essential item to have so that they can go with most outfits. But it is up to you to pick the type of stockings you would need to be able to enhance your legs according to the look that you wish to portray - simply dressy, graceful and classic, or daring and flirtatious.

I've provided a link below to help you understand the importance of knowing your gauge :-)

Be Prepared with Your Stocking Size

When you arrive at the hosiery counter, be prepared with information on your stocking size; check this by measuring your foot, heel to toe. For legs length, use the tape measure and run it from heel to suspender-tip.

A thigh-control girdle which comes down low needs a shorter stocking than a narrow belt with brief suspenders. Feet that feel the heat should wear a stocking designed to allow them to breathe; toes which habitually poke holes need the restraint of a ladder-stop-toe piece.

Hang clean tights safely
Hang clean tights safely | Source

Caring for Your Stockings

Always keep your stockings wardrobe in constant repair and readiness. It is still worthwhile having single and double runs invisibly repaired. Invest in a many-pocketed sachet to protect and tidy your stockings in your dressing table drawer.

Before you pull on a new pair of stockings, inspect them closely for snags and imperfections. If the stocking springs a ladder during the first wearing, return them to the store.

One tried and true practice is to wet them right away, wring them dry, and then put them into the freezer. Although the secret to this method's effectiveness is unknown, women have found that it really does help their stockings to last longer.

Washing Recommendation

  • Hand-washing is the best way to wash stockings. Most women claim that this method prolongs the life of the garment.
  • Use bath soap. Stockings are fragile and it only deserves the most delicate care.
  • Never run them through the dryer. Simply hang them to dry naturally.
  • Using chlorine is a big no. It can fade the stockings' colors and weaken the material.


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    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      3 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi shinyhose1. It's barely 2 years! very late reply, lol... anyways -- wearing what you love is the game -- makes you feel good every time, when you feel good you feel beautiful when you feel beautiful, you become beautiful! Great collection for a straight male! You're unique! Thanks for sharing that to us... I really appreciate....and goodluck! -Hugs.... Tonipet

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      5 years ago

      love the post interesting reading I just love wearing all colors and styles to me no color is off limits have close to 400 pairs of tights and pantyhose and yes straight male not a CD or anything else just someone that adores wearing is a piece of clothing I love to wear

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      jaswinder kumar 

      6 years ago from Chandigarh

      Very very interesting post. I read this post. Thank you for making this post...

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      7 years ago from The City of Generals

      Amazing how hosiery can be that spell-binding and you bet it's going to be both elegance and comfort in your going places. Me too, I have never measured my foot to determine my size, it seems the ones I've bought fits all, you just opened my mind, lol.

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      Judy Specht 

      7 years ago from California

      Fascinating, sitting in the coffee shop Saturday at least 3 young ladies caught my eye with their fancy hosiery covered by denim shorts.

      I have never measured my foot to determine the size, but I shall begin.

    • Tonipet profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonette Fornillos 

      7 years ago from The City of Generals

      You're an adventurous girl! Bright colors and patterns mix with contrasts definitely make a dynamic look. I love wearing dark-colored tights and the vividness of purple seems so sophisticated giving me almost always a holiday feel, it's my favorite. Even with plaid prints, it goes really great. Thank you for leaving such a warm comment daisydayz. Keep that bright spirit up all the time. Take care!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 

      7 years ago from Cardiff

      Interesting post! I love my tights, in bright colours and patterns!


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