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Hosiery

Hosiery is a class of tight-fitting garments worn on the legs and/or feet. For the most part, hosiery has a knit construction. So, socks, anklets, pantyhose, fishnets, nylons, leggings, tights and stockings all fall under the hosiery category. Available in different colors, textures, opacities, styles and even shapewear control levels, hosiery is a great way to transform an outfit and make a statement as well as give your legs a subtle, polished look.

Anklets
Anklets are short socks that stop at the ankles. Available in athletic ankle socks as well as trendy anklet socks that come in a variety of sheer, semi-opaque or opaque materials. These can also feature lace, fishnet, colored or patterned details.
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Control top
Control top pantyhose is shapewear and hosiery all in one garment. Designed to shape your waist, hips and sometimes thighs, control top hosiery is offered in a variety of colors and patterns.
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Pantyhose
The pantyhose is a classic fashion staple that creates smooth, soft looking legs while also providing comfort and minimizing imperfections. Pantyhose are offered in a variety of styles, including sheer, fishnet, patterned, control top, colored, opaque, and more. Pantyhose are made with light fabrics that look and feel invisible against the skin. Most pantyhose also have reinforced toes for durability.

Other pantyhose styles have sandal toes for an invisible look with most shoes. Many also have knit-in crotches for extra comfort. Waistbands are usually made of stretch fabric or have covered elastic for a custom fit. Many pantyhose styles have a control top to slim and shape you. Each is constructed to move along with you with easy stretch. Whether you need an opaque pair or a sheer pair, you'll find a style that will suit your needs at HerRoom.
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Sheer
The sheerness of the knit fabric has a lot to do with the naming of the pantyhose or stocking style in hosiery. The sheerness is measured by the number of denier. The lower the denier, the sheerer the hosiery. This gives you a sleek, subtle look while correcting minor flaws, adding a little color, and also preserving a slightly nude look.
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Thigh highs
Usually made of sheer nylon that covers your leg to your mid-to-upper thigh and often featuring a silicone gripper to stay in place, thigh highs are a sexy favorite that go great alone or paired with a garter/garter belt. As opposed to pantyhose, they're much easier for bathroom breaks because you don't have to pull them down and resituate them.
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Tights
With coverage from your feet to your waist, tights come in sheer, semi-opaque and opaque materials. Offered in a variety of colors and prints, tights are great for adding a touch of fun to any outfit. They can feature control top, a knit-in crotch, and seamed toes for added durability.
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Hosiery styles are available in a variety of different thicknesses and weights. These differences mainly affect the style, comfort, warmth and appearance of hosiery. These are often measured by denier count.

The lower the denier, the more sheer your hosiery will be. The higher the denier, the more opaque your hosiery will be. That said, it is possible to have sheer hosiery at a higher denier to increase strength of material and also achieve sheerness.

15 denier or less typically means the hosiery is ultra-sheer. It gives you a naked look, but it is very fragile so it's important to be careful to avoid snags and wash exactly as directed.

15-30 denier is a standard sheer and a classic look. This is a great denier if you're looking for a visible look, even appearance and something that isn't so delicate.

30-40 denier is stronger than sheer, but still shows a bit of your skin through the texture, pattern or color.

40 denier and up is typically reserved for tights and thicker hosiery. This denier is great for cooler weather because it's thick enough to keep you warm.

Anyone who has worn pantyhose or nylons knows about runs. Almost every woman has ruined a pair of hosiery while just trying to put them on. Once pantyhose are in place, you have to worry about catching your nylons on a piece of furniture or while getting out of the car. When you first get a run, it can be contained by placing clear nail polish along the where the run begins.

Layering hosiery with other lingerie pieces can also seem complicated – but it doesn't have to be. If you want to combine panties, pantyhose, a piece of shapewear, and a slip or a garter belt, it can be done. In these cases, order is everything. If you're wearing shapewear and pantyhose, put your pantyhose on first. If you're wearing a garter belt, panties, and thigh highs, put your panties on last so you can easily take bathroom breaks without having to disrupt your garter straps or pull down your thigh highs. Watch this Expert Video to learn more about layering your undergarments.

A good pair of stockings or pantyhose can shape the legs and minimize any skin flaws. Pantyhose and stockings are typically flesh-colored, so your skin is visible yet any imperfections are smoothed away by the nylons.

Some pairs of pantyhose have a control top, so they serve as shapewear and hosiery in one. Actually, the hosiery category includes pantyhose and stockings as well as socks and tights.

It's a good idea to have several pairs of trouser socks or knee-highs as part of your bare essentials wardrobe. Tights are also handy when you want to wear a skirt or dress in colder weather.

This is not an exhaustive list, but these are the lingerie bare essentials you need to have. To read more comprehensive information on building a lingerie wardrobe, view the Lingerie Essentials guide.

Fall is here, which means time for a new wardrobe. Oh, what a happy time of year! Walks on cool evenings, football tailgates and adventures to the pumpkin patch—there's so much to do. It's time to stock up on essentials for your top drawer to get through the cooler fall months.

HerRoom has all the fall essential hosiery. We've made list to help get you shopping:

Thigh High. When you need to conceal your legs but don't want to the restriction of full pantyhose, thigh highs are the solution. With the right stay-put fit, you'll get great toning for the whole leg, and they're pretty sexy, too. Try the Berkshire Firm All The Way Thigh High for great coverage and lacy bands.

Leggings. Every lady needs a few sets of leggings for the cooler months. These are ideal for sexy ankle reveals with a dress or tunic or to wear with warm socks under boots. The Hanes Matte Opaque Legging is a great base layer and shows off your trimmed legs.

Tights. We sure have come a long way in the world of tights. So many colors and textures to choose from! Give your legs a velvety touch with the Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights with 9 different color choices.

Socks. From boot socks to liner socks, it's time for the sock stock-up. It's also a good time to get rid of those mismatched pairs of socks and one with holes in the toes. Make room for the adorable boot sock from Hue.

How about you? Do you hang on to your socks for too long or ever had an embarrassing and unintended toe appearance?

Many of us don’t think much about socks. After all, socks are just garments that hide under your shoes and pants – right? Well, in truth, socks are every bit as important to your ensemble as any other undergarment or part of an outfit. After all, we all love to style our bras and panties. Socks are another way we can express ourselves, add something extra to our looks, and make getting dressed that much more fun.

There are so many different sock styles out there. At HerRoom, we have a large selection of women’s socks to pair with every shoe and outfit in your closet. Pick whatever style and fit you want, and then choose your favorite colors like black, white and neutral or try something trendy like bold colors, novelty prints, eye-catching patterns and detailed textures.

With the right pair of socks, you might just find that the best part of planning your outfit is adding a cute pair of socks in a trendy style.

Not sure what length of sock to wear with what? Let us break all the options down for you.

Types of socks (based on length)

In addition to a variety of materials, patterns, styles and colors, socks are made in a number of different lengths. Read on to learn more!

Ankle

Wear with: casual, low-cut and athletic shoes

Also referred to as low-cut socks, ankle length socks are typically no-show socks that are worn under low-cut footwear like casual shoes, sneakers, loafers and oxfords. They create an urbane look, while also being helpful for keeping feet dry and comfortable by wicking away moisture and protecting from blisters.

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Quarter

Wear with: casual shoes, professional shoes, heels, trousers, jeans, skirts and shorts

Quarter length socks rise above the ankle and stop right at the beginning of the shin. They’re great for when you want to protect your feet and ankles from blisters and get a little more ankle coverage than low-cut ankle length socks. Match your quarter length socks to your outfit for a professional look or get more playful and trendy by adding a pop of peek-a-boo color with a fun, bright hue or pattern.

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Crew

Wear with: dress shoes, heels, boots and athletic shoes

Crew length socks run anywhere from 6-8 inches height, covering your ankles, shins, and – depending on the length of your legs – can reach your calf muscles. Their extra protection and coverage makes crew socks especially popular in cold weather and for outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, running, and climbing.

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Mid-calf

Wear with: professional shoes, heels, boots, athletic shoes, trousers, skirts, dresses, shorts and jeans

Mid-calf length socks are longer than crew length socks, rising further up the calf muscles. Many styles are available in warm fabrics such as wool blends to keep your legs warm during the colder months. Some styles are also available in sheer, mesh or fishnet fabrics for a trendy look.

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Calf

Wear with: casual shoes, heels, athletic shoes, dress shoes, skirts, shorts, pants and activewear

Calf length socks completely cover the calf muscles reach below the knee. They give great protection and coverage during the winter and during athletic activity. The higher rise is great for movement because they won’t ride down. Calf length socks can also be worn with shorts and skirts for a cool, trendy look.

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Knee High

Wear with: boots, athletic shoes, dress shoes, casual shoes, skirts, dresses, shorts and trousers

Knee-length socks rise to the knees to create a high-end fashion look, especially when worn under boots. These socks provide great protection and warmth in cold weather and are known as a popular school uniform accessory for women in the 80s and 90s.

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Thigh High

Wear with: Boots, casual shoes, dress shoes, heels, skirts, dresses and shorts

Thigh high socks go above the knees and reach the thighs. Women love to pair them with skirts and dresses. Available in a variety of different weights, colors, patterns, materials and textures, thigh high socks are a great way to add some fun and flattering style to your look.

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Do you have any questions or style suggestions for us? Share them in the comments below, or on our Facebook or Twitter!

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Find a better fit,

Tomima

Perhaps you’ve never worn hosiery before. Or maybe you have, but you’ve only gone for very basic looks. Either way, not all women are pros at styling their outfits with hosiery – especially when it comes to wearing more adventurous colors, textures and patterns. We can help! Read this hosiery guide to learn more about the ins and outs of women’s hosiery, and how to choose the right pair for you.

Hosiery has historically been viewed as a high fashion, feminine, polished, and sexy women’s wardrobe staple. By wearing the right hosiery, you can complete or transform your look for any occasion and season. Hosiery can top off any formal outfit by creating a “va-va-voom” or understated polished effect. It can also be the perfect finishing touch for any comfortable, casual outfit by adding an extra pop of color, texture and eye appeal.

Hosiery can also do magic for your legs, waist and silhouette by concealing skin imperfections, smoothing your appearance and shaping your figure. With a variety of different styles, colors, textures, and patterns to choose from, it’s easier than ever to find hosiery that looks best on you regardless of your body shape, height, and proportions.

Picking the Perfect Hosiery

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

-Pablo Picasso

Adding a personal touch to an outfit with hosiery is fun and exciting – especially when you see how many options there for you to try. Before you start to create new and unique looks, it’s helpful to know some basic style and sizing guidelines. This starts with first assessing yourself and deciding what will work best on you and what you should avoid.

Factors to Consider

Size

Size is the most important thing when it comes to picking out hosiery. Wearing hose or tights that are too small is a surefire way to get an embarrassing rip, create unflattering bulges, and be completely uncomfortable all day. Meanwhile, if you’re wearing a size too large, you’ll get bunching, and a visibly uneven fit that won’t stay in place.

Hosiery is typically sold in sizes small, medium, large, extra large, and so on; or A, B, C and D, and so on. Sizing systems can vary between brands and styles, so always check the size chart before you buy. If you’re close to or right between two sizes, it’s always best to go for the larger size of the two. Because size is so important, proceed with caution when buying hosiery that claims to be one size fits all.

If you’re plus size or full figure, you’ll need more support than what average-sized hosiery offers. Plus size hosiery is available in extended sizes and is often made differently to accommodate your needs and flatter your figure.

Body Type

Not all bodies are the same. Depending on your body’s shape and proportions, some styles of hosiery will look better on you than others. The right hosiery can minimize problem areas and enhance your best features.

Pear shape: Enhance your curves and make your hips and rear look slimmer by choosing dark colors, sleek patterns and textures, and avoid horizontal stripes or lines. Instead of wearing brightly colored hosiery, try darker colored hosiery with a bright top instead. Control top hosiery can also help slim your waist, rear, thighs and tummy.

Cone shape: If you have a large bust and wide shoulders but slimmer legs and hips, you can balance your figure by wearing simple tops and hosiery with eye-catching colors, textures and prints.

Hourglass shape: Choose tops and hosiery that hugs and enhances your curves. Try tops that taper down to your waist and emphasize your feminine shape with hosiery in flattering patterns and textures.

Rectangular shape: Exaggerate your curves around your waistline with control top hosiery. For extra attention to your waistline, add a belt over a sleek pair of textured hosiery and a top in a flattering and feminine color.

Apple shape: Slim your waist with control top hosiery. Wear bright and fun patterned tops and hosiery that draws attention to the legs, rear and bust – and away from the waistline. Avoid horizontal stripes or lines – instead, look for vertical designs and sleek, simple, slimming looks.

Tips

  • If you’re shorter, try to create a monochromatic look (the same color from head to toe).
  • Shades that match the color of your shoes will lengthen your leg line, making you look tall and slender.
  • If you’re taller, do the opposite by breaking and splitting the color palette of your look by choosing contrasting colors, patterns, and textures.
  • Darker colors help minimize visible size and make your legs look slimmer.
  • Patterns and bright colors add visual volume to the legs. If you want to minimize the visible size of your thighs and legs, you may want to try darker and less bold colors and patterns to bring less focus to your leg line.
  • If you have large calves and knees, solid neutrals and darker shades will create a slimming effect.

Denier/Thickness

Some tights and hosiery styles are measured in deniers, which is a unit of density measurement that tells you how thick and opaque the hosiery is. The lower the denier, the finer the knit is and the more sheer the hosiery is. The higher the denier, the more opaque the hosiery is. Opaque tights are heavier in deniers, making them warmer and less see-through. Deniers range anywhere from 10 and lower to 40 and higher. If you’re looking for a nude look, you’ll want the lowest denier possible.

Under 10 Denier: Ultra Sheer

  • A bare leg look
  • Great for summer wear
  • Breathable

10-20 Denier: Sheer

  • More durable for everyday regular wear
  • Allows skin to show through

21-40 Denier: Semi Opaque

  • Longer lasting wear
  • Popular for spring and fall
  • Conceals minor skin imperfections

41-69 Denier: Opaque

  • Little to no skin show-through
  • Popular for fall and winter

70 Denier and Above: Thick Opaque

  • No leg show-through
  • Popular for winter

Tips

  • If you have visible veins or other skin blemishes you want to conceal, try hosiery with at least a 40 denier.
  • If your complexion is dull, hosiery with some shine and gloss can help brighten up your skin and give you a youthful glow.

Remember, hosiery is an investment. Although there are some less expensive options and all hosiery is susceptible to runs and holes, it’s worth spending a little extra on a nice pair of hosiery you know will last you for multiple washes and wears.

Learn more about legwear and hosiery in our guide.

Ready to start shopping? Shop our great hosiery selection at HerRoom!

Find a better fit,

Tomima

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