Free Shipping on Orders of $150 or more in the US!

Anatomy of a Panty Drawer: pt. 9

Sarah Wizemann

Posted on May 20 2008

Anatomy of a Panty Drawer: pt. 9


Part Nine: Hosiery

To quote my dear friend Jessica, "I don't wear socks. I wear hosiery, thank you very much." Indeed, there is a big difference between your run-of-the-mill athletic socks and fine stockings, although technically speaking, the term does encompass any covering for the foot/ankle/leg. But "hosiery" certainly calls to mind a finer form of legware. I wouldn't dare insult our vintage silk knit thigh-highs by calling them mere "socks." To complicate matters, the British lump all undergarments into the category of hosiery. There does seem to be a bit of confusion surrounding the terminology, so I thought I'd clarify a few things for anyone who needs help...

Denier: Thickness of the fiber, which determines the level of opacity; the lower the number, the more sheer the stocking.

Fishnets: Stockings made with an open-structured knit pattern resembling a fisherman's net.

Knee-Highs: Socks that come up to just below the knee, typically comprised of some nylon or spandex to keep them from slipping down the leg.

Nylons/Pantyhose: Sheer, tight-fitting garment covering the body from the waist to the feet, made from some combination of lycra, spandex, microfiber, or nylon (Invented by DuPont in 1935.)

Seamed Stockings: Vintage thigh-highs that were knitted flat then sewn up the back, usually ending in a french or cuban heel, resulting in that sexy seam that is synonymous with pin-up girls. (also referred to as "Fully Fashioned.")

Thigh-Highs: Stockings that cover the entire leg (see above photo); may or may not need to be attached to a garter belt at the thigh, depending upon their elasticity. Click here for more info on Garters.

Tights: Opaque, or semi-opaque, tight-fitting garment covering the body from the waist to the feet.

Related Posts

Related Posts

Last Minute Halloween Costumes
Last Minute Halloween Costumes
The much anticipated night of fright is almost upon us. It really snuck up on us this year, don't you think? If you h...
Read More
Halloween Movie Marathon
Halloween Movie Marathon
I have always been a big fan of a well-planned movie marathon. It's so much more than plopping on the couch and not m...
Read More
Halloween During a Pandemic
Halloween During a Pandemic
Covid has certainly changed the way in which we navigate our daily lives. Holidays are no exception. Halloween looks ...
Read More
Trends We Love: Neon
Trends We Love: Neon
Ah, neon. It isn't for the faint of heart or quiet of spirit. Neon demands attention. It insists on living life by it...
Read More
Maison Close FW '20 Collection
Maison Close FW '20 Collection
Our jaws literally dropped when we first laid eyes on the new Maison Close Fall '20 Collection Lookbook. Sheer, soft ...
Read More
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day
Indigenous Peoples Day has been gaining widespread adoption over the last few years to replace Columbus Day. Many Ame...
Read More

More Posts

0 comments

Leave a comment

All blog comments are checked prior to publishing