Types

Common Types of Stockings

  • Control: ┬áStockings which provide contoured support. Also called control slimming.
  • Fishnet: Knitted stockings with a very wide open knit resembling a fish net.
  • Fencenet: Similar to fishnet, but with a much wider pattern. These are sometimes worn over another pair of stockings or pantyhose, such as matte or opaque, with a contrasting colour. Sometimes referred to as whalenets.
  • Full Fashioned: Fully fashioned stockings are knitted flat, the material is then cut and the two sides are then united by a seam up the back. Fully fashioned stockings were the most popular style until the 1960s.
  • Hold-ups or Stay-ups: Stockings that are held up by sewn-in elasticated bands (quite often a wide lace top band). In the US they are referred to as thigh-highs.
  • Knee-Highs: Stockings that terminate at or just barely below the knee. Also known as half-stockings, trouser socks, or socks.
  • Matte: Stockings which have a dull or non-lustre finish.
  • Opaque: Stockings made of yarn which give them a heavier appearance (usually 40 denier or greater).
  • Open-toed: Stockings that stop at the base of the toe with a piece that goes between the first and second toes to hold them down. They can be worn with some open-toed shoes, especially to show off pedicured toes.
  • Sandalfoot: Stockings with a nude toe, meaning no heavier yarn in the toe than is in the leg.
  • Seamless: Stockings knit in one operation on circular machines (one continuous operation) so that no seaming is required up the back.
  • Sheers: Stockings generally of a 15 to 20 denier.
  • Thigh-Highs: Stockings that terminate somewhere in the mid-thigh.
  • Tights:┬áTypically made of nylon, cotton, or wool, covering the lower half of the body.
  • Ultra Sheer: A fine denier fiber which gives the ultimate in sheerness. Usually 10 denier.
  • Vintage: Stockings in a classic style mostly from the 1940’s to 1960’s