The Differences Between Stay Ups, Hold Ups, Thigh Highs?

The Differences Between Stay Ups, Hold Ups, Thigh Highs?

With so many terms and different styles in the hosiery industry, it is understandable to be a little confused about what they all mean. Today we will answer the question, what are the differences between stay ups, hold ups and thigh highs?

Hold Ups and Stay Ups

Hold-ups and stay-ups are interchangeable terms for the same item. These two terms are popular in Europe and the United Kingdom. Stay ups and hold ups are stockings with an elastic or silicone band around the top, where the hose are meant to stay above your mid-thigh. They are designed to hold the stockings up without the use of a garter belt.

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Thigh Highs

Thigh highs are the term most often used in the United States. So all three terms (hold-ups, stay-ups and thigh-highs) mean the same thing, because they are all, by definition, stockings designed to stay up by themselves without any additional support. The only difference in the terms is which side of the Atlantic Ocean you are on.

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We use the term thigh highs at VienneMilano because we are an American fashion brand. Although our products are made in Italy, VienneMilano is based in the USA.

VienneMilano is the first luxury hosiery brand exclusively devoted to thigh highs. The best quality materials are used in every one of our products. Where lower quality hold ups use elastic bands, VienneMilano thigh highs feature double or triple silicone bands for maximum comfort and unquestionable reliability. Our silicone bands blend seamlessly into the design of our stockings, adding to their style for you, and sensuous allure for him.


"Stay ups," "hold ups" and "thigh highs" all refer to the same type of stockings - in some cases, we have even heard it referred to as "thigh socks" or "high socks." No matter what you call it, this style of hosiery is meant to sit on your thighs. Stockings that only go above your knees are called knee-highs. Don't be fooled by other fashion brands who are not selling you the real deal, and are offering inferior quality.

Your VienneMilano thigh highs will give your legs an elegant and sensual finish for every occasion: working at the office, lunching with your girlfriends, dancing the night away, or enjoying a passionate night in. What do you call this genre of hosiery? Tell us in the comment below.

For more information about thigh high stockings, visit our section on What Are Thigh Highs?.

Posted on 10/01/2016 by Vienne Cheung Home, Tutorials 0 118

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