I just started my first office job, and decided it was time to step into the world of hosiery. I see that there seem to be two types of hosiery I can try (besides pantyhose, which seem super unsexy); stockings and thigh highs. What exactly is the difference between the two? What are the pros and cons of each style?
- Nicole P."
Thanks so much for your question Nicole - we love to hear from our fabulous readers - and welcome to the world of luxury hosiery! In order to answer your question, we'll need to start from the beginning: what are stockings? Stockings are a type of garment that is close fitting. It is an overarching
Here's a brief summary of the various style of stockings:
Definition: a one-piece undergarment for women that consists of hosiery made with a panty-style top. Pantyhose are similar to tights. They go over your entire leg and usually stretch all the way up to the waist.
Definition: a garment for the lower body that reaches the thigh.
Unlike pantyhose, thigh highs don’t reach up to your stomach. Instead, they are constructed as two individual pieces that land anywhere from
Definition: socks, stockings, or boots that cover the lower legs to just below the knees.
Like thigh highs, knee highs are individual pieces, but they only reach to just below the knee, as opposed to stretching up to
Definition: a one-piece undergarment for women that consists of hosiery made with a panty-style top.
While covering far more than just your legs, bodystockings provide coverage from the neck down to your foot. This style of lingerie is also considered to be a type of stocking.
And there you have it! Thigh highs, knee highs, and body stockings are all different garments that fit under the umbrella of "stockings".
For more information on this topic, we invite you to take a look at our blog posts: History Of Hosiery, and What's the difference between knee highs and thigh highs? Lastly, check out our Hosiery Glossary for more terms and definitions.