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Tights v Stockings – Which Would you Choose?

Tights Versus Stockings

These days practicality hasn’t been sacrificed for glamour, and today’s tights don’t only reflect the very latest trends, with them you can express your personality while also hiding any minor skin imperfections (such as varicose veins, blemishes ect) and protecting your legs from the elements. With either tights or stockings you can update your leg looks, enjoy wearing the hottest trends, and look as demure or as downright outrageous as you want.

Chic Detailing

Using fabrics and designs to suit any lifestyle or choice of fashion, tights are a versatile accessory in your wardrobe, and whether you opt for sheer tights in solid colours, fishnet, florals or checks, this adaptable hosiery is a perfect choice for any occasion or situation. Made from nylon, lycra or cotton they are worn tight-fitting from the feet to the waist primarily by girls and women, but with an increasing market for males of all ages who are now wearing them too under suits and sportwear or just because they like it!

Natural tights are soft and with a matt appearance, the natural look makes them great to wear every day. Available in a number of shades, not only do legs look perfectly toned, but there is also a special range of tights known for their slimming-control features, figure-support, and invisibility under your clothes giving you a smooth and firm look. But if tights are so flattering and multi-faceted, who needs stockings?

Nylon Stockings came about in 1939 and silk stockings first made their debut in 1940. Stockings unlike tights, cover the foot and only the half of the top part of the leg. They are similar to tights in that they make the legs look streamlined, smooth and free of blemishes and this means you can wear a short dress or skirt with more confidence. Many women prefer to wear tights for everyday use but they keep stockings for special moments when they want to feel sexy in their underwear, others prefer the irresistible feeling of a natural air flow and freedom they get from a pair stockings.

Stockings can be worn with suspender belts in sizzling colours and fabrics in either modern or glamorous retro styles, which for some contributes to a feeling of sensual sexiness – or as holdups, where a silicon band keeps them in place. If you are battling with ailments like thrombosis or edema, compression stockings are specialized elastic hosiery which exerts pressure against the legs, increasing blood flow and these too are becoming available in colours other than ‘tan’.

Tights which Voice Your Style

These days with health and comfort on everyone’s minds, there seems to be a divide in opinions as whether stockings or tights are the better option. Many women will tell you that stockings are only good as a fan belt when your car breaks down or that stockings and suspenders have passed their sell-by date, others will say there has been a massive comeback and that they are now the most popular legwear. In the bedroom, whether its the man or the woman wearing them, sizzling hot stockings definitely win hands down. On the other side of the coin, there is definitely a wider choice of stylish fabrics and trendy patterns available in tights.

Tights v Stockings – which should you choose?

How Tights are Bringing Sexy Back

Tights have been used as fashion items for both men and women for a long time back. They were especially popular among men from Europe a few centuries ago when men of nobility wore tights made from fine material such as silk and pure cotton. They were made as close fitting as possible to display well-toned calves and for horseback riding purposes.

Women on the other hand wore tights made of lacy material – traditional stockings. Today, there are so many different types of tights to choose from for both men and women. These tights are beautiful, with bold colours, different intricate designs and gorgeous fabrics. Trendy tights have brought back the chic and sexy woman. The trend of wearing tights in our generation is however more common with the ladies than with gents.

Different types of tights can be classified according to age and gender, material used to make them, or their purpose. Classification according to age will refer to babies’ tights which are often unisex unless specified otherwise and adult tights which are different depending on gender. Tights can also be classified depending on their purpose. There are those that are made specifically for sportswear and those made as fashion items. Tights that are worn during sporting activities such as jogging, swimming, horseback riding, cycling et cetera have a different texture and material from those worn for beauty reasons.

People who perform in some arts like ballet and plays are known to wear tights as costumes. The use of tights by men today is mostly for sports reasons – very few men will wear tights for other reasons other than sports, although a few daring and bold ones can be spotted in men tights though. Tights for both men and women can be made complete with the foot area covered or footless. Those made for sporty reasons are usually made from spandex, the material is opaque and holds the muscles firmly. Fashion tights are made from lace, silk, nylon or fine cotton. The fabric used is interwoven with pores. Some manufacturers even line these tights with moisturisers to keep the skin supple.

Tights that are manufactured these days are made of denser material. They have almost eliminated the use of stockings because tights are deemed more fashionable and versatile. Unlike stockings which are generally made of sheer material of plain colour, tights can be made from patterned and beautifully designed material. Tights make a fashion statement and thick winter deniers are not prone to tear. Tights are firmer and can enhance the look of ones’ figure. Women especially wear them to make their legs look longer and well-toned rather than ‘broken’ at thigh length as with stockings. Tights have been preferred over stockings in recent years because manufacturers have found a way to make them great fashion statements. Materials such as wet look, fishnets, sheer, metallic etc have been used to make tights bringing their design to a whole new different level. It is common to see ladies adorned in very brightly coloured opaque tights that look totally amazing. Apart from fashion items, the thickness of tights makes them better heat insulators than stockings.

The use of tights as fashion items is likely to stay with us a while – they can be worn with literally anything and pull off a great look. Coupled with a short dress, a fitting long top, with boots, heels, sandals – just name it. It is impossible to go wrong with a great pair of tights – they have literally outdone themselves in bringing sexy back.


Fashion Tights for All

Despite the fact that fashions change from season to season, fashion
offer a fantastic opportunity to give old clothes a new look. Funky colours and styles come in various deniers and can be teamed with any outfit you choose – worn for work, clubbing, or with high heels or flats. Classic or fashion styles can be worn my women of any age and make a style statement all of their own.

Suspender tights made headlines last year as one of the newest trends in the hosiery world and were adopted by celebrities everywhere, whilst seamed tights bring back an elegant 40’s style, especially those with cuban heels where a darker heel extends up leg going into a back seam.

Fashion tights are also great for the cooler weather, nothing beats a thick pair of wool tights in winter when it is important to look smart yet stay warm – even thermal tights are now available in a great choice of colours & styles.

An inexpensive way of jazzing up the old or going for maximum impact, opt for unusual prints or bold colours to add a vibrant look to an otherwise plain ensemble, there are no limitations as to what you can do with a simple pair of tights and if your wardrobe doesn’t contain anything other than black – its time to update it!