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- Control Top
Pantyhose with panties that were specially knitted with stronger
yarns to visually correct certain areas: slim the tummy area, or to push up bottom (most todays tights do both).
Refers to the weight of the yarn in grammes at a standard length of 9000 meters(About 9000 yards)yarn.
1 Denier is 1g of yarn when 9,000 meters long. In other words it gives a scale for heaviness and thickness
of fibers in the hosiery products. The higher the denier, the thicker the fiber. The lower the denier number
the sheerer the garment. Stockings and tights knitted with a higher denier tend to be less sheer but more durable.
Is a term for a man-made stretch fiber, which is better known under trade name Lycra
(DuPont's trademark) Elastane fibers can be stretched from four to seven times their length,
reverting to their original length.
A material with an open, diamond shaped knit; open knit resembles a fish net.
Diamond shaped holes can be extra small, medium and large. It also comes in fishnet woven patterns,
when Fishnet pattern is woven on a regular knitted pantyhose, to create an interesting look.
- Flat Seams
Hosiery with flat seam is more comfortable to wear as it doesn't leave seam marks
on the body. Special technique is used to achieve flat seams, so Garments with flat seams are considered higher quality products.
- Graduated Compression
Hosiery that was specially woven with different level of compression
on ankles, knees and thighs. The compression gradually reduces from ankles to thighs, to ensure proper blood circulation,
reduces swelling of ankles, varicose veins and fatigues in your legs after the prolonged standing.
Light Graduated Compression (mmHg 3-12)
Are for people who don't have any medical problems or concerns
with their legs but want to reduce fatigues and feel comfortable
and not tired after the long standing.
Medium Graduated Compression (mmHg13-17)
Is for women who have some concerns like constant leg fatigues,
or those who prone(genetically or due to their profession) to
have varicose vein or swelled ankles.
Strong Graduated Compression (mmHg 18-22)
Is designed for people with existed medical problems like
varicose veins, poor blood circulation. Products with this
level of compression will improve the condition and ease the
discomfort and pain.
Super Strong Graduated compression (mmHg 23-35)
These are therapeutic models that are usually being prescribed
by a physician to post surgery rehabilitation patients or people
with severe vascular or circulatory problems. We recommend to
consult with your physician before ordering one of these pair of
Symbol for millimeter of Mercury - Unit of pressure, used in medicine for measuring blood,
pressure defined as the pressure exerted by a column of mercury one millimeter high, under the action of gravity.
Also used in Graduated Compression hosiery to define the amount of pressure the hose
exerts on to the circumference of leg.
Usually a diamond-shaped or triangular insert panel in a seam between legs' pieces of the
pantyhose, which increases the durability, level of comfort and hygiene.
- High-cut Panties
Pantyhose with briefs like High Cut underpants.
A term that describes any undergarments that is worn on the feet and legs. Tights, pantyhose,
stockings, socks, knee-highs, stay-ups, and anklets are all hosiery products.
Stockings that terminate at or just barely above the knee.
- Low Waist
Pantyhose that have special low waist band, most of the time this band is wider than on regular
pantyhose, for the extra comfort and smooth line from hips to the waist line. You can wear them with low waist skirts
and pants also great for summertime.
Is a trademark of INVISTA (DuPont company) for a synthetic stretch fabric with elastic ability to stretch up to 600%
and spring back to the original size. Garments that were made using Lycra are very strong and flexible, that gives comfort, great
fit and freedom of movement.
- Massage Effect
Special yarns are used to knit these pantyhose and most of the time they use special knitting to achieve
the soft product that at the same time gives your legs constant massage to increase blood circulation and reduce fatigues.
Is a fabric that has a large number of closely-spaced holes, a type of knitting use to achieve texture as if
fabric was hand knitted with small holes.
Is a type of nylon yarn that is made from the many fine filaments or fibers that are packed together into one yarn.
The yarn becomes very flexible, durable, resists wrinkling, has rich body. The tiny filaments or fibers can slide back and forth and maneuver
around within the yarns in a fabric allowing the fabric to flow and stretch freely, yet still possess body. Fabrics made with microfibers
are exceptionally soft and hold their shape well.
- Non-Slip Sole
Pantyhose and stockings with Non-Slip Sole have special silicon spots on the sole to diminish slipping while wearing
open shoes, sandals and clogs, great for summertime and high-heel shoes.
- Nude look
Ultra sheer pantyhose that gives you look of the bare legs- nude look(usually less than 20 Den).
Great for hot summer days.
- Opaque Stockings or Tights
made of heavier yarns(usually 40 denier or greater) that give them a thicker and less transparent
appearance. These stockings and tights are usually worn in winter but also great for everyday.
- Open Toe Pantyhose
Hosiery that covers legs above toes. In other words it leaves your toes bare. Great for sandals and open shoes.
- Pantyhose vs Tights
Pantyhose (known as Tights in the UK) are tight
fitting coverings of the body from the waist to the feet. English,
tights refers to hosiery that is made of a thicker fabric
than pantyhose. Today many people mix them both, so most of
the time they can call the same hosiery product tights or
pantyhose. Generally, females of all ages wear tights but pantyhose
are not usually worn by pre-teens.
A branch of medicine concerned with the veins.
- Reinforced Heel
When heel area of the pantyhose is strengthened with the thicker and heavier Denier yarns.
- Reinforced Toe
Hosiery with extra strong toe area, which was made of thicker and heavier yarns to avoid runs that happen
the most in the toe area.
- Reinforced Top
When pantyhose has briefs knitted from the heavier (high Denier)
fibers, to reinforce the lower body area like tummy, bottom,
hips. This pantyhose has slimming or pushing effect, or both. Some
hosiery manufacturers use term Control Top or Holding
- Sandal Foot or Invisible Toe and Heel
Hosiery without reinforcement in the heel and toe areas. In other
words the whole foot of the hosiery has the same thickness and
sheerness as the rest of the garment, which means no heavier yarn
were used in the toe and heel than in the leg. Perfect for open
shoes or sandals.
- Seamless stockings or tights
Stockings or pantyhose that is knitted in one operation on circular machines
(one continuous operation) so that no seaming is required up the back.
- Semi-Sheer Pantyhose
Made of relatively thick yarns( usually 20-40Denier), slightly
heavier than sheer and more durable. They are sheer enough to see
the legs through and strong enough to wear them everyday.
- Shaping Effect
Pantyhose that helps to slim and shape the silhouette.
This term defines how sheer the hosiery is. Usually sheerness of the
product can be determined by its Denier (the thickness of the yarn
that is used to produce undergarment), please be aware that some new
models have high Denier but still very sheer and light.
- Sheer to waist
Pantyhose that doesn't have any pantie-line, reinforcement area or
briefs, that are usually knitted from the thicker(higher denier)
fibers to support the tummy and hips areas. However it doesn't mean
that hosiery is completely sheer. It can be sheer, opaque or semi
opaque, and has no panties. Another term used for this kind of
products is All Sheer.
Two pieces of close-fitting hosiery that cover legs from feet to the
upper legs and are held in place by suspender belt.
- Stay-Up Stockings
Stockings that are held up by sewn-in elasticated bands on the lace,
you don't need suspender belt to hold them in place.
Hosiery that is specially knitted to provide support action in some
critical parts like tummy, bottom, hips; or along the whole leg; or
- Tanning Effect
Pantyhose that gives your legs effect of the tan. They come in a
spectrum of the tan skin colors, so anybody can find the perfect tan
color. Usually hosiery with tanning effect is sheer.
- Ultra Sheer
A fine denier fiber which gives the ultimate in sheerness to the
hosiery. Also called Bare-look, these sheer hosiery products are
extra light and give you the bare look. Usually less than 20
Denier. Ideal for summer time.