It all started during an office meeting when a colleague rudely complained that I was wearing leggings (Jeggings) in my skirt – which was true, leggings tend to be warmer than stockings – which I had tried out in the morning before settling for the leggings – and it was not appreciated in the office space.
My mind started to run, remembering online complaints on Twitter about jeggings and not actually knowing the difference between them, tights, pantyhoses, stockings, and hold-ups.
Because of the two scenarios I took it on to myself to offer the well-needed knowledge about these women’s undergarments, and shed some light on their usefulness to women’s legs.
Let’s begin with Pantyhoses;
Then the famous Tights;
Don’t mistake these for pantyhoses, just because they almost have the same feel as them. Tights are a little transparent and thicker than pantyhoses. They are warm and can be worn under dresses plus skirts too. Some women like me if it gets really cold we tend to wear them under trousers sometimes.
Tights are still not leggings even if they are less transparent than them, this also means they are not designed to be worn without a top over them.
Now the famous Hold-ups
Hold Ups are stockings that can be worn with or without suspenders. Hold Ups, unlike stockings come in a wide variety of textures, materials, and patterns. They are usually made from nylon or a Lycra blend.
They are both sexy and functional for daily wear but under a dress or skirt, except if you are a showgirl. They are more comfortable than tights. These have been on my wish list for a long time, I hear they are rare garments to find.
Now what you should know is that all the above-mentioned are under the category of stocking for many and that is a misconception.
I love these ones because of the suspenders on them, they look so sexy and fashionable. These are most thigh-high nylon or silk stockings worn with a Garter or garter belt. These can even go a few steps further and become fully fashioned. Which by far are the most beautiful and classic. These inspire confidence and sexiness in a lady, I know they do with me.
Finally what disturbs most of my guy friends is Leggings/Jeggings;
These are tights but more fitting as trousers can be worn without a skirt or dress on them. They mainly extend from the waist to the ankles; and are made from Lycra, nylon, cotton, wool, silk, cotton-polyester blend, and other synthetic fabrics.
Jeggings are thick and warm enough to be worn alone like pants. They are not designed to be transparent as the rest of the other undergarments, though some people like me wear them in dresses and skirts, others wear them for the purpose they were made.
Hope from this lesson you have learnt something new about women’s undergarments and that your conflict with jeggings/leggings and stockings is sorted.
23 thoughts on “The Difference between Pantyhoses, Tights, Stockings, Hold ups and Leggings”
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So why did the fashion of wearing stockings, Pantyhose, etc go out of style, and how come fewer still have a real sock ? They look good to the ankle but then the gal is bare foot. I will never hire models without them wearing some sort of Nylon hosiery.
This was ultimately what I was trying to figure out.
Are you saying SOME Pantyhoses, Tights, Stockings, Hold ups and Leggings have feet attached and other Pantyhoses, Tights, Stockings, Hold ups and Leggings end at the ankle and DON’T have feet?
Or do these follow a different naming convention?
No they don’t follow a different naming convention, they are just different because they have no feet but the names stay the same.
this is an awesome post on women’s clothes. I am always riled by men, when they poke fun about the leggings and its cousins, calling it all underwear(panties)
This was a wonderful and accurate post. I have seen many so-called explanations of hosiery differences that were dead wrong. I am especially grateful that you described tights as being “mistaken for pantyhose”, but “actually totally different”. I also love that you mentioned pantyhose as being more elegant & polished than tights. Bare legs or tights at a black tie affair is tacky. There is a current movement to do away with the word pantyhose by substituting the word tights, which is wrong. You and I both know that pantyhose are sheer, and that tights are thick and overwhelmingly opaque. Thank you so much!
Thank you Brian for reading and this comment. I love pantyhose for particularly that, tights are so think its annoying to wearing them.
A woman after my own heart! Thank you for your kind words and appreciation : )
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wear if you want pantyhose, tights or leggings I say if you be male female whos to say what you can or can’t wear if worn correctly
Thank you for reading and commenting.
Always read all I can about pantyhose and tights and leggings I think if your going to wear know all you can about what your wearing
lovely article well done
Very informative for me personally, i must admit i didn’t know the difference.
Thank you for reading