It is for showing off legs and get booties... Night Party tights
It is for showing off legs – Night Party tights

It all started during an office meeting when a colleague rude complained that I was wearing legging (Jeggings) in my skirt – which was true, leggings tend to be more warm than stockings, which I had tried out in the morning before settling for the leggings – and it was not appreciated in the office space.

The mind started to run, remembering a number of tweeps complaining about jeggings and not actually knowing the difference between them, tights, pantyhoses, and stockings or even hold ups.

In that regard I took it on to myself to offer the well needed knowledge about these women undergarment, and shed some light on these warm and kind friends to women’s legs.

Let’s begin with Pantyhoses;

Yes, those are pantyhose...
Yes, those are pantyhose…
These are the thinnest of all them all, with a transparent layer of skin that makes many that you the lady ‘s legs are bare. They tend to fit properly on the skin and are sheer, and mostly worn by professional women under dresses and skirts to offices. They are made in various colours, but thin black see through is the most dominant one as they contain a great amount of spandex.
This how fitting a tight should be on a lady
 Fitting pantyhoses 
Pantyhoses tend to present a more elegant and polished look from tights or even leggings. They are undergarments, as per every designer I know and have read talking about this topic that they must be worn with a dress or skirt on top of them.


Then the famous Tights;

Don’t be  mistaken by pantyhoses, just because they almost have the same feel as pantyhoses but actually  they are totally different. Tights are little transparent and thicker than pantyhoses. They are warm and can be worn under dresses plus skirts though, some women like me if it gets really cold I tend to wear them under my trousers sometimes.

tights 2
Those are tights…

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 with great design patterns

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.

Hold ups with great patterns

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 along time, I hear they are rare garments to find.

Then Stockings;

Now what you should know is that all the above mentioned are under the category of stocking for many and that is a misconception.

Stockings with suspenders
Stockings with suspenders

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 sexyness in a lady, I know they do with me.

Finally what disturbs most of my guy friends Leggings/Jeggings;

The classic jeggings/leggings
The classic jeggings/leggings

These are tights but more fitting as trousers, thus 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.

Leggings worn in pant form
Leggings worn in pant form

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 undergarments and your conflict with jeggings/leggings and stockings is sorted.  Go now and buy her a pay of these great pieces, and you- womem demand for some of these.

Patricia Kahill

Patricia Kahill is a multipotentialite Christian entrepreneur founder of the 8 years old Digital Marketing agency, Kahill Insights Company Limited that helps business owners create engaging and interactive content items for digital platforms with a focus on return on investment. Patricia is currently the producer of SlamDunk Basketball Talk a show on House of Talent online TV, a fellow at Harvest Institute for leadership, and alumni of the YELP class of 2017. She is driven by passion and curiosity with an ambition of stamping her footprint on the world.

23 thoughts on “The Difference between Pantyhoses, Tights, Stockings, Hold ups and Leggings”

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  4. 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.

    1. 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?

  5. 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!

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