We are spoilt for choice when it comes to buying hosiery, so where do we begin? Our stylist Lisa O’Neill has put together a buying guide so you don’t go wrong.
The lighter the ‘denier’ the sheerer the stocking will be.
Sheer 8-15 denier
Medium 20-40 denier
Opaques 50 - 200 denier
If you are wearing light fabrics then choose light, sheer hosiery. For heavy winter fabrics, opt for heavier or textured hosiery.
Tights with control tops are great for holding in lumps and bumps. Voodoo Shine Firm Control are my favourites for under fitted dresses.
Knee-highs or trouser socks are great under pants or long skirts. Ambra No Band Knee Highs have a comfort top and no tight band under the knee; while Voodoo’s Voluptuous range is especially designed for bigger legs and is great for those of us with bigger calves!
For a special occasion, go lighter. If you need a hard wearing tight that you can wear for several months, try a heavier opaque.
Opaques come in many weights and finishes. If you don’t want any attention on your legs look for a matte finish rather than a shiny one, Ambra Pitch Black is a great matte option.
Many of the opaque brands have built in shape wear and control panels which are great under work skirts and dresses. Try Voodoo 120 Super Slim Opaques or Berlei Dig Free 100 Denier with a smoothing waistband.
For those who feel the cold; fleece lined tights and boot sock opaques are great options. Pretty Polly Fleecy Opaques are warm, fluffy and 200 denier.
Voodoo 80 Denier Boot Tights are stylish and warm. With a sleek black leg, they also feature warm thick socks made especially for boots for comfort and warmth!