What exactly is hosiery? Hosiery is merely a term for garments which cover the legs and feet. Another term that is frequently utilized in manufacturing and retail is legwear. They are exactly the same factor. Hosiery is manufactured by a hosier, so often a generic term for hosiery is simply hose. Just about all hosiery is machine knitted from each all-natural and synthetic yarns and are categorized not merely by style and color but also importantly by weight or opacity. The opacity is referred to as denier and is typically indicated on the packaging. A five denier pantyhose is extremely sheer (mainly see via and light weight) whereas a 100 denier tight will likely be opaque and not let any light through for the skin.Cotton fiber has been around for millennia, and for ages was the principal fiber utilized for knitting socks and stockings. Prior to that, wool was utilized (and obviously still is today). Both are all-natural, warm and easy to work with. For a more elegant and refined look, the finest hosiery was traditionally made from a distinct yarn, another all-natural fiber. This 1 is spun from, not a plant but a spider. Silk stockings are nonetheless today deemed to become the finest hosiery one can purchase.The story of women's hosiery right here in America changed in a dramatic way within the 1930s. The materials changed and the provide of stockings became artificially scarce. Up until the 1930s, silk was the principal material employed to knit stockings and the supplier of that silk was Japan. As the U.S. headed closer and closer to war with Japan, trade in between our two countries ground to a halt and so did that lovely supply of silk. Hosiery manufacturers had to locate an additional fine and silky yarn for stockings. In 1938 the Dupont business caused a sensation when it unveiled Nylon stockings for the initial time to an enormous crowd of eager women. The nylon yarn was the very first genuinely synthetic fiber ever created. The softness and smoothness rivaled that of silk and became an overnight replacement. Females (and men!) loved the new nylon stockings....while they lasted. Soon, the U.S was at war with Germany and Japan and desperately required all of the nylon it could manufacture to become woven into parachutes and clothing for the soldiers. Women had to complete without stockings till the end in the war in 1945.Spandex was the fiber that changed hosiery forever. Using the ability to be stretched to twice its length, it was 1st put into clothing in 1959 and soon went into hosiery. Hosiery like pantyhose and tights could now remain up on their very own. Therefore began a dramatic adjust within the way ladies wore hosiery. Garters became unnecessary as spandex was blended into yarns utilized for hosiery and women began to merely wear pantyhose and tights instead of stockings. Larger cultural shifts had been on the horizon too which would alter women's fashion in a big way. Foundation garments like girdles and cinchers were abandoned from everyday use and relegated to the boudoir.What exactly is the distinction in between pantyhose and tights?Well, within the U.S it is the distinction in the weight in the yarn (denier). Any hosiery as much as 40 denier (see above) is pantyhose and something thicker are tights. In the U.K., nicely there are no pantyhose. They call them all tights.Stockings, thigh highs, hold-up or stay-up...what does that all mean?Stockings are a general term for hosiery that comes in two pieces, 1 for every leg. Stockings which can not stay up on their very own need garters or perhaps a garter belt to hold them up. They are nonetheless referred to as stockings, but any stocking which has an elastic band in the leading and may stay up on it's own is a "thigh high" in the U.S along with a "Hold up" or "Stay up" inside the U.K or Australia.