stockings, leggings, or tights (OH MY!)

Fashion Hosiery: From Sleek Thigh Highs to Cute Leggings, Strut Your Perfect Pair

Hosiery can add sophistication, personality, and style to just about any outfit. Read on for a few styling tips on when, why, and what to wear.

Stockings

Stockings

Knee highs and thigh highs are sexy, sleek, and stylish stockings available in shimmery nylons, sheers, and luxurious opaques. Though similar to pantyhose, stockings lack the actual panty part and either hit the leg or are secured with garter belts. While they may be a bit drafty for winter weather, stockings are perfect for transitioning your summer outfits into cool autumn months with panache. Opt for a stocking with silicone backing or select a sexy garter for your thigh highs to prevent a wrinkle in your wardrobe.

We love Philippe Matignon stockings (so does Her Royal Highness Kate Middleton). Feeling sexy? Slip on the Oro 15 Bas Glossy Sheer Thigh Highs for jaw-dropping appeal.

Leggings

Leggings

Perfect for a casual Friday, or just lounging about with friends, leggings are a comfortable alternative to pantyhose and are often more secure than thigh highs and knee highs. Leggings typically end at the ankle leaving the foot exposed and occasionally come in capri or knee length, making them wearable through all seasons. Made of a thicker, opaque spandex material, leggings can be worn alone as bottoms (just use discretion).

Aptly named, the Spanx Look-at-Me Seamless Leggings are chic and eye-catching. Designed with tummy trimming panels and completely opaque, they’re the best of function and finesse.

Pantyhose & Tights

Pantyhose & Tights

The most diverse selection of hosiery can be found in pantyhose, sheer fitting legwear usually made of nylon with a bit of Lycra added. Tights, though similar, are usually made of thicker and denser fabric compared to pantyhose. For a smart, youthful look, style your limbs with a sexy pair of printed sheers. Function-driven? Opaque pantyhose are made from a thicker yarn and typically last longer, perfect for winter-wear. Beneath form-fitting outfits, body-shaping control top pantyhose will smooth bumps for a flawless fit. Pair your favorite peek-a-boo pumps with toeless pantyhose to create a fashion forward, runway-ready look.

Sleek and sheer, the Philippe Matignon All Day Control 15 Sheer Control Top is a sensible choice with comfortable tummy compression.