Starts with Legs - Hosiery types, Sheerness, plus storage and care


Hosiery types and sheerness


Pantyhose or tights

The choice of  pantyhose can be a little confusing , the sheerness or level of opaque is expressed in the type of  deniers. Deniers define the transparency of the hosiery.  A sheer stocking denier is about 10-15 and an opaque stocking would start about 50. A higher denier stocking is usually more durable.

Ultra sheer: 5-15 denier 
Sheer: 15-20 denier 
Half sheer: 20-40 denier 
Opaque: 50 denier and over

The panty (upper part) can be:
The panty is heavier than the leg. The reinforcing can be bikini shaped or shorts shaped

All sheer: The panty is constructed with the same yarn as the leg. The pantyhose have only a light reinforcing under the waistband and the T band.

Sheers: Pantyhose that are made from lightweight material (usually a denier of 8-15) and can be seen through.

Sheer-to-waist: is sheer throughout the pantyhose including the pant portion. The pant portion is the same thickness and color as the leg portion.

Seams and gusset:  Sewing can be automatic or manual, with flat seams which are smooth and thin, an important sign of quality pantyhose. The gusset gives a better comfort to the pantyhose and is usually made in cotton, which is more hygienic. A back panel with double sewing is used on bigger sizes, for better fit without tightening 


Types of hosiery available @ Starts with Legs


Anklets: only cover the foot up to the ankle.

Tights: cover the whole leg and part of the stomach and come in various types and sheerness

Knee Highs: tights that sit just below the knee suitable for under long pants.

Control-top: helps to control the body into a slimmer figure using a reinforced threats.

Fishnet: Stockings or stay-ups with a material that when worn looks like a fishing net.

Leggings: are footless tights ,sheer or opaque coming in full or three quarter length.

Matte: a finish that is not as shinny as a traditional nylons.

Opaque: Pantyhose with a higher denier usually 50 plus woven as a heavier knit  and are not see through.


Stay-ups: an elastic silicone band  adheres to the leg and only go as high as the thigh.

Washing: It is recommended that hosiery be wash by hand in lukewarm water with a mild, non-chlorine detergent or mild (hair) shampoo. Rinse them thoroughly in water. Bunch together and squeeze out the excess water, but do not pull, wring or twisting them. Never dry clean hosiery. Drying Hosiery is best dried flat so as to avoid stretching the garment. Avoid direct heat from sunlight and indoor heaters. Do not use a drying machine or an iron.

Stay-Ups Special consideration needs to be given to stay-ups because of the delicate rows of silicone on the thigh bands. Before wearing, avoid the use of creams, ointments and talc powders, as they may bond with the silicone bands and neutralise their ability to adhere to the legs. Wash in lukewarm water, preferably using a mild shampoo. Avoid hot water as it will damage the silicone. Lie them flat to dry.



How to store your hosiery:  Use the  transparent plastic envelope, a satin garment bag  or store it all together in the box by "Starts with Legs".

How to Put on your hosiery

1. Please use cotton or silky gloves when you put on your hosiery. Remove all items from your hands and wrists.  Moisturise your hands,heals and legs with Starts with Legs Body lotion. No Body lotion is to be applied when wearing Stay Ups that have silicon bands).

2.  Firstly one of the legs of the pantyhose needs to be gathered  from the toe to the knee using your index finger and thumb. Your toes then go in that gathering that has been created. Ensure that the seam is horizontal across your toes.

3. The gathered stocking  is then gently pulled over your heal, up the calf and over the knee. Avoid pulling too hard and avoid twisting the stocking. Repeat this process for the other leg.

4. Once both of the hosiery legs are stretched up and over the knees, alternate the unravelling of the hose between both legs, then up over your hips.

5. This process prevents the possibility of a run in your tights.