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Welcome to the Wellness Guide! Today's subject is pantyhose, a versatile, elegant and super practical accessory for women, being a great choice for different occasions.

Although it is already a well-known item in the world of women, there is a lot to talk about pantyhose. In the guide below we will talk about its types and different ways of using it, as well as answer all your questions about values and cleaning.




First things first

  • Pantyhose are a feminine accessory worn under skirts, dresses and shorts.
  • It may have a lot of transparency or none at all, according to its type of thread. The thicker ones are the hottest.
  • In addition to plain models, there are designed, lacy and dragon models.

Pantyhose: Our Selection

Pantyhose are a sensitive accessory, so your choice should be right, always prioritising quality. To help you with your decision, we have gathered together some of the best models on the market to present to you here:

Buying Guide

Now that you already know what is best when it comes to pantyhose, let's go deeper into the subject in order to clear up all your doubts about the types and ways of using them.

Foto de uma mulher em pé, em posição pensativa, com as perna cruzadas, vestido vestido preto de manga longa e meia calça vermelha.

Pantyhose can have different colours and designs. (Source: Pixabay / Pexels)

What are the advantages of pantyhose?

Pantyhose are nothing more than a thin fabric stocking (most often transparent) that covers from the feet to the waist, being used under skirts, dresses and even shorts.

The graduation of transparency and thickness is made according to the yarn, and the yarn 7 is the thinnest and most delicate, and 150 is the thickest, leaving no part of the leg to show.

It has been a key piece of women's wardrobe for many decades.

It has been a key piece of women's wardrobe for many decades, standing out for its beauty, comfort and sensuality. Among its advantages is the fact that it is a great option on cold days, especially when you need to go to a social event with a dress, or simply when you do not feel like wearing jeans.

It is also a great option for women who do not like to show off skin imperfections, since the transparent fabric disguises and compresses them.

It is, in fact, a very versatile piece, being a good option both when the goal is a social look, as in the cool look. Just combine it with interesting pieces.

Nowadays, there is a huge variety of models and colours of stockings, which allow us to be creative when it comes to production.

The disadvantage, on the other hand, is that they are a very fragile product, especially the thinner ones, and have a very low durability.

Advantages
  • It is delicate and sensual at the same time
  • It may be used to warm the legs on cold days
  • It may be used to hide skin imperfections
  • It allows social and cool looks
  • Variety of colours and models
Disadvantages
  • Very fragile fabric, with low durability

What are the different types of pantyhose?

Versatility is the strength of pantyhose, and this applies not only to the countless production possibilities that they allow, but also to their variety of models. Below, we will point out some of them:

Thin pantyhose

This is the most classic. With transparent bottom, it can be the colour of your skin or colored, standing out by the very thin fabric.

Perfect to just add a touch to an outfit, it doesn't get too hot, but it is the most elegant. Thin stockings range from 7 to 40 yarn.

Thick sock

The thick sock is the most indicated when the goal is to warm up. It may have little or no transparency, and is always colored, not having a nude version. The stockings that fit this description are from yarn 60 to 150.

Pantyhose

The fishnet stockings are also an old acquaintance of ours, being the most daring model. It is basically a fishnet stockings, all perforated, with no bottom.

It is not a good choice if the goal is to escape the cold, but definitely a great option if you're looking for a modern, funky and even a little sexy look.

The fishnet stockings have been worn a lot with shorts, miniskirts and even under torn jeans. It is quite informal, and should be worn with caution not to weigh down the production.

Foto da cintura para baixo de uma mulher que usa blusa listrada, saia quadriculada, meia arrastão, sandália amarela e bolsa colorida.

The pantyhose is recommended for modern and deconstructed looks. (Source: Godisable Jacob / Pexels)

Lace sock

Perfect for special occasions, the lacy stocking is the most chic in the universe of tights. It is nothing more than a thin stocking with lace details, which can go from simple drawings to large florals.

They are usually black and also more expensive. They add a lot of elegance to the look, but just like dragon, it should be used with care not to overdo it.

Thin sock Thin Thick sock Lace sock Drawstring Sock
Design Neutral, thin and transparent Thick and little or no transparent Thin with lace details Canvas-shaped, pierced and bottomless
When to use In social and casual looks In looks that call for elegance In casual looks
Price Low, Medium, Medium, Low

How to clean and store pantyhose?

Pantyhose are very delicate garments, so they should be carefully cleaned. We recommend that you never put it in the washing machine; always wash it by hand, using light movements.

Use bar soap and, if you prefer, a few drops of softener. Powder soap is not a good idea, as the small stones may rub against the strands and tear them.

After washing, put your hair to dry in the shade on a clothesline that doesn't pull strands. And when it's dry, don't iron it! Keep it in a plastic bag so that it doesn't run the risk of coming into contact with other pieces that may tear it. Simple, isn't it?

Can I wear pantyhose in summer?

For our joy, it is super possible to wear pantyhose in summer, as long as you don't exaggerate.

In the hottest season of the year, you don't want to get hot, right? So, avoid thick models, and opt only for thin stockings and pantyhose.

In the case of thin stockings, give preference to yarn 7 and 15, more delicate and transparent, which will not weigh down your look. If you choose black, wear it to night events, which require a more social and elaborate look, preferably with a blouse or dress that shows off your arms.

On the day to day, prefer the model in your skin tone, which will hardly be noticeable and will still hide the imperfections of the leg.

But, if you love a good fishnet stocking, just be creative! It goes super well at festivals, cool parties, bars and any occasion that is far from formality.

Did you know that you can repair that accidental hole in your pantyhose? An interesting trick is to apply base coat or clear nail polish on the edges of the tear, and let it dry.

This way, the fibers will harden and prevent the hole from getting bigger, allowing you to wear the piece a few more times

Purchase criteria: factors to compare the different pantyhose models

Although pantyhose are a simple garment, there are some factors that deserve your attention when buying them, such as:

  • Type of yarn
  • Design
  • Size
  • Comfort

Right below you will better understand what to observe in each of them.

Type of yarn

As we have already mentioned, pantyhose are graded according to their transparency and thickness, ranging from yarn 07 (the thinnest) to 150 (the thickest). Before you buy yours, you should check this detail on the product packaging to make sure you are buying the right model.

If you are looking for transparency and delicacy, the ideal is to opt for models between yarn 07 and 20, but if your goal is to stay warm, the socks from yarn 60 to 150 are the thickest.

Design

The design of your sock should, above all, please you. There will be no shortage of models and colours, so your choice should not be complicated.

For night events, prioritize the dark ones. If you are setting up an elegant but fashionista production, opt for socks with different designs and lace.

For daytime, nude stockings are lighter and shape the body. However, nothing stops you from wearing a coloured model, as long as it is well-matched with the total look.

Size

Tights range in size from small to XX large. The ideal is that the waist of your stocking should be exactly above the navel, without being too tight or too high in the crotch.

On the back of the packaging there is an indication of the ideal size by crossing the height and weight of each one.

Comfort

And finally, comfort. Just like any other piece of clothing, it is essential that your pantyhose are comfortable.

It should adhere well to the skin, but without pinching or tightening too much. It should not overlap on the sides, nor have very evident seams, which mark or cause discomfort.

(Source of the highlighted image: StockSnap / Pixabay)

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