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    The Top 4 Hosieries

    September 25th, 2014

    We know it all: hosiery is the word that is used to describe any kind of legwear such as stockings or socks that is worn directly on the skin inside shoes. And we like to tell you which 4 our favorites are.

    In case you are missing one of your favorites or would love to dive deeper into the realm of hosieries a bit deeper, check out FAD – The Ultimate Fashion Dictionary. Our very own iPhone Fashion App lists all notable hosieries in great detail.

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    1_Hold-ups

    Hold-ups, also better known as stay-ups or thigh highs are a type of stockings that are not held up by a garter or a garter belt but by elastic or sticky material that is sewn into the top part of the hold-ups. Hold-ups were first made of silk but only became largely popular when nylon was invented which made the production of hold-ups cheaper. The invention of the mini skirt helped hold-ups gain large popularity in the 1960s. Hold-ups can either be produced on a circular machine which leaves them seamless but can also be made with a flat knitting machine which includes a seam and is usually more expensive.

    2_Knee-highs

    Knee-highs are a type of socks or stockings that reach up to or right under the knee and cover up the lower legs and feet. Stockings are mostly worn by women in western society and are different from socks as they are made of nylon or other stocking fabric. They became very popular with the invention of the mini skirt and were worn in many different colors, designs and transparencies. Knee-highs are worn to keep the lower legs and feet warm under a skirt or in boots to catch sweat.

    3_Tights

    Tights are a type of garment that is worn tightly on the body to cover from the waist or neck down for women or girls and are worn instead of stockings. Tights are one piece and usually made of nylon, cotton or lycra. They were first worn by men who were horseback riding and wanted to protect their legs from scratches. Men of high class had tights made for them in silk or fine wool for more comfort. The difference between tights and pantyhose is the thickness, which is defined in denier. If tights are footless they are called leggings.

    4_Stockings

    Stockings are a type of close fitting undergarment for women that covers the foot and leg and is made from nylon, silk, cotton or similar materials that have elastic features. Stockings were woven until the sewing machine was invented in 1589 and made production easier and therefore more popular for the general public. Before the 1920s, stocking were worn for comfort and warmth but as the hemlines of women’s dresses rose were needed to cover women’s legs. Stockings are different from pantyhose in the fact that they are two pieces worn separately on both legs and are held up not by panties but by either a garter, garter belt or a non-slip lining inside the top of the stocking.

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    Toe Socks

    Juni 21st, 2013

    Toe socks are socks that have separate compartments for each toe. They are also known as 5-toe socks or finger socks as they look similar to finger gloves. The earliest kind of toe socks were worn in the 16th century by the Japanese. They needed a special kind of sock that had one compartment for the big toe and one for the rest of the toes in order to be able to wear their ‘geta sandals’. The first pair of toe socks as we know them today was designed by Ethel Russel in 1969 who designed what he called ‘glove socks’. In the 1970s they became very popular for girls, worn in flip flops or clogs to keep the feet warm. Typically they were knee high and had metallic threads worked in and were sold in all colors.
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    Thigh-high Stockings

    Juni 21st, 2013

    Thigh-high stocking is the American English word for hold-ups. They are a type of stockings that are not held up by a garter or a garter belt but by elastic or sticky material that is sewn into the top part of the hold-ups. Hold-ups were first made of silk but only became largely popular when nylon was invented which made the production of hold-ups cheaper. The invention of the mini skirt helped hold-ups gain large popularity in the 1960s. Hold-ups can either be produced on a circular machine which leaves them seamless but can also be made with a flat knitting machine which includes a seam and is usually more expensive.
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    Knee-highs

    Juni 21st, 2013

    Knee-highs are a type of socks or stockings that reach up to or right under the knee and cover up the lower legs and feet. Stockings are mostly worn by women in western society and are different from socks as they are made of nylon or other stocking fabric. They became very popular with the invention of the mini skirt and were worn in many different colors, designs and transparencies. Knee-highs are worn to keep the lower legs and feet warm under a skirt or in boots to catch sweat.
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    Hold-ups

    Juni 21st, 2013

    Hold-ups, also better known as stay-ups or thigh highs are a type of stockings that are not held up by a garter or a garter belt but by elastic or sticky material that is sewn into the top part of the hold-ups. Hold-ups were first made of silk but only became largely popular when nylon was invented which made the production of hold-ups cheaper. The invention of the mini skirt helped hold-ups gain large popularity in the 1960s. Hold-ups can either be produced on a circular machine which leaves them seamless but can also be made with a flat knitting machine which includes a seam and is usually more expensive.
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    Undergarment

    Juni 21st, 2013

    An undergarment is a garment that is worn close to the skin under outer garments to keep the clothing clean from bodily secretions. Undergarments can be purely functional, fashionable erotic or religious. The loincloth was the first kind of undergarment that consisted just of a cloth that was wrapped around the hips and was worn by ancient Egyptians and Romans. In the Middle Ages more advanced undergarments became popular such as braies which were loose trousers that were worn underneath the outer garments. Undergarments have grown in important since and are now produced in many different colors and designs.
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    Stockings

    Juni 21st, 2013

    Stockings are a type of close fitting undergarment for women that covers the foot and leg and is made from nylon, silk, cotton or similar materials that have elastic features. Stockings were woven until the sewing machine was invented in 1589 and made production easier and therefore more popular for the general public. Before the 1920s, stocking were worn for comfort and warmth but as the hemlines of women’s dresses rose were needed to cover women’s legs. Stockings are different from pantyhose in the fact that they are two pieces worn separately on both legs and are held up not by panties but by either a garter, garter belt or a non-slip lining inside the top of the stocking.
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    Socks

    Juni 21st, 2013

    Socks are a short type of woven or knit stocking that reach a point between the ankle and the knee and are worn directly on the skin. Socks are worn for warmth, to keep the foot and shoe clean and to hide the ankle between the shoe and the hemline. The name “sock” comes from the word “soccus” which was the name for a loose fitting slipper in Latin. The earliest socks were found in the 8th century BC made of animal skin that was wrapped around the foot and ankle. Romans used leather and cloth to wrap around their feet and in the middle ages socks were a sign of wealth. In 1589 the sewing machine was invented, sped up the production and made them more popular. Now socks are made of various fabrics, in different colors and designs.
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    Pantyhose

    Juni 21st, 2013

    A pantyhose is a one-piece garment that consists of stretchable skintight stockings that are attached to a pair of underpants or panties. They cover the wearer’s body from the waist to the feet and keep it warm. The difference between pantyhose and tights is the thickness that is defined in denier. Pantyhose are lighter than tights with a denier below 40. Pantyhose first appeared in the 1960s as an alternative to stockings. In the 1920s the hemlines of women’s dresses were rising and therefore exposing more of the women’s legs which had to be covered. Stockings were unpractical because they kept on falling down. Performers started sewing their stockings to their panties and created “daddy long legs” as they were called at that time. Technology advanced and made the production of pantyhose with new materials possible and cheaper. Now they are available in many different colors and designs.
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    Tights

    Juni 21st, 2013

    Tights are a type of garment that is worn tightly on the body to cover from the waist or neck down for women or girls and are worn instead of stockings. Tights are one piece and usually made of nylon, cotton or lycra. They were first worn by men who were horseback riding and wanted to protect their legs from scratches. Men of high class had tights made for them in silk or fine wool for more comfort. The difference between tights and pantyhose is the thickness, which is defined in denier. If tights are footless they are called leggings.
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