Women’s Hosiery & Socks

Women’s hosiery and socks can add flair to almost any outfit. Whether paired with a dress, jeans, or shorts, these fun fashion accessories are a way to express your unique style. Even as everyday casual wear, women’s socks are a wardrobe staple, and adding a little color or pattern to your feet is a fun way to accessorize.

What is women’s hosiery?

Women’s pantyhose, tights, and stockings are typically referred to as hosiery.

  • Pantyhose: This piece of women’s hosiery covers the entire leg, including the foot. Pantyhose typically sits waist high and are made of thin or sheer material. These are also referred to as nylons and are typically available in nude colors or black.
  • Tights: This hosiery piece is typically thicker and softer than pantyhose. Tights may be completely opaque or sheer and are available in a variety of colors, prints, and styles. Tights may be footed, or they may only cover the leg down to the ankle, making them an appropriate style for both business and casual attire.
  • Stockings: Traditionally, this type of women’s hosiery is referred to as thigh-high stockings. Typically, stockings cover from the foot the mid-thigh and are worn with garters and a garter belt.

What are women's fashion socks?

Fashion socks feature imprinted patterns, colors, and designs. These socks are for everyday wear and are worn to add a bit of fashion in place of traditional white or black socks. They are typically covered by shoes or pants, making them a fun addition to the most casual of outfits.

Are stockings always worn with garters?

No, stockings are not always worn with garters. Traditional women’s stockings are worn this way, but knee-high women’s stockings are also referred to as knee-high socks. Instead of nylon, these stockings are constructed of cotton and would look very out of place with garters.

What can be paired with stockings?

Traditional thigh-high stockings are paired with garters and may be used as women’s lingerie. For more formal attire, stockings can be paired with garters and worn beneath suits or dresses that are long enough to avoid exposing the garters. Knee-high socks, on the other hand, are thought of as casual attire. They can be paired with mini or knee-length skirts, tall boots, or simply used to keep the calves warm in cold temperatures.

What can be paired with tights?

Tights are available in a variety of patterns and colors including polka dots, fishnets, ribbed, striped, and lace. This makes them an extremely versatile wardrobe piece. Because the majority of tights vary in sheerness, they are typically worn beneath shorter attire such as dresses. They pair very well with heels, boots, and flats, and they can also be worn as a statement piece if they feature a dramatic pattern.