If you are new to buying stockings and suspenders it is easy to chose the cheapest pair in the department store. That is perfect to get you started and used to wearing them, but after trying different brands, deniers and fabrics you will soon realise that, like anything, you get what you pay for.
Here are a few points to note when choosing your stockings:
This is a guide to how thick your stockings will be. A single strand of silk is 1 denier, whereas 70, for example, is opaque (i.e. hosiery you can't see through). The opaques are great for adding warmthand are more durable due to being thicker. The most popular choice is around 10-15 denier which gives a beautiful sheer finish and has the added benefit of slimming your leg.
There are two types of seamed stockings (but we also do seamed hold ups). The first being where the seam is sewn on after the stocking is made, the second is where the seam is used to sew the stocking together on a traditional loom, these are known as fully fashioned. These fully fashioned stockings (FFS) come in different designs of heel:-
1. Point Heel - The original design where the reinforced heelends in a point before tapering into the seam. See an example.
2. Cuban Heel - The reinforced heel is squared off, and then tapers into the seam. See an example.
This is the top part of the stocking where you attach the suspender belt, and can be thick, thin, flat, or covered in lace.
Silk and Nylon Stockings
100% silk stockings are truly amazing, and incredibly rare. They don't have any stretch in them due to there being no lycra. Similarly 100% nylon stockings are traditionally made by hand to exact sizing - so again, choose your exact size.
The quality of the suspender belt is paramount to the amount of comfort you will get when wearing your stockings. The more straps, the more secure the stockings will feel. The metal clasps are perfect for all day long durability and the plastic straps are great for a few hours. See our range. If in doubt, we would recommend the Cervin suspender belt.
If you aren't sure about anything, please feel free to contact us.