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Deniers: What does it mean?
Technically denier relates to the weight (i.e. thickness) of the yarn from which
hosiery is woven, (in case you are interested, 1 denier means that 9,000 meters of yarn weighs 1 gram).
Generally the lower the denier, the sheerer the appearance and the more fragile the
The terms sheer tights, ultra sheer tights, opaque tights and thick tights are referred to frequently. We have outlined below what we mean by each of these terms and how they relate to denier.
Ultra sheer hosiery is ideal for achieving a bare leg look. Available in a wide
variety of deniers and shades to suit your skin tone, ultra sheer hosiery smoothes
out blemishes and keeps your legs cool during the hot summer months.
Most ultra sheer products will also have sheer toes, making them ideal to wear
with strappy sandals. Some may also have a sandal toe which means that the
weave is ever so slightly thicker on the toe compared to the rest of the leg.
Sheer hosiery is a must-have summer item for every woman’s hosiery draw. Much like
ultra sheer, sheer hosiery is available in an array of colours, deniers and
finishes but, being a slightly thicker denier, will be a little more durable for
everyday wear. Opt for matt finishes for a natural look and go for shine for a more
Sheer hosiery can have both sheer toes and sandal toes, which again is
great for wearing with strappy sandals or open toe shoes.
Semi-Opaque hosiery is stronger and longer lasting than sheer. It will give your
legs more coverage but your skin will remain quite visible. We have some great
semi-opaque hosiery available in an assortment of bright and everyday colours from
leading brands including Jonathan Aston and Pamela Mann.
Opaque hosiery will give your legs great coverage and unlike semi-opaque tights, your skin
will be far less visible. We have an extremely wide selection of opaque hosiery
available in lots of colours from brands such as Emilio Cavallini and Falke.
Perfect for winter, opaque tights are also great during springtime weather teamed with
shorts and skirts.
Thick opaque hosiery is a god-send during winter, especially if you want to keep
your legs warm when wearing your favourite LBD to all those Christmas parties! If
you don’t like wearing trousers in the winter months, thick opaque tights are ideal for
keeping your legs protected from the elements, plus they’re extra durable. Also due
to their thickness the colour on your leg will be strong and give a clear outline
to your legs.
Every woman needs mega thick opaques for winter! Mega thick opaque’s are great
alternatives to leggings and woolly tights. They give your legs complete coverage
at all times. They are also great if you want a strong and solid colour on your
leg. We have mega thick opaques available in an assortment of colours – perfect
for making your legs stand out or alternatively go for a classic black.
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