The different hosiery styles explained!

Tights, stockings, hold-ups.. At Hunkemöller you can find the hosiery you are looking for! But what exactly is the difference between e.g. a pair of tights and a hold-up? We will explain! You find a clear overview of the different hosiery styles so you know the differences between them and can choose the hosiery that suits your needs!

What are stockings?

You wear stockings with a garterbelt. Stockings are basically the same as a pair of tights but then without the pants. Most stockings sit upon your thighs but can vary in length. If you want to wear stockings, you'll need a garterbelt as well to keep them from sagging. Combining your stockings with a garterbelt is not only functional, but it also gives your look a sexy touch.


What are hold-ups?

Hold-ups are basically the same as stockings apart from the fact that you can wear them without a garterbelt. Hold-ups have silicon on the inner surface of its band which keeps your hold-up in place. Hold-ups spice up your outfit but are also perfect to wear underneath fitted garments as hold-ups don't have any visible seams such as tights.

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What are tights?

Thights cover your lower body from your waist down to the tips of your toes. Tights come in different deniers. Denier refers to the thickness of your tights and its sheerness. Tights around 10 denier are for example thinner and more sheer than thights around 60 denier. Thights come in many different designs, you have basic tights but also tights with (sexy) prints.


What is a suspender?

You wear a suspender over your knickers and attach its garters to your stockings. Suspenders come in different shapes, some you wear on your hips whilst others come up to your waist. Most suspenders have a rear hook fastening and 4-6 (adjustable) suspender straps with clips to attach them to your stockings.


Want to know more about hosiery? Find out how to wash your Hunkemöller hosiery on this page! Also discover our tips on how to put on and keep your hosiery without damaging it.