There is no feeling more luxurious than that of drawing sheer stockings up over smooth legs; of clipping that little garter onto the top and slipping our toes into a strappy leather pump! Quality stockings are one luxury we girls can indulge in that pleases our own senses as much as it pleases those who gaze upon our beautiful stockinged legs.
There are many types of stocking to choose from. When shopping, it helps to know what you're looking for so that you will not be disappointed in terms of style or quality. Here's a little lesson in stocking buying, care, and storage.
Cuban-Heel: have a heel made with folded over and sewn reinforcement.
Demi-Toe: have a reinforced toe with half the coverage on top as on the bottom.
Fishnet: knitted stockings with a very wide open knit resembling a fish net.
Fencenet: similar to fishnet, but with a much wider pattern.
Full-Fashioned or Seamed Stockings: flat-knitted and sewn with a seam up the back.
Hold-ups or Stay-ups: are held up by sewn-in elasticized bands, usually made of lace.
Matte Stockings: have a dull or non-luster finish.
Mock Seams: false seam sewn into the back of a seamless stocking.
Nude Heel: stockings without reinforcement in the heel area.
Opaque Stockings: made of heavier yarn which gives the stockings a heavier and less sheer appearance.
Sandalfoot: made with a nude toe, meaning no toe reinforcement.
Seamless: knit in one operation on circular machines so that no seaming is required up the back. Sheers: stockings of a 15 to 20 denier.
Always wash gently by hand with lingerie detergent. Never wring stockings! Lay freshly washed stockings flat on a dry bath towel, roll up the stockings within the towel and squeeze gently. Unroll, then carefully hang the stockings to dry.
Store stockings carefully folded inside a lined dresser drawer. For longer term storage, wrap and fold stockings in muslin or other 100% cotton fabric.By Ms Veronica of Femphone.com