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Technical Hoisery Terms

Term used on packaging for how thick hosiery is
General guidelines: Less than 10 Denier =Ultra Sheer
10-20 Denier = Sheer
25-35 Denier = Semi-opaque
40+ Denier = Opaque

Technically denier relates to the weight (i.e thickness) of the yarn from which hosiery is woven, 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 product. However, it's not just denier alone, but compostition that plays a key part in the appearance or opaqueness of tights.

Man-made fibre introduced in 1938. It is the first and the oldest of the true synthetics. Chemically, nylon is a man made polyamide fibre. This fibre is famous for its strength, abrasion resistance, dimensional stability, soft hand, elasticity, and easy-washing hosiery and socks for its stretch and recovery properties, providing better fit and shape retention, comfort, and/or support.

Modern tights are made primarily of nylon, usually blended with a more robust and elastic synthetic such as spandex (also called elastane). Commonly, tights can also include small percentages of natural fibres, such as cotton, in their composition.