Product Information

In order to help you to make the right purchase decision, we would like to give you hosiery information on:

Guide to Sheerness & Denier

Most "regular" sheer hosiery available in retail stores is in the 15-20 Denier range, which is in many cases not even mentioned on the package. There is no such thing as perfect sheerness, as each grade of sheerness is a combination of advantages and drawbacks. The consumer's final choice will depend on individual preferences and priorities: an opaque product will be able to cover irregularities of the skin, it is very durable and has a somewhat better warming effect than a sheer product, but it does not provide the same soft feeling and the sensational look of sheer hosiery. On the other hand a great looking skin can be tremendeously enhanced by the cosmetic touch of sheer hosiery, with a phantastic range of shades and a sensational feeling - but it breaks easier and has less warming effect the sheerer it gets. Ultrasheer luxury hosiery is not much different from luxury cosmetics: expect to wear it once only and a new one next time - and consider it a bonus if due to proper care and perhaps some good luck you may be able to wear it more than once! If you expect ultasheer hosiery to last you will be disappointed, and you should be very careful (in fact we recommend you wear rubber gloves) when you put it on, so your finger nails, toe nails or any other sharp objects do not accidentally damage it - and a damage can not be repaired. For everyday use and to be used more than just once, 15-20 Denier is perfectly OK. It looks good, feels good and lasts reasonably well. Thinner hosiery is doubtless more spectacular in any respect, but apart from not lasting very long it is also much more expensive, which is not appreciated by average consumers. We are specialized in some ultrasheer, ultrafeminine and attractive hosiery, and you will in fact find the sheerest hosiery money can buy, but we recommend it only for special occasions, and for customers who truly appreciate the difference.

60+ Denier Opaque
30-50 Denier Semi-Opaque
20 Denier Sheer Standard
15-19 Denier Very Sheer
10-14 Denier Supersheer
up to 9 Denier Ultrasheer

Guide to Gussets/Panels/Crotches

Gussets were invented to increase the comfort of wearing pantyhose by adding some extra material where the two legs join, and where there is usually the greatest deal of material tension. Pantyhose with gusset is generally more expensive than without, and there are different types of gussets.

A regular gusset is basically made of similar material as the pantyhose itself, but stronger.
A cotton gusset enjoys increasing popularity as it provides the comfort of cotton underwear and makes it suitable to wear the pantyhose without underwear. Products with cotton gusset are more expensive than those with regular gussets. Cotton gussets are comfortable and hygienic, and they enjoy increasing popularity.
A comfort gusset is often used for the largest pantyhose sizes. Starting between the legs with the tip of a v-shape it stretches to the right and left side of the waistband at the back of the pantyhose, adding extra material to fit larger body sizes.
An open gusset is often preferred for improved ventilation and freshness as it combines some advantages of stockings and pantyhose. A good option for this is our product OPEN SECRET. You may however also appreciate the fact that any existing gusset can be opened by carefully cutting it out within its seams.

Guide to Reinforcements

There are and have traditionally been three parts of hosiery, where material reinforcements are desirable, usually for reasons of better durability: The brief part of pantyhose, the heels and the toes.
Reinforced heels have their origin rather in getting the heel shaped than in improving durability. They are in fact technically obsolete. All sheer heels are currently common (and by most consumers considered more attractive), and can be expected on all our products.
The cheapest and most common reinforcement of the brief part is the boxer shape: simple straight reinforcement above a certain leg level. Not special and not particularly attractive, either. None of our products has this kind of reinforcement. Attractive, sexy and convenient reinforcements are v-shaped hi-linebriefs, which allow the pantyhose to be sheer to waist on the outer sides of the legs. They can be straight or with lacey ornaments, turning the pantyhose into a great looking piece of lingerie. Thanks to the previously mentioned cotton gusset there is also no need for additional underwear.
Sheer to waist products have no reinforcement, and in many cases also a cotton gusset. The only slight reinforcement in good quality sheer to waist hosiery is about half an inch on either side of the main seam that connects the two leg parts, which is purely to increase durability.
The toe area is a rather critical part for reinforcements: Toenails can be dangerous for sheer hosiery, and reinforcements in this area are very useful. The drawback: they look rather ugly when sandals are worn! A compromise: The shadow toe and the sandal toe, an effective reinforcement which is almost invisible when worn. The last option is absolutely no reinforcement of the toe area. This provides a flawless look with sandals, but it is the most sensitive part of the product as far as potential damage is concerned.

Guide to Seams

Top quality hosiery has flatlock seams, and it can be said that all pantyhose with cotton gusset has flat seams. These seams add comfort, leave no pressure marks and are less noticeable through clothing, which is only surpassed by BARE SECRET, the only product we have with a completely seamless body part.

Guide to Lycra/Elastane

Lycra is the registered trademark of DuPont for their elastane, which is mostly used in hosiery, and which comes in different qualities and generally makes hosiery fit better and feel better. It adds softness, strenght and durability, and while a higher content of Lycra adds to the quality and price of a product, the ultimate development in look, fit and feeling is Lycra3D with 3-way stretch, but unfortunately the highest price, too.

Guide to Colours

Some colours used in the hosiery industry are unfortunately rather meaningless to customers who hear them for the first time. We can for now give you the following rough indication and description of such colours in our range, but we are planning to actually show all colours in our online catalogue in the not too distant future:

Vaguely Black (V-BLACK), Nearly Black (N-BLACK): somewhat warmer than common black
Fume: dark Grey/Gray
Ferro: light Grey/Gray
Blu: dark blue
Cipria, Duna: light skin shades
Nude, Daino & Honey: skin shades
Visone, Illusion, Creta, Tan: slight to medium tan
Bronzo: strong tan
Muskat: darker, less colourful brown
Glace: dark brown
Bare Gold: skin shade with golden shimmer
Natural: very light colour, somewhere half way between nude and white

Please note that the above descriptions can only be a rough guideline, and in fact even pictures would not be much more than that. The actual colour that appears when the hosiery is worn depends on the skin colour underneath, on the sheerness of the product, type and ratio of Lycra content, but it also varies in different light conditions!