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Ever wondered about denier?

Lots of people ring or write and ask us what does denier mean and how can they differentiate between them. We thought it might be a good idea to give our visitors a bit of information on denier that they might find useful and informative. This information is designed to make their task easier when choosing hosiery.

Denier usually means the thickness or weight of the yarn that is used when the hosiery is made. Normally the higher the denier the thicker the fabric and of course the lower the denier the finer and more sheer the appearance. When you get a low denier it usually means that the product is much more fragile than that of a high denier product and although very sheer it is more prone to snagging, laddering and general damage.

There are different words used to describe hosiery and for the most part, these words and terminology don’t necessarily reflect the product in any way. We decided it would be best to simply outline what these words and terminology really mean. We hope you find the list below useful. If there is anything else you would like to know about denier or anything else to do with hosiery for that matter, please feel free to give us a call.

Ultra Sheer

Normally this terminology is used when talking about products that are 10 denier or below. They are normally used in the summer months as they are light and airy or for very special evenings out. This product is designed to make your legs look as if you’re not wearing hosiery at all but is aimed at smoothing your legs and giving an even skin tone.

Normally ultra sheer hosiery is designed to be worn with sandals or very strappy shoes. This makes them ideal for the summer months or for those gorgeous strappy sandals that you purchased for that big night out!

We have put a collection of ultra sheer products together for you. Why not take a look. Ultra Sheer


It’s usual for this hosiery to be between 10 and 20 denier. Mostly, woman wear sheer hosiery during warmer weather and can be purchased in different colours and finishes. Obviously, the 20 denier products will be more durable than the 10 denier and will lend themselves to greater wear and tear. If you are undecided as to which finish to chose why not try matt for a flawless natural look or go for the glossy look if you want to get your legs on show!

Again these products lend themselves to be worn with sandals or strappy shoes given that they normally have a sheer toe.

Once again, we’ve put a collection of sheer products together for you. Take a look and hopefully you’ll find something you like. Sheer Tights

Semi Opaque

Products that are between 30 and 40 denier are usually termed as semi opaque. They are strong and will last a lot longer than sheers and yet your legs will remain quite visible. This hosiery is designed to give great coverage and can be purchased in an array of colours.

Trendy and wearable we thought you might like to look at our collection of semi opaque products so here is there link Semi Opaque


Between 40 and 70 denier, opaque hosiery gives a girl great coverage. You’ll find it hard to see your legs through this fabric as it’s thick and warm. This product is perfect for chilly Autumn days. Coming in the most fabulous colours that can truly enhance your wardrobe. This product looks sensational with boots and skirts and can be worn for smart or casual. Why not take a look at the opaque’s that we have chosen for you. Opaque

Thick Opaque

Normally 70 denier upwards, now where would a girl be without these? Winter brings with it all the frosty mornings and cold evenings. We all need to keep our pins warm at this time of year and never better with a product such as this. These opaque’s are perfect for protecting your legs against the weather and are very durable and strong. Again worn with your favourite boots you’ll look stunning in these. Take a look at what we’ve prepared for you. Thick Opaque