Materials used for stockings are silk, nylon, spandex and microfibers. There are different types of stockings and several of these are the demi-toe, fishnet, matte, nude heel, opaque, reinforced heel and toe, sandal foot, seamless, thigh high, sheer and ultra sheer. Average colors run from white to nude to brown to black. Bold colors are mostly for tights, which have higher denier than stockings.
Garters or suspender belts help hold up the stockings in place. Stockings earlier did not have the elastic knitted on the top band and suspender belts or garters were used. Nowadays, one can pick out from a non-elastic top to stay-ups.
Aside from functionality, stockings now are applied for treatment and prevention of medical conditions for the feet and legs like edema and varicose veins. Stockings for these are called support stockings or compression stockings and they are elastic to cut down the stress of the blood vessels of the legs. They are designed to improve the wellness of the legs and feet.
Stockings are said to flatter women’s legs because of the work of light. It causes the legs seem sleeker and more aglow. One guideline: it is only the wearer who knows that she is wearing stockings. The onlookers will wonder if she is wearing one or not.