Tights, Leggings, and Stockings: When, Where, and How to Wear

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Difference of Tights, Leggings, and Stockings

Tights, Leggings, and Stockings are sometimes mistaken to be one and the same. Though they are all made to fit your legs, they have major differences in when, where, and how to wear them.

Stockings

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Stockings are made of thin material that tends to be transparent. It composed of material like rayon, silk, and mixed fabric. They are used as an undergarment that would cover the leg up to just above the knee or mid-thigh. It later evolved into something called pantyhose which meant that the stocking would keep going up and act as a pair of panties too. They are mostly worn undergarment in a formal wear. It is more of a support item with formal wear. Among the three, stockings are made of the thinnest materials and can be pretty sheer.

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Tights

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Tights are usually footed, which means that they cover the entire leg from toes to waist. They are typically designed to be worn underneath other garments like skirts or cropped pants, and tend to be made of thin or otherwise lightweight material. Its material falls something in between Stockings and Leggings. It comes in variety of designs and colors and can be used for many occasions depending on the type you choose to go with. They are a great item to have to keep your legs warm in the cold winter months. They are translucent, therefore they cannot be worn as a standalone garment.

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Leggings

Leggings

Leggings, on the other hand, can usually be worn either under other clothing or on their own as pants. It is rare to find footed leggings, and most are made of substantial, heavyweight fabric that is designed to stretch and move with the body. Among the three, it has the thickest material. They are a good substitute for pants and can be worn with a variety of tops. They add a more trendy and casual vibe to the outfit. Leggings are footless, worn best with ballet flats or with boots and booties (with socks).

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Final word:

Tights and Stockings are undergarments. Always wear them with clothes. Cover it up! Unless you’ll end up, naked in the streets.

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