Denier is a very important term when it comes to hosiery but many people don’t know what it means and how it helps in buying the right hosiery.
So let us talk about denier, how the denier scale works, and what the denier numbers mean in legwear. Denier is a unit of density measurement used to know the thickness of the material. The lower the denier, the finer the yarn, sheerer the tights are. The higher the denier, the more opaque are the hosiery and hence more warm.
In general, high denier hosiery is thicker, stronger, more opaque and more durable. Low denier hosiery is lighter, less thick and sheerer. Sheer tights and stockings often have lower deniers.
Here is a simple guide to help you select the right hosiery. The Denier scale and its distribution is as follows-15 denier or less (Ultra sheer): This almost appears like not wearing hosiery at all. This denier range is ideal for hot weather and glamorous evenings. The downside is that this denier tends to be fragile.
15 to 30 denier (Sheer): This range is the fairly standard, classic hosiery denier. It is obvious that you’re wearing hosiery but it will give your legs an even, complete appearance.
30-40 denier (Semi-opaque): This range is not totally opaque but has the advantage of being stronger than sheer but still showing your skin through the texture.
40 denier up (Opaque): Any hosiery above 40 denier won’t show your skin underneath unless it’s really stretched when you bend your knee. It’s great for cold weather as it keeps your legs warm.