Sheer Professional - guide to a natural look hosiery for work for Spring / Summer season

When looking for sheer natural coloured hosiery for work, consider the following points:

  • What kind of skin tone do I have?
  • Do I want a reinforced toe (greater strength) or unreinforced toe (good for peeptoe shoes and sandals)?
  • Do I want a matt look, a little shimmer or a high glamorous sheen?
  • Do I want tights, holdups/stayups or stockings?
  • How sheer do I want them to be?

What sheer low denier pair of tights, stocking or hold ups do:

A sheer pair of tights, stockings or holdups should act as a foundation; just as your skin foundation shouldn't create a mask on your face neither should your summer sheer tights. Instead their function is to even out the skin tone into one smooth uniform colour.

Covering up flaws

If your legs have some flaws that you want to hide or cover up, such as veins or scars, a sheer pair of tights won't cover them up. You can try a 20 Denier which is still pretty light and sheer. A pair with a shimmer can also deflect the eye from imperfections. Wolford Satin touch 20 are a great pair of tights: they have a glamorous sheen, cotton gusset, barely visible toe shadow reinforcement and come in a huge colour range (for the full colour range look online or visit a Wolford store directly - stockists such as House of Fraser or Fenwicks won't necessarily have the full range of colours).

Choosing a good colour for you:

When purchasing sheer tights in a natural tone you are looking to match your natural skin tone. Your legs should look 'intune' with the colour of the rest of your skin that is showing i.e. arms, face and neck.

Skin Tones

It can be hard to find a pair of tights in a great skin tone match. If you have an English Rose paler complexion or sunkissed then you will find there a lot more colour options than if you have darker Asian or African skin tones.

If you have a dark olive medditerian skin tone then Falke does a nice shade called Noisette.

If you are sunkissed from holiday names such as slightly sunkissd, bare gold (Aristoc) or natural tan are good indicators that they will be paler but with touch of colour.

If you have an Asian type skin tone the colour illusion from Aristoc may well suit your needs.Wolford do a wide range of colours in a lot of their tights: ranging from Mocca, caramel (great for darker skin tones) to cosmetic (great for pale skin tones).

Falke have brought out a new range of colours (Perfect Skin Colours): pale skin, beige skin, tanned skin and dark skin. You should be able to be much more specific with a colour match. I'd definitely recommend speaking to a consultant in a hosiery shop and look at their sample selections. You'll be able to see the subtle differences in colours between the brands, within their ranges and against your own skin tone.

Please find below a selection of tights, stockings and holdups that should take you through the summer. The sheers are graded in denier from ultra transparent, very fine low 5 denier up to 20 denier.

5 Denier

Wolford (tights)
  • Aura 5: Ultra transparent with a subtle shimmer. Reinforced toe, cotton gusset and soft knit waistband. Wide colour range
  • Individual 5: Super transparent with a smooth matt finish. Barely visible toe reinforcement, cotton gusset and soft knit waistband. Wide colour range
Aristoc (tights)
  • They have a sheer toe, deep comfort waistband, sheer to waist - in four colours (black, bare gold, illusion and nude)

8 Denier

  • Naked 8 Wolford (tights and stockings): These ultrafine, transparent look tights are light and airy for summer with a powdery (matt) finish.
    Tights: A soft comfortable knitted waistband, an unreinforced toe and a cotton gusset.
    Stockings: With a 4cm leg band
  • Lunelle 8(tights and Stockings): The legs have a soft tint of colour with a pearl like lustre. They feature flat seams, a soft waistband and unreinforced toes.

10 Denier

  • Aristoc(Tights and holdups) available in a matt finish: The tights are available in three colours, are sheer to the waist, have a deep waistband and sheer toes.
  • Aristoc (Tights, holdups and stockings): Ultra Shine finish. These are sheer to the waist and have a sheer toe.
  • Fond de Poudre (tights): These have a powder like softeness and an invisible reinforcement on the toe. A comfort waistband with a flat seam finish and cotton gusset.
  • Diamond 10 (tights and stockings): Have ladder resistant toes and a comfort waistband.
  • Individual 10 (tights, stocking and holdups): matt transparent look, soft to touch and smooth look and barely visible shadow toe reinforcement.
    Tights: soft knit waistband
    Holdups/stayups: 4cm visible wide leg band Stockings: A subtle band round the leg that doesn't cut in

12 Denier

  • Shelina (tights, toeless tights and toeless stay ups): Softly tinted colour with a soft shimmer and an unreinforced toe.

15 Denier

  • Fatal 15 (holdups/stay-ups): Seamless
  • Sheer 15 (tights): A matt transparent look. Unreinforced sandal toe, cotton gusset and a huge range of colours.
  • Pure Shine 15 (tights): elegant sheen with a delicate sheerness. Soft seam finish, durable toe and a high moisture absorbtion rate.
  • Seidenglatt 15 (tights, stockings and stayups): Has a mother of pearl sheen and ladder resistant toes.
    Tights: have a height adjustable waistband (for low waist skirts) and a cotton gusset.

20 Denier

  • Individual 20 (tights): A matt transparent look that is soft and smooth. A reinforced toe and a cotton gusset.
  • Satin Touch 20 (tights and stay ups): Glamorous sheen and a barely visible toe shadow reinforcement.
    Tights: Huge colour range and a cotton gusset.
    Stay ups: restricted colour range and a wide lace band round leg.
  • Aristoc (tights): a satin (has a shine) finish. Comes in three colour shades, has a deep waistband, sheer toes and is run resistant.

Bright Ideas - choose your denier to suit the sunny summer weather.

Putting on and caring for tights:

How to Get into a Tights Situation!

Further advice:

on purchasing Hold Ups, Stockings and Tights.