Modern hosiery contains lycra which makes it very stretchy and sizing is not so important. Although some stockings in the 1940s and 1950s were made from stretch nylon, most of our stockings are made from non stretch nylon which makes sizing critical - and sizing will vary from style to style.
Retro Seamed Stockings and Fishnet Hosiery
Our Retro Seamed Stockings are made from 15 denier stretch nylon with elastane, which means that just 2 sizes cover sizes 4-14, 5ft to 5ft 11. The stretch nylon also means that the welts (stocking tops) stretch which make them comfortable for larger thighs.
Fully Fashioned Stockings
Our Fully Fashioned Stockings are designed to fit the average woman - size 8 to 12. If you are toward the bottom of the height chart as well as being a smaller dress size then it would be worth considering going down one size (most of our models take a size smaller than that recommended for their height). Again, if you are towards the top of the height chart and a size 18 it would be worth considering going up one size.
Although our Fully Fashioned Stockings are made from 100% non stretch nylon the welts do have some give which makes them comfortable for larger thighs.
Seamed and Seam-Free Stockings
All of our 15 denier seamed, contrast seamed and rht stockings are made in the same factory and their sizing tends to be skimpy. With the exception of stockings with blue or red welts, the welts do not stretch which makes them uncomfortable for larger legs (over a size 16).
These stockings are designed to fit mid thigh, which makes them ideal for wearing with a girdle that finishes lower on the leg. If you are towards the top of the height/weight chart and would like your stockings to sit higher on the leg then it would be worth considering going up one size. Most of our models wear the size recommended on the packaging for their height/weight.
Vintage Stocking Sizing
Stockings used to be sized as follows:
8.5 = foot size 5
9 = foot size 6
9.5 = foot size 7
10 = foot size 8
10.5 = foot size 9
11 = foot size 10
Unfortunately, nothing in life is that simple! This doesn't take into account the width of the leg or the stretch of the stocking (in addition, one modern fully fashioned stocking company still use the old size numbers but they do not equate to the real old sizes!)
Where companies divide the above into 3 sizes they should come into the following brackets:
Small = 8.5 to 9.5
Medium = 9 to 10
Large = 9.5 to 10.5