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What is the difference between Pantyhose and Tights?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Jan 31, 2020

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J. Alva

J. Alva

Answered Oct 10, 2019

Pantyhose and Tights are two examples of leg garments. Both look very similar, and they cover right from the waist to your feet. Both wears make the wearer looks comfortable and smart. However, there are some differences between them. Pantyhose is often considered as hosiery, that is, undergarments that are worn on the legs, such as socks, stocking.

Pantyhose is not totally the same as stocking or sock because of it extents right from the waist of the wearer to the feet. In some parts of the world, pantyhose is known as tights, especially in the British. Tights are like a word for both thick and thin legwear. Most times, people wear pantyhose as undergarment because it is always seen as inappropriate to wear pantyhose alone without any other supporting cloth. Tights, on the other hand, can be worn on their own without any need for any supporting dress. Tights last longer compared to pantyhose


A. Daniels

A. Daniels, Professor, San Diego

Answered Sep 11, 2019

Pantyhose and tights are both leg garments. Pantyhose is a thin leg garment that is mainly worn by women as undergarment or lingerie. Pantyhose are also used to protect the legs. Pantyhose is made from a combination of different materials; it also gets thinner as you get to the leg area.

Tight is thicker than pantyhose. It is usually worn under a dress like pantyhose. Tights are often opaque, and they feel more elastic than pantyhose. Tight is mostly worn for athletic purposes, casual wear, and so on. Tight is made from a material that gives it a consistent form of thickness from top to bottom.


Chris Kenway

Chris Kenway, Content Writer, Jacksonville

Answered Sep 11, 2019

Pantyhose and tights are two different leg coverings, which start from the wearer's waist down to the feet. These garments generally serve the purpose of adding a touch of class and professionalism to a woman's outfit or appearance. Pantyhose are usually a replacement for stockings. Tights refer to a similar garment which is made from a slightly thicker material.

Pantyhose may range from 8 to 30 denier (the measurement used to determine the thickness or thinness of fabric). Tights, on the other hand, range from 40 to 100 denier. Also, pantyhose is technically considered as an undergarment or underwear. Many dress codes adhere to strict guidelines in which pantyhose or tights are required.


M. Jabrowsky

M. Jabrowsky, Bank Manager, Ohio

Answered Sep 03, 2019

For men, a pair of socks is enough to cover the feet and legs, but for women, there are more leg garments needed just like the pantyhose and tights. Both of these leg garments cover the waist down to the sole of the feet. They are often used to provide warmth, especially during winter months. They are also used as a beauty statement as they are available in different materials and colors. Women find confidence by using pantyhose and tights to hide skin imperfections such as scars, bruises, and varicose veins.

Though they have many similarities, they are also very different from one another. Pantyhose replaces stockings or the sheer garments people used before. It is also see-through and made from thin material, thus considered as an undergarment. Tights, on the other hand, are thicker and can be worn without any jeans or dress over it. Tights are available for both women and men.


Anthony Paul Bonadio

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Anthony Paul Bonadio, Teacher, MCA, PhD, Toledo

Answered Aug 27, 2019

Pantyhose and tights are known to be garments that you can use for the legs. Pantyhose is normally used when you would like to protect your legs. These are usually sheer and the legs are still a bit visible underneath. Tights are known to be more opaque and they are also more elastic. They are normally used by people who would like to dance.

Pantyhose is normally made out of synthetic fiber and nylon while tights can be made out of cotton and also a bit of nylon to make it more stretchable and ideal for dancing. Some people wear tights as pants but it will be weird for people to wear pantyhose without anything else.


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