About Stockings

Today I will talk a bit about stockings.  
Stockings are inevitable for any true fan of vintage fashion. My opinion is that today nobody makes stockings like those from the 40's and 50's to early 60's when they started adding Lycra, except for one factory called Cervin. 
I am delighted by their choice of combination and colors, especially with nylon quality.
Stockings most similar to the originals from the 50's are gorgeous Cervin Havana Couture 15 denier Fully Fashion stockings with Cuban heel
My favorite brand for everyday wear is Clio RHT stockings very durable, wonderful natural colors and
smooth satin touch.

Another one Christel stockings  are made for by Eleganti in England on the original 1950's Reading flatbed knitting machines. They say "our nylons look just the same as those of the 1940's and 50's"...well they are beautiful but the quality of the nylon is sadly not the same. Those retro look stockings are more sensitive then old originals.  
Only Christel have stockings with contrasting seam in red and I adore them for it ..... unfortunately, they do not renew the stock.

For those who are interested in acquiring high-quality nylon stockings I recommend Stockings HQ. They have the largest and most diverse selection of stockings and the best prices too.

The first fine gauge silk stockings for women appeared in the 1920th
During World War II and the shortage of nylon and silk, stockings are made of reyon. After the war the production of silk stockings came to an end, to be replaced with nylons.
1939. Nylon, which has been recently discovered by William Carothers, is used as a textile fibre and on the 
15th May 1940. (the famous "Nylon Day") 4 million pairs of nylon stockings go on sale on the US market.
1967 arrival of the Mary Quant and the mini skirt on the fashion scene marked decline in sales of stockings in favor of tights.


Fully Fashioned ( FF ) stockings
You will recognize FF stockings by seam and finishing loop on the welt."Fully-fashioned stockings are knitted flat, and the two sides are united afterwards by a seam up the back. As a result of decreasing stitches over the calf to make the hose narrower in the ankle, small "fashion markings" or loops are visible running parallel to either side of the seam. The popularity of the full fashioned stockings, at a peak immediately after World War II, has declined since the introduction of seamless hosiery."

Reinforced Heel and Toe ( RHT )
or Seamless stockings
"The stress areas such as the toe or heel have been strengthened with yarns of heavier denier. The knit of reinforced areas of stockings is normally plain (flat) knit, as micromesh is more inclined to snag."
Sandal Heel 
"Stocking without reinforcement in the heel area. The exact same knitting is used as in the boot or leg of the stocking. Enjoys a popular appeal thanks to the open-heeled or sling-back shoe."
Sandal Foot
"This is a nude toe, meaning no heavier yarn in the toe than is in the leg."

You can read anything and everything about classic stockings on Ho_Hose page

photos are taken from Touchable site



CLICK HERE to see my own collection of stockings.


  1. What a coincidence, was just checking Cervin’s catalog before I visit your blog. Loved the post!

  2. Thanks Ana.I wrote this post because a lot of people do not have the slightest idea about nylon stockings.


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