Denier - explained

Buying tights online can be difficult if you're not sure what you're looking for, so we've put together some important little pieces of information to help you select the right pair:

Denier - explained

Denier refers to the thickness of the yarns used to knit a pair of tights. The higher the denier, the thicker the fabric!

Sheer Tights

Deniers lower than 20 are referred to as sheer tights. Sheer tights are made of fine yarns, offering a light leg coverage. Sheer tights are available in a variety of finishes including matt (none shiny), gloss (shiny) and natural (somewhere in between!).

The delicate nature of low denier tights must be taken into consideration when handling your sheers. As each strand of nylon yarn is thin, they are susceptible to tearing if they are put under too much stress – say from a snagged finger nail for example – and so extra care must be taken when handling your sheers.

Our technical team are constantly working to improve ladder-resist technology so your sheers last longer! Often sheer tights are the perfect option in warm weather, when thicker tights may be uncomfortable and you'd prefer a light leg coverage rather than bare legs.

When considering which colour sheer tights to purchase, it's best to opt for a shade close to your natural skin colour, to give your legs a lovely sunkissed glow.

Opaque Tights

The world of opaque tights begins at 30 denier and above. As the word suggests, opaque tights offer a thicker leg coverage, meaning you won't be able to see the skin of your leg through the fabric of the tights.

Due to the thickness of the yarns in opaque tights, higher deniers tend to be much studier than sheer tights, and will therefore last longer than sheers if good care is taken when handling them.

Opaque tights are often plain designs, with little or no pattern, available in a huge array of colours.

Black opaques are a staple for any wardrobe as they are so versatile and go with just about any outfit.

Opaques are the tights of choice in colder weather – as a general rule, the higher the denier the warmer you'll be.

The highest denier available at Pretty Polly are the amazing cosy Fleecy Opaques range at a whopping 200 denier!