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When it comes to pantyhose, you either love to love them or love to hate them. Unfortunately, the choice to wear them or not may be out of your hands, especially when certain employers make them a dress code rule and some occasions call for them. Whether you think they're a relic of the past or a must-have for every girl, knowing the different types of pantyhose available makes choosing and wearing the right pair a lot simpler.
Control Top Pantyhose
Control tops are the pantyhose to go for if you want to hold in that tummy or make your derriere a little less bootylicious. They are made with an attached spandex panty that helps hold you in for a trimmer, sleeker look beneath your clothes.
Sheer to Waist
Pantyhose minus the "panty" look of control tops are called sheer to waist, because they're just that -- sheer to the waist. This means that the sheerness of the hose runs from the tips of your toes up to your waist without interruption. If you're a snag queen when it comes to pulling on pantyhose, proceed with caution when wearing this style. Unlike other types of stockings that are reinforced at the waist, these can snag (and run) all over.
Ultra Sheer Pantyhose
Ultra sheer pantyhose are a blessing for girls who loathe the idea of pantyhose, but have to wear them because of the occasion or necessity. The denier (a.k.a. the weight and thickness of the pantyhose) is the lowest of all the rest, which makes this hosiery the finest. The barely there look of these is the next best thing to going au naturale; however, this type of pantyhose is often more expensive and can put a drain on your wallet. If the look is worth the cost, handle them with care -- these babies are fragile and easy to snag.
Reinforced Toe or Sandalfoot Pantyhose
When considering wearing pantyhose, you'll also need to think about what type of shoe you'll be wearing with them. Reinforced toe hose should be worn when wearing closed-toe shoes (like an amazing pair of pumps). That's because the this type of pantyhose has a thicker reinforcement at the toes to prevent them from getting snagged and aren't exactly what you want peeping out from your shoes. Sandalfoot pantyhose are better suited for those open shoes where your toes will be visible to all. Unlike reinforced hose, the entire foot is sheer and will be susceptible to runs if snagged.