Hosiery Terms

CONTROL TOP

Pantyhose with spandex knit in the top for comfortable, all over control.

DENIER

The thickness of yarn. The lower the denier number, the finer or sheerer the yarn.

LYCRA SPANDEX

Lycra is a registered trademark of Dupont, for their spandex fiber. Lycra is the most recognized name in spandex, used in sheer hosiery, socks and knee-highs. It's stretch and recovery properties provide superior fit and shape retention, comfort and/or support.

MICROFIBER

Nylon microfibers are approximately 60 times finer then a human hair. Legwear made with microfiber is extremely soft and has a luxurious feeling.

NYLON

Introduced by DuPont in 1939, it quickly replaced silk, cotton and rayon. Nylon is used alone or blended with spandex to create hosiery.

OPAQUE

Pantyhose made of yarn which produces a heavier appearance. Opaques are long wearing and great in cold weather.

PANA-FIT

An exclusive design by Berkshire used in their Queen Size styles. Comprised of a fuller fit stretch panel panty for more freedom to bend and move. 2 way stretch cotton crotch, proportionate sizing from ankle to thigh for a proper fit in the leg, and flexible no bind waistband.

REINFORCED TOE

Small reinforced section of the toe for added durability.

SHAPER TOP

Hosiery providing more control in the panty and thigh portion than control tops.

SANDALFOOT

Hosiery that is as sheer in the toes as in the leg.