What's the Difference between Sheer and Opaque?
Kelsey Minarik, the CEO and Founder of RejuvaHealth - one of our favorite brands - explains the difference between sheer and opaque stockings below.
Don't have time to watch? In short, opaque stockings and sheer stockings are equally effective. The difference is mostly in the "look" of the stocking. Opaque socks are thicker and usually have a richer color. With opaque, you won't be able to see your skin tone through the fabric. Or, if you held it up to the light, you wouldn't see any light come through. Sheer stockings, on the other hand, would let the light shine through. You can usually see your skin tone through the stocking, and air can more easily pass through the fabric. These properties make sheer options great for spring and summer when the weather heats up. Check out the stockings Kelsey is showing off in the video here. If you want the opaque look of a knee high sock (very popular right now!) for summer, look for fabrics that will be breathable and will wick away excess moisture. Cotton, all-season wool and moisture-wick nylon are great options. Sigvaris has great cotton and all-season wool options, and Sockwell has great wool options.