Many of us remember the old fashion stockings from years past. Gradient support stockings have only been around for a little over 60 years but the changes are astronomical. A great deal of time and money has been spent by the manufacturers on research and development for making stockings more sheer, with better fit and greater durability. This coupled with the development of new knitting machines and yarn technologies has created stockings that no longer look like grandma’s support hose and are barely recognized as support stockings.
Sheer support stockings have been on the market for many years and have undergone significant changes recently. The 8-15 and 15-20 mmHg sheer stockings were made to show the skin tone thru the stockings so they did not look like support stockings. The heavier stockings resembled “tights” in thickness of the fabric with an added sheen and were designed for the 20-30mmHg and the 30-40mmHg compressions. This is not true anymore. SIGVARIS has recently announced a new stocking line called “EverSheer“. This stocking is touted by SIGVARIS to be the sheerest in its class as seen on the accompanying chart.
The EverSheer stocking comes in a 20-30 mmhg, knee-high, thigh-high and waist-high pantyhose. The stocking colors – natural, suntan and black – are true to their names. The spandex is double-wrapped to keep the spandex off of the skin which helps to eliminate irritated skin and enable the stocking to be easier to don and more durable. The stockings provide excellent breathability and moisture management as well as feeling soft on the skin.
SIGVARIS designed a new top for the thigh-high (patented Sensinnov thigh high band). This band is not your regular dot band or lace band. It is a looser fitting French style band that does not use pressure to hold up the stocking. It uses the new “sticky” silicone to keep the stocking in place with less skin irritation and has excellent moisture management.
For some, important as sheerness is the life span of the stockings. Vanda estimates that her stockings last about 4-6 months. She is very careful in donning and doffing her support stockings, washes them in hot water (in a lingerie bag), uses a non -phosphate detergent, and dries them in her dryer on low heat. Even with great care she still has accidents and manages to put a hole or a run in them. You should wash your stockings in hot water after each wearing as this restores the compression of the stockings. What is critical in the sheer (and other stockings) is the fit. Not all of us are the same weight, height, and body structure. When you pick a stocking, please call one of our Certified Fitter and they will assist you with the stocking that is right for your body structure.
You may receive assistance in ordering any of our wonderful products we carry by calling us at 1-800-515-4271. We have certified fitters on staff to help you in determining what products would best suit your needs. We can also assist you in placing your Jovipak® orders – even the custom orders. Simply call 1-800-515-4271. We look forward to hearing from you! After all, We’re Here To Support You! Remember, being compliant with wearing your Jobst, Mediven, Sigvaris, or Juzo compression stockings and support hose is the key to keeping your legs and body healthy. Thank you for shopping with Support Hose Store.
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