Plus-size hosiery has become more important in
recent years as trends have moved towards
colorful and patterned tights, in addition to
classic sheer pantyhose appropriate for work or
special occasions. Some comes with
shapewear which is also popular with
many who like a body smoothing look under figure
conscious skirts and
Sheer, neutral hose has resurged in popularity
in recent years. Bare legs have become
less acceptable as
work places are swinging back
to more formal business attire requirements in
many industries and parts of the country.
The influence of the Duchess of Cambridge is
also driving this trend after it was noted that
even in casual, hot Los Angeles she was wearing
stockings during her official visit.
Sizes larger than a standard Queen Size are
hard-to-find off-line, but are reasonably common
at most plus-specialty e-commerce stops.
Wide or plus-calf trouser knee highs are another
specialty item more easily found on-line.
BoHo and trendy looks will sometimes layer
footless tights or leggings under skirts
and dresses. In the winter months, all
style tribes layer tights and socks under
Meanwhile, more practical specialty hosiery
engineered specifically for the needs of
diabetics and those with leg circulatory issues
is also more readily available on-line at good
For classic basics, available in
Just My Size
is the best resource for plus-size women up to
size 6X. There you will find day sheers in
a variety of tones both with and without re-inforced
toes, control top styles, and colored tights.
Wide-calf knee highs are also available for
the control top hose favored by many celebrities
and models. Higher end hosiery labels such as
Wolford, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Falke
are available from
Those shopping for patterned and
colored tights will often have good luck at the
plus-specialty retailers, in season, including
For extra quirky and trendy patterns
are the places to shop for sizes up to 3X.
Solid colored, tie dyed, and striped tights are
a specialty at
We Love Colors
where most styles are available in about 50
different colors in size S - XXXL. They carry
both footed and footless styles.
Fishnet and thigh high stockings
are most readily available from internet
Hips and Curves
has one of the classiest collections with sizes
frequently available as large as 6X.
Wool socks for hiking and as
winter boot liners, in addition to specialty
sports socks are available in an especially
diverse assortment of patterns and styles at
Sierra Trading Post.
Diabetic socks in extra soft cotton and moisture
wicking fabrics and athletic socks are available
from internet sock super store
Medical grade and circulation compression knee
highs in full calves are available at