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HISTORY OF THE COLLANT
08 Feb

Where the tights are born?

When we talk about tights we inevitably talk about nylon. Before this time there were women's stockings, also embroidered, but mainly made of silk and used mostly by the noble class.

The invention of nylon thread dates back to 1937 by W.H. Canothers, Julian Hill and other researchers from the DuPont Company. In the same year, the first tights were born in a single color, nude or flesh-colored.
The invention of nylon thread made it possible to wear a garment that was previously reserved only for women of high social extraction, since the stockings were made of precious material, such as silk, and were not accessible to the lower ranks of the female population.

However, the use of tights became really popular starting in the 1960s, thanks to inventation of miniskirt by Mary Quant's.From this very moment, tights entered the fashion field fully, while until then they had mainly assumed a function of protecting the lower abdomen, legs and feet from the cold.
In these years, however, they were worn under miniskirts with an aesthetic function, while maintaining flesh and black colors.
A decade later, tights began to appear varied in pattern, denier number (heaviness in terms of the fabric pattern) and shape.

In Italy, the first tights were produced by Rhodiatoce, marketed under the Nylon Rhodiatoce - Scala d'Oro brand, initially in nylon only. It is important to remember that in the mid-1980s, Italy was the world's leading producer of women's hosiery in the world and was the reference point par excellence for women's underwear fashion.

Overcome discomfort

Every woman can confirm that one of the main problems with tights is that they tend to get damaged due to stretch marks, holes and tears. Over the years, the production process of tights has gradually improved. Tights are often made with the addition of a synthetic fibre, elastane. With the introduction of elastane in the production process of tights, they have acquired greater elasticity, becoming much more resistant than in the past. In fact, tights with elastane, containing elastic yarn, tend to tear less, reducing the effect of stretch marks and that of holes. 
Another problem to consider is that linked to the uncomfortable seams of tights. Fortunately, the latest generation tights are seamless and they are much more comfortable and pleasant to wear than the old models.

Not only aesthetic use of tights:

When we imagine a pair of tights we often think of the aesthetic function, but, of course, this product also allows us to keep our legs and feet warm. Obviously, to perform this function, the tights must be opaque and therefore have a thickness greater than 20 deniers.
It is also interesting to know that there are also relaxing and "graduated compression" tights which can be worn both to give relief if you suffer from swollen legs or ankles, and to stimulate blood circulation.

Curiosity: What does it mean that tights are measured in denier?

When we talk about deniers (DEN) we are going to identify both the thickness of the thread and the transparency of the tights and also the degree of pressure they exert on the legs and feet, which generates greater elasticity of the fabric. For this reason, the greater the number of deniers, the greater the thickness of the yarn, the lower the transparency and weight and the greater the compression, hence the elasticity. Instead a lower number of deniers will have a reduced thickness of the yarn, a lower weight, more sheer tights, less compression and elasticity.

How many types of tights are there?

It would not be possible to list the characteristics of all existing tights. These can be (to name a few types): elegant, casual, slimming, maternity, shaping, covering, sheer, transparent, thermal, resistant etc ...

What is certain is that tights are almost always present in a woman's wardrobe, precisely in honor of her versatility and the ability to carefully define the profile of the leg, hide imperfections and create an elegant effect especially if combined with some care with our outfits.

However, you can come and visit our e-commerce and find out which type of tights is most suitable for you!