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Did you know what DEN means exactly for pantyhose?

Whether semi-transparent with the little black dress or opaque with an elegant skirt – tights always go. The selection is enormous, material, thickness and processing vary extremely. That’s why you should pay attention to the DEN number when buying pantyhose – Tikbow explains what it means.

What to consider when buying pantyhose

Tights with different DEN numbers are the make-up for the legs: they skilfully conceal small skin imperfections, red & lumps and provide a coherent outfit finish. Pale legs also look a bit brighter thanks to tights with a darker color. In general, however, you should always make sure that the color of the pantyhose matches your own skin color and does not deviate too much in tone.

The tights are made of very thin fibers, which makes them naturally sensitive. In the past, they were mainly made of nylon, but today they are mostly made of modern synthetic fibers such as polyamide and elastane, which is supposed to improve the fit and increase their durability. While fine tights work well in everyday life, shiny tights find their application mainly in figure skating or dancing. They are more robust and usually thicker than the fine pantyhose, running stitches have accordingly less chance.

And what does the DEN number mean?

Opaque tights are not translucent and are perfect for older days, as they have thicker threads. They are marked with a denier number, abbreviated DEN. The scale ranges from gauzy (10 DEN) to opaque (60 DEN). In the textile sector, the term denier is used to indicate the thickness of the yarn from which the tights are made. The site "" explains this with an example: "If a stocking or pantyhose has 20 denier, 9,000 meters of the yarn used weigh 20 grams (1 denier = 1 gram per 9,000 meters of yarn). In addition to the yarn itself, its processing also has an influence on the density of a stocking. For example, some manufacturers would additionally coat their yarns with polyamide to make their product more resistant. A fact that can lead to the fact that a stocking with a low DEN number can appear much more opaque than suspected.

Medical tights – prevent and heal

Compression tights are medical tights used as treatment for diseases of the venous and lymphatic system. Their effect is to exert a defined pressure on the tissue. This causes diseased veins to be pressed back to their normal size, and blood stagnation in the legs is relieved so that the blood can flow back to the heart unhindered.

Pantyhose, on the other hand, are not suitable for this purpose; they are intended exclusively for prevention, especially in the case of thrombosis. If you have a long flight or a workday that involves sitting down, pantyhose are a good remedy for heavy, tired legs. Because they are thinner and usually made of a softer material, they are much more comfortable to wear than medical compression tights.