Entertainment Fashion & Style All About Thigh Highs Share PINTEREST Email Print Getty Images/Jim Jordan Photography/The Image Bank Fashion & Style Lingerie & Swimwear Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Hair Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Marie Redding Updated November 07, 2019 "Thigh Highs" are a common term for thigh high stockings. They are a specific style of hosiery. Unlike full pantyhose, this style ends just about mid-thigh, instead of going all the way up to your waist. Exactly where a pair of thigh highs ends on your leg will depend on your height and inseam. Thigh High Styles There are two basic thigh high styles: stay-ups (the type that stays up on their own), and traditional (the type that doesn't). Thigh Highs that stay up on their own are also known as "hold-ups" in the UK. They use a combination of elastic, Lycra, nylon, and silicone to grip and not slip.Thigh Highs that don't stay up on their own are sometimes made from other types of fabrics that don't contain any stretch fibers like Lycra. Without the extra elastic or silicone at the top, these require wearing a garter belt to stay up on the leg. When to Wear Thigh Highs Thigh Highs are a great hosiery style to wear for any occasion. They are sexy for a date night. But thigh highs are also great to wear every day, even to work - as long as your skirt or dress is long enough to hide the top. And if you work in a cubicle or sit at a desk, it won't matter if a little skin shows every now and then. You may feel much more comfortable wearing thigh highs all day, instead of regular pantyhose - especially if your job involves a lot of sitting. When to NOT Wear Thigh Highs This hosiery style may not be the best choice if you're wearing a short skirt or would be embarrassed if the top of the stocking or a garter strap shows. In addition, winter time may require more coverage to keep warm. It's a personal preference, and up to you! Benefits of Wearing Thigh Highs Some women say that once you try this style, you won't want to go back to regular pantyhose - ever. They enjoy how sexy they feel, and how comfortable thigh highs can be. In addition, because thigh highs do not have tight or restrictive material around the hips, they are breezy and cooling, in all the right places. If you're worried about the top of the stockings digging into the flesh of your thighs, try a stocking with a softer, wide band.And if you rely on control pantyhose for a little shaping help, there are plenty of ways to wear thigh highs with shapewear, like a waist cincher or control panty, to help slim your hips and thighs. Thigh High Trends Thigh highs are a classic hosiery style that is never out of style - especially for women who are die-hard fans of retro lingerie styles, and fun pin-up girl looks. In fact, faux thigh high stockings have come into popularity. These are full pantyhose with a pattern or design that gives the illusion of a thigh-high style.Then there was the Great Gatsby movie, which put all types of trendy tights in the spotlight again, including thigh highs. And don't forget about the Burlesque stars who have made thigh highs so trendy - like, Dita von Teese, who has a hosiery line that includes thigh highs.