Choosing the correct pantyhose size not only makes them more comfortable, but it also reduces the potential for snags and runs. However, pantyhose sizes differ between brands so a particular size in one brand might not fit you in another. To ensure proper fit, always consult the chart on the back of the pantyhose package.
Checking the Chart
While some pantyhose brands sell a "one size fits all" product, most brands produce hosiery in multiple sizes. Typically, these companies place a height and weight chart or hip- and waist-measurement chart on the packaging of the product. To determine your size, simply find the square that corresponds to your own numbers, and determine your size accordingly.
If your height and weight put you at the upper range of your size section, you may want to go with the larger size; hosiery that is too tight is typically more susceptible to runs. If your hosiery sags at the ankles, this indicates you should go with a smaller size. Full-figured women or tall women may want to look for brands that make plus-size or extra-tall varieties.
Based in Los Angeles, Claire McAdams has been writing professionally since 2006. Her work has appeared in "The Tennessean" and also online at MaestroCompany.com and SoCal.com. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Belmont University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from King College.