When you think of vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon and espresso, smells and tastes come to mind. Translating those senses into a color, especially a stocking color that works with your skin tone is not so easy. We’re here to help.
Jobst, Sigvaris, Juzo and Mediven are the four major manufacturers of compression hosiery in the US. Each of these companies manufacture a line of sheer compression stockings with a bouquet of creative names to describe essentially the same color. Example: Nude, is vanilla from Juzo, wheat from Medi, and natural from Sigvaris and Jobst. Following are color chips, plus a brief description from each line of stockings to help you compare apples to apples, or in this case, espressos to mochas.
UltraSheer has the most colors available, although every color isn’t available in all sizes and compressions. Honey was introduced several years ago as a nude shade for latin and mediterranean skin tones. In addition to the colors below, Jobst recently brought back Navy and Sun Bronze, a popular suntan color that’s darker than Honey and lighter than Suntan. UltraSheer stockings are also available with a diamond pattern in black and mocha.
Sigvaris has lead the way with fashion colors. EverSheer also shows consistent sheerness throughout the stocking. Many sheers, especially darker colors, show light and dark shading depending on how the fabric is stretched. This won’t happen with EverSheer. If you wear thigh highs, you’ll love the Sensinnov top-band on EverSheer. Instead of stripes or dots of silicone, it’s a flat sheet that is so comfortable and secure, plus it won’t cause thigh bulge.
Juzo Naturally Sheer
Naturally Sheer was just introduced last year, so many people aren’t familiar with this line of stockings. The color chips don’t do it justice. The fabric itself has a wonderful smooth, snag-resistant finish that feels soft on even the roughest skin. Of the four, Naturally Sheer has the highest spandex content, and won’t bunch behind knees or over the instep.
Mediven Sheer & Soft
When Medi replaced their sheer Radiance line with Sheer & Soft a few years ago, many customers were worried… until they tried it. Sheer & Soft has been a phenomenal success. As the name implies the fabric is really sheer and it’s really soft. Medi’s product images aren’t the best, but among the sheers, Sheer & Soft has some of the highest customer ratings online.