A Comparison of Sheer Compression Stockings

In this update we compare Therafirm Sheer Ease, Allegro Premium Italian Sheers, Allegro Essential Sheers, Juzo Attractive Sheers, Mediven Sheer & Soft, Sigvaris EverSheer and Jobst UltraSheer; the main lines of sheer compression hosiery we sell.  We compare sheerness, knit, construction, color and top band.  To do this, we took a size medium thigh high in a 15-20mmHg compression from each brand in the most skin neutral shade, and put it on a clear leg form in front of a window.  Here’s what we found…..

more-sheers-003Knit and construction were almost identical across the seven brands.  There was no major difference in the construction or size of the foot portion, with the exception of the Allegro Essential Sheers.  This brand has a roomier balloon toe with a seam that runs under the foot between the toes and ball of the foot.  All of the others have a seam running across the end of the toes.  All have a reciprocated heel.  Under a magnifying glass there are differences in the knit, but to the naked eye they look the same, with the exception of the Therafirm which has a less open weave.

We did find a definite difference in the visual sheerness of the stockings.  Sigvaris EverSheer and Allegro Essential Sheers were the clear winners, followed closely by Mediven Sheer & Soft and Allegro Premium Italian Sheers.  Next came Jobst UltraSheer and Juzo Attractive SheersSheer Ease was the least sheer of the group.  For many women, having the sheerest stocking isn’t necessarily an advantage.  The slightly opaque sheers hide skin discolorations, spider veins, and other blemishes while giving the appearance of a sheer stocking.

There wasn’t a huge difference in color.  Again, we chose the nude or natural shade from each brand and placed them in order from lightest to darkest in the photos.  Therafirm nude was the lightest, followed by Allegro Premium nude, Allegro Essential nude, Jobst natural and Sigvaris natural.  Mediven natural was a little darker, and Juzo beige was the darkest.

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Where these stockings varied the most, aside from sheerness, was in the design of the top band.  All seven have a lace exterior.  The difference was in the design of the silicone on the inside of the band.  Therafirm and both Allegro’s have two strips of silicone.  Jobst gives you the option of traditional strips of silicone, there are two, or silicone dots.  Juzo and Mediven use a low profile honeycomb design.  Sigvaris uses the Sensinnov band, which is a solid sheet of silicone.  They claim this band won’t slip or roll, is very skin friendly, and won’t cause thigh bulge.

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Preview: New Juzo Dream Colors for Spring-Summer 2015

After a particularly terrible winter here on the East Coast, we’re very excited that spring is finally here! This week, we’re celebrating the return of sunshine and the launch of Juzo’s new line of colors for their Soft and Naturally Sheer brands. This year’s colors definitely have a Bohemian vibe to go with the return of 70’s fashion, or “Hippy Deluxe” as Vogue is calling it, on the runways.

Check out the new Gypsy Purple in Naturally Sheer below:

Gypsy Purple - Juzo Dream 2015 Spring/SummerIn addition to Gypsy Purple, Juzo has added: Moonbeam Yellow, Driftwood, and Vintage Mauve. Plus, in order to keep the “boho” theme consistent, they’ve renamed two colors that were favorites from last season. Midnight Blue is now Mystic Waters and Mulberry is now Boho Berry.

Juzo Dream 2015 Spring Summer Color SwatchAll of these colors will be available in the Juzo Soft line (knee highs, thigh highs, pantyhose, leggings, arm sleeves, and gauntlets) as well as the Juzo Naturally Sheer line (knee highs, thigh highs, and pantyhose). Compression levels include 15-20, 20-30, and 30-40 mmHg, so you can get the stylish colors you want in the compression level your body needs.

These products will be available to purchase by the end of this week – check our Facebook page or the Juzo product pages for updates!

Mystic Waters - Juzo Dream 2015

 

 

Sneak Peak – New Juzo Dream Colors for Fall/Winter 2014

Juzo has an exciting array of colors for its Fall/Winter 2014 line of Juzo Dream (coming soon!). This season, we’re keeping customer favorites from last season – Dolphin, Midnight Blue and Pink. Juzo is adding four bright and trendy colors (with awesome names) – Tangerine, Mulberry, Purple Rain and Candy Apple. Check out the swatches below!

2014 Juzo Fall Winter Dream Colors

 These colors will be available to purchase at the end of September on our website. As always, you’ll be able to purchase these as pantyhose, thigh highs, knee highs, leggings and armsleeves. Products range in compression level from 15-20 mmhg, 20-30 mmhg and 30-40 mmHg.

Juzo 2014 Dream Color Samples

 BUT – the most exciting news is that Juzo will be offering the Dream Colors as part of the Naturally Sheer collection. This will add a hint of color to your wardrobe with the sheer, comfortable fabric you love.

Model in Naturally Sheer Dolphin

Naturally Sheer Dolphin

 Stay tuned for updates on the launch of these products! And get inspired by some of the outfits you can plan soon with these amazing compression products.

Juzo Pink Compression Stockings

Juzo Pink Compression Stockings

Juzo Dream Sleeve and Leggings in Midnight

Juzo Dream Sleeve and Leggings in Midnight Blue

As a reminder, all of these products are dyed to order. It can take over a week to ship items dyed once. For tie-dye products, please expect up to 14 days for your purchases to ship.

Sheer Compression Stocking Color Comparison

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.

Jobst UltraSheer
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.

Jobst UltraSheer colorsSigvaris EverSheer
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.

Sigvaris EverSheer colorsJuzo 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.

Juzo Naturally Sheer colorsMediven 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.

Medi Sheer & Soft colorsPete@BrightLife Direct
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