With summer just around the corner, we’re receiving an increasing number of questions about the differences between particular patterns - especially as it relates to sheer vs. opaque finishes. We hear many questions from both new and current compression wearers. Here are some of the most common questions and answers…
Is there a difference in effectiveness between sheer and opaque compression stockings?
- No, they both will maintain the advertised levels of compression and you can rest assured that you will be getting the compression you need.
What are some of the main differences between sheer and opaque compression stockings?
- Some of the main differences will be in the look and style as well as how much air and breathability they offer. As you might imagine, a sheer is going to be a bit more breathable than an opaque stocking. An opaque is wonderful for winter when you want the extra warmth.
- While both styles of stockings will provide you with the necessary amount of compression, certain styles will give you better coverage. An opaque stocking will effectively hide very pronounced varicosities or unwanted sunspots, while the sheer will cover your legs, but still mildly expose your skin.
Check out our video for a more on hands look at the differences between sheer & opaque compression stockings!