Stockings (also known as hose, especially in a historical context) are close-fitting, variously elastic garments covering the leg from the foot up to the knee or possibly part or all of the thigh. Stockings vary in color, design, and transparency. Today, stockings are primarily worn for fashion and aesthetics, usually in association with mid-length or short skirts.
Pantyhose, called sheer tights, or tights, are close-fitting legwear covering the wearer's body from the waist to the toes.
Like stockings or knee highs, pantyhose are usually made of nylon, or of other fibers blended with nylon.