Here is a good example of why the United States
separated from England. It had nothing to do with taxes as
historians have suggested. The problem is that although Americans
and the British both speak English, the United Kingdom uses different
fashion terms from time to time. The below explanation gets a
little tricky because the UK and USA have slightly different terms.
Pantyhose (called "Tights" in the UK
and a few other countries): Sheer, close-fitting legwear that
covers the wearer from the waist to the feet. Pantyhose first
appeared in the 1960's as an alternative to control panties and nylon
stockings. Pantyhose are designed to be attractive in appearance,
hide any visible imperfections, reduce visible panty lines and ease
chafing between feet and footwear or between thighs.
Tights (called "Stockings" in the
UK): A cloth garment covering the wearer from the waist to the toe
with a tight fit, usually knitted or made of thicker material than
pantyhose. Tights come in absolute opaque, opaque, sheer and
fishnet styles or a combination. Tights used to be worn primarily
by men but nowadays, aside from in athletics or ballet, are mostly worn
by women and girls.
Stockings (also known as "Hose"):
A close-fitting elastic garment covering the wearer from the toe to
somewhere between the knee and mid-thigh, usually of a similar material
as pantyhose. Stockings are held up by elastic, but
historically were kept up with a garter belt (which went around the
wearer's waist and had suspenders that clipped to the tops of the
stockings), stay-ups or garters (bands that went around the tops of the
Leggings are a type of skin-tight garment that covers the legs.
More similar to pants than pantyhose, tights, or stockings.
Leggings are a skin-tight garment made from a thicker material that
covers the wearer from the waist to anywhere between the knee and the
ankle, leaving the feet uncovered.