Stockings are coverings for the legs and feet. They are distinguished from socks by being long enough to come nearly to the tops of the thighs, and usually by being see-through. Nowadays, they are usually of nylon, though silk stockings are still available and of course they can be made of latex.
Stockings usually need to be held up. This is usually done using suspenders, though it is possible to use garters, and there are self-supporting ones called hold-ups. Many people find the sight of a woman in stockings and suspenders very attractive.
At one time, it was necessary to make stockings with a rear seam. For neatness, the seams needed to be straight when the stockings were worn. Although seams are no longer needed, some stockings are still made with seams for visual effect. Sometimes the seams are deliberately made a different colour from the stockings, to emphasise them. The top may be a plain band of reinforced stocking material, or it may be lacy for decorative effect.
An effective way to wear stockings is with a miniskirt that is so short that the top of the stockings can be glimpsed.
Stocking fetishists may particularly find sexual partners clothed in sheer nylon or silk stockings to be sexually stimulating, or find the act of a person donning or removing a pair of stockings arousing.
Stockings have their own different smell. Stocking fetishists offen love to sniff them.