After speaking with experts, reading new editorial sources, combing through forums and comment sections for leads, and spending hours on Amazon, we narrowed the field down to 20 contenders for this update. In order to determine which tights hold up best under pressure, which materials are most important to look for, and how to choose an ideal pair, I interviewed Brittany Pollack, a soloist with the New York City Ballet, and whose work uniform includes tights.
So soft, so cushy: I worked as senior editor of Bust Magazine for three years, running the fashion and style section. During that time, I personally tested dozens of brands of tights, in an effort to find which worked best for me personally and which we could recommend to our readers.
I currently work as an editor at O Magazine. In order to determine which tights hold up best under pressure, which materials are most important to look for, and how to choose an ideal pair, I interviewed Brittany Pollack, a soloist with the New York City Ballet, and whose work uniform includes tights. Those of us who like to wear dresses—and live in climates that feature subdegree temperatures—will need a pair of tights.
The right pair of tights will be comfortable while keeping your legs reasonably warm and providing a bit of retro style. They need to be replaced fairly regularly. They offer protection for bare legs in chilly weather, and for those looking for a little extra support, control-top options also provide compression.
But a great pair of tights has more than just those two features. Tights can range as low as 5 denier, and all the way up to Anything 40 and below is classified as sheer, while 50 and above qualifies as opaque. The most comfortable and least objectionable materials for tights, in our research, were cotton, nylon, and Lycra, also known as spandex. Cotton is breathable, washable, and easy to find. They make the tights cling to the leg and bounce back when stretched out.
Nylon alone can feel scratchy and rough against bare skin, hence the inclusion of other materials. While wool tights are popular for those looking for some extra protection against the cold, many people find wool itchy or irritating.
And tights composed entirely of synthetic materials have less breathability, making them more likely to cause health problems for women. As such, we did not prioritize bamboo tights when doing our research. Cheap tights, while appealing at first within the fluorescent glow of a drugstore aisle, are usually a false economy.
When it comes to fit, tights tend to be most comfortable when they have a wide waistband that has plenty of give. Some of the tights we tested had incredibly constricting waistbands that are probably best for those with a very low body-fat percentage.
We theorized that the New York City Ballet would take the issue of tights very seriously, so we spoke with Brittany Pollack, a soloist dancer in the company. In our original review, we researched more than pairs of tights and settled on testing 16 pairs hands-on. After speaking with experts, reading new editorial sources, combing through forums and comment sections for leads, and spending hours on Amazon, we narrowed the field down to 20 contenders for this update.
For this update, we evaluated 10 new pairs of tights, and then I narrowed that list down to six favorites for testing. The six tights finalists were then tested by four women: In an effort to not have the other testers be biased by any preconceived hosiery notions, the tights provided had the tags removed and were marked with only a letter code.
The best pair of tights should offer sizes that cater to the actual size of American women, and not just a small percentage of them. Any pair of tights is liable to snag on rough surfaces, but higher-quality tights will return to their original shape more readily and not have their threads be pulled out of shape permanently.
They feel smooth and luxurious, are comfortable enough for everyday wear, and the color looks even on the leg. These have a beautiful feel with flat seams and a comfortable, reinforced toe.
I'm on the border between small and medium, and ordered medium in black. The fit is wonderful. They look nice and are not flimsy so you don't need to worry all night about a snag! I like that the toes are out so I can wear sandals. Designed and developed by Nordstrom, a brand who truly knows its customers and their needs—so you know you're getting the best. This hosiery comes in ten different shades—because neutral doesn't mean the same thing to everyone. Those seeking significant control top and compression support through the legs for a full day of wear.
Their comfortable compression and lavender scent that adds an aromatherapy effect. I will never buy a different pair of tights. They are relatively durable while still being lightweight; they are soft and don't sag or bunch as much as other tights, and most of all the control top is SUPER comfortable and doesn't dig into belly fat.
Oh, and did I mention they make your legs look fabulous? High quality all around! While it slipped off my thighs, the silicon band held securely and comfortably slightly above my knees and I wound up wearing it that way. Fit issues aside, however, I love the softness of the fabric and that the coverage is opaque like tights, without the discomfort to my waist.
Not only were these toasty warm, they were so soft and comfortable. Better yet, while the fleece-like material was soothing against my skin, they looked like regular opaque stockings. Williams, senior credits editor. However, these were way too thin to work as compression tights and the waistband was uncomfortable.
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