How to buy tights that fit


Let's face it tights are must-have items in every woman's wardrobe, but they don't always fit the way you'd like. Some are too tight around the waist. Some tend to crawl down from your waist and sag at the crotch every time you sit or bend over. Some just don't feel right on your feet, causing your toes or heels to become sore after long wear.

Though you might find it difficult to buy just the right fit, you still have to go through the pain-staking process of shopping for tights occasionally. These tips should ease the stress a little and may even allow you to actually enjoy wearing tights!

Sizing Charts

Most tights packaging will include a sizing chart to give you an idea of what size to buy. It will usually indicate which hose to buy based on height and weight, such as Small, Medium or Queen sizes for a height of 5'4". Keep in mind that this chart or grid is only a starting point for finding the right fit. Buying hosiery sometimes takes a little trial and error before you find the perfect brand and size to meet your needs. Some brands tend to fit smaller than what's indicated on the chart, so you might have to choose a size larger for these to fit comfortably. For example, Pretty Polly and Aristoc pantyhose are designed for women sized 5' - 5'10" whereas Falke products are generally designed for women who are 5' - 6' tall. Some brands such as Levee focus on products for fuller sized women.

Consider Your Waist Line

If you're short-waisted and thin, then you might not have to worry too much about the tights edging down from your waistline as you move around. But if you're a little on the chubby side with a long waist, this can happen quite often. In this case, you might need to buy a slightly larger size or choose control top for better support around your waist and belly. This too might require trial and error, meaning you might have to buy a pair from several brand companies before finding the perfect fit.

Tights for All Needs

Every woman has different needs when it comes to tights; therefore, her selection and the reason for buying tights may differ from other ladies. It's a good idea to shop on your own and do your own research instead of depending on the advice of others. You might have a friend who is much shorter or skinnier than you. Her tights selection will be different - she might even use an entirely different brand than you.

Also, perhaps you have blood circulation problems in your legs or have to stand for long hours on the job. You'll need special support hose to help keep your legs healthy. Keep in mind that today there are massage , weight loss , modeling tights and other styles designed to meet special needs for every woman. Women in career fields where a lot standing and/or sitting is required (such as nurses or office personnel) are always advised to buy good quality support hose. You will likely have to spend more than usual on one pair of hose to get better support, but these tend to last much longer. You can't put a price tag on having good health.

If you want to try something different besides traditional tights, give other hosiery products a try such as stockings, holdups, and thigh highs. You might find these to work better for your wardrobe needs. When shopping for tights online, only order one pair from a particular brand for starters to be sure it provides a comfortable, supportive fit. You might order one pair from several top brands to try each for a few days and see which one you like best. Once you find the right brand and size, you can order a few more pair to have on standby.

Use these tips and develop a talent for finding great tights for every occasion!

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