Top 5 Tights for Women in the US03:31:00
Paired with skirts or worn under slacks, tights are a warm winter-wardrobe staple. But which ones won't roll, pill, snag, sag, stretch, or constrict? We tested 14 opaque-to-waist and 10 control-top pairs, from $5 to $43, to find out. These have a leg up on the rest. Quick tip: Always check size charts on tights' labelling, as sizes aren't uniform.
Wolford Velvet De Luxe($42, 800-965-3673) are a real luxury. Testers couldn't get over their soft feel, comfortable waistband, and opaque leg (though a few complained about snagging). On pilling, strength, and washability, these scored well. In 7 colors.
2. Drugstore Deal
Here's the opaque-to-waist pair to stock up on: L'eggs Profiles Opaque Tights 10418 ($7, CVS, Walmart) got points for their sleek, "dressier" look. Most testers liked the fit, though some cited waist-rolling. They won't pill or shrink, but the material didn't bounce back from stretching that well. In black only.
3. Pleasing Pair
Lands' End Matte Tights ($19.50 for two pairs, 800-800-5800) tiptoed past the others to be named the comfiest of our picks. Women found them easy to slip into and out of, and said they felt great on their legs (though some mentioned that the band rolled). The tights washed beautifully, but did poorly on the stretching test, so they may sag over time. In seven colors.
4. Super Support
If smoothness under clothes is your ultimate goal, try Lands End matte tights ($26, 888-806-7311). Their built-in control from waist to mid-thigh holds everything in--but it does make 'em hard to pull on and take off. Extremely durable, these should keep their shape through many wearings and washes. In 21 colors.
5. Cost Control
Bargain No Nonsense Control Top Tights ($5, 800-575-3497) rated well on lab tests, except for their tendency to stretch, and got the thumbs-up from testers, who described them as comfy and well-fitting with little waist-rolling. Some noticed snagging, so take care when putting them on and pulling them off. In three colors.