6 Pairs of Tights you Can’t Live Without03:45:00
Tights may not be the most exciting things in your wardrobe, but damn if they aren’t some of the most important. At their best, they should feel like a second skin—skimming your legs, holding you in in all the right places, making everything from the waist down silky and smooth to the touch.
But in reality, most fall short of this promise; either they’re majorly itchy, rip in a single wear, sag at the crotch, or dig into your waist, leaving angry red marks when you take them off. Sometimes all of the above. Plus, they can get expensive—and only some of the expensive ones are worth the added cost. I’ve held on to pairs I hate for years because I figure it’s better than finding myself with nothing to put on my legs while all the good ones are in the wash (this is a habit I’m trying to break in the name of self-care).
“These tights are beyond soft and mine have lasted me for years. They’re also totally opaque (like, could wear them as pants if you were so inclined—though maybe not out of the house) and don’t dig into your waist at all, which is my ultimate pet peeve.”—Hilary George-Parkin, fashion editor
Donna Karan Hosiery Signature Perfect Opaque Tights, $20; at Bare Necessities
“Ah yes, the holy grail of opaque tights. These are pretty close to perfect as far as hosiery goes, and while, yes, the price is about equivalent to a pair of jeans, the cost-per-wear ends up being pennies, since they’re basically indestructible. Plus, they're warm enough to stand up to New York winters, which is nice when I'm feeling too stubborn to just put on some damn pants instead.”—Hilary George-Parkin, fashion editor
Ind. 100 Leg Support Tights, $85; at Wolford
“There’s a reason why these are top-rated on Amazon: they’re perfectly soft and just the right amount of sheer without feeling like you’re wearing air. Plus, they’re long enough for my insanely long, 36” inseam, which is hard to find. Tall ladies (on a budget), buy these!”—Chloe Metzger, beauty editor
Hue Women’s Opaque Sheer-to-Waist Tight, $7.50; at Amazon
“My friend in London swears by these, and I bought a pair at her suggestion when I was in town a few years ago. They check off every box I look for in tights: warm, comfortable at the waist, and completely opaque. Favorite tights ever.”—Bibi Deitz, news editor
Autograph 60 Denier Velvet Touch Opaque Tights, $12; at Marks & Spencer London
“Uniqlo’s Heattech is amazing for winter. I always layer their leggings and tights under jeans when it gets frigid outside—and these tights can also stand up to the cold solo, even on the chilliest days.”—Bibi Deitz, news editor
Heattech Tights, $7.90 (was $9.90); at Uniqlo
“The Gap is another great go-to for opaque black tights that are warm but also comfy—and they stand the test of time.”—Bibi Deitz, news editor
Super Opaque Tights, $14.95; at Gap