Most women don’t love wearing pantyhose since they can be pretty uncomfortable. There are a few exceptions though with some styles and brands being much more comfortable than others. Although women today often choose tights or bare legs over nylons, they do still have a lot of great features that can help improve an overall look. They are able to hide blemishes on the legs that would otherwise be noticeable if you are wearing a dress, they can help you look more polished and put together in an office environment, and they can help shape and control areas that you may want smoothed out.The key to finding comfortable hosiery is getting a good balance between fit, shaping and control top. The following are the pantyhose styles and brands that have the best reputation for being comfortable.
Wolford-Neon 40′ Pantyhose
Wolford is the gold standard for hosiery these days. They are expensive, but a lot of women find that they last longer than regular department store brands, so the price can be justified since they don’t have to be replaced as often. One of Wolford’s most popular styles is the Neon 40′ Pantyhose, they are a high quality, semi-opaque style with a glossy finish that leaves legs looking smooth and flawless. The Neon are also extremely strong, so you don’t have to worry about getting runs in them as easily as other brands. They have a very slight shimmer to them that adds to the overall deluxe feel, making them great for formal occasions, but perhaps not the best option for everyday wear.They don’t have don’t have control top, so they are a little more comfy around the waist and the lower belly than a full control top.
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Hanes Silk Reflections Sheer Toe Control Top Pantyhose
Hanes have a lot of different styles of nylons to choose from, one of the more comfortable options is the Silk Reflections Sheer Toe Control Top Pantyhose. They have a control top, but they aren’t restrictive so you are still able to move around easily. One feature to this design that a lot of women really like is the sheer toe, sheer toes can sometimes cause issues with durability, but this style seems to actually hold up well. By most accounts they are very comfortable, mainly due to their soft, silky feel. They are also a little bit dressier than most everyday styles due to their silky look and feel.
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Hue So Sexy French Lace Sheers Control Top Pantyhose
If you are a fan of Hue tights you may want to check out their pantyhose. The So Sexy French Lace Sheers Control Top Pantyhose from Hue are a pretty control top design that is cleverly disguised as a French lace panty. They aren’t shiny and are very sheer, so they are a great option for everyday wear. The best thing about this style is that it is really well cut so they fit great on most women. Since they are sheer, they do tend to run fairly easily, but that is difficult to avoid with sheer styles so you need to take a little more care with them when wearing and washing.
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Berkshire Women’s Plus-Size Queen Silky Sheer Control Top Pantyhose
If you are looking for a great plus size option a popular choice is the Berkshire Women’s Plus-Size Queen Silky Sheer Control Top Pantyhose. These have a unique fuller panty design with a cotton blend crotch that has two-way stretch. They are known for having a no bind flexible waistband, so they are comfy in the area that can sometimes be the most uncomfortable place when wearing hosiery. They are an everyday sheer that has a little bit of support in the legs, which can be helpful if you have foot or leg circulation issues or pain.
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Nordstrom Light Support Pantyhose
A light control hose that a lot of women love for everyday wear is the Nordstrom Light Support Pantyhose. The light support will help smooth your tummy, hips, thighs and rear. Nordstrom’s house brand of hosiery have a reputation for fitting well, feeling good and being comfortable, and their light support style is no exception. They are fairly sheer at 25-denier, but they manage to still be durable enough that you should get quite a lot of wear out of them. They come in some nice natural looking colors, that work well with most women’s skin tones. They are reportedly easy to get on and off, provide a good amount of support, and will smooth out your look while still feeling comfortable.
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Commando The Sexy Sheer Pantyhose
The Sexy Sheer Pantyhose from Commando are a style that have been gaining in popularity over the last couple of years. They are reportedly very comfy, but you have to be super careful with them because they run easily. They are also a little on the expensive side, but women who wear them say the price is worth it because of the comfort.They have a very high waist that can help with tummy control with pretty lace detailing that won’t bulge out. Commando are known for their invisible-edge styles, that blend into the skin and help avoid any unsightly lines. Their nylons also have dig-free control top, so there is no binding at the waist.
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Oroblu Shock Up Shaping Pantyhose
If you are looking for a comfortable shaping hose, you should check out Oroblu Shock Up Shaping Pantyhose. Obviously shaping nylons aren’t generally going to be super comfortable, but this style is somehow able to help lift the butt, slim the tummy, and tone the thighs while staying relatively comfortable. They are a high quality, made in Italy hosiery that have flat seams and a reinforced toe. Like most shapewear they can be a little difficult to get on, but once on they are then very comfortable. This is another style that is a little pricey, but they are long lasting and good quality.
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Donna Karan ‘The Nudes’ Sheer to Waist Hosiery
If you are looking for a bare leg look the Nudes’ Sheer to Waist Hosiery from Donna Karan is the way to go. They will make your legs look bare, with the added bonus of covering up any imperfections on the leg.They come in a slightly limited color selection that won’t work for all different skin tones, which is unfortunate if you skin tone is darker. They have a super silky, luxurious feel to them and the construction quality is very good, so with proper care you should be able to wear them for quite a while. This Donna Karan style is so light and comfy that no one will know you are wearing hosiery.
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Calvin Klein ‘Sheer Essentials – Matte Ultra Sheer’ Control Top Pantyhose
Another popular sheer option is the Calvin Klein ‘Sheer Essentials – Matte Ultra Sheer’ Control Top Pantyhose. They are a good mix of sheer, yet durable which can be difficult to find. If they are taken care of properly they tend to last longer than other big brand sheer styles. Since they aren’t shiny, they make a good option for everyday wear. They have a very smooth texture, so they will make your legs look great and they seem to fit most women quite well.
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H&M 20 Denier Tights
Budget pantyhose don’t generally tend to be the most durable, although one budget brand that defies expectation are the H&M 20 Denier Tights. They only cost a few dollars a pair and come in 6 different colors. For the price, they are quite durable and so you should be able to get numerous wears out of them. The nylon they are made from is reportedly very strong while still looking good and having a thin sheer look to them. They also hold up well to frequent washing.
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Spanx Shaping Sheers
Last but not least, if you are interested in another comfy shaping style Spanx Shaping Sheers are a very popular design. They are soft, yet still substantial and durable. They come in 7 shades that will match well with most skin tones. Obviously since they are Spanx they will give you a slimmer silhouette and all the good stuff that you get from shapewear, while still feeling extremely comfortable.
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Shades– If you are trying to cover up veins or marks on your legs, you will probably want to avoid the sheer styles and go for something a little matte or that have a thicker denier. Some sheer are okay for covering up imperfections, especially if you get a darker tone, but they are not all created equally.
Control top- The most popular nylons these days tend to have a control top. A lot of women love a control top because it helps to smooth out their look. The problem with control tops is that they can be uncomfortable and constrictive. They may dig into your waist when you are sitting down or put too much pressure on your stomach area. It can be hard to find a good balance between control top and comfort, but some of the brands are making products that have control tops that won’t dig in or that are no bind.
Cleaning- To ensure that your hose last as long as possible, it is important that you take care when washing any of your nylons. You can put them into a hosiery washer bag and wash on a gentle cycle or just hand wash them and hang them up to dry.
Nails– Another way to prolong the life of your nylons is to keep your nails trimmed and your legs and feet moisturized and free of dead skin. Dead skin can be a problem because it can snag on the nylons so you may want to consider using a pumice stone. If you want to take it a step further, you can even wear a thin pair of gloves when you are handling or putting on/taking off your hose. It is also a good idea to keep some clear nail polish on hand to stop any runs.
Hopefully you have found some panyhose options that may work well for you. If you have any recommendations let us know in the comments below.