Most Comfortable Tights for Everyday Wear

Comfort and tights are two words that don’t usually go together. Finding a pair that are durable and the right thickness while still being comfortable is much more complicated than it should be. Some women are looking for everyday black or dark styles that aren’t too thick or too shiny, which is suitable for an office environment that can be worn all day while others need something a little bit more vibrant for costumes or cosplay. Whatever your needs, we have come up with a list of some of the best all-around, most comfortable tights for everyday wear.

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Women’s 120D Blackout Tights – A New Day™

If you are looking for durable everyday dark black tights, an excellent style to check out is the Women’s 120D Blackout Tights from A New Day™ that you can find at Target. Since these are a blackout design, they are nice and dark and are perfect for colder weather when you need a style that is going to keep you warm and cozy.

Available from Target.com

No Nonsense Women’s Super Opaque Control-Top Tights

The No Nonsense Women’s Super Opaque Control-Top Tights are one of the best budget options that are not only comfortable, but they look fantastic. They are a moderate weight so that they will be warm yet still breathable for everyday wear. They have a matte feel to them and are completely opaque, so they are nice and dark. Most women find they stay in place well, mostly because of the control top. This style doesn’t have a super-strong control top, and it is much more comfortable than other control top options. I think the key to the comfort of this style is the mid-rise waistband combined with the looser control top. Many of the No Nonsense products are made in the USA, and the quality is top-notch.

Check the price on Walmart.com

Heist Tights

A brand out of the U.K that is generating a lot of buzz about their super comfortable tights is Heist, and they promise total comfort and freedom. They scrapped the traditional design of tights, started fresh, and came up with a style that is apparently wonderful to wear and avoids most of the common complaints. They ship to 41 countries, so if you are interested in checking them out, you will need to shop their website directly.

Available from Heist-Studios.com

Wolford Velvet de Luxe’ Semi-Opaque Tights

 

Wolford Velvet de Luxe’ Semi-Opaque Tights are reportedly one of the most comfortable styles available. They are a little beyond my budget, so I haven’t been able to test them out, but people who own them love them. They have a reputation for being soft, smooth, and very durable. The Velvet de Luxe’ is very comfy, with a soft silky feel to them. They are also snag resistant. The overall sentiment for people who own Wolford products is that they are expensive but worth it for the quality you are getting. If you work in an office with a more formal dress code, these are a great option to keep you looking chic while at the same time staying warm. This style is a matte, semi-opaque, so they have a little bit of a pantyhose type of look to them. If you like a more opaque style, you could try the Wolford Women’s Matte Opaque Tights.

Check the price on Nordstrom.com

Commando Ultimate Opaque Tights

 

Not quite as expensive as the Wolford, but not super cheap either, Commando’s Ultimate Opaque Matte Tights are quickly becoming the go-to style for a lot of women. They are comfortable, stylish, and well made. They are also silky and soft but made of thicker material that is durable enough not to get runs or snags. The Commando’s have only a light control top with a high rise waist that helps them stay in place without rolling down.

Check the price on Nordstrom.com

Tabio 60-Denier Signature Semi-Sheer Tights

One of the most popular hosiery companies in Japan, Tabio, are now selling their excellent tights in the U.S. Tabio is a brand that is known for its high-quality fabrics, craftsmanship, and the comfort of their products. I tested out their 60-denier Signature Semi-Sheer Tights and was immediately impressed with the softness of the material and the comfort of the fit. What is interesting about this design is the breathability of the nylon. After a few minutes wearing them, you forget you have them on, and you don’t get that heavy, overly warm feeling that comes with some brands. Another key feature is that they aren’t constricting around the waist and maintain even pressure, so there are no areas that are digging into your skin. This is a product that feels very durable, and I didn’t have any issues with quality or comfort after wearing them for around 10 hours. They come in black, grey, brown, red, and navy, and are made in Japan. Tabio’s 60-denier Signature Semi-Sheer Tights are well worth checking out if comfort is what you are after.

Available from TabioUSA.com

We Love Colors- Microfiber Footed Tights

If you are looking for durable, colorful styles that are comfy, definitely check out the We Love Colors- Microfiber Footed Tights. We Love Colors products are incredibly soft, stretchy, and durable, and they last quite a while before getting any runs or holes in them. Most women find them to be a comfortable fit for most body types; they aren’t super firm in the waist, just close-fitting enough to stay up without any sagging or to have to tug at them. They have a wide selection of colors to choose from, so they work well for cosplay or costumes. They have an 80 denier, which means that they are relatively thick with a solid color that should be decently opaque.

Check the price on Amazon

Berkshire Women’s Cozy Tight with Fleece-Lined Leg

 

If your primary concern is finding a style that is not only comfy but super warm as well, then you should look into fleece-lined designs. There are a lot of different brands that are selling fleece-lined options, one of the most popular is the Berkshire Women’s Cozy Tight with Fleece-Lined Leg. Fleece-lined styles are sometimes a little tricky to buy because they can end up looking like leggings, or sometimes they kind of bunch up at the ankles or the knees because of the thickness of the fabric. Anyway, those aren’t concerns that you need to have with the Berkshire fleece-lined styles since they are a bit more stretchy than other brands, so they have a better fit. They have a soft elastic waistband that will give you a little bit of support without cutting off circulation in the stomach area. Most importantly, they are very warm and are great for the winter. They are also made in the USA.

Check the price on Amazon

Hue Women’s Super Opaque Sheer To Waist Tights

The Hue Women’s Super Opaque Sheer To Waist Tights are quite a popular option if you like a reasonable price, excellent fit, and durability. They don’t sag or slide down, and most women find the fit to be pretty good. They don’t have a control top, so the fit around the stomach isn’t super restrictive. If you like a really dark option, this Hue design is well worth a look since they are super opaque. Not only are they dark, but they will keep your legs warm without feeling heavy or being too confining.

Check the price on Amazon

Stylegaga Women’s 80 Denier Semi Opaque Solid Color

 

Another good brand to check out if you are looking for a vibrant color for a costume is the Stylegaga Women’s 80 Denier Semi Opaque Solid Color Footed Tights. They come in a rainbow of unusual colors. They are a little bit odd because they are quite thick with an 80 denier, so they are durable and but they aren’t super opaque, more like a pantyhose than a regular opaque design. So if you want your tights to be a little bit sheer but thick, then this is a good option. Most women find that they fit pretty well without sagging, rolling down on bunching up. However, they do run a little long, so you may want to avoid them if you have a small frame or consider sizing down.

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Angelina Professional-Grade Footed Ballet Tights

If you are someone who is continuously getting holes or snagging your tights, you are going to want to get something a little more heavy-duty than your average brand. Dance tights are known for being the most durable options. Dancers obviously put their clothes through a lot, so they are made to last. Some of the best dance styles are the Angelina Professional-Grade Footed Ballet Tights. They are 80% Nylon and 20%  Lycra spandex. The Lycra Spandex helps give these for durability and a good amount of stretch, so they are comfy. They are a little bit thick, but that helps add to the strength and make them a warm option for the winter months. They are also a bit more firm than some of the other options on this list, so that some people may find them a bit too snug. On the plus side, the waist is high and doesn’t pinch or dig in. If you are interested in ballet styles, you may want to check out some of the other dancer brands like Capezio, Manzi, or Danskin.

Check the price on Amazon

 

How to Find the Comfiest Tights for You

Sizing– Sizing on tights is notoriously challenging to get right since there is such limited sizing. They are often too long or too firm in the waist for most women. Before buying anything, it is a good idea to take a look at the sizing charts for the different brands that can usually be found on the brand’s website. If you find that the length of a style is okay, but they are too restrictive through the waist, you may want to look for styles that either has no waist or only a light control on the abdomen. The other thing that can be helpful if you find that the waistband pinches, look for styles with wider waistbands, they are often much more comfortable.

If you have a tiny waist, you may run into trouble with the tights sliding down or sagging, in this case, you should look for a brand that has, at the minimum, a light control top. Control tops can be very uncomfortable for some women, but if you have trouble with them staying up, then they are kind of a necessary evil.

Material Types– Most designs are made of nylon, often around 80%, with a mixture of spandex or Lycra. You can get some styles that are a cotton blend. If you are looking for something warm, you can try sweater knit cotton blends or merino wool styles.

Warmth- A nice warm pair of tights can make a huge difference for comfort level if you live in a city that gets cold in the winter, and you work in an office with a formal dress code.  A good quality pair of fleece-lined tights is one way to go if you need warmth. You can also try a heavier knit pair of sweater tights that will keep you warm outside but shouldn’t make you sweat while you are indoors.

Waists– If you are sensitive to your stomach feeling restricted, look for styles without a control top, or those that have a low waistline. There aren’t a lot of options, but you should be able to find something comfy for you. If you can’t find a low waist, some people fold the waistband down, so they are below their waist.

Durability – If you are wearing them every day and need them to be very durable, a great option is to try some of the brands of dance tights. They are thicker, warmer, and are much less likely to get runs than regular styles.

Washing- Unfortunately, most styles are intended to be hand washed and air-dried. It is kind of a pain, but it means they will last longer.

Colors-Most tights come in black, gray, navy, and perhaps a brown. If you need a style that is an unusually vibrant color for a costume or an outfit, try We Love Colors or StyleGaga, they both have a lot of fun colors to choose from.

Denier -You may see the term ‘denier’ when you are shopping and wonder what it means. Styles with a higher denier tend to be stronger, thicker, more durable, and more opaque. Denier tights are those with a 40 denier or higher that won’t show the skin underneath.

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