- Tights are a wardrobe staple for many people, and they come in all kinds of colors and styles.
- We’ve tested dozens of tights to find the best ones you can buy, and Spanx’s Tight-End Tights are our top pick for great durability, comfort, and style.
- If you prefer something thicker that can be worn on their own, see our guide on the best leggings.
Tights are a necessary seasonal accessory that can sometimes be a major headache. Anyone who has ever tugged too hard on a pair, only to have them run, knows how frustrating they can be.
That’s why durability is a must when it comes to shopping for tights. With proper care, a good pair of tights should last at least a season — if not years. To help extend their life, hand-wash your tights and allow them to hang dry. This will keep them from snagging in the washing machine or stretching out. You’ll be able to extend your tights’ life even longer if you spread the love between other pairs, and our guide shares the best of the bunch.
Here are the best tights you can buy:
- Best tights overall: Spanx Tight-End Tights
- Best opaque tights: DKNY’s Opaque Control Top Tights
- Best shade-inclusive nude tights: Heist The Nude Tights
- Best tights for cold weather: Uniqlo HeatTech Tights
Updated on 9/15/2020 by Maria Del Russo: Updated copy, links, and care information. Removed our “best patterned tights” category. We are in the process of testing new products for this guide.
For tights that will never rip, pill, or leave you hanging, the Spanx Tight-End Tights are the best way to go.
The Tight-End Tights are perfect for cooler days when you need a bit of extra warmth in and around your lower body. But they’re still surprisingly breathable, making them great for more temperate climates, too. Several members of the Insider Reviews team swear by Spanx because of their comfort and durability.
The fabric is strong — you can run them through the wash seemingly endless times without worrying about rips or pills — and semi-sheer. This pair toes the line between sheer and opaque in the best way possible, making them a perfect hybrid pair of tights.
Spanx are quite form-fitting, so you might want to size up if you’re not interested in a super-snug fit. But these tights are super affordable, so you can stock up on a bunch of pairs without breaking the bank.
Pros: Won’t pill or rip, great opacity, reasonable price point
Cons: You may have to size up, thanks to their snug fit
The best opaque tights
If you judge your tights by their color, then DKNY’s Opaque Control Top Tights are the way to go.
What sets DKNY’s Super Opaque Control Top Tights apart from the competition is their opacity. They truly deliver some of the darkest, least see-through tights on the market without being overly warm or heavy. These tights are also super matte and decidedly not shiny, which is a feat for super opaque tights. Not into black? This pair is also available in navy and white.
But color aside, the best thing about DKNY’s tights is their comfort level. Upon multiple wears, you’ll find that they’re far more breathable and far less constricting than the competition. DKNY’s tights are able to stand up to several wears and several washes.
Even months after purchase, I was able to don the same pair without worrying about rips or tears or rends. Other members of the Insider Reviews team also give these DKNY tights snaps for being incredibly durable, even after plenty of wearing and washing.
While they’re slightly pricier than your most basic pair of hose, they’re still extremely affordable, making these a great option to stock up on.
Pros: Great opacity, extremely comfortable, affordable, available in three classic colors
Cons: Some customers have complained about the lack of a gusset
The best nude tights
Heist’s The Nude Tights boasts one of the most comprehensive nude shade ranges on the market, making their ultra-durable tights clear winners in this category.
Heist is hugely popular here at Business Insider, thanks to its incredibly soft material, its comfortable fit, and its high-quality craftsmanship. But where Heist’s The Nude Tights really shines is in how customizable they are.
You can also choose among several different shades of nude. These tights are available in an impressive seven shades, all of which both look and feel like they’re barely there. And while there are obviously more than seven shades of ‘nude’ in the world, the fact that customers can match their tights even more closely to their skin tone is a serious win. Heist’s The Nude Tights provides a seriously inclusive shade range, which is a rarity in hosiery.
Heist has also rethought the overall design of a pair of tights. Not only is its waistband available in both high and low-rise options, but it’s also designed to avoid rolling, twisting, and otherwise digging into your skin. Thanks to its double-covered yarn construction, each pair is incredibly soft and durable, and also warm enough to withstand the weather. The 5,000 spirals per inch of yarn ensure these tights stay up, too, so you won’t be tugging at them all day long.
The one drawback? There’s no gusset to speak of, which some may miss. But others may find that the lack of seam in the pelvis of these tight makes them more comfortable and longer-lasting.
Pros: Soft, durable construction, low or high waistband, several different shades of nude
Cons: Some may find the thicker waistband a little too constricting
The best tights for cold weather
With these Uniqlo HeatTech Tights, you’ll never find yourself shivering come winter again.
There’s a reason why you hear of so many folks stocking up on Uniqlo’s HeatTech Tights come winter. These opaque tights, like the rest of the brand’s HeatTech line, are designed with special technology to trap warmth in the winter, keeping your legs toasty warm.
Uniqlo’s HeatTech Tights are made of a slightly thicker material than most, but they maintain a silhouette that’s anything but bulky. They’re certainly less sheer than other tights in the category but are quite unparalleled when it comes to offering protection from chilly temperatures.
In order to maintain a supple, luxe feel, Uniqlo incorporates argan oil into its hosiery. The brand explains that these tights feature bio-warming, insulating, and moisture-wicking properties, all of which I have found to be surprisingly true. Other members of the Insider Reviews team also love them because of how warm and soft they are.
And you don’t even have to wear them on their own. When it’s really chilly out, Uniqlo’s HeatTech Tights are great layering pieces and slip seamlessly under jeans or other pants. With tights this warm and this wearable, it’s hard to take them off when the temperatures drop.
Pros: Great in cold weather, super affordable, available in two colors
Cons: Some customers have remarked on sizing issues
What we’re testing next
In order to keep this guide up-to-date, we’re constantly testing new picks. Here’s what we are testing next:
- Sheertex Unbreakable Sheer Tights ($35): Not only does Sheertex call their hose “the world’s strongest tights,” but they also have one of the most inclusive size ranges on the market. We’re looking forward to seeing if they truly stand up to wear and tear.
- Socktights 201 Core Essential Tights ($24.99): These tights have a built-in sock in the feet, making them great for chilly winter days when you don’t want layers in your boots.
- Wolford Mat Opaque 80 Tights ($61): Although they’re expensive, these luxury tights are often heralded as the most comfortable tights on the market. Plus they’re truly matte, which is perfect for folks who hate the typical sheen on opaque tights.
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