Tights can be a wardrobe wonder, allowing us to wear our prettiest skirts and dresses whatever the weather…but they can also be problematic. From laddering to the dreaded sinking gusset (you know what we mean!) not all pairs are created equal.
We’ve tested some of the best tights on offer on the British High Street to bring you our official verdict.
Cosyfeet tights review
These smooth-look Cosyfeet opaque tights have an 80-denier appearance and have 3D Lycra stretch for a comfortable fit. Available in black, burgundy, grey marl, navy and teal and in sizes s-xxl (sizes 10 to 32+). Priced at £14.50 for a 2-pair pack in a standard fitting, or £16 for a 2-pair pack in extra roomy fitting.
Finding tights that are comfortable, look nice and stay looking nice after washing is a challenge. I’ve tried so many different pairs from (what seems like) every shop on the high street with varying results. I tried the small size, which fits sizes 10-16. That’s a pretty large size range and I’m at the lower end, so I was sceptical about how well these would fit and expected them to bag quickly. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. They’re very comfortable and fit perfectly on the waist and hips, but I also think they would fit a larger size just as easily. The waist is very stretchy, yet without feeling like it might dig in. After a day’s wear they still look pristine and hadn’t bagged around the knees as so many tights do. They don’t snag easily (I’ve been wearing them for a few weeks without any runs or snags) and although they recommend hand washing, they’ve washed fine in my washing machine at 40. I haven’t tumble dried them (the instructions say not to), but I wouldn’t usually do this with tights anyway. Not the cheapest, but after weeks of wear they still look brand new. If you’re plus size or have curvy legs, then these tights are brilliant.
M&S 3 Pair Pack 40 Denier Body Sensor™ Tights review
Although they are a little on the pricey side at £8, these M&S tights are incredibly soft and last a long time. What I like most is that they are made with a sensory material, so are suitable for wearing all year round. They’re also a really flattering and ‘pull you in’ without it feeling uncomfortable or looking obvious. After many, many wears and washes they do eventually develop some holes, but they last such a long time that you really do get your money’s worth. A great everyday staple.
ASDA Opaque 150 Denier Tights review
Good value, true to size and perfect for the cold winter months. These Asda opaque tights have lots of stretch and are super comfortable. They did develop a small hole in the crotch area after several uses/washes. I got them in black, but when I wore them with other black clothes they almost looked dark grey. I still think these are a great budget option at £3.50, especially since I’ve owned more expensive tights which haven’t lasted as long.
ASDA 3 Pack 40 Denier Tights review
These Asda 40 denier tights wash and wear really well - a great choice if you go through a lot of tights. I’m only 5”4 and they just reach my waist comfortably - a taller lady might need to size up. Not the softest of tights on the market, but the material isn’t uncomfortably cheap either. The price very reasonable though! They are stocked in sizes Small – Extra Large, at £4 for three pairs. Being a size 14 I went for a size Large – but anyone larger than a size 16 might struggle to fit into these.
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