How to Select Tights and Hosiery that Won't Leave You Embarrassed

By: Chris Robertson

When buying tights or other types of hosiery, the shape of your body and legs should definitely be considered. All tights are not made the same. For some, pantyhose work better than tights. Some women look better in holdups or thigh highs while others need control top hosiery to shape their figure. These tips can help you decide.

For starters, choose versatile pantyhose or tights to get a feel for what looks best with your figure. Try neutral colors such as nude or beige, black or white/off-white. Buy one or two of each color for various types of panty hose, tights, or leggings. Try several styles to compare comfort, material and the look you can achieve with each. Notice if the tights make your legs look long or short, wide or slender. This is particularly important for the calves of your legs, or knees and thighs if you plan to wear shorts or a mini-skirt with your tights. If you're absolutely uncomfortable with colored tights, choose basic sheer hosiery for starters. These don't offer much in personality, but can act as a plain covering for your legs.

Hosiery Colors can Make a Difference

If you have plump, short legs and want to slim them down a bit, consider black, brown or nude colors. As with clothing, black is always considered to be a "slimming" garment! You might also try printed tights with small prints or vertical patterns to make your legs look longer. If you already have long, skinny legs and want to show them off or make them appear slightly larger, opt for light colors or nude hosiery. Printed tights with large or bold designs such as polka dots or flowers can also add volume to your legs. For long legs, capri length leggings can make your calves look wider and slightly shorter.

For Plus Size Needs

If you wear a plus size and want to make your body look slimmer, consider control top pantyhose. These can help slim the legs, hips and waistline while also providing support for days when you're on your feet a lot. Be sure to try several colors and some nude pantyhose to find what works best for your figure. Tights should match your shoes or some other part of your outfit without clashing. Keep in mind that long, straight or flowing skirts can also help slim down your figure a bit.

Hosiery Quality

Hosiery comes in a variety of brands and materials. Some can outlast others, so you'll want to choose wisely. Opt for quality brand names such as Aristoc or Pretty Polly. The most durable material for hosiery is nylon. It offers elasticity and resistance, and is safe for washing. Silk is the most elastic thread, and provides a shimmery look and feel. Silk is known for its strength and smoothness. Tip: Look for hosiery that contains 10 to 30 percent Lycra or Elastane. These fibers are woven into pantyhose to improve fit, and are usually present in a higher percentage among good quality hosiery.

Whatever color or style of tights and pantyhose you buy, be sure the fit and level of durability will meet your needs for daily wear. Consider whether you'll need the hosiery for work, occasional evening wear, or for casual outings when you'll likely be more active. Then find affordable hosiery online to fit your needs. Choose your outfits and hosiery wisely so you can look and feel your best every day.

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