I have a theory that you’re either a tights person or you’re not. As in, you’ll wear them a lot or not at all. If you’re the former then you’ll know that finding the right pair is crucial to your comfort and for your autumn wardrobe. But it’s not an easy task.
Different people want different things from tights, and the choice out there is vast. As the saying goes, you’ve got to crack a few eggs to make an omelette, or rather suffer a few ladders and saggy gussets to find the perfect pair of tights.
The main thing to consider with tights is that they all look pretty similar, so the task is to find the pair that feel the best. It’s often a case of trial and error to find the perfect pair for you, but we’ve rounded up the six best tights brands most likely to help you get there. Once you’ve found your pair, check out our guide to how to look after them, too.
Heist was founded in 2015 with a mission to change the foundation garment landscape using learnings from sports and space technology. Tights were the first item they reimagined, removing the gusset to rid the dreaded sag-factor and creating an adaptive waistband that won’t dig in or roll up. Their best-selling ‘The 50’ 50-denier pair are super-soft.
Wolford is a legendary name when it comes to hosiery. Founded in 1949, it has long been one of the fashion world’s favourite tights brands, regularly tying up with big name fashion labels for collaborations. Its tights are loved for their softness and durability, so though at the pricier end, they will last you longer.
There aren’t many (if any) other tights brands that can boast being in business for almost 130 years, but that’s testament to Falke’s expertise. The Pure Matt tights are void of that annoying sheen that often goes hand-in-hand with tights and can make them look a little cheap, whilst also providing a great level of opacity and warmth.
You can’t have a tights round-up without including Marks & Spencer. What sets M&S apart is its value for money and breadth of choice; they have almost 100 different styles on their website. But its Body Sensor range is legendary, claiming to keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s warm. Plus, at three pairs for just £8, they’re a total bargain.
The shapewear brand founded by Kim Kardashian has been meteorically successful because its products work. Skims has just three tights models – which cuts down on selection fatigue – each offering a different level of support. Our favourite is the full control tights, which offer a built-in shapewear function without feeling restrictive or uncomfortable and are available in four skin-tone shades. Great for when you feel you need a little more structure under tighter outfits, and don’t want to double up on shapewear and tights.
Spanx is best known as the original, game-changing body-sculpting brand – a precursor to the likes of Skims. The Luxe Leg pair have Spanx’s shapewear knowledge built-in, making them the perfect marriage between shape and comfort.