Sorry guys, this post is for the ladies.

Admittedly I used to HATE nylons and tights; I think it’s a generational thing. But now that they comes in patterns and colors that are anything but boring they have grown on me.

But picking up the right pair of tights isn’t as easy as a quick trip to the local drug store. There are several factors to take into account…

Shopping 101:

Thickness! This is the most difficult part when shopping. It’s important that your tights still look like tights (and not nylons) when they are stretched over your legs. When comparing pairs stretch the material in all directions. If you can see your hand or the cardboard through the layers the material is too thin.

Design! When going with the design or fishnet trends make sure the pattern runs evenly up your leg. Adjusting to make the design sit right is not worth the effort. (I bought a pair of designed fishnets a couple years ago and the pattern twisted on the left leg! It was horrible.)

Size! We women are infamous for buying smaller sizes just to have the personal satisfaction to know we are in a smaller-than-usual size. But when it comes to tights that is a huge no-no. Buying too small will often mean the dreaded muffin top makes an appearance. GASP! Check the sizing information on the back of the package. If you are between sizes go for the bigger one.

Toes! If you are planning on sporting the peep-toe trend this season the toe area of your tights is all-important. Stay away from reinforced toes which tend to be a different color in the toe section. Also check the toe stitching to make sure it is not a different color and that it can easily be hidden from view. With peep-toe shoes it is also important to buy the correct size, otherwise the material will pull at your toes looking thin and worn.

Boots! For those who plan to wear taller boots and hate the constricting toes of tights, look for a footless pair. As long as the ends are hidden in your boots, no one will know the difference and you’ll be more comfortable. Keep the same criteria for the design, size and thickness.

Wearing 101:

Take out your scissors! The part I hate most about wearing tights is that band that runs along the top that seems to exist only to cut off your air supply. The solution to that is easier than you make think. Take your scissors and snip a slit on the left and right side of this strip. DO NOT cut all the way through the band, but you can cut right up to it. The slits will make breathing easier and wearing more comfortable.

Layering! With all the different designs out there now layering your tights for a different visual effect can be smart. Match solid black tights under a colored fishnet.

Wash them! It’s tempting to throw them back into your drawer or into the washer with the rest of your load, but neither is smart. To make them last and keep their shape it’s smartest to hand wash them with a light soap after each wearing.

(Pic from the FashionPRadict blog.)


Katie Hinderer

Katie Hinderer is a freelance writer and social media enthusiast. She holds a degree in Journalism from Marquette University. Over the years she has transitioned from traditional publishing...