Yay or Nay: Tights

purple tights with white shoes [Image: Primark]

Let’s talk about tights.

(Did anyone else read that line to the tune of Salt n’ Pepa’s ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’? Because, if so, our work here is done.)

For the past few months, you see, our fashion friends have been getting very, very excited about tights. This happens every year, and is part of the whole “OMG Autumn is my favourite season!” trend evident in fashion blogging, and the excitement mostly revolves around all of the good things that tights bring to the world of style. For instance:

1. They keep your legs warm. Well, d’uh.

2. Thick tights make it possible to get away with wearing shorter skirts than you’d wear with bare legs.

3. Brightly coloured tights add a multitude of styling possibilities to your closet, and also have the ability to make a plain outfit look instantly more interesting.

4. Don’t love your legs? Tights to the rescue!

So tights, as you can see, are beloved by fashionistas for many, many good reasons.

Despite this, though, we hate them.

Now, we have to make it clear here that we don’t hate the way tights LOOK. We’re fine with the way they look. Sometimes we even like it. So we would in no way say tights were a crime of fashion, and we very much agree with each of the four positives above.

We still hate wearing them, though, and every year, as women across the land start to enthuse about the prospect of slipping into a pair of opaque tights AT LAST, we look forward to tights season with dread. This is mostly because we find themย just plain uncomfortable. The way the crotch always seems to be heading towards your knees, forcing you to haul it up every few steps. The saggy knees. The toe seam, when it gets caught underneath your toe making you feel like there’s something stuck in your shoe. That feeling of being tightly encased from waist to toe. HATE. IT. And sure, some brands are better than others, and not all tights are horribly uncomfortable, but even the most comfortable pair of tights is less comfortable than an outfit that doesn’t involve tights.

We realise we’re alone in our hatred of the fashion-lover’s BFF, however, so please feel free to share your love of tights in the comments section now. Do you love them? Or do you look forward, like us, to the days when you can go without them once more?

27 Comments

  • November 8, 2011

    Daisy

    I love the look of tights and I have them in pretty much every colour of the rainbow, but I too hate wearing them. But, since I pretty much always wear a skirt or a dress, I usually wear them every day. I too am dreading the colder weather…

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  • November 8, 2011

    Beth

    Same here! Especially since I always seem to be in between sizes. They just never really fit me right.

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  • November 8, 2011

    Holly

    I don’t hate them, for all the reasons you’ve listed ๐Ÿ™‚
    But recently I’ve been trying to wear stockings (with or without garter belt), which are a nice (and sexy!) alternative…

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    • November 8, 2011

      Cookie

      I do agree with you! And they do make them in thicker versions too, which is never a problem if you have a good garter belt. Add a slip under your dress, and you’re never cold again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 8, 2011

    Darya

    I live in Russia, so in winter when it’s like -20-25C, either you wear thick tights (even under jeans or trousers) or you’re DEAD. Or at least really ill. Soooo…..we’re used to all the inconveniences ๐Ÿ™‚ the introduction of colurful opaque tights which are 80-100 den was really a blessing here!

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  • November 8, 2011

    Evdil

    I *LOVE* tights – except, I’m kinda tall-ish, so the leg parts are always too short, and I end up with that uncomfortable knee-crotch situation! You’d think whoever designs tights would have caught on by now and made the leg bits a few cm longer, but noooo… That’s make sense, and we can’t have that!

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    • November 8, 2011

      Rebecca

      Me too! I have this little, tight, pair of shorts that used to be part of a skirt, but I took them off, and now I have no problem with the crotch-to-knee thing, because the shorts hold them up.

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  • November 8, 2011

    jeans

    I don’t like brightly colored tights, but I do love my Spanx opaque black “tight end” tights. Comfortable and they keep the wobbly bits under control!

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  • November 8, 2011

    Marianne S.

    Love ’em, for all the above reasons. And I have some wild patterned ones that are frequently the statement piece of my outfit.

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  • November 8, 2011

    Heather

    I have short, muscular legs and can never find them that fit properly and hate that they cost about the same price as a pair of leggings if not more in many cases. (More money for something that is also less likely to last more than a few wearings? No thank you.) I tend to go for over the knee socks instead for that reason plus all those you mention.

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  • November 8, 2011

    Emily

    I love the way they look, and when the weather takes a turn for the colder I can’t seem to piece together an outfit without them, but at around 6ft I find them quite a hassle to wear sometimes. I have to hitch them up to around my armpits to stop the crotch lurking around near my ankles after I take a few steps.

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  • November 8, 2011

    cmap

    Love ’em! But for those who have trouble with the legs, why not switch to thigh highs instead?

    Footless leggings are always a comfy alternative if you’ve got some fun socks and boots. I often wear footless leggings in wellies/rain boots in the rain.

    I would really like some footless woolies, but the last pair I ever saw was at Betsy Johnson a few years back.

    Anyways, I suggest Welovecolors, American Apparel, and Target for American alternatives to tights. However, all three may ship internationally.

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    • November 10, 2011

      seastone

      I have a couple of leggings, that are more like footless thick tights, and so you can get all the benefits that you described, without the drawbacks.

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  • November 8, 2011

    cmap

    Socks can also be a fun alternative, too. Not the cotton tubes, but maybe a light woolen/nylon blend or a Lycra? Patterned knee highs were also really popular in my neck of the woods last winter.

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  • November 8, 2011

    Lili

    I totally thought about Salt’n’Pepa, but it’s not really hard to trigger that with me (because I was a fan in their heyday. Not because I think of sex all the time… I guess.). Anyway, I’m a tights fan, despite not being crazy about the feel either. I like how they look and how they keep me warm, and that’s enough. You’re right about the crotch thing though, which is something I’ve wondered about for years now. I’m smaller than the average woman, and still I have this. I like to think it’s because my legs go for miles! (ermm…)

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  • November 8, 2011

    sami

    What tights are you wearing? I used to have some that sagged like that – when I was a child. My grown up tights never need to be “hauled up” and I’m 5’8″

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  • November 8, 2011

    eriyle

    I actually find tights to be incredibly comfortable – more comfortable than pants, in fact – even though I’m on the taller side. But I do tend to wear knit cotton tights, though, and not so much the nylon ones. Maybe that makes a difference.

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  • November 8, 2011

    manderz

    i LOVE tights and i found a way around the pesky knee crotch problem–i always buy my tights a size or 2 too big. that way, i don’t feel so sausaged in them and the crotch stays securely in place! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • November 9, 2011

    Jeannine

    This is why I wear thigh-highs.

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  • November 9, 2011

    Anna

    I love tights for all the reasons you listed. But I thought I was the only one who felt like my tights were constantly heading for my ankles and needing to be hauled up, which is very hard to do discretely.

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  • November 9, 2011

    Grace

    I can never find tights that don’t give me muffin-top (and I have tried every friggin size combo out there), so I’m a leggings devotee. But it’s coming into summer here in the southern hemisphere so I have to put my layers away. Really not looking forward to having to shave my legs every day again.

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  • November 9, 2011

    Liza Ashby

    I do like tights, mainly because I prefer shorts and skirts to trousers, and therefore in Autumn/Winter it’s kind of necessary! Plus, I love all the different colours. However, some pairs are really uncomfortable, I agree….not just slipping down, but also riding up! Even saying that, I would prefer to wear tights than trousers in Winter.

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  • November 10, 2011

    Jennie

    I absolutely LOVE tights! yes they always tend to go down your knees, but you can always wear (black) underwear over it so it stays in position. I have colours: like green, mustard yellow, red/orangie and purple ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • November 13, 2011

    Amy

    love them!

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  • November 15, 2011

    Emily Jayne

    I too love the look of tights but hate that saggy crotch feeling! I have found one brand of tights that fit me perfectly, so I tend to stick to that for my basic colours like navy and brown, but they don’t do really bright colours which is a shame. I do tend to find that New Look and Topshop ones work for me if I buy them in the largest size, but River Island ones always make me feel like I need to wear braces to hold them up!

    Thigh highs tend to give me unattractive ‘squidge’ around the top unfortunately.

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  • December 15, 2011

    Kirana

    i like them. that saggy problem i only get for tights that don’t sufficiently stretch across my bum, that’s why it sneaks downward. but for those that allow for it, it’s nice. quite like the bundled-up sensation.

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  • June 30, 2012

    mary

    the pink panther strikes again!

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