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The Best Women's Tights & Hosiery Advice
Tights and Hosiery specialists here at The Tight Spot know just about everything there is to know about Tights, Stockings, Hold Ups! Over the last ten years we have been testing and researching new and innovative hosiery products enabling us to stock all the best tights for women, passing on our in-depth knowledge and experience to our customers. Allowing you to be confident that you are purchasing the best women’s tights product for your needs and that the items you receive are of good quality, durable and reliable. Reap the benefits by closely reading the carefully researched product descriptions, written by our top team of UK tights and hosiery experts. Don’t just take our word for it, read the 100's of legitimate customer reviews that can be found on each individual product page.
With a huge, diverse range of pantyhose products to suit different styles, occasions, sizes and body types you are sure to find some of the best tights you can buy on the market. Our team work hard to gather the best women’s UK and European tights from compression tights that are comfortable for all day wear to plus size hold ups that actually stay put on ample thighs whilst remaining flattering, including new to market brands like Sheertex as well as classic, luxury names such as Wolford. Our extensive tights and hosiery glossary can help you make the right choice, however, should you have any questions our tights customer service team are on hand to assist with any query big or small. Need help? Contact us now.
Top Tips and Tricks for Tights and Hosiery Shopping
1. What does the denier of tights mean?
In simple terms, the denier of a product tells you how thick the item is. More specifically denier refers to the weight of the yarn that the pair of tights, stockings or hold ups are made from. The denier will determine the opacity or how transparent the item is. High denier for opaque tights, lower denier for sheer tights. We stock items from 7 to 200+ denier. The higher denier tights offer the benefit of being warmer for the colder months. For more information about Denier, try our glossary.
2. How to care for your tights
The kinder you are to your hosiery the longer it will last. Tights, stockings and hold ups can be very delicate items so it is important to put them on carefully and wash them gently. When putting on or taking off hosiery remove jewellery and make sure your nails are smooth to avoid snags. To put on tights, roll from waist to toe. Put your foot in and unroll from the ankle up – making sure any decoration is kept in line. Once in place, stretch out your legs and adjust carefully as required. Do not over stretch any particular area. Roll from the waist to foot when taking off the tights. If possible, store your tights in a little bag or the packet they come in within your hosiery draw for protection and so you can identify each pair easily. To wash tights, use a hosiery bag in the washing machine or hand wash with a delicate detergent. Air dry, never tumble dry!
3. Gussets, the crux of the matter.
The gusset is the crotch area of the tights. There are many different styles of gusset that vary between style, manufacturer, price bracket and design. Four of the most common include:
- Plain gusset, an oval panel made of the same material as the item is sewn into the gusset area between the leg seams of the tights.
- Cotton gusset, or sometimes silk gusset. This time, the oval insert is made from a cotton or silk material. This is preferable for hygiene and comfort as it allows the body to breath, reducing the risk of health problems. It is often a feature of luxury tights.
- No gusset.Tights with no gusset are where the top of the two legs are stitched together at the seam of the crotch, with no additional insert. If you have curvy thighs and hips, we wouldn’t recommend tights without a gusset as the stretch on the central seams can cause ripping and discomfort. Good plus size tights will consider this.
- Open Gusset, sometimes called crotchless tights, crotch or gusset free tights.Chosen for hygienic or comfort reasons, as well as romantic surprises. These tights have a hole where the gusset piece would usually be inserted. This style can also help women to avoid any bacterial infections that can sometimes occur from wearing tights. Read more on this topic here.
4. Hose and Toes – what’s the deal?
There are a few different toe types available in hosiery styles. Generally, it will be one of either an open toe (or toeless tights). Depending on what you are wearing your tights with and what you find most comfortable will determine the toe you choose. Toeless tights offer the benefit of leg perfecting coverage with toes free for peep toe shoes or sandals, so no one will even realise you are wearing tights and those smooth, even tone legs will seem completely natural as any imperfections will be covered. For diagrams and additional info, see our tights toes page.
5. Be Brief - What is the best Tights brief?
Choose a brief that suits your style. Again, there are many different styles of briefs across different tights styles. Fashion tights may even feature the brief in their design with lace or mock bow motifs. Most commonly the brief will be either:
- Sheer to waist, meaning the material of the leg is the same from toe to waistband and there is no visible difference at the brief area. This style can sometimes be combined with a T-Band reinforcement around the waist and front and back seams. This style is good for wearing with light coloured clothing or short skirts and shorts as the shadow of a boxer brief won't show through or beneath your clothing.
- Boxer brief, meaning a reinforced (thicker material) is used from the top of the thighs to waist, cut straight across the top of the thigh like a hot pant. Common in control or support tights, a boxer brief has the benefit of added comfort and durability so your tights will last longer.
-V-Line brief, meaning a v-shaped area of reinforcement from the waist to the gusset at front and back.
You may find one brief more comfortable than another, however, most commonly it’s what you will be wearing the item with that determines what brief is best – unless it is a specialist item of hosiery that requires a specific brief, such as slimming tights. Seamless tights most commonly have no distinct brief area, which contributes to their popularity. You can see examples and read more about different tights briefs on our glossary.
6. What Are The Different Finishes For Tights?
You’ll see many terms on our site that refer to the different finish of hosiery products. Some are obvious, for example “shiny tights”. Others can be a little confusing, such as “silk” or “satin” – both of these are a light shine meaning the yarns will give a slight shimmer to the product. We also have matt products that have no shine at all. One key thing to remember is that the colour and denier of the item will impact the finish. For example, Black Gloss Tights will not look as shiny as the natural colours in sheer hosiery due to the general characteristics of the colour black. Learn more about hosiery finishes here.
7. What are the benefits of compression hosiery?
Wearing compression tights puts light or firm pressure on the limbs to help with many health complaints from swelling in the ankles to leg fatigue. Compression tights can also help to reduce the chance of blood clots and varicose veins as they encourage active blood flow to help improve circulation. This type of hosiery is good for those who are on their feet all day or for pregnant ladies suffering from tired or swollen legs and feet. Find out more about compression tights here.