The Great Tights Tournament: A Leg-Wear Showdown That Helps You Find the Perfect Tights
Spring is slowly arriving around the country, but in Chicago it’s still pretty chilly. While sandals and bare legs might be do-able in Georgia or California, it continues to be boots and tights weather here in the tundra. After three winters in Chicago, I consider myself an expert(ish) on surviving the brutal cold while maintaining my personal style. In other posts I’ve discussed how important layering and choosing the right coat are to staying warm. Also essential: a proper pair of tights. This post is the product of extensive research and cross-referencing of basically every brand of hosiery I have in my closet. I put each pair head to head in…The Great Tights Tournament!!
THE COMPETITORS: American Apparel, Betsy Johnson, DKNY, George, HUE, Nine West, Plush, Pretty Polly, We Love Colors
1: Durability: How well do these tights hold up over time? Do they hold their shape, stand up to picks and snags, and avoid runs?
2: Comfort: Are these tights comfortable enough for long days? Are they stretchy? Do they have smooth waist bands and soft material? Are they constricting after a few hours?
3: Affordability: Are these tights reasonably priced in comparison to other tights of similar quality? Are there good sales on this brand?
4: Style: Are these tights fun, with various patterns and colors? Does the brand have a wide range of styles?
5: Warmth: Are these tights feasible for winter wear? Are they practical for layering with other tights?
The Rating System: 1 for least, 5 for most.
|We Love Colors||3-4||4||4-5||5||3-4||4.1|
It seems that most tights are either stylish (Betsy Johnson, American Apparel, Pretty Polly) or comfy and (DKNY, Plush). Most tights weren’t both. Betsy Johnson has some great styles and Plush has a pair of fleece-lined tights that I swear by on snowy days, but neither are my all-around faves. Likewise, many of American Apparel’s tights are attractive and fun, but they tear easily and are generally over-priced. Of all the tights I tested, those I found to have the best combination of all the categories were HUE, George, and We Love Colors. My only problem with George tights is that they’re produced and mostly sold by Wal-Mart. A friend gave me two pairs of these and they’re fantastic, but I so heartily disagree with Wal-Mart’s policies that I say George fails on ethical grounds. :) Thus, I decided to share two outfits in my favorite of the high scorers, We Love Colors and HUE.
We Love Colors can’t be beaten in terms of price and style. Their hand-dyed tights are super rich in color and don’t seem to fade, even after a number of washes. The range of colors they offer is staggering and at their prices stocking up is an affordable option. My only major issue with this brand is that their tights tend to lose their shape and become baggy after a while. A little time in the dryer generally fixes the problem, but still, it’s a drawback. Here’s me in one of my favorite pairs of WLC tights.
HUE sells the perfect pair of opaque, matte black tights, a style otherwise incredibly hard to find and essential to my wardrobe. They also have fun patterns and colors, all of which are durable but comfortable, making them the perfect tights to wear all day long. If I know I’m going to be running about and need to be comfortable, the first pair of tights I reach for are HUEs. They’re stretchy, cozy, affordable, and they look great with everything, including my new favorite blazer, snagged in Austin last week.
How do you determine which tights are the best/worst? What are your favorite (or least favorite) brands of tights? Does my nerdy table jive with your experience with those I’ve chosen? Please contribute to the discussion so we can all keep our legs warm and comfy! :)
***Some tights c/o We Love Colors and Plush. Sponsorship did not affect the results of this study in hosiery.***