Right ladies, it’s time to talk support tights. Yes, historically they may not be the most glamorous additions to your hosiery drawer, but by god do they work magic on fatigued pins and sluggish circulations. A saviour for those of us who spend the best part the day standing or sitting still for long periods of time, support tights are undoubtedly the hardest working hosiery out there. Once old fashioned and a little on the dowdy side, support tights have been given a swift makeover by fashion savvy brands, making sure that when it comes to wanting a little more support, you’ll sing your praises loud & proud.
How do they work?
From tights to hold ups and even knee highs support hosiery has made its way into almost every shape and form, making sure that just about everyone can benefit from a little support now and again. But how exactly do they work? To put it simply (and without the need for a lab coat), support hosiery works its magic by applying a graduated compression system. With the pressure at its highest on your ankles, it then decreases as you go up your legs, helping to encourage blood along your legs and eventually meeting the heart. A better flow of blood equals a healthy circulation, resulting in happy legs and an even happier you! To top it off, the gentle massaging effect does its bit to help prevent unwanted health conditions such as varicose veins or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). I told you they worked hard…
Support Tights can shape too?!
If you’re not already won over by their superhero qualities (saving the world one varicose vein at a time!), then may I point you in the direction of the gorgeously chic Aristoc Bodytoners range. Designed to deliver a graduated compression, the fabulous collection proves that you can forever feel as good as you look. Offering upport for your legs, the range also comes with several control options to help reveal a sleek silhouette. For those who consider their stomachs as a problem area, the Aristoc Bodytoners Tummy Tuck Tights are just the ticket. Working to iron out any unwanted lumps & bumps, he legs of these tights offer a medium Factor 8 level of support (more about this in a minute!), meaning that your circulation is still taken care o. If you’re after a touch more compression for your legs but still want to tame wobbly bits, the Relax Firm Control Tights from Levante are a must have. With a higher Factor 10 support looking after your circulation, a light control has been worked into the brief section of your tights to lift derrières and smooth stomachs .Fashionable by name and by nature, the Fashion Toner Tights offer the same Factor 8 leg support but this time round, the designers at Aristoc HQ have added a little flair, with an elegant diamond print decorating pins. Support tights, dowdy? I think not!
What do support factors mean?
As the pioneers of support hosiery, British brand Elbeo has been around a lot longer than our circulation complaints. But before I delve into all that Elbeo has to offer, I ought to explain exactly what different factors of support mean. Ranging from the extra firm Factor 12 to the light Factor 6, the levels are available on MyTights.com total four factors all together. ach factor equals a different amount of ‘mm Hg’ – Millimetres of Mercury at 0◦c. However, anything beyond Factor 12 begins to creep into medical grounds, with some prescriptions even calling for a Factor 20+ compression.
From super strong to a light helping hand…
For some, the stronger the better, making the Elbeo Supreme Support 30D Tights a must have. Delivering the highest level of compression that we stock, a Factor 12, the semi opaque tights are ideal for everyday wear, working to eliminate aches. Likewise, the Active Support 40 Tights from Falke also offer a strong Factor 12 support, but high quality yarns treating your legs to an oh so smooth and silky soft feel. Available in five shades for versatility (including a chic black, trendy navy creamy nude), these are ideal if you want to remain stylish & supported on that lengthy commute. Too strong, too soon? Treat pins to the other end of the support spectrum in the best selling Pretty Polly 15D Light Support Tights. Great if you’re searching for a comfortable pair for every day wear, the sheer tights offer a light Factor 6 support to energise and revive tired legs.
If you’re simply after a little pick up me to take travelling, pop on a pair of the Charnos Medium Energising Support Knee Highs. A must have for frequent flyers, the sheer 15 denier knee highs offer a medium Factor 8 support around ankles, with a gentler Factor 5 around your calves. Perfect for keeping circulation moving without you having to lift a fingeror foot, these also come with a nifty massage sole to help bring a little more comfort to your day on the go. Discreet enough to pop on underneath trousers, the Pretty Polly Silver Fresh Support Knee Highs will also help you win the war against DVT and varicose veins too!
Support hosiery, we salute you!