The fashion team at the Telegraph newspaper have pulled together their six point guide to the new season, and they got one thing right. “Don’t be Tights”, was the prominent first point on their seasonal guide. And whilst we’re all for sartorial savings when we can pick them up, for some classic staples, it’s worth investing. Case in point: the humble opaque tights.
Telegraph Stylist Sophie Warburton aired her grievances with legwear budget buys, complaining that “cheap tights bobble after a few washes”. Well, we know that actually some of our best value opaques are made with longevity in mind, but we get her point – when it comes to quality in hosieryland, you do generally get what you pay for. The yarns used to make tights from brands like Wolford, for example, are generally super smooth and tough enough to withstand the test of time. Try the Velvet de Luxe 66 Tights, which are easy on the eye and soft on the skin, and will last season after season.
Another common gripe about budget opaques is the perpetual hosiery hazard: ladders. This is where investing in some run resist technology can really pay off. We just love the Andrea Bucci LYCRA®FUSION™ fibre Opaque Ladder Resist Tights, which have a gorgeously expensive looking matte finish and innovative ladder resist technology so you can banish the fear of unsightly snags for good.
According to Sophie, cheaper options are also prone to giving you “saggy knees and Nora Batty ankles”. Not so with quality craftsmanship from brands like Falke, the German hosiery expert whose attention to detail is second to none. The majority of their styles feature reduced stitching at the knees and ankles, which gives a superior fit on the leg and eliminates saggy tights trauma. Another tip is to opt for styles that come with a gusset – this will improve the overall fit as the tights are actually shaped around your figure. And avoid one size styles like the plague – for the perfect fit check the size guide on the style to tailor to your measurements. The solution to these worries? The Falke Seidenglatt 70 Tights, which have a luxe shiny finish, breathable cotton gusset and come in a myriad of colours and sizes so you can get a perfect fit AND match them to everything in your wardrobe!
Pay a bit extra and you also get the cream of the crop when it comes to hi-tech hosiery. The Pretty Polly Fleecy Tights have a sumptuous fleece lining that has to be felt to be believed (trust me, the entire MyTights office is madly in love with these). Or why not ditch the dry body brushing – the bathroom is far too cold this time of year anyway – and instead slip on a pair of the cellulite busting (yes, really) Emana Tights from Charnos?
Still hankering after opaques on a budget? We don’t discriminate against a frugal fashionista. Check out our full range of opaque tights, starting from a teeny tiny, barely-dent-your-bank-balance £2. Hell, you can always protect them with a hosiery bag.