Whether you spend long hours on your feet at work or remain largely inactive sat at your desk, it’s not uncommon for our legs to become jaded, tired, and generally uncomfortable. Many of us often suffer in silence, choosing to ignore our aches and pains and in the process neglect our long-suffering pins. But think about it this way – if you had a migraine, you’d reach for the Ibuprofen. Just as you’d get some antibiotics for a nasty cough. So, why should our legs be any different? Support tights are a fantastic way to alleviate your sore limbs, using a clever little technique called graduated compression. This works by applying pressure to the ankle region, gradually getting lighter as it travels up the leg to push blood towards your heart for an all-round healthier circulation. Not bad for a pair of tights, right? Even better, it’s now entirely possible to channel a fabulous legwear look and have a real spring in your step, with the excellent variety of options on offer at MyTights!
First things first, you should know that support tights come in a range of different factors. In simple terms, these denote the strength of compression used, which range from 6 to 21, although it is worth noting that anything above factor 15 does require a medical prescription. These are displayed in brackets next to all of the products on our support tights page, as well as the level of support (Light to XX Firm). If you’ve never used support tights before, a general rule of thumb is to start with the lightest support, swapping for stronger if these aren’t doing the trick. Now, with the technical stuff out of the way, I can get back to giving you some of my top picks…
Great for…on a budget
If you want to look after your purse as well as your legs, a great option are the Pretty Polly Stand Easies Tights. As the name would suggest, these light support tights will give your legs the gentle boost they need, all the while giving you a classic pair of 20 denier tights for everyday use. With three natural skin tone shades, they also come with the advantage of being available in sizes ranging up to XXL. All of that for £5…who can argue with that? If you like these but prefer a slightly sheerer leg, the Pretty Polly 15D Light Support Tights are just the ticket, made with a 15 denier leg, the choice of Nude and Barely Black and a budget busting price of just £3.25 a pair. Perfect for the office, a brilliant option for fans of semi-opaque legwear would be the Levante Relax Medium Support Tights. Typical of Italian brand Levante, these 30 denier tights are excellent value for money and come with a real air of quality. What’s more, the medium support level is ideal if the lightest support options aren’t quite enough, while the choice of 7 shades means you can stock up to have the perfect pair for each occasion.
Great for…added benefits
What would you say if I told you you could look chic, feel revitalised AND tame your problem areas all at the same time? Well, the reality is that you can, with the Aristoc Bodytoners Tummy Tuck Tights! Made with a medium support level (factor 8), these 15 denier tights have an incognito control panel that works to flatten your midriff and energise your legs. Given an added style hit with an elegant slight sheen finish, trials showed that 9 out of 10 wearers saw a marked improvement in both their aching legs and silhouette. Statistics never lie! Carrying on with the formidable trio is the Falke Active Shaping Support 20 Tights, perfect for your tiresome legs with their X Firm support level. Slightly more expensive, but, in my opinion worth every penny, you’ll gain a stylish pair of 20 denier matte tights from a luxury German brand that feel truly exquisite against your leg. Not just focusing on your tummy this time, you’ll also achieve a silhouette to be proud of, with a top secret control panty that works on your hips and derrierre as well as your stomach. The hardest working tights in the business! If your waist is your problem zone, you simply can’t go without the Aristoc Bodytoners High Leg Toner Tights. Again boosting your circulation with their medium support level, these 15 denier tights have a knitted control panel and high cut leg to really get to work on shaping your waist and tummy region. Killing two birds with one stone – sounds good to me!
Great for…specialist brand
No guide of support tights would be complete without Elbeo, a traditional support brand that are wonderful at producing affordable, everyday legwear in a range of different support factors. With tights, stockings and knee high socks in the mix, there really is a great deal to choose from, so you’re bound to find something to suit yours or your loved ones needs perfectly. If this is your first time using support tights, a great place to start are with the Elbeo Mirage 15D Light Support Tights. With a light support (factor 6), these sheer tights are lovely and comfortable, boasting a boxer brief for some added durability and the option of 8 timeless colours. If it’s a medium support you need, look no further than the Elbeo Sheer Magic 20D Medium Support Tights. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, these 20 denier tights really are magic, with factor 8 support level no less than 9 lovely colours to peruse. Also available in a 20 denier stocking and a two pack of 15 denier knee high socks if you’re a fan! They also cater for those of you requiring firm or X-Firm support, with the Elbeo Caresse Firm Support Tights, and the Elbeo Supreme Support 30D Tights.
So there we have it – fatigued legs are a thing of the past! It’s high time you gave your pins the attention they deserve, don’t you think? Be sure to check out our entire range of support tights before you leave!
Until next time…