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Gussets: What's the difference?

Cotton Gusset

Cotton gussets improve comfort and fit - plus as the cotton is breathable they’re great for personal hygiene.

You can tell if a product has a cotton gusset by the looking for a white circular patch of fabric at the top of the tights where the legs join.

Some tights might have a similar looking gusset made from other materials. If you want to check that that product you like has a cotton gusset, look at the fabric content of the tights, as it will usually say 1% cotton when it's a cotton gusset.


Similar to a cotton gusset, a plain gusset will improve comfort and fit, however, as it isn’t made from cotton you won’t have the same hygiene benefits.

Plain gussets can come in various colours, including white. If you’re uncertain if your gusset is cotton or not try checking the fabric content of the tights - if there is no mention of cotton, then it will be a plain gusset.

No Gusset

Not all tights will have a gusset, instead, the thickness of the fabric will remain the same around the top of the legs and waist. These tights will have a straight seam and some may even have a seam that’s been sewn into a gusset V shape.

Open Gusset

An open gusset means that the tights will have an open hole where the gusset would usually be. This is great for keeping cool and fresh, plus for hygiene reasons. An alternative for those who would prefer an open gusset would be to try stay up tights instead. Read our guide on Hold Ups for all Occasions for more information.

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