Ugh, it happened again. We tore a hole in our precious black tights. (And before we even had a chance to wear all of our new midi skirts. Tear.) How does one go about solving this perpetual issue? Reviews, of course. We scoured the web to find the top-rated, editor-approved tights that are guaranteed not to rip or stretch after just one measly wear. Add these to our drawer, stat.
Best For Everyday Wear: DKNY Opaque Control Top Tights
With nearly 200 five-star reviews, these tights top the list. They’re made with a thick nylon and a control top that many reviewers promise is the perfect level of compression without suffocation.
Best For Long Days: Spanx Luxe Leg Mid-Thigh Shaping Tights
Is there anything Spanx can’t do? With a collective five stars across the namesake site and Amazon, reviewers write that these are warm, soft, cozy, and many even say they’ll leave them on once they’re back home because of how comfortable they are (the true litmus test). The only downside is that they can run short, so long-legged ladies—you've been forewarned.
Best For Wedding Season: Commando Semi Opaque Tights
The thicker waistband is what testers raved about on this pair. If you ever feel your tights are uncomfortably digging into your midsection, look to this gentle version that covers a larger area. They’re also perfect for a formal office, since they are slightly sheer.
Best Investment: Wolford Velvet 66 Shaping Tights
Although these are on the more expensive end, several of the reviewers across Saks Fifth Ave, Nordstrom and Amazon promise that they are well worth it. Warm yet still breathable. Opaque but still lightweight. And best of all: very unlikely to tear or rip, like, ever.
Best For Opacity: Falke Pure Matte 100 Tights
A perfect matte pair of tights can be hard to come by, but—dare we say?—the online shoppers found them. Some highlights? “Soft as butter,” “As comfortable as leggings” and “The perfect winter tights.” Can’t argue with that.
Best For the Office: DKNY `EVOLUTION’ SATIN Jersey Tights
If you’re in the market for panty hose that are a bit sheer, these are your best bet. They have the silky thinness of a dressier tight without losing the comfort, shape or smoothness of a high-quality, thicker option.
Best for Plus Size: Berkshire Easy-On 70 Denier Tights
For anyone looking for a plus size option that isn’t horrifically constricting, look no further. Available in sizes 1X-6X, these easy-on tights are made from breathable microfiber to offer total opaque coverage while regulating body heat.
Best For Tummy Control: Spanx Tummy Shaping Tights
Occasionally, shapewear is necessary. More than often, it’s incredibly uncomfortable. But not anymore: Reviewers swear that these are tummy toning and leg shaping without feeling like you can’t breathe.
Best For Comfort: Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50
On the flip side, sometimes control is not what you’re in the mood for. This classic pair offers no compression or shaping, so you can throw them on over a midi dress and they’ll successfully get the job done.
Best For Maternity: Spanx Mama Tights
We wouldn’t compile a list without keeping in mind the mamas-to-be. Instead of looking for standard pairs that you hope can stretch, try this maternity option, made with soft yarn that stretches to accommodate your changing shape throughout pregnancy. Reviewers write that they purchased based on their pre-belly size and are able to wear them well into their third trimester.
Best For Freezing Temps: Plush Fleece-Lined Tights
If it’s dropping into single digits, but you’re dying to wear that dress you got for Christmas, may we suggest these ultra-warm tights? Reviewers rave about how much warmer these, lined with a thin layer of snuggly fleece, are than traditional tights, without becoming uncomfortable.