The Criteria (6)
We evaluated each pair of tights on a scale of 1 (bad) to 5 (great) based on the following:
Comfortability. (How did the tights feel?)
The Pull Up Factor. (Did the waistband stay in place or did you have to make frequent adjustments?)
The Run Factor. (Did they run or snag easily/often/at all?)
Breathability. (Did the weight of the tights make you feel overheated or not?)
Shape. (Did they have shaping properties to reduce size of waist/stomach/thighs? Did they smooth out any bumps?)
We began by reaching out to a handful of reputable tights brands, including some of our personal favorites and a few labels that were new to us. We landed on 13 brands, making sure to include styles designed to fit any body type, plus a design that was specifically created to keep you extra warm, a pair that promised to lift your booty and one whose main focus was to keep you feeling comfortable. Yup, we tried to cover all our bases.
We distributed them to our editorial team and gave the 16 testers a two-week window, during which they were expected to wear and evaluate their two, randomly assigned pairs of tights. Some wore them to the office, others out for date night, one for a weekend outing and so on.
The score for each pair reflects how the stockings performed, and the overall number was calculated by averaging across all five categories. We also considered the comments and final thoughts from our editors. Et voilà: Our official ranking was compiled.
The Results (from Worst To Best)