Plus size tights are the most awkward of things!
They fall down.
They tear easily.
The crotch slips and rubs my chubby thighs.
They fold down, making awful suction noises as they slip.
They don’t wash well – and you end up with saggy knees.
These are all things that I associate with plus size tights.
Yet they really are a staple of my wardrobe. As the weather (presumably) turns warmer and spring begins (apparently) to raise its floral head, my style turns away from warming jeans and heavy knitted trousers and towards skirts – preferably mini skirts, the shorter the better because I love my pins.
So, as mini skirt season is (supposedly) in full swing, I thought I’d road test some specialist fuller figured tights for you. Now tights get a rough life with me; I move about continuously (sitting still is hard for me) and I’m rubbish at pulling them up and down, normally resulting to just tugging and yanking and wiggling about until they sit right. I’m also tall at 5ft10 with a big booty and hips.
So the tights got a fair outting; they were worn at least three times, then washed, and worn again. They had to put up with long commuter days in London, travel back and forth between Oxford and Devon, and generally being mishandled by yours truly. There is one exception to this – as one of the pairs were so bloody awful that they were thrown out after the first wear. Read on to find out more …
Glamory Vital Support 70 Tights
£14.95 from The Tight Spot
The Glamory Vital Support Tights are 70 denier knit with a soft, matt finish and a comfort gusset.
They are, perhaps, a slightly heavy denier than I would normally wear through spring but the very soft polyamide blend really allows your legs to breathe through this material and I got none of the normal itchy legs after a days wear.
The tights have a slight compression feel to them, designed to subtly shape and smooth your legs without feeling like a pair of control tights. I have to say, it definitely had this affect and I didn’t feel remotely constricted but my legs felt supported and definitely felt much smoother than their natural form.
They also stayed in place – all day! Honestly, these tights were marvellous. I’ve been wearing the L and they fit like a dream – sitting high around the waist and not moving from that place all day. They are super soft to the feel with quiet a bit of stretch to them. They did not lose their shape after washing.
I was, at first, put off by the price. For me, £14.95 a pair seems steep. However, I can honestly say that if, after a few more wears and washes, they haven’t lost their shape, I would definitely invest in several more pairs of these tights and I’d be intrigued to try some of the lesser deniers.
Naturally Close 40 Denier Opaque Tights – 3 pack
£8.00 from Simply Be
Working out at just £2.67 per pair, the Naturally Close tights in 40 Denier were the cheapest that I tried for this Essentials Post. Sadly, the price reflected the quality.
I tried the Medium and they fitted really well at first. They pulled on easily and sat high on my waist. However, a short walk to the bus stop and they were already rolling down. Not only that, they were pulling my pants down with them! This is not a look I want at any point … let alone when wearing an ultra mini to work.
In there defence, they have a durability to them. They were pulled up so many times, and in frustration I’m pretty sure I dug my nails in pretty damn hard a few times to hoik them up. Despite this they didn’t tear … they simply just didn’t stay up … at all!
I didn’t wear these again. They were simply too uncomfortable and I really didn’t want to flash my knickers.
Maidenform Sexy Shaping 40 Denier High Waist Tights
£16.00 from Simply Be
The Maidenform Sexy Shaping tights are the most expensive that I tried. They are extremely high waisted, sitting just below my bra band, and have a real control feeling to the waist band – comparable to a pair of body sculpting knickers or a one piece control suit. This means they’re not the most comfortable wear for everyday if, like me, you feel a little restricted by control underwear.
The tights definitely pull in the stomach and hips and have a slightly compression to the legs, similar to the support found in the Glamory tights above. They shape and encase but remain very soft to the touch. The tights also have a great stretch to them which means they’ve not come apart in the wash.
I have, however, put a finger nail through them. This has caused a slight ladder in the toe which, I assumed, would be the end of these tights. However, the ladder hasn’t gone anywhere and is easily disguised by shoes so I feel I’ll just put a small stitch in the material keep wearing them.
I’ve been wearing the 3XL which is sadly the largest they do and I don’t think they’d fit much above my size 18- disappointing for a plus size tights brand!
SCORE: 6/10 (mostly for the lack of size range ).
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first of my Essentials Series. I have some more planned for you in the coming months but is there anything in particular you’d like me to review as a plus size essential?
I’d love to know you thoughts.