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Bastarding tights....

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twoundertwowillbefun Fri 14-Oct-16 21:27:43

Sorry for the title but tights are giving me the rage at the moment.

I had a baby 4 weeks ago and I'm shrinking back into shape but my belly is still a bit wobbly, I'm a size 14 and fairly tall so a bit pudgy rather than fat and get the large size in tights as per their measurement on the packet. I wear dresses most of the time as I'm more comfort in them and have dropped a fortune on lots of black 80-100 denier tights for the winter in good brands (think M&S and upwards)

My problem is this - the tights start rolling down from the top when I'm walking, I have a pretty long body and wonder if this is the problem? I've tried 'shaping tights' to hold in my tum but the same happens and I'm constantly pulling/adjusting them around the waist. I do heaps of walking so this just makes it even worse as I'm so uncomfortable and look like a loon yanking my tights all the time....I don't remember this always being such a problem but I was wondering if anyone had any advice on better fitting brands or if there are any higher waisted ones I could 'tuck' into my bra to stop them rolling down hmmconfused.

eurochick Fri 14-Oct-16 21:33:19

I was still in maternity wear at that point. Have you tried mat tights while you are shrinking?

wombattoo Fri 14-Oct-16 21:43:06

This also happens to me. I am not tall. It has put me off skirts/dresses. I remember as a child my DM telling me to wear pants over the tights to keep them up grin
I have a pair from Wolfords which were expensive. They do not roll down.

shhhhSleeping Fri 14-Oct-16 21:45:13

I have this problem with my maternity tights but have recently realised part of the problem is my underwear. If I've got well fitting, decent coverage briefs on in a non slippy material then it keeps my tights up much better than if I've accidentally pulled on a pair of slightly too small pre pregnancy fancy pants...when the gusset is round my knees after 20 paces.

Knicker type doesn't make a difference to my tights when I'm not pregnant but maybe there's something about my big belly that means they need more friction to keep them in place....anyway, might be a cheap and easy change rather than buying more tights?

ScarlettDarling Fri 14-Oct-16 21:45:28

If you're wearing boots then I'd wear black leggings instead of tights. You can't tell the difference as long as your boots cover the ankle area where leggings meet socks! So much more comfortable, I loooooooaaaaathe tights!!

evelynj Fri 14-Oct-16 21:54:46

There's been a thread on gloss recently about tights & everyone rates wolfords. They're so expensive though. I might buy a pair if I ever get invited to another wedding. I ladder everything & cant see how these would be so much better than m&s etc

whitesklyer Fri 14-Oct-16 21:56:01

Put your knickers over your tights (seriously) . This revelation got me through last winter.... give it a go at least.

Girlwhowearsglasses Fri 14-Oct-16 22:04:53

You might actually be buying too big?

Also - it helps to have wet hands when you pull the tights up - makes it much easier to get as much fabric as high as poss.

Also don't wear moisturiser on legs - learnt my lesson some timein the early 2000's when I tried to wear hold ups with sexy lace at the top on a date. As I'd worn moisturiser they started rolling down as soon as I left the house. So embarrassing - spent entire time with hands on thighs holding them up!

idontlikealdi Fri 14-Oct-16 22:05:20

I'm 5ft7 and a size 16 and I have finally realised I need a medium in M&S tights. I always wore large but I spent my life pulling them up.

readyforno2 Fri 14-Oct-16 22:07:31

Agreeing with pp..
Definitely put a pair of pants over the top. Works wonders. I never wear tights on their own

DelphiniumBlue Fri 14-Oct-16 22:43:48

I have a wobbly tum, although 16 years post-partum!
last week, I bought the best tights ever. Sainsburys, 3 in a pack, 40 denier. They are just fab! Normally I have to wear pants over the top to stop the crotch drooping, but these stay up really well and comfortably. They come up quite high on me,but that's fine. For comparison, I am 5'4, short body, long legs, roughly size 16 bottom half.
FWIW, I usually buy Walford or Falke, and these are better, at about a quarter of the price.

twoundertwowillbefun Sat 15-Oct-16 14:41:44

Thank you all - some real pearls of wisdom in there smile Thank god for Mumsnet grin

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 15-Oct-16 15:03:27

I don't know what M & S have done to their tights, but I never found a pair of opaques last year that stayed up. I have some from two years ago, same size, same type, and they are fine. I find Boots tights and also Sainsbury's much better and don't roll down at all.

hiccupgirl Sat 15-Oct-16 19:02:42

I would say your tights are maybe too big and a smaller size might stay up better. I had this problem when I lost a lot of weight and then tried to carry on wearing the same size tights which appeared to be ok, until I tried to walk anywhere.

I find M&S and Sainsburys tights both work well on me but I'm only 5'3'.

Polarbearflavour Sat 15-Oct-16 19:46:21

Superdrug M/L in a 30 or 40 den for me!

I hate hate hate it when they don't stay up and end up leaving really sore red marks on my thighs, URGH.

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