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Tights or leggings?

(23 Posts)
SunnySideForever Sat 14-Jan-17 15:34:48

Going to semi-formal do next week and wearing ankle boots. Really not keen on tights so was wondering if I would get away with leggings?

user1471446905 Sat 14-Jan-17 15:40:34

No. Tights are for going under skirts, leggings are for doing sporting type activities and at a push going under a jumper type dress!

XiCi Sat 14-Jan-17 15:48:05

Definitely tights, especially if it's quite formal. Really don't like the leggings under a dress look.

SunnySideForever Sat 14-Jan-17 16:09:04

I've never really found tights all that comfortable that's why I was wondering

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 14-Jan-17 16:42:58

Agree with pp's, you need tights

Pinkkahori Sat 14-Jan-17 16:48:41

I sometimes cut the bottom off the legs of opaque tights to wear with ankle boots, the comfort of leggings with the look of tights.

Atlanticblue76 Sat 14-Jan-17 17:24:06

Have you tried Wolford Tights? They're quite expensive (about £25), but the most comfortable tights ever! They last for years so definitely an investment. They also give a much nicer silhouette, so if you don't need shape underwear (if you wear it).

UsedToBeAPaxmanFan Sun 15-Jan-17 08:38:33

I bought Wolford tights last year to wear to a posh event. The chair at said posh event had some velcro under the seat (god knows why) and it ripped both legs of my very expensive tights. Never again!

I have worn footless tights under a dress with boots, which works much better than leggings if you want to be smart. I don't understand why anyone would wear leggings under a dress.

MixedUpConfusion Sun 15-Jan-17 09:24:02

I got a pair of Wolford 80 denier tights for Christmas and wore them for the first time yesterday. They have a big click in already. Expensive rubbish.

Difficultyear2015 Sun 15-Jan-17 09:44:25

Footless tights?
I prefer leggings but only because they are warmer. If I was to get super thermal tights they would look the same as leggings anyway

BusterGonad Sun 15-Jan-17 09:55:55

Leggings are far too casual, at a push I wear leggings under a dress but that's because I'm in the Middle East and bare legs are a no no!

ChocolateDoll Sun 15-Jan-17 09:56:07

What's the actual outfit????

You can only do leggings if it is along the lines of a knitted jumper dress type number....

Ifonlyiweretaller Sun 15-Jan-17 10:06:38

i do leggings with 'tunic' type tops (too short to be classed as dresses) but would always do tights with a dresses (even though i find the waistband of tights very uncomfortable).

BusterGonad Sun 15-Jan-17 18:23:21

I'm with you on that ifonly why can't they do waist bands a bit like leggings? Is doesn't matter what size you get, the waist band always feels like a size 8!!!!

badabing36 Sun 15-Jan-17 21:21:32

I always wear leggings. If you buy the long ones you can tuck them into black socks and hide them in ankle boots. No-one knows you're not wearing opaque tights (I think).

Judydreamsofhorses Sun 15-Jan-17 21:38:24

Another Wolford fan here. I buy a couple of pairs during the Frasers blue cross thingy every year and they really do last for years. Falke do 100 denier footless tights which I sometimes wear with boots/socks under a dress.

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 16-Jan-17 15:37:28

I wouldn't trust my cats not to suddenly jump on me and accidentally catch my tights so can't justify expensive ones, I just buy cheap £5 pairs and replace.

sanitygirl Mon 16-Jan-17 15:40:56

I hate tights too. I really love Falke's cotton touch leggings - they look like opaque tights and if you're wearing ankle boots nobody will be able to tell that they're not tights

BaronessBomburst Mon 16-Jan-17 15:48:12

I always wear leggings, socks and boots with dresses! They just look like opaque tights.
But define leggings. Mine are all quite thin, and some have a sheen to them. I don't wear the thick cotton ones made from t-shirt type material.

polyhymnia Mon 16-Jan-17 23:10:26

I think M and S Autograph velvet touch opaque tights are very comfortable.

user1471545174 Tue 17-Jan-17 00:13:51

I like those too, polyhymnia. They seem to fit better than Wolford.

polyhymnia Tue 17-Jan-17 09:56:40

Yes they actually do fit me better than Wolford. And I'm not usually an M and S fan!

namechange20050 Tue 17-Jan-17 16:31:33

Wolford all the way. I have wolford leggings on now; they are basically really thick footless tights, no one would know there weren't just opaque tights. Is that an option Op?

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