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The best tights will be a versatile wardrobe staple, providing warmth in winter and a sheer layer in summer. A great pair can shape and add personality to your look, while offering comfort and confidence - but a bad pair can ruin your entire day, never mind your outfit.
Here at Mumsnet, we're fortunate to have a community of users who can offer their real recommendations and honest, impartial reviews. So, we've consulted the forums and rounded up our selection of the best tights to buy.
Need other wardrobe essentials? Don’t miss our guides to the best shapewear, the best swimsuits., the best leggings, the best socks, and the best women's pants, all featuring tried-and-tested recommendations from Mumsnetters.
Best tights for women 2024: at a glance
Overall best tights: Snag 80 Denier Tights, £8.49
Best tights on a budget: John Lewis ANYDAY 40 Denier Opaque Tights, £8.50
Best maternity tights: John Lewis Opaque Maternity Tights, £9
Best sheer tights: M&S 7 Denier Cool Comfort Body Shaper Tights, £6
Best fishnet tights: Ann Summers Fishnet Tights, £10
Best shapewear tights: M&S 15 Denier Body Shaping Tights, £5
Calzedonia Total Comfort Soft Touch Tights, £8
Huge range of colours
Offers available if you buy a few pairs together
Soft to the touch and comfy to wear
Size range: XS to XL | Material: 90% polyamide, 10% elastane
Comfy, long-wearing and available in a huge array of colours, these tights from Calzedonia are a great all-rounder. Made from polyamide and elastane, they're thick and stretchy and can be picked up for less than a tenner. It's worth looking out for promotions as there are often deals available if you buy a few pairs together. We love the colour options from the soft pastel shades to the bright, bold options.
John Lewis ANYDAY 40 Denier Opaque Tights, £9 (3-Pack)
Pack of three, so great value for money
Comfortable and durable
Matt finish look
Not as durable as others
Leg length can come up small
Size range: S - XL | Material: 90% nylon, 10% elastane
Only marginally dearer than a single pair of tights from elsewhere, this pack of three denier tights from John Lewis is an affordable find. They’re part of the brand’s ANYDAY range, and are opaque with a matt finish, making them a versatile option and can be worn with most outfits throughout the year.
John Lewis Opaque Maternity Tights, £9
Variety of thickness
Thick front panel for comfort
Long in the leg
Not a wide range of colour options
Size range: M - XL | Material: 89% nylon, 10% elastane, 1% cotton
Maternity tights have a tough job as they need to remain secure and comfortable throughout your pregnancy. But John Lewis’ opaque designs are so highly-rated. You can buy them in the thick 100 denier for the colder months but there's also a 60 denier option for warmer weather.
The design includes a thick front panel which is specifically shaped to add comfort to your bump as it grows. Plus, the tights have reinforced toes to avoid any rubbing or blisters. Despite the thick material, they are a breathable fabric so will see you through all seasons. You can also machine-wash them for ease and they won't lose their structure.
One tip is to size down if you're short as the larger sizes tend to feel longer in the leg. They are a little pricey for just one pair and we do wish there was a better range of colours or patterns. But for a solid pair that will see you through the nine long months, you can't go wrong with these.
M&S 7 Denier Body Shaping Sheer Tights, £12 (2-Pack)
Cooling on the skin
Lack of colour options
Size range: XS - XL | Material: 58% polyamide, 40% elastane and 2% cotton
M&S is a classic staple of the high street and its lingerie and hosiery items are held in high regard.
Sheer tights can run the risk of snags but these M&S Bodyshaper tights feature Ladder Resist technology to stop holes from turning into ladders, as well as a Bare Cooling finish that makes it feel as though you're not wearing tights at all. So far, so high tech.
One issue is the lack of colour options. With just three choices, it’s limiting for a broader range of skin tones. Plus, you have to hand-wash these, which can prove tiresome over time. But overall, at just £6 per pair and with a ton of glowing reviews, there’s no doubt these tights are fantastic value for money.
Ann Summers Fishnet Tights, £10
Cooling on the skin
Lack of colour options
Size range: Small/medium or large/X large | Material: 94% polyamide, 6% elastane, excluding trims
Fishnet tights might not be at the top of your list, but according to Mumsnetters, they’re a great way to spruce up an outfit and add an edge to your look. Whether you pair yours with a dress and heels or a skirt and Dr Martens, these fishnet tights from Ann Summers are a great option. Particularly since they are control top tights and have a stretchy, high-rise waist and a semi-sheer finish.
M&S 15 Denier Body Shaping Tights, £5 (3-Pack)
Fitted without being too restrictive
Good amount of stretch
Size range: S - XL | Material: 85% polyamide, 15% elastane
For just £5, this three-pack set is of great quality and offers shaping and sculpting for your body. M&S's Secret Slimming technology helps to streamline the body and create a flattering silhouette.
Plus, the added stretch in the material means they’re easy to slip on and off and don’t feel too restrictive.
Customers say the fabric is so strong and durable and won’t ladder. And, the tights feel so soft to the touch.
The only criticism from customers is that they can be a little long in the leg, which could be a problem for anyone short. Plus, these ones are so popular they can be hard to find in store, so shopping online is your best bet.
Wolford Matte Opaque 80 Denier Tights, £50
Wolford sells a great range of styles
Size range: XS - XL | Material: 92% nylon, 7% elastane, 1% cotton
They may be on the pricey side but there's no denying that Wolford tights offer excellent quality. Our Mumsnet users agree that the luxe brand is worth every penny due to its comfort and durability.
The Opaque tights are best sellers and they're perfect for work or evenings out. The design has reinforced toes for comfort but they're so discreet, meaning you don't have to compromise on your choice of footwear. And the thick waistband offers sculpting tummy support.
The price tag may be hard for some people to get past but as so many of our users say, they're such high-quality you'll be wearing them for years and years to come.
M&S 3pk 60 Denier Body Sensor Tights, £8 (3-Pack)
Body-sensor technology keeps you cool
Great value for money
Need to size up
If you need an extra layer or don’t feel ready to go bare-legged, these Mumsnet user approved ones are perfect for the hotter weather.
The brand’s Body Sensor Technology is such an innovative design and means the fabric can adapt to the weather, keeping you comfortable all year round. It also has a wide waistband for a flattering fit as well as reinforced toes to keep your feet free from pinching or blisters.
One tip from customers is to size up, as some have found the waistband a bit tight at their usual size. Not only were we impressed by the design of these but also the price. Less than £10 for a pack of three. It’s no wonder Mumsnetters have shared such glowing reviews.
Calzedonia Geometric Patterned Sheer Tights, £13
Good value for money
Popular styles tend to sell out quickly
Size range: XS/S or M/L | Material: 85% polyamide, 15% elastane
Who says tights can’t make a bold statement on an elegant evening out? This geometric pair from Calzedonia is like a modern twist on the fishnet and will look so good paired with a dress or skirt. There’s even a nude option if you want something a little muted. These ones are seamless for a flattering fit but they have a thick waistband that will stay up.
If the fishnet style isn’t to your taste, Calzedonia has an impressive collection of bold colours and bright patterns. Plus, the brand appears to have become the new choice for all of Hollywood’s A listers, with Selena Gomez, Hailey Bieber and Gigi Hadid all wearing Calzedonia tights at recent events.
AMIYOYO Fleece Lined Tights, £10
Can run small
Size range: M - XL | Material: 90% polyester, 10% elastane
If you want to wear a skirt or dress in the frosty winter months, you’re going to need a good quality pair of tights that will keep your legs cosy and warm. This pair from Amazon has received a huge amount of five-star reviews.
The fabric is so soft to the touch and the fleece-lining will keep you warm no matter what. Despite their thickness, customers insist they’re still so stylish and the perfect staple for winter dressing. They’re far from bulky and the design is still thin enough to wear under trousers. To put it simply, it's discreet layering that doesn’t compromise on quality.
Our only criticism is that they run a little short in the leg, with some customers needing to size up to achieve the perfect fit.
HEIST The Nude, £22
Great shade range
Barely-there feeling of comfort
High price point
Size range: XS to medium | Material: 64% polyamide, 36% elastane
HEIST is a brand that really cares about inclusion. In fact, the British start-up was founded on the basis that all women’s bodies are unique and lingerie and hosiery should be designed to suit.
The brand’s impressive range of nude tones were developed after working with 100,000 women to find shades for everyone. The tights may be expensive but they're built to last and made from the label's 5,000 spiral yarn. The tights have no gusset to prevent sagging and the waistband is hand-stitched, so it perfectly contours to your body and flatters your shape.
As many of our Mumsnet users can vouch, the tights are so beautifully soft and have a real barely-there quality.
How to choose the right tights for you
There are a ton of hosiery options on the British high street but we’ve rounded up a key guide on the things to consider before making an investment.
Denier: This refers to the weight of fabric in a piece of hosiery. To be clear, the higher the number, the thicker the material and the more opaque it will be on your leg. Tights with a denier of 40 or over will be considered opaque, but for a solid colour with full coverage, you need to look at deniers above 80. 30 denier and under are classed as sheer (see-through) tights.
Skin tone: Nude tights used to only come in a limited range but brands such as Heist have made incredible strides with inclusivity and now have a large collection to suit a wide range of skin tones. Falke, Wolford and Snag are also worth a browse.
Size: Always check the brand’s sizing chart on their website for reference but it’s also a good idea to check out the reviews or our trusted Mumsnet forums. Some brand’s sizing runs large or small, whilst others may be long or short in the leg. Snag are great for carrying sizes from 4 to 36 and Heist have also taken steps to be more inclusive with their range.
Figure control: There’s a great choice of body-shaping tights on the market. Be clear on what it is you need. For tummy control, try brands that offer a thicker waistband and for thighs, opt for something with more structure in the leg. Try not to size down dramatically for a sculpted effect as this will lead to discomfort.
Do you need compression tights?: Compression tights will enhance the shape of your legs but are primarily worn for medical reasons. They improve blood flow around each part of your lower limbs to decrease tiredness, aches and swollen ankles and feet.
Are tights comfortable to wear?
If they fit well and are made from soft fabric, then yes, tights are comfortable to wear - in fact, it's hard to resist tights. Innovations in fabric construction have meant that tights now feel more pleasant against the skin.
Typically, tights for summer are sheer and a low denier. But brands like M&S have also developed their own Body Sensor technology that means the fabric adjusts to the weather and offers comfort all year long.
What’s the best material for tights?
Most tights are made from man-made fibres, such as nylon, because they are more durable, so they stand up to daily wear and tear. Elastane will usually be added to the mix to provide stretch so that the tights fit well and are easy to wear.
Cotton is often the fabric of choice for things like gussets and waistbands as it feels softer and more breathable.
What are the best tights?
Without a doubt, it seems our Mumsnet users are the biggest fans of Snag’s outstanding 80 deniers. When we trawled through our trusted forums to get an insight into our users suggestions and preferences, Snag tights were mentioned again and again.
Snag has created an innovative way for poorly-fitting ones to be a thing of the past. Your shape, height and dress size are all used to calculate your perfect Snag fit. We also enjoyed the range of beautiful colours they come in. Blueberry Muffin and Plum are lovely alternatives to navy or grey and Bubblegum and Mosaic will brighten the most dreary of days.
How we chose our recommendations
Recommendations from real Mumsnet users
Mumsnetters have certainly put a range of tights through their paces with every kind of outfit, with many Mumsnet users sharing experiences (both good and bad) of the tights they’ve personally tried and tested.
First up, we sought out the trusted opinions of Mumsnet users to get their feedback on their favourite tights, as well as the brands that they have tried, rated, and would recommend to their friends.
We also looked out for any negative reviews, where Mumsetters highlighted products that they felt were poor quality, ineffective, quick to ladder, or quick to get holes.
We then cross-checked our recommendations with the tights praised by fashion experts to ensure we were bringing you the best products that are rated across the board.
Authentic consumer reviews
Finally, to bring you our definitive list of the best tights, we thoroughly investigated genuine, in-depth customer reviews on retailer sites such as John Lewis, M&S, Ann Summers, and independent sites to get broader consumer experiences regarding the products on our shortlist.
Why you should trust us
Transparency is crucial to us, and that's why we're always honest about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their own friends and family.
About the author
Kat Romero is a writer and journalist with over a decade’s experience in the industry. Hailing from London, she has become experienced in scouring the market to find the latest and best products that are worth your purchase.
As a working mum of a toddler, she knows all too well the struggle to balance everything and the emotional and financial strain parenthood can have on families. That’s why her guides are always written with every budget in mind.
Away from her desk, Kat can be found consuming far too much coffee and spending her weekends with her toddler and partner - soaking up the sights of London and sampling anything new and exciting that has opened up within walking distance. Her favourite activity to do with her son is to visit London’s incredible museums and immerse themselves in new exhibits or installations.