Reader mail: Which tights are truly opaque?

The Best Opaque Tights | CorporetteReader M writes to us with a question…

Could you do a piece on where to find really good opaque tights? I would love to buy some Wolford pairs, but think $64 may be a bit out of my price range right now. I want TRULY opaque — not the kind that you can kind of see through at your knee.

Personally, we’re fans of Spanx’s reversible tights — because there’s a color on each side they seem much more opaque to us. We have the gray/black pair, and have been happy with the opacity of both colors. Our one little thing is that we wish the thick seam stretching below the belly-button weren’t there, or that if it’s still there, that it were more prominent on the gray than the black.  Readers, which tights do you swear by for opacity?
Pictured: SPANX ‘Two-Timin’ Tights, available at Nordstrom’s for $34.

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Comments

  1. If you are in London, Marks & Spencer sells awesome tights, by the denier. Their 80 denier tights are fantastic, and, as a bonus, come in tall for long-legged gals. I have pairs from YEARS ago that hold up well. Pick up some if you’re across the pond. They’re cheap too!

    I also recommend looking at One Hanes Place, which is the seconds outlet for L’eggs and Hanes (like Sheer elegance). They do have some tights, and I have never found a “visible” issue as to why the products there are seconds. They have super-cheap trouser socks too, and it’s getting to that time of year.

    http://www.onehanesplace.com/category/5000000000.html

  2. I love the spanx ones you recommend. I wore the gray/black pair last winter and nearly cried when I snagged them on my boot zipper. They are warm and comfortable and truly opaque.

  3. Corpcounsel :

    NOT J Crew “totally opaque” style. I am wearing the grey ones today and they are thin and see through.

  4. Thanks for the heads up on the Spanx ‘Two-Timing’ tights. I’ll have to try those out! What a genius idea – reversible tights!

  5. One note on the spanx–although opaque, they aren’t truly black. Or at least my brown/black ones aren’t. I bought these because I had heard that they were the most opaque but when I wear them as black tights (which is almost always) they have an oddly brown tinge to them.

  6. Gap tights. They come in tall (good for me) and are good and opaque. I haven’t bought any for a couple of years though.

    I find jcrew’s to be a bit see-through and also too short.

    • Seconding the Gap nomination – or at least, because I bought two pairs in high school and am still wearing them, seconding the Gap’s tights from over a decade ago…

  7. I like the bargain Spanx brand at Target, Assetts. Though now that I think about it, I’m not sure if they’re as opaque as people want . . . you’d never mistake them for pantyhose though.

  8. Anonymous :

    http://warmlegwear.com/

    the merino wool tights are super warm, very opaque, and only $20-25.

  9. something i’ve never quite figured out–what is the difference in pantyhose and tights? is there a difference, or is it just two names for the same thing?

  10. Can someone comment on how you wear the really opaque tights? If I wear them under a skirt, I usually feel like I’m wearing leggings (not a professional look). Are there particular fabrics/styles that you wear opaque tights with to keep the look professional?

  11. While we’re on the subject of opaque tights . . . can I wear wine colored mary janes with black opaque tights? Or even black or grey hose? Or does wine only go with beige nylons?
    Specifically, these shoes: http://www.zappos.com/softspots-millie-wine-leather

  12. I swear by Falke, which aren’t cheap but are usually a little under Wolford prices. Can highly recommend their “cotton touch” range, and in the right size, they defnitely don’t feel like leggings.

  13. I’ve had good luck with Banana Repulic tights. Their selection is somewhat limited but the quality is good.

  14. American Apparel has some that are pretty opaque– I think they’re somewhere in the neighborhood of $15.

  15. Miss Law Clerk :

    I swear by Target Merona brand tights. They come in a two pack and they’re pretty cheap! I’m actually wearing them under a pencil skirt right now! Not only are they opaque but they have a slight shimmer/sheen to them so they don’t like like solid tights under a skirt and they make your legs look great!

  16. I love wearing black tights in the winter, but I’m not sure if they are appropriate for court. Maybe with the right shoes… Any suggestions??

  17. oh. far more affordable are eddie bauer brand tights. they are sturdy, opaque and perfect for long legged women!
    :0)
    -kkm

  18. DKNY standard black tights and the Hue super-opaques or whatever they’re called. One important thing is that if you’re in between sizes, size up, and they’ll look more opaques.

    Oh, and you can totally wear burgundy shoes with black tights. I wouldn’t even have thought of nude hose, actually.

  19. If you’re in New York, Uniqlo has fantastic ones that are also hightech and keep you warm in the winter.

  20. yes, but what shoes… do they always have to be black flats if you’re wearing black tights?

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