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The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab put dozens of tights to the test, evaluating them in the Lab for stretch recovery, snag resistance, bursting strength at the seams, colorfastness, and washability. We then had consumer testers wear them in real life to give feedback on comfort, waistband-rolling, snagging, running, stretching out and more. Read on to learn more about our top performers, but first, here's what you need to know when shopping for tights:. Thickness is usually indicated by the denier — i. In general, the higher the denier, the more opaque the tights, meaning they're thicker and less sheer.
After doing in-depth research, testing 16 pairs for at least eight hours at a time, and enlisting three unbiased testers to do label-blind testing of the final six top pairs, the much-beloved Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 are still the top opaque tights on the market. The high price might scare off some budget-minded people, but these are an investment in your fashion future. One pair can last for years—a reliable and significant improvement on most ultra-disposable options on the market. The Wolford Velvet de Luxe 66 tights are thick but not ludicrously so, warm enough for an average chilly day, and attractive under a range of outfits. They have a comfortable but secure waistband, are silky to the touch, and easily best their competitors in terms of quality and longevity.