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Cooler Weather Calls for the Very Best Tights

These 19 pairs are stretchy, silky, and most importantly, tear-proof.

models wearing mugler and wolford tights in a roundup of the the best tights 2021
Carlijn Jacobs for Mugler

Tights aren't usually on our list of the best fall and winter wardrobe staples. They're essential under sweater dresses and maxi skirts when the temperature dips, but they're magnets for inconvenient rips and tears.

Pulling on tights doesn't have to be a chore, if you know where to shop. After combing through online reviews and new arrivals, we've found the best tights that are more than a necessity for declining temperatures. Across brands like Wolford, Skims, and Sheertex, the best tights are silky smooth and tear-proof. Finding your preferred pattern or level of sheer can be a matter of trial and error, but there are technical elements that can help you find the best tights on the first try. Denier, which measures fabric weight, gauges the opacity of a pair of tights. (If you're anti-see-through, look for a denier of 40 or above; if you want the sheer look, you'll target a denier of 30 or less.) Labels like "control-top" call out pairs that have the smoothing effect of shape wear, without the thick fabrications.

With the right pair of tights in your arsenal, gripes like tears and rolling waistbands will be things of the past. Ahead, shop the 19 best tights you won't mind wearing with every winter outfit.

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200 Denier Thermal Tights
ASOS
ASOS Design

There's no way a winter chill will get through these budget-conscious thermal tights. They're also comfortable enough for all-day wear with a flexible, high-rise waistband.

Everyday Tights
Anthropologie
Hansel From Basel

It's all in the name: Hansel from Basel has made the tights you won't mind pulling on day after day this winter. Reviewers love that they stretch but don't slide down while wearing them.

Winter Fleece Footless Tights
Saks Off Fifth
Memoi

If you want to keep dresses and skirts in rotation all winter, you'll need a pair of fleece-lined tights in your arsenal. This affordable take comes in a flexible knit perfect for day-to-day wear. At this price, we're ordering at least two pairs.

Premium Opaque Tights
Eloquii
Eloquii

Searching for perfect-fitting tights in extended sizes? Be sure to stop by Eloquii. Its tights are specifically designed for curves, and come in several wintery shades.

Fleece Lined Stirrup Tights
Revolve
Plush

Another way to wear fleece-lined tights, this time with a stirrup detail. Reviewers say they do more than keep you warm. They're opaque enough to wear as leggings with a long sweater.

Reversible Mid-Thigh Shaping Tights
Spanx
Spanx

Spanx carries some of the most reliable winter tights available right now. But if we can only order one pair, we have to choose its reversible stockings. They're built with the same contouring technology as Spanx's shaping shorts, but flip between two matte shades for endless winter layering. 

Nude Sheer Tights
Sheertex
Sheertex

Sheertex's tights have an endorsement few other hosiery brands share: They were named one of TIME magazine's Best Inventions, ever. What makes them worth the investment? Sheertex uses a proprietary knit that's fine yet durable for a silky, holds-you-in experience. The brand has six nude shades to choose from too, with detailed descriptions to help you match their tights to your skin tone. There's also a 30-day guarantee: If your tights somehow get a unwearable run, you can send them back for new hosiery.

Gold Sparkle Classic Super Sheer Tights
Sheertex
Sheertex

For the same superior fit with a little holiday shimmer, Sheertex's party-ready tights have you covered. They somehow incorporate shimmery threads without irritating your skin, leaving you to craft an extremely comfortable holiday look. Try this spangled gold or a chic silver.

Full Control Tights
Skims
Skims

These tights are everything you love about Skims shape wear—smoothing, yet supportive—in hosiery form. They also come with one of the most expansive size ranges for tights to shop online, from XS to 4X. 

Opaque Tight
Amazon
HUE

Tights that belong on our list of Amazon secret weapons: They can slide under casual and formal dresses, and their waistband is pinch-proof without sagging through the leg. Hue's tights can run small, so reviewers recommend sizing up for the best fit. 

Opaque Edit Set of 2 Tights
Nordstrom
Stems

Here's a two-pack of Stems tights that are sure to last you all winter, because you never regret having an extra pair of opaque tights handy. 

Very Fine Fishnet Tights
Shopbop
Commando

More polished than punk, Commando's fine-knit fishnet tights belong under a wintery velvet dress. You shouldn't need to double-up with a sheer, nude tight underneath: Reviewers say this pair doesn't dig into your skin like most other fishnet tights.

Tights
Hill House Home
Hill House Home

Tights are new to Hill House Home's lineup. Founder and CEO Nell Diamond told Bazaar.com finding the perfect denier and price were a top priority for the brand. At $25 a pair for luxury softness and reliable opacity, we think she succeeded. Wear this pair under all your nap dresses and regular dresses. 

x Wolford tights
MyTheresa
Mugler

Bella Hadid debuted Mugler's reissued single-seam tights on the Spring/Summer 2020 runway. Flash forward to the present: With an assist from intimates expert Wolford, everyone can incorporate these tights into their winter eveningwear looks. Standout features include thong paneling and a high-waist fit—a risqué step up from your standard black tights. 

Cashmere Sweater Tights
Natori

With so much attention on Natori's (very good) bras, it's easy to overlook its equally soft tights. Cashmere sweater tights are a luxury you can enjoy every day. Natori's pair is just as soft as your favorite cardigans or pull-overs, and reviewers say they reliably keep your legs warm. 

Falke Opaque Tights
Hatch Maternity
Falke

Expecting parents rave about these maternity tights. They're durable and supportive through the legs, but have plenty of give in the waist to accommodate a growing bump—a must for the second and third trimesters. 

Mary Cotton Rib Tights
Wolford
Wolford

Constricting waistbands can cancel out the feel-good properties of cotton tights. But Wolford's Mary style has an extra-soft waistband, ensuring these tights will never feel like a squeeze. This crimson pair packs on the fall vibes; there are also cream and black options.

Monogram Tights
Saks Fifth Avenue
Burberry

The ultra-rich way to wear patterned tights this winter, courtesy of Burberry. This is an ideal pair when you're searching for a semi-sheer tight but want an alternative to plain charcoal or black. 

Polka Dot Tights
Nordstrom
Falke

When it's time to think about holiday dressing, you'll be glad you ordered these patterned tights. The tiny dot pattern is playful, yet still grown-up—the complement your velvet party dresses didn't know they were missing. 

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