With so many tights on the market to choose from, we're helping to set the record straight on what makes tights durable. Here are some tips on what to look for in well-made durable tights, an essential addition to any wardrobe.
Follow these directions when shopping for durable tights:
Check The Denier
Look for a tight with a high denier. Denier is the thickness of the fibers of a fabric. The higher the denier number, the stronger and more durable the garment will be. A high denier is essential to the sustainability of any pair of tights you choose. These Hipstik navy opaque tights have a denier of 97. That makes the material very strong but it is still lightweight, and super soft. Compare to Nordstrom Opaque Control Top Tights at only 60 denier or DKNY Women's Opaque Coverage Control Top at only 40 denier. Remember, the sheerer the tights, the lower the denier.
If you want to go a little sheer but still enjoy durability, try semi opaque like these black semi opaque tights. Hipstik semi opaque tights are 40 denier which keeps them strong. Compare to other brands such as Sheertex Classic Sheer Tights at only 30 denier.
Sizing is so important, especially when choosing a tight that is going to last. If your tights are too small there is unnecessary pulling and tugging to stretch them to fit which can cause them to rip or snag more easily than a pair that fits properly. This is especially important if you've chosen a sheer tight. Tights that fit correctly and are comfortable are imperative to the extended life of your tights. This is why Hipstik created a body shape sizing chart that's unlike how any other brands size. The design of Hipstik tights accounts for body shape. This ultimately leads to a better fit and higher level of comfort. If you're pregnant, be sure to size up one size to make sure your maternity tights are the best fit.
Opaque, Semi Opaque or Sheer?
Opaque tights are thicker and therefore are less likely to tear. Sheers are thin with a lower denier and so are more likely to tear. Any tights that have a denier of over 40 are considered opaque. However, if you want a product that is going to sustain repeated use then you will want to choose a tight with a higher denier as opposed to those that meet the bare minimum. That's why Hipstik opaque tights have a denier of 97. Opaque tights cover more and are thicker. Semi opaque tights give a slight sheer look to tights without sacrificing durability. Sheer pantyhose, while they are stylish and lightweight for all seasons, and give all legs a sexy look, they are indeed delicate. If you're someone who's tough on your garments, we recommend choosing legwear with durability in mind.
Quality and Care
The care of your tights is just as important as the care you take for any other piece of clothing in your wardrobe. If your tights are not properly cared for, they won't last. Durability doesn't only come from the fabrics that are used; it also comes from the care that is taken to ensure the longevity of one of the most important pieces of your wardrobe. Founder of Hipstik, Laura McGuire still wears the prototype tights that were manufactured for her company in 2016. You can find tips and tricks for maintaining the durability of your tights here.
There are many factors to consider when finding a durable tight that is comfortable, fits correctly, and that looks and feels amazing. Taking the denier, sizing, and care into consideration will help extend the life of your tights. Those factors will also assist you in finding the right pair for you.
Hipstik is a fashion forward company based in North Carolina. They offer sustainable opaque tights, semi opaque tights, and sheer pantyhose in a variety of colors as well as footed and footless options. Hipstik boasts comfortable tights that are high-quality and made in the USA. According to reviews, they are extremely soft and comfortable with a comfort waist top. Hipstik offers a high denier with a variety of sizes from petite to plus size.