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A Guide for Different Types of Tights, and Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Them

Wrongly chosen tights can bring on a lot of inconveniences. It’s important to take into account their size, density, and model in order to be comfortable.

We at 5-Minute Crafts want to make sure you cover all your bases when it comes to choosing this wardrobe item.

How to choose the size of tights

The upper part of the diagram shows the weight in kg, and the left part shows the height in cm. In order to make the right choice, check at which indicator these lines cross.

Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 are universal for hosiery, while the signs XS, S, M, L, and XL are used for indicating women’s sizes. XL for weights that measure above 90 kg (200 lb) is nominal because the size of tights will be the maximum for each manufacturer for such parameters.


The fabric the tights are made from is elastic, and that’s why there are double sizes in the chart. For example, if you are 155 cm (5’8’’) tall and weigh 100 lb, you can choose the first or second size (XS — S).

Tights should fit the body perfectly. That’s the reason why choosing the correct size is the key to comfort. When in doubt, go for the larger option.

How to understand the density of the item

Denier (the short word, den, comes from Latin denarius) is a term used in textile production and stands for the density of the yarn.

  • 1 den = 1 g (0.03 oz) for 9,000 m (29,500 feet) of yarn. Therefore, the less denier, the finer and more transparent the item will be. And vice versa, the more denier the item has, the denser it will be.

But it’s not that simple. Apart from the thread itself, it is also important to consider the process of the tights’ creation. Some manufacturers wrap the yarn with polyamides to provide better resistance to damage.

When choosing hosiery, take into account those factors that can affect their wearability, such as weather, the season, and mainly what look you want to eventually get. For example, tights with a higher density are good for winter. And thinner products will be appropriate for wearing at work but are not suitable for walking in frost.

Types of tights

  • Control top tights: These are great for tightening the belly, buttocks, and upper legs. They come in a variety of colors and styles, from opaque to slightly transparent. These tights are comfortable to wear, but it’s very important to choose the right size.
  • Seamless tights: They are made using special technology, thanks to which the seams are not visible. And since there are no seams that can rub or irritate the skin, there is no discomfort during wear.
  • Compression tights: They can improve blood circulation, prevent swelling, and relieve fatigue in the leg muscles. But if you have issues with health, then make sure to consult your doctor before using them.
  • Ultra-thin tights: As a rule, their denier is less than 15. It’s women who work in offices with strict corporate dress codes who need such ultra-thin matte tights of flesh shades. However, take into account that it’s easy to tear this type of hosiery.
  • Opaque tights: Their denier starts at 50, which makes them more durable and warm. It’s a perfect choice for cold weather when your legs need additional protection from bad weather.
  • Fishnet tights: This is a forever classic that is available in various colors today. They will add a bit of spice to your look.
  • Tights without feet: They look like leggings but are finer and meant to be used as underwear, not as a separate wardrobe item.
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