Tights, Stockings and Hold Ups are not try before you buy items & there’s nothing worse than feeling trapped in an uncomfortable piece of hosiery all day long!
So, we’ve put together some handy tips on which brands work best for what body types. Make sure you check the size chart for every product and consider both width and height stretch. We stock a huge range so no matter your shape, we’ll have something that is just right for you.
Best For Tall
Wearing tights that are too short is so uncomfortable & can result in tears or ladders due to distortion of fibres or because they are constantly being pulled up! Show off those long legs with great fitting hosiery:
- Levante Hosiery, come in X-Tall which is 6″1 or 185cm, from £5.95
- Glamory Hosiery , up to 4XL in height this is 6’7″ or 204cm, from £5.95
- Wolford Leggings, up to 6’1″ in Height this is 186cm, from £26.95
- Cecilia de Rafael Eterno 15 Shiny Tights, up to XXLarge which is 6’3″ or 195cm,£14.95
Best For Large Thighs
Hosiery that’s too tight on the thigh can dig in or tear. Hold ups and stockings that don’t fit the thigh comfortably can be unflattering, or can start to roll down the leg! Choosing a specialist product like below will mean all day comfort and security:
- Lida Thigh Protector, Avoid thigh chafe this summer! Up to thigh circumference 40″ or 100cm, £8.95
- Miss Naughty Hold Ups, up to 3XL, thigh circumference 30″ or 78cm, £10.95
- Glamory Hosiery, up to 4XL in thigh circumference 39″ or 99cm, in tights, hold ups and stockings
- Lida Tights, up to 67″ hip circumference or 170cm in tights, leggings and hold ups, from £7.95
Best For Round Tummies
Getting tights to fit in the leg and waist can be difficult if you carry more weight on the stomach. Choosing styles with deep waistbands and flat or no seams will reduce any digging in and should create a smoother silhouette. We’d recommend these:
- Gipsy Tights, Create a smooth, sleek outline with Gipsy Shaper Tights, up to XL, £7.95
- Oroblu Tights, All feature comfort, deeper waistbands! Many styles up to XXL, from £8.95
- Wolford Neon 40 Tights, Comfort sewn on waistband with reinforcement, up to XL £26.95
- Platino Confort Tights, deep, adjustable comfort waistband, up to XXLarge, £9.95
Best For Short
Tights that are too long fall down, constantly. You may also find that unsightly rolls gather at the ankles and knees. It’s especially a problem for net or patterned tights where a even finish is key! Try the below brands for a good, shorter fit.
- Fiore Hosiery, Height from 5’0″ or 152cm, run short!
- Cecilia de Rafael Tights, Height is from 4’8″ or 145cm, many in XSmall
- Gipsy Tights, Height is from 5’0″ or 152cm, run short!
- Trasparenze Tights, Height is from 4’9″ or 149cm
Best For Wide Hips
Wide hips will feel more comfortable in tights with extra waist and hip space – sometimes this includes a back panel insert. However, more luxury items made from quality materials will naturally accommodate a greater hip stretch. We love:
- Levante Extra Tights, up to XXL which is 242lbs or 110kg, specially fitted for larger hips, £6.75
- Pamela Mann Maxi 50 Denier Tights, up to 5XL which is UK size 34 and USA 32, specially fitted for large hips, £8.95
Lida Crotchless Tights, up to hip circumference of 67″ or 170cm, plus extra hip and thigh space, £9.95
- Wolford Satin Touch 20 Tights, Luxury yarns, up to XXL UK Dress Size 24 – 26, USA 22 – 24, £18.95