I was helping my daughter get ready for a party and we got to talking about tights. She couldn’t believe how difficult they were to put on, and how likely they were to get stretched out/slip down in places. I was telling her that in my long life, I had faced a near constant battle of tights curling down at the waistline, sometimes rolling down my hips, which I attributed to to my long waist, since it didn’t appear to be a matter of my size or my tight size. Tights, I told her, are very flawed leg coverings.
All of a sudden, a thunderbolt hit me. (So to speak.) I had never spoken with my mother about tights, and I don’t really remember comparing notes with anyone. Did I not know the basics about tights? Is there more than one way to put them on? Are there certain brands or materials I should look for? Should I buy larger than my size? What about the rolling down the waist thing — is that just a tragic reality for me and others of my ilk? Are there tight garters? What about opaque stockings?
As it is now, there is only one pair of tights that I truly trust, and that’s the Spanx double-sided ones. They don’t slip down, and depending on whether I wear them inside or out, they are either matte black or brown. But that’s just one magical pair of tights, and at this point, I have no faith that they won’t join the others that have disappointed me.
I put out the call to all tights-wearers, past and present — what are the best practices? Please, share your wisdom. Yes, I could try more Googling, but I don’t trust Google, I trust YOU. The children are our future, and my daughter deserves to have a better tights experience than I did.