How-To: Finding the Perfect Black Opaque Tights as a Tall Woman

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If you haven’t noticed, I LIVE in black opaque tights during the winter. They’re most definitely a wardrobe staple for me and many of my outfits are built around them. It’s not easy though, finding black tights that are opaque enough, especially as a tall woman.

Here are some tips I’ve learned for finding the perfect black opaque tights:

  • Check the “denier” (fiber density) on the package. The higher the number, the more opaque. I like 90 denier or more.
  • Look at the spandex-to-nylon ratio. Generally, I prefer no more than 91% of the tights to be made of nylon. I’ve found that the higher the nylon percentage, the quicker the tights rip. Sometimes materials other than spandex will be used. This is fine, but again, make sure that the percentage of nylon is no more than 91%.
  • Buy the largest size possible. The more fabric you have to work with, the more opaque the tights will be. I like Hue Super Opaque Tights Non-Control Top and I wear the largest size (size 3).
  • When you’re in the store, put your hand in the tights and stretch as much as you can to gauge how opaque they will look on your skin.

[spacer size=”20″]Once you’ve found the perfect pair, take care of them by not putting them in the dryer (been there, done that) and by wearing slippers or shoes with them at all times to avoid snags (obvious, but this happens!).

Since I’m on the shorter side of tall (5’10”), I’ve always been able to buy regular-length tights.  I haven’t been to the land of tall-sized tights, but would be willing to do some research, if you’re interested. Let me know!

Readers: What brand of black opaque tights do you recommend?

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