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Before we dive into talking about maternity tights, I do want to note that you don’t have to have been pregnant to be a mother, of course. A lot of folks fill the role of “mom” and it’s those wonderful folks who inspired us in putting together our Mother’s Day Favorites collection. Loving Omas, mothers-in-law, older friends and mamas, give them an extra hug on Sunday—and if you haven’t been able to find the perfect thing for them yet, you still have time to send an email gift card!
Now, about those maternity tights! We’ve been asked about maternity tight options and recommendations over the years. It’s tough to have your body change so dramatically over such a short time, requiring new, comfortable, additions to your wardrobe. Nor is it fun to feel like how you dress is limited because of what options are available for your growing tummy. So we’re glad that we have found not only the light support maternity tights from Therafirm, but have found some “regular” tights that work well with a lot of pregnant bellies.
We’re excited to offer the Preggers Maternity Light Support Tights, designed especially with pregnant folks in mind. They have a unique top that should fit all stages of pregnancy.
Both the tights and the Preggers Maternity Light Support Footless Tights have built-in light support. Their 10-15mmHG gradient compression in the legs helps with swelling and fatigue. “Graduated compression” has the most support at the ankle, decreasing in pressure as they go up the leg, encouraging better bloodflow. In the tummy area a support panel gives added stability and the stretchy top can be worn folded or unfolded to cover the belly.
These styles from Therafirm are pretty fantastic, with reinforced toes (well, the footless tights don’t have toes!) and wicking ability to make them as comfortable as possible.
Solid tights are great, but what if you want wool tights, or something pretty and lacy? Join us after the jump for more options that aren’t designed for pregnant bellies, but fit them fine anyhow! Read more »
Pretty much the go-to for bright striped tights, the Leg Avenue Striped Tights are a great, budget-friendly way to sass up your derby uniform, going out clothes, or every day wardrobe. Though most of the colours are only offered in a “one size fits most” that fits waists up 35 inches around (with a couple more inches stretch in the hips), four colours come in two more sizes with an amazing range of fit. The Black/Purple, Black/White, White/Red and Black/Red are also available in a “1x-2x” and a “3x-4x”.
You may notice in the image below that the red is a little different between sizes. The “one size” is more of a tomato red and the 1x-2x is more of a lipstick red. The other colours of the 1x-2x and 3x-4x aren’t as different when compared to their “one size” versions.
There are some other differences between the “one size” and the “plus” sizes. Though it isn’t dependable that the stripes go all the way up to the waistband on the one size (which is why we love when you drop us a line to ask if the current batch do), both the 1x-2x and the 3x-4x sizes always have stripes that go all the way up (UPDATE! As of the spring of 2013, the stripes do not go all the way to the top on any size. So now, even the 1x-2x and the 3x-4x have a solid panty and toes. They still fit just as beautifully and the plus sizes still have double seams in the rear).
And that’s true for the other end too. The stripes go all the way to the toes on the 1x-2x and 3x-4x.
You’ll notice that the one size legs are longer than the plus size in the image below. Don’t fret! There is some magic stretch in the plus sizes of the Leg Avenue Striped Tights. If you have a longer inseam and any curves, the 1x-2x size may be a better option. Our tester with a 32 inch inseam found that the legs of the “one size” just fit—they maxed out the stretch of the “one size”, both hips and inseam.
I will say this for Valentines day, I like seeing all the lacy decorations. I’m not a very girly person, but I have one heck of a soft spot for lacy bits and stockings that don’t keep you warm. It’s not just me that’s feeling frilly and fancy, earlier this winter Style.com had an article (and slideshow) about “elaborate hose” showing up more often on the runway and on celebrities.
images above from Style.com, but similar styles are:
This, as any dedicated sock fan knows, is just the rest of the world catching up! What the popularity of fancy tights means is that our suppliers are offering more options and we have more great styles to choose from!
Of course, I am not a runway model or a celebrity that gets driven around everywhere. I have to deal with the still-too-cold-for-my-taste weather of February. I’m guessing you do too, so remember, a gorgeous lace or net style is just as stunning (if not more so) layered over something like the Color Tights or the Foot Traffic Combed Cotton Tights.
Let’s start off with all the amazing options from Foot Traffic. They offer some great textured tights, most with plus size options and some of them come in white even!
More lovely, lacy options after the jump! Read more »
A little while ago I showed you a couple of DIY options for fancying up a pair of socks. What if a pair of tights are almost perfect, but there’s something about the how they fit that doesn’t quite work? We’ve got some options for common fit issues that should bring that almost-there legwear up to par.
Though we try to list as much information as we can in a product’s Sizing Tips, what we can’t convey with words is how something is going to fit your unique shape. Tights are one of the most finicky things to fit and, as they’re not a returnable item because they have a crotch, one of the most frustrating to find have just one little thing wrong with the fit. We’ll go over some of the most common tights fitting problems and the quick and easy solutions we Dreamers no longer hesitate to employ.
They “penguin” (the inseam is too short)
One of the most common problems with fitting tights is when they slide down, creating that ever-so-comfortable and flattering penguin effect. Though some folks (like me) find this happens with styles that have a double-seamed rear, the primary cause is inseam length. If you’re leggier, or curvier and leggier, the manufacturer may not have calculated enough stretch to comfortably encase your legs and just getting tights all the way up, let alone keeping them there, is an infuriating challenge. There is the simplest solution for this: cut off the feet.
They won’t be tights anymore (well, they’ll technically be footless tights) and if they’re a nice pair you may be hesitant—but if it’s not comfortable to wear them, taking the chance means you’ll more likely than not want to rock them instead of letting them languish in the back of a drawer. In our experience, pretty much any style of knit that tights are available in can handle being cut this way except for delicate and sheer nylon styles (the Opaque Tights are heavy enough to be fine), or styles that snag easily.
There are two different foot styles, and so two ways to approach this. With footed tights, like the EG Smith Leg Therapy Tights or anything by MP , you’ll want to cut just above the formed heel. The pair of tights I’m showing you as an example are an MP pair that we no longer carry, I’ve had them for three years and have worn them maybe three times, but as footless tights I know I’m going to wear them a bunch more.
For tube style feet, like the styles offered by Foot Traffic and Leg Avenue, all it takes is a quick cut right above the toe seam. I like longer footless tights and hate hate hate the snug ankle band on most leggings, so taking scissors to a pair of Foot Traffic Combed Cotton Tights makes something I’ll wear much more regularly.
But, you ask, how do they hold up in the wash? Below is how both styles I showed above handle being washed (in the washing machine on cold and in the dryer for maybe too long, because I’m awful with laundry). They hold up great! And now I have two pairs of footless tights that I’ll love to wear, instead of a couple of things I’d forgotten I owned.
More quick DIY solutions for uncomfortable waistbands and what to do if they’re just no good as tights any longer after the jump.
Because I adore toe socks I couldn’t resist five toed tights. They take a little longer to put on even than regular toe socks because there is no quick sliding your toes through nylon (I wish they came in cotton!). But once they are on they feel pretty great. Reinforced toes and a special weave for the areas that need extra support or to breathe. Like all toesock-type items they keep your toes apart resulting in less sweat and your toes never get cramped, not even at the end of the day (unless you stuffed them into narrow shoes of course, but why would you do that?).
We can get these in more colors, currently we just have black, teal and plum… and the pantyhose version comes in tones that are closer to skin color. Both are perfect for showing off your toes modestly while wearing any sort of footing that divides any of your toes or is open toed. And yes, they come at a price, but really, you wouldn’t want a cheap version would you, they would just be covered in runs up all five toes, yuck!
Well, I don’t expect every one to love these, but if toe socks are your thing I highly recommend these! and if you would like to see more colors let us know which and we just might add them.