The right pair of black tights is a fall and winter essential to rock with your favorite skirt, dress, or pair of boots. But finding black tights that offer enough coverage and keep you warm—that won’t tear the minute you step out the door—can be a challenge. That’s why we rounded up some of the most popular options out there and put them to the test to determine which pair deserves a spot in your drawer.
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After testing tights from brands like Spanx, Sheertex, and Hanes, we determined the Hue Super Opaque Tights with Control Top (available at Hue) are the best black tights available thanks to their comfortable elasticity, soft feel, and full coverage.
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Here are the best black tights we tested ranked, in order:
Hue Super Opaque Tights with Control Top
Commando Ultimate Opaque Matte
Berkshire Cozy Hose Non-Control Top
Hanes X-Temp Blackout Control Top
No Nonsense Women’s Super Opaque Control-Top
Sheertex Classic Semi-Opaque
Moochi Women 80 Denier Semi-Opaque
Swedish Stocking Alma Rib
Wolford Mat Opaque 80
Hue Super Opaque Tights with Control Top
The Hue Super Opaque tights topped our list thanks to their fit, feel, and coverage. These tights fit true to size and have great elasticity from waist to feet. They stretch comfortably throughout the leg, avoiding any saggy or overly taut areas around the hips or thighs, while the control top provides support around the waist without feeling constricting.
These tights stay in place throughout a full day of wear, requiring minimal adjustments. Their nylon-spandex blend feels thin but soft and provides full coverage. And despite its thinner feel, the fabric feels durable and we didn’t experience any tearing or snagging.
The Hue Super Opaque tights come in five sizes designed to fit people 4-feet-11-inches tall to 6-feet tall and weighing 100 to 300 pounds. These tights are hand wash only, which may be a downside for some, but is common when it comes to tights.
The Commando Ultimate Opaque tights are another stellar option. Their nylon-elastane blend stretches to fit the entirety of the legs comfortably and the waistband provides gentle support—not quite as much as the Hue’s control top but enough to keep the tights from slipping throughout the day.
These tights provide excellent coverage and will keep your legs decently warm. They come in four sizes fitting people 4-feet-10-inches to 6-feet tall and 90 to 210 pounds, and can be hand washed only.
The Berkshire Cozy Hose Control-Top tights are the warmest pair of tights on our list. These fleece-lined tights feel soft and fuzzy on the inside and kept my legs toasty all day in 50-degree fall weather. Additionally, the fleece lining gave these tights an extra opaque look, even while bending my legs and stretching the fabric.
These tights are prone to slipping throughout the day, as is the case with other fleece-lined leggings I’ve worn in the past. It wasn’t too severe, but I did find myself tugging up both the legs and the waistband two or three times.
These tights come in four sizes to fit people 5-feet to 5-feet-11-inches tall and 100 to 240 pounds. They can be hand-washed only.
The Hanes X-Temp Control-Top Blackout tights are a solid, if basic, option that feel like they would last a long time. They don’t have a thicker control-top waistband like many other tights on this list, just a thin band of elastic to keep them up. Unfortunately, these tights didn’t stay in place as well as some others, as the waist slipped down over time.
However, the nylon-spandex blend feels soft and stretchy and provides excellent coverage. These tights are comfortable to wear all day and we didn’t experience any snags in the fabric during testing. They come in three sizes fitting people 4-feet-10-inches to 5-feet-7-inches tall and 95 to 190 pounds. They should be hand washed only.
The No-Nonsense Super Opaque Control Top tights are one of the thinner pairs on our list, making them less warm and more prone to tears. Their nylon-spandex blend was stretchy enough to fit my legs comfortably and offered full coverage. However, the fabric also felt less soft and durable, like it would rip easily.
These tights come in five sizes to fit people 4-feet-1-inch to 6-feet tall and 85 to 300 pounds. They should be hand washed only.
The Sheertex Classic Semi-Opaque tights may not fit as comfortably as some other pairs we tested. They aren’t stretchy enough for my liking and are much too taut around my thighs and hips. The nylon-polyethylene-spandex blend feels stiffer and somewhat scratchy but held up well against rips and runs during testing. And Sheertex’s no-rip guarantee allows you to return your tights if they rip in the 90 days after receiving them.
These tights come in seven sizes to fit people 90 to 310 pounds (Sheertex doesn’t list a height guideline). Additionally, these tights are machine washable and can be put in the dryer.
The Moochi Women 80 Denier Semi-Opaque tights’ nylon-spandex blend feels thinner than other pairs, but that didn’t compromise their coverage. These tights feel soft and stretch comfortably throughout the legs and waist, though their thinner fabric means they don’t keep your legs as warm and leaves them more susceptible to runs. Though we didn’t experience any major tears, the fabric feels like it won’t hold up as well over time.
These tights come in two sizes to fit people 4-feet-11-inches to 5-feet-11-inches tall and 90 to 190 pounds and are machine washable.
The Swedish Stockings Alma Rib tights are a soft pair made of nylon and elastane, but they don’t fit as well as others. They aren’t stretchy enough for my liking—they fit too tightly around my thighs and hips while the waist isn’t tight enough and has a tendency to slip down throughout the day.
These tights come in five sizes to fit people 4-feet-11-inches to 6-feet-1-inch tall and 88 to 242 pounds. Swedish Stockings recommends hand washing them or using the delicate cycle, but not placing them in the dryer.
The Spanx Tight-End tights fit snug on my legs, hips, and waist—it’s what I expect from the shapewear brand, but the nylon-elastane blend isn’t the most comfortable for all-day wear. However, their tight fit kept them from slipping down during the day, and we didn’t experience any major tears during testing.
These tights come in five sizes fitting people 4-feet-10-inches to 6-feet tall and 95 to 325 pounds, and are hand-wash only.
The Wolford Mat Opaque tights are some of the least comfortable tights we tested. While the waistband is stretchy and comfortably supportive, the nylon-elastane fabric fit too tautly on my thighs and hips and these tights slipped down throughout the day. Additionally, the fabric feels too thin, like it would wear out over time.
These tights come in five sizes fitting people 4-feet-11-inches to 6-feet-3-inches tall and 99 to 198 pounds. They can be washed in the machine but not put in the dryer.
After rounding up the tights we wanted to test, we put together a list of questions to help us evaluate the tights’ comfort, durability, and looks. To test each pair, we wore the tights for a day while completing everyday activities like going to the office, running errands, or going out to dinner. At the end of each day I scratched the tights with my nails and my keys to see how susceptible they may be to snags and runs, and pulled on them to see how durable the seams are.
What You Should Know About Buying Black Tights
Most of the tights we tested are made of nylon and elastane or spandex and are of a similar denier, which measures how thick the fabric is. We selected tights in the 70 to 90 denier range that should provide adequate coverage and durability.
Additionally, some tights featured a “control top,” or a longer, thicker waistband to provide more support in the stomach area. While this feature isn’t necessary, I found the control top could help the tights stay in place over the course of a day.
One pair of tights we tested were fleece-lined, a feature you’ll want to look for if you’re searching for bottoms to provide a good amount of warmth. However, during our tests and with my personal purchases, I’ve found fleece-lined tights, though comfortable, tend to slip during all-day wear.
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