Tights: Where To Buy Good Ones In 2018

Tights: Where To Buy Good Ones In 2018
Carly Jacobs

If you’re new around these parts, I need to tell you something.

I don’t wear pants. Well, that’s not entirely true. I rarely wear pants. They just don’t feel right on me for some reason. It’s a long torso thing. I’m just built for dresses.

This means that every year, I stock up on warm tights to wear with all my dresses to get me through winter. Most of the time this isn’t a difficult task – I just pop to Big W or Kmart and stock up on lots of different kinds of tights in lots of different colours.

This year? No such luck. I went to Big W, Kmart, Target, Coles and even Harris Scarf to find tights in any colour other than black and I came up totally empty. I am not even kidding, I’ve spent the last three weeks maniacally searching for wool or wool blend, warm winter tights, with feet that aren’t black and they’ve been impossible to find. I even looked on Amazon, eBay and Etsy and came up with nothing. Finally, I went into Myer in the CBD and they totally delivered. I also found a few random pairs here and there that have proved to be rather excellent choices.

As a tights aficionado, here are my winter tight recommendations for 2018.

Muji 

I bought their cotton blend tights with the right angle foot design over the weekend and I pretty much haven’t worn anything else since I bought them. Have you ever worn right angle socks or stockings? They’re unbelievably comfortable because guess what? Our feet are at right angles, so they don’t end up all bunchy and stretched around the ankle like the ones where the feet are in a straight line down from the leg and there’s just a bump where your heel should go. I bought the non-ribbed style and I have every intention going back for the ribbed style.

Mesop 

These were purchased on a very recent trip to Bendigo. They’re not super cheap at $40 per pair but they’re a merino blend which makes them super warm and soft. I don’t mind spending a bit of extra coin on warm, good quality tights. If I get a ladder in these, I won’t be happy though. I’m being super careful with them.

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Wearing

Muji Cotton Blend tights

Cotton On dress

Valley Girl jumper

Sportscraft coat 

Funkis clogs

Ambra

I bought these simply because I wanted a lighter grey pair and these are a lovely, soft cotton blend. Ambra is a brand I’ve loved for years. They have excellent singlets, thermals and affordable shapewear. I have several of their slips and wear them constantly and so far, the tights haven’t disappointed. Ambra does a school range of tights that are basically indestructible. I wasn’t in the market for black tights this winter but if I was, I’d get the Ambra school ones, they’re ace.

Columbine 

I’ve been a fan of Columbine for years, mainly because they make tights in colours that aren’t black, grey or navy and they appear to be the only affordable brand that does this. I really wanted a pair of mustard tights this winter but I could only find them in one-size fashion style brands and one-size never fits me because I have a long, sausage dog torso. These burgundy ones were a pretty good alternative and they’ll mix up my winter look a little so I’m not wearing black and grey all the time.

Bonds 

I already had a few pairs of black tights leftover from last winter so I wasn’t really in the market for new ones but these were just so lovely and snuggly looking I had to grab them. Also Bonds tights last for AGES. Bonds anything lasts for ages really.

This outfit was worn for a day of travel to Sydney to for some blogging business and then back to Canberra to spend some time with my fam. I’ve taken the day off today and Mama Smaggle and I off to the Cartier exhibition and a lunch date for a belated Mother’s Day celebration.

Do you wear winter tights? What brand is your favourite? Also what are your weekend plans?

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21 Comments

  1. KezUnprepared 5 months ago

    I was looking for coloured tights not too long ago and couldn’t find much online at all! I did however find some H&M tights in all different shades which I am very excited about! We’re talking grey, mustard, burgundy etc!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 months ago

      Oh awesome! I’ll check H&M this weekend! I don’t like shiny, lycra looking ones though. I’m more of a knit/matte gal.

  2. Kathryn OHalloran 5 months ago

    Sportsgirl can be good sometimes. It’s hit and miss though.

    I sometimes buy from We Love Colors online but their sizing is a bit strange on me. The regular ‘one size fits all’ is too small and the plus ‘one size fits all’ is way too big. Some of their tights have regular M and L so if I can get the L, it’s fine. But then they’re not wool or wool blend, just regular opaques.

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      Carly Jacobs 4 months ago

      The one size drives me bonkers and it’s fashion places like Sportsgirl and H&M that usually have that.

  3. Hailz 5 months ago

    ‘I think I dreamed this post into life’ – Savage Garden.

    Information I was definitely seeking, thank you!

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      Carly Jacobs 4 months ago

      Amazing! I just spent an entire weekend searching for the perfect tights so I felt it was rude to keep that info to myself.

  4. Evie 5 months ago

    No Nonsense tights? with the yoga waistband. It looks really low rise, but they are incredibly stretchy. They also make some fleece lined footless tights that I wore all winter, even for doing acroyoga outdoors. I have never gotten a ladder in them, they are thick, and at $7 a pair, if they did ladder I can replace them. (They are synthetic fabric but at that price point they do the job.)

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      Carly Jacobs 4 months ago

      Oh I’ll look them up they sound great! I’m not a massive fan of synthetic materials but if they’re warm I can handle it..

  5. Sheridan 5 months ago

    I usually HATE tights and find mtself re-adjusting them all the time which is neither professional nor ladylike, especially when I’m at work.
    HOWEVER i bought these tights called Sockings (product name and brand name) and they are the greatest. They have an actual sock sewn in as part of the tights and they are super comfy (no more hitching them up all the time)
    They are also designed in Australia (we rock). Highly recommend.

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      Carly Jacobs 4 months ago

      Whoa that sounds amazing I’ll look them up. I usually where like a firm body stocking leotard style thing over the top of my tights to hold everything in place. It’s a dancer thang.

  6. leannef70 5 months ago

    Thanks for the tips, time for a trip to Myer. Also desperate for mustard tights here too, if I track them I’ll share!

  7. Alison 5 months ago

    Merino tights! OMG! I might need to look for some here in the US.

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      Carly Jacobs 4 months ago

      You’d have HEAPS better ones than us. There are some Canadian brands that also look amazing.

  8. Tinawheeze 4 months ago

    For wool-blend tights I’m a big fan of Tightology. They’re a bit pricy but I find they mostly last a couple of seasons (and I get through winter also almost exclusively in dresses with tights).

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      Carly Jacobs 4 months ago

      I was wondering how long Tightology tights last – I’ll look into them!

  9. Ashleah 4 months ago

    Ambra for sure, i have consistently bought their tights, singlets and crop tops for many years, because they hold their shape and colour, i hate trying to match faded blacks together #somelbourne

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