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Uncomfortable Tights – A Leg Dilemma

Tights – A Leg Dilemma!

As someone who is keen to keep up with all things ‘modern’ there is one thing that I constantly have trouble with.  I endeavour to get on with tights but it is always an unsatisfactory experience.  I just find they make me feel so constricted and are too tight around the waist.  I’ve even resorted to cutting the waist band which looks a mess and doesn’t seem to make much difference to how I feel.  From expensive to cheap and everything in-between, I’ve tried them all.  Holdups are too risky and slip down my legs which is not a good look and the fear of them descending around my ankles at the most inappropriate moment is too much to contemplate.

As I love to wear longer skirts and dresses I do sometimes wear knee high socks (pop sox) but you do have to be careful that the tops don’t show as that doesn’t look good and is rather ugly.  Plus the band at the top which sits below the knee can get uncomfortably tight after wearing for a period of time.

Of course perfect legs on a warm or hot day are lovely bare with a bit of bronzer, moisturiser or oil but many of us don’t have perfect pins or feel confident to put them on show.  A sheer tight or stocking makes so much difference to cover blemishes, veins and age spots!

Uncomfortable tights
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I have to admit I’m most happy in my old fashioned stockings (are they really old fashioned?) so they will continue to be my first choice.  Comfortable and secure to wear all day long, with my faithful suspender (garter) belts that have been with me for many a year.

Where am I going wrong and am I the only one experiencing this?  On the other hand there are benefits in not updating just because we think we ought to!

Any thoughts or comments would be gratefully received so please do let me know below.

Wishing you a Happy Easter

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6 thoughts on “Uncomfortable Tights – A Leg Dilemma”

  1. I can’t get along with stockings or tights, I lived in a sunny climate for many years and just like the feel of bare legs.

  2. Hi Daphne
    I have tried every kind of stockings and tights that I could find. I loved the suntan sheers that I wore with shorts. In winter now, I wear energy stockings when I dress up. I basically go bare legged and spray my legs with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs . It is wonderful. It tans instantly.
    American women just aren’t wearing stockings anymore, except for very special events. Leggings are popular substitute.


  3. I agree with everything Daphne said. I don’t have an answer.
    thank you for writing about the issue.

  4. Tights suck! They look hot on the right woman but booooy are they uncomfy. I’ve tried expensive: $150 down to $8. They all suck! Either too stiff or nice and flexible but too tight. I wanted them for exercising in the home. The only pair I have ever really kind of liked were a Target brand from the 90’s that I still had in the late 2000’s. They were so well made-great quality. Gone were the days ;( Why has quality gone down hill? There is still some good quality stuff but not as much anymore. For now- I give up.. Funny thing is I came across this post after shopping today for tights since over a year ago. I typed: “Tights are uncomfortable” in google search. Good luck ladies 🙂

  5. Dear Daphne,
    I suggest over the knee socks Luxury Legs have a comprehensive range, also a Scottish firm called “Powder”.
    Best wishes

  6. Thank you so much for the comments and suggestions. I did an outside photoshoot yesterday, which was sunny but very cold and the stylist dressed me in Falke Merino wool tights which I found very comfortable. They were a thick tight which I wore in grey and turquoise colours so my relationship with tights looks like it’s improving! I’m interested to try the Airbrush legs mentioned and Heist tights have also been suggested. I’ll report back….

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