Say Goodbye to Goosebumps With These 16 Top Tier Tights That'll Compliment Your 'Fits

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ICYMI, tights season is in full swing, whether you can’t wait to slide into a pair the second summer's over or barely tolerate 'em as a means of wearing skirts in January. Either way, your legs deserve the best tights this winter so you can stun in the cutest winter outfits sans frostbite. Not all tights are created equal–you’ll def wanna avoid subpar pairs that run or tear (so annoying!) or have saggy waistbands constantly in need of pulling up (the woooorst).

There are a couple factors when shopping for tights: Denier, a measure of fabric weight, determines how opaque a pair will be. Into a transparent or semi-sheer effect? You’ll want a maximum denier of 30 or 40. Want that super-opaque, nearly-leggings-level of coverage? Opt for an 80- or 100-denier pair, or a fleece-lined style. Material also matters, with sweater-like wool or cashmere blend options to consider for extra warmth. Also! Pay attention to compression level and waistband design because, like leggings, tights range from hardcore shapewear levels of hold, to the thinnest, minimalist second-skin feel.

Our top picks for the best tights of 2024:


These will even look good with some of these winter date looks, I'm tellin' ya. If you're looking for more chilly weather outfit inspo, we've got the chicest wool coats and the coziest, chunky sweaters to add to your cart. Plus! We've got stunning leather boots and chunky loafers. But first, check out the 16 best tights to transform your go-to summer midi into a killer cold weather-friendly ‘fit, or totally winterize that knockout fall wedding guest dress. Because blustery days and snowy forecasts shouldn’t get between you and your cutest boots-and-minis pairings!

Super Opaque Control-Top Tights

This under-$10 pair has nearly 23K reviews, a 4.5-star rating, and is Amazon’s number-one best-selling pair of tights. Need more reason to try ‘em out? The 90-denier thickness means they’re legitimately opaque (though there’s a bit of shininess, FYI) and have a control top that hits around the natural waist. Besides classic black, these come in two-packs of black and grey, for even more bang for the buck.

Rave Review: "I usually hate tights and nylons but these are so comfortable that you’ll forget you’re wearing them. They are very durable so you don't have to worry about snagging them. The control top is the perfect amount of control to hold everything high and tight without feeling constructed in the slightest and they really do keep your legs at the perfect temperature. I never felt too hot or too cold, whether I was inside a heated room or outside in the cold air. They’re magic! I’m buying more!!!"

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NOU54XG?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10049.g.42109810%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Super Opaque Control-Top Tights</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$7.59</p>

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$7.59

40 Denier Semi-Matt Shaping Tights

This brand offers nude lingerie, hosiery, and more in deeper shades perfect for melanated skin. This semi-matte, semi-sheer 40 denier style has medium compression for a bit of shaping!

Rave Review: "I have always had trouble finding nude color tights that literally look nude for my skin tone, especially for a woman of color. This is the first time that I have found the exact shade that is complementary. Thank you, Nubian Skin!"

<p><a href="https://www.nubianskin.com/products/push-up-control-40-denier-tights-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>40 Denier Semi-Matt Shaping Tights</p><p>nubianskin.com</p><p>$28.00</p>

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40 Denier Semi-Matt Shaping Tights

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$28.00

Classic transparent Rip-Resist Tights

Maybe you've seen Sheertex's kinda unbelievable ads of transparent tights being pulled and poked with sharp things (pliers, pineapples, dog teeth!) that would absolutely destroy most pairs? Yeah, that’s these magical bbs, made of a patent-pending material that has super-strong polymers typically used in ballistics and climbing equipment. Designed to last 10x longer than traditional tights, these feature a midrise waist and wide, light compression waistband designed to stay up without pinching or rolling down. For more oomph, check out these colorful styles, or fun patterns like this heart-print pair or a transparent diamond-print motif.

Rave Review: "I've been eyeing these forever and finally made the investment. So f*cking worth it. I work in the service industry and these held up all dang day. From the moment I put them on, they got caught on my ring and my heart stopped. Not a snag in sight. If you're on the fence about these, just do it. I've wasted so much money on regular tights that I should've just got these from the get-go."

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fsheertex.com%2Fproducts%2Fclassic-sheer-tights&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cosmopolitan.com%2Fstyle-beauty%2Ffashion%2Fg42109810%2Fbest-tights%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Classic transparent Rip-Resist Tights</p><p>sheertex.com</p><p>$35.00</p>

80 Denier Semi Opaque Tights

Bored with black tights? Opt for a splash of color with these ones, which have over 5,500 rave reviews and 4.5-star rating on Amazon. There are a dozen hues on offer, including a pastel lilac, bright teal, and Barbiecore pink–and at their wallet-friendly, under $15 price point you can (and probs should) grab a couple shades that’ll brighten up endlessly overcast and cold AF days.

Rave Review: "I had a fun Halloween night thanks to these things! They are THICK and COMFY. I was worried they were going to be super cheap and thin and that they'd rip, but I wore them for like 18 hours and on multiple days and they are still perfect. They are SO stretchy. I accidentally fell asleep in them, woke up in the middle of the night realizing I was still wearing them, and actively chose to keep them on and keep sleeping in them because they were that comfy."

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XX3M2SH?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10049.g.42109810%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>80 Denier Semi Opaque Tights</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$12.99</p>

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$12.99

Reversible Mid-Thigh Shaping Tights

These bad boys def helped me avoid hypothermia on the most aggressive winter nights out during my Chicago college years. Paired with every ‘going out’ top and minidress in my closet (usually sans coat, because, youth?), I somehow didn't snag, tear, or otherwise destroy them, slippery ice patches and drunken tumbles and all. The double-sided 70 denier style is semi-opaque, with a matte finish on both its black and charcoal grey sides. Oh, and they've got shaping and compression from waistband to mid-thigh.

Rave Review: "These are a MUST buy. I’m on my third pair, with the first two still in my rotation. My first pair I have had for over 10 years and I have had my second pair for at least 8. I added another pair to my collection because I wear them so often. The reversible feature makes them so versatile. I machine wash them with the rest of my clothes and put them in the dryer and they hold up. Not a single run in them— not even in the pair I’ve had for 10 years. These are so worth the money."

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fspanx.com%2Fproducts%2Freversible-mid-thigh-shaping-tights&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cosmopolitan.com%2Fstyle-beauty%2Ffashion%2Fg42109810%2Fbest-tights%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Reversible Mid-Thigh Shaping Tights</p><p>spanx.com</p><p>$34.00</p>

Josey Tights

These leopard print tights are pretty transparent (2o denier, thickness-wise) yet give a more-covered look than most transparent options thanks to the opaque black spots. They've got a comfy knitted-in waistband and are compression-free, perf if you prefer your tights without any shaping (or, want to layer a go-to brief or short under or over these).

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wolford.com%2Fen-us%2Fjosey-tights-14901.8641.S.html%3Fhsa_acc%3D6583343672%26hsa_cam%3D20570272528%26hsa_src%3Dx%26hsa_net%3Dadwords%26hsa_ver%3D3%26gad_source%3D1%26gclid%3DCjwKCAiAt5euBhB9EiwAdkXWO-edS4QkOfdytDHv8QPIR4-Y344VkS_Avxm-_z21sm6Z5ajh7Z9iwhoCdkwQAvD_BwE&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cosmopolitan.com%2Fstyle-beauty%2Ffashion%2Fg42109810%2Fbest-tights%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Josey Tights</p><p>wolford.com</p><p>$55.00</p>

Opaque Fleece Lined Tights

On truly bone-chilling cold nights, you’ll wanna reach for the most leggings-like tights possible—that’s where fleece-lined styles really come in handy. These thick, 180-denier tights feel cozy thanks to that fleece lining and are an extra-stretchy 90% polyester, 10% Spandex blend. These are an Amazon hit, with over 6,000 reviews and a 4.6-star rating. Grab a single pair or a discounted two-pack if you need to stock up on leg-warming options.

Rave Review: "I got these tights over a year ago and they are a godsend. They literally can get me through 30° weather because they are sooooo warm & toasty. I cannot overstate how wonderfully warm they are for cold weather. Pair with Uggs and you can wear a dress/skirt in the snow. Sometimes I sleep in them because they’re so comfy and they neutralize my icy cold knees and feet. A year later, and these tights are still kicking for fall and winter #2."

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CKQ6CTP?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10049.g.42109810%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Opaque Fleece Lined Tights</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$19.97</p>

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$19.97

x Dries Van Noten Tight

If you love a patterned leg moment but want to mix it up from lacy or fishnet styles, look no further! These designer collab beauties have a cool, floral pattern that falls right between frillier lace motifs and the hot netting effect of fishnets.

<p><a href="https://fogal.com/products/dries-van-noten-tights?gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiAt5euBhB9EiwAdkXWOzq1C16n1Sd8_PyBOUMOYFHgAzmWTpSE42kKlkvy7DkKMlmTvl32tRoCEyoQAvD_BwE" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>x Dries Van Noten Tight</p><p>fogal.com</p><p>$62.00</p>

Merino Tights

If your ideal wintertime layering move is more about wool sweaters than sweatshirts, you’re gonna want to slip on these luxe tights. They’re knit with a high (nearly half) proportion of wool that’s soft, not scratchy, and can be machine-washed (on delicate and in a lingerie bag for extra TLC).

Rave Review:
“Wow! These are amazing! They are very comfortable, kept me warm, and were not itchy. Yes. They are pricey but it seems you get what you pay for. I will cherish these and only hope I will be able to find a replacement whenever the time comes. I’m tempted to get a second pair to have just in case!”

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BLNV787M?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10049.g.42109810%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Merino Tights</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$61.75</p>

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Footed Opaque Tights

If you want nude tights with more coverage and opacity, check out Nude Barre's comfy, sturdy nylon-spandex pair. They come in an impressive range of a dozen shades of nude, plus a classic black hue.

Rave Review: "I normally have a hard time finding opaque tights that both match my skin tone and are available in my size. I debated for a while whether or not to order these tights and I’m so happy I did! The shade is a realistic tone (no more pink dance tights) and I’m in the middle of the size range instead of being on the outer fringe. I can’t recommend these enough!!"

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Boston Ribbed Cotton Blend Sweater Tights

Another ultra-cozy option in addition to fleece-lined styles? Tights that resemble the look and feel of your fave sweaters, like this popular pair. Constructed from a polyester, cotton, and spandex blend, the ribbed texture looks sleek compared to most chunkier knit tights while still keeping your legs warm. Though color options are limited, the navy colorway is particularly chic.

Rave Review: "These rib knit tights are the "coolest" winter-warm tights I've had in 50 years! That's how long it's been since I've owned a pair of really warm, winter KNIT tights. If they ever make this tight from acrylic yarn rather than polyester, they'd be even SOFTER and MORE comfortable. Additionally, they'd have a much softer hand and I would own at least one pair of EVERY color!"

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JP22QNH?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10049.g.42109810%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Boston Ribbed Cotton Blend Sweater Tights</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$17.99</p>

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Professional Fishnet Seamless Tight

These are widely considered the gold standard of fishnets—just ask Beyonce, who apparently swears by them while touring. These are made by a powerhouse dance apparel brand, so they know a thing or two about making strong, stretchy, and most importantly, durable tights.

Rave Review:
“The most heavy duty fishnets I’ve ever seen in my life (and I’ve been through a lot lol)! These are definitely made for professional use/dance/drag. I use them for drag, and I tend to be pretty hard on my stuff; tights and fishnets usually last 1 or 2 shows if I’m lucky! They always rip or tear wile dancing or snag on a chair/stage/ANYTHING. But these are very tough (almost like plastic); it’s like a real fishing net tbh.”

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GTNUSY?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10049.g.42109810%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Professional Fishnet Seamless Tight</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$17.40</p>

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$17.40

High-Waisted Tight-End Tights

Prefer wearing your tights hiked up so high, you can easily tuck 'em into your bra? Yeah, same. This Spanx pair is legitimately long waisted enough and has the brand’s signature shaping support on your peach, thighs, and stomach.

Rave Review: "I bought four pairs of these tight for work about four years ago. I’m a flight attendant so I’m always on the go and it’s easy to get runs and snags. Not with these tights! They finally started to wear out after all this time so I just replaced them with four more pairs. They also fit well and are extremely comfortable."

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=https%3A%2F%2Fspanx.com%2Fproducts%2Ftight-end-tights-high-waisted%3Fvariant%3D39774427775187%26queryID%3Dcfcf43827fb2c47741228117fa464052&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cosmopolitan.com%2Fstyle-beauty%2Ffashion%2Fg42109810%2Fbest-tights%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>High-Waisted Tight-End Tights</p><p>spanx.com</p><p>$38.00</p>

Vero Stockings - Fluor Mini Flowers

Love a scene-stealing patterned legging? Then you’ll be v into these playful, transparent bbs splashed with colorful blooms.

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Twinkle Net Tights

Get your fix of texture and shine with this subtle metallic pair of fishnets from Commando. Plus, unlike some scratchier-feeling fishnets out there, these will be actually comfy after hours of wear, thanks to the brand's soft, stretchy signature raw-edge waistband that feel like your butteriest pair of yoga pants.

<p><a href="https://go.redirectingat.com?id=74968X1596630&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.revolve.com%2Fcontent%2Fdeeplink%2Fwomens%2Fproduct%2FCMAN-WI306&sref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cosmopolitan.com%2Fstyle-beauty%2Ffashion%2Fg42109810%2Fbest-tights%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Twinkle Net Tights</p><p>revolve.com</p><p>$38.00</p>

Pure Matt 100 Denier Tights

Into the look of a jewel-toned tight, but not the streaky effect that sheerer pairs tend to have around the knees and thighs? You're gonna love this truly opaque 100-denier pick—they're thick yet not bulky, come in rich shades like navy and burgundy, and will legit stay opaque from waist to toe.

Rave Review: "Most beautiful and comfortable stockings ever—I threw out the others once I got these, as they just can't compare. Very generous in fit, too. There's no crotch-falling-down feeling, they're. so smooth, and they're perfect for winter, as they are warm and thick. Very good quality!"

<p><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095F7FYA?tag=syn-yahoo-20&ascsubtag=%5Bartid%7C10049.g.42109810%5Bsrc%7Cyahoo-us" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Shop Now;elm:context_link;itc:0;sec:content-canvas" class="link ">Shop Now</a></p><p>Pure Matt 100 Denier Tights</p><p>amazon.com</p><p>$53.00</p>

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