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sparkymonster wrote in fatshionista
Last Updated 10/6/08
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Winter is coming up and lady identified fatshionistas start looking for tights. Or at least I do. In an attempt to stave off repeated "where can I find fat girl tights?" posts, I'm making a big round up of all the places I've found them. I'm noting price, size range and color options. Some of these tights are only going to fit inbetweenies/smaller fat. Options for taller fat and larger fat are limited (thought I did find some). Additions to this post are welcome. I'm focusing on tights, and mostly looked for online ordering options. For panty hose, fishnets or socks you need another post.


Checking the the hoisery/tights tag will get you tons of reviews from fatshionistas.

The fattastic theoryofgravity posted information about converting regular size tights into thigh highs that fit fat legs.

The elegant notprada wrote to Deva Life Wear to get more information about how wide their tights and socks are.

The sasstastic originalenid wrote the first review of We Love Colors tights, and plenty more have followed (mostly negative). BUT WAIT in response to the criticism, We Love Colors has brought out *new* plus size tights with nylon/lycra in them. These are getting rave reviews for everything but their price ($15/pair). Positive review from a 300lbs+ person and another review here from someone about 250 lbs.

The swoon-worthy hhholiday posted tons of info about garter belts, girdles and other things to hold up either thigh high stockings, or tights cut into thigh highs, and some general comments on places to get plus tights (sadly none of them have funky colors that I can tell).

The glorious kaligrrrl listed her reviews of some tights she has tried (she is 5'10, 340 pounds, and wears a size 28 on the bottom)

Target stores have plus size tights from Merona (review, review) and ASSETS by Sara Blakely (cheaper version of Spanx). K-Mart carries Queen Latifah branded tights, and Sears has some plus tights.

I've put an asterix (*) by tights which come in extended sizes.

*Opaque tights from Jessica London $16. Thru 5x (34W). Cedar, chocolate, vanilla, graphite.

*Old school cable tights. $18.00 Old school cabled tights. Black, dark brown, graphite, dark red. Thru 5x. review

*Plus opaque tights from Roamans. $13.99 Thru 8x. Grape, wine, black, navy, beige, cream.

*Comfort opaque tights in a 3pack from Roamans $13.99 Thru 5x. Navy, white, burgundy, hunter green.

Control top tights from Lane Bryant Steel grey $14. Thru C/D (300 lbs)

Super opaque tights from Lane Bryant $14. Black. Thru 300lbs. review

Body shaper tights from Lane Bryant $14. Black. Thru 300lbs

Classic tights from Lane Bryant $14. black thru 300lbs.

Control top tights from Lane Bryant $14. Black, cedar brown, charcoal, eggplant, rosebush. Thru 300lbs

Spanx Extra Control 'Tight End' tights $26. Black and chocolate. Thru "G" (325lbs) (also from Torrid here $26)

*Spanx high waisted body shaping tights $38. Black, chocolate. Thru 350 lbs.

Spanx tights from Spanx $38. Thru 325 pounds. Brown, black, smoke and nude. review, review.

Just My Size silky tights, 3 pack $13.88/4pr. Thru 4x (300 lbs). Ivory, black, grey, very navy, brown

*Just My Size nylon tights 1x-6x (thru 400 lbs). $6.99. Chocolate, linen, navy, black

Just My Size cotton blend tights $7.99 (cotton w/ nylon/spandex). Thru 4x (300lbs). Black, grey, very navy, brown. review

Torrid black tights $12. Black. Thru size 26. review

Torrid pink tights $12. Pink. Thru size 26.

Leg Avenue Plus Stripey tights. $7. A variety of colors. Fit up to 250 lbs, and less than 5'9".

*Cotton tights $32 through a 4x (about a size 26/28). review

Nordstrom opaque control top tights $10. black, brown, navy, red, purple. Thru 295 lbs.

*Avenue tights $12.00 Thru 375 lbs. Black and brown, various styles review.

*Opaque tights from Catherine's $6.99 Thru 7x. black,brown, navy.

*Opaque control top tights from Catherine's $6.99 Thru 5x Black.

HUE opaque control top tights $11. Size 1-5 (thru 300 lbs). black, navy, brown, loden, sapphire, grey.

HUE opaque tights $11 Size 1-5 (thru 300 lbs) Black, brown, port. review

Chock catalog also carries HUE tights (but sizes 4 & 5 come in limited colors), but read the reviews (mostly negative).

*Old Style tights from We Love Colors $9.00 45 colors. 2x-4x (330 lbs), but read the reviews (mostly negative)

update 9/10/08
* NEW Plus tights w/ lycra from We Love Colors $15 45 colors. Sizing thru 375 pounds, and there is a positive review from someone who weighs over 300lbs, as well as other positive reviews for the NEW lycra blend tights.

*Oldy style black/color striped tights from We Love Colors $12. 45 colors 1x-4x (max 330 lbs), but read the reviews (mostly negative).

Tights for 200lbs or less (ish)
Eddie Bauer control top tights $12.50. Thru XXL (size 22, 39.5" waist, 49.5" hips). Black, java, merlot, navy.

Eddie Bauer control top heathered tights $12.50. Thru XXL (size 22, 39.5" waist, 49.5" hips). Charcoal.

Eddie Bauer mini cable control top tights $12.50. Thru XXL (size 22, 39.5" waist, 49.5" hips). Black, dark brown.

Opaque tights from Foot Traffic. $10. Variety of colors. thru 200lbs

Wool tights $36 thru an XL (220 lbs). Black, charcoal, chocolate, ecru, nocturno.

Tracy Reese Polka Dot tights $28. Polka dots. Thru 200lbs.

DKNY rib tights $16.00 Tall thru 195 Black, Iron Melange.

DKNY control top opaque tights $12.50 Tall thru 195. Black, chocolate, ruby.

HUE cable knit tights $18.00 Black cable knit. Thru 200 lbs.

HUE flat knit sweater tights $18.00 black and brown. Thru 200lbs.

E.G. Smith 'bigger and better' tights $22. No sizing guidelines except "roomier stretch." Black, navy, red, wheat. review, review

Opaque tights from Sock Dreams $10.00 Black, brown, fuchsia, natural, olive. Plus through 200lbs

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Thank you so much for doing this! I was about to ask the tights question...

Has anyone here tried the $38 spanx tights? Do they last for a really long time? I am not interested in the control top aspects per se (I like a little control) but I am interested in the thickest longest lasting tights.

go for the Cotton tights from tightsonline.com. For reals. (see my review below)

Just my 2 cents.
In Target stores, they have tights that are available in a variety of textures and colors that are sold in a plus size, more like up to 240 lbs. I buy plus size typically for the height factor these days but was able to score, textured heather and brown tights, brown fishnets, brown tights, and black micro fishnets all for around $5 - $7.00 a pair.

Some of the Target options you can get away with being a bit bigger than 240, but not all. I was able to score their brown bamboo tights, which are solid brown and thicker knit, more like a sweater tight and a steel blue/gray in a lacey pattern, but I also bought a heather/marled in brown and a brown floral lattice pattern which I can't get past my knees. I'm 265 and just past 5'5". Generally, the target tights last much longer than I'd expect for the price.

This is me, loving you madly. Thank you for putting this together! Those cabled tights are SO freaking mine.

Agreed! I've been looking for great cable tights forever! I used to wear them with my school uniform and they were so comfy. Maybe it's nostalgia, but I'm so glad someone found 'em for me :)

Reviews of various tights.

I have reviews of some of the above tights.

I'm 5'10, 340 pounds, wear a size 28 on the bottom.

from suck to fabulous:

1)Torrid black tights, 3X/4X: AWFUL. uncomfortable--sagging crotch, baggy ankles, sleazy material. Weird seams in the thigh area that prevent tights from fitting properly. Ripped the first time I put them on.

2)E.G. Smith 'bigger and better' tights: seemed like nice tights but WAY TOO SMALL for me.

3)HUE opaque tights, size 5: Eh. They were too tight/small for me and seemed of mediocre quality. *seem smaller than listed size*

4)Opaque tights from Catherine's, 5X/6X: not bad. fit pretty well, looked fairly nice. not great quality though--only went 3-4 wearings before running/ripping.

5)Super opaque tights from Lane Bryant,C/D: used to be my go-to tights but quality seems to be really hit or miss lately and varies from pair to pair. Still, much better quality than LB's normal tights and can be well-fitting and comfortable. Lasts a fairly long time too--still have pairs from 4 years ago.

6)Just My Size cotton blend tights, 3X/4X: My second favorites. Comfortable and really nice looking on. Decent quality. A really good deal for the price. Quite long.

7)Cotton tights from Tightsonline.com, 4X: OMG! Tights heaven! These are *so* worth the money! comfy, well-fitting, warm and substantial. I am so happy with them. *runs larger than size chart indicates*
BTW, they do have a size chart--http://www.tightsonline.com/static.php?id=2. normally the link on the tights page goes to this but it appears broken right now.

Re: Reviews of various tights.

Thank you so much for your review on the Tightsonline Cotton tights!

I have been wanting to order them but 32.00+ for tights seemed a little excessive. They're thick right? Not opaque or "hazy" as I like to call it. I want thick tights and I'm hoping that these cotton tights are just what I want.

Last month i bought a pair of black tights in a 1x from target and they fit really well, i hadn't had a pair like those in years. i am a size 16 and about 200 lbs 5'6", and i have very thick legs.

also i forgot to add that they were on sale for 4.99 but are regularly about 7 dollars.

you are totally my hero!

thank you!

I was just about to post a tight post too!

Thanks! The C/D from Lane don't fit me anymore! WTF. I used to go to them for years. I'm 5ft3 and 300lbs and they usually would go right up but now I can't get them past my thighs. It's utterly depressing me. So I'm going to check some of these out!

thank you for this post!

Wow, a lot of work, thanks! I just ordered a pair of gray cable knits from Jessica London. Thanks again!

Let us know how you like them. I think they look cute too.

For our European folks (well from Spain), el corte ingles has amazing warm tights. They cost 15 euros and I got them in a variety of colors (brick red, brown cable knit, pale blue and ribbed gray). They are great but the blue and red ones have a panel in the thighs for more stretch. I guess it's for people with endowed hips. It annoyed me, but you may like it.

Also, in the Sainz de Beranda metro stop (really!) there are small stores that sell a variety of items, such as thongs for a dollar. Improbably, I got the best pair of black leggings there. They were marked as a large, but they stretch quite well. They are also durable.

el corte ingles does have an online store, but it's not large compared to the main branches. Definitely check these places if you happen to be in Madrid!

Starkeymonster, you rock!

Quick reviews from someone who's 5'2", 185 lbs., 16/18 on the bottom, with disproportionately large thighs:

LB Classic tights are practically indestructible, which I love, but the crotch sags on me like mad. And I do not have long legs.

Patterned Merona tights from Target fit me comfortably in a 2X but were definitely made for someone with longer legs and smaller thighs. I put a hole in them the first time I wore them, even though they felt pretty thick.

I just commented with the same problem about LB tights, and I'm nearly the same size as you, probably just a little bigger in the waist.

Found anything that works for you at all??

I bought the Jessica London ribbed tights in size 34W.. I am 5'10 and around 350 and they didn't come anywhere close to fitting, even though the size-chart claimed they were supposed to. I couldn't even get them past my knees. Just thought this would be a good place to add that info!

I was about to ask about tights, because I just bought two new pairs from Lane Bryant and they are cutting me at the waist, bagging in the crotch. I'm 5'1, 200 pounds, a size 16/18 on bottom with a 38" waist and some booty, and I NEED TIGHTS THAT DO NOT MAKE ME STABBY! I need recommendations though - the above isn't helping me decide, you know?

But thank you for doing this!

I'd suggest trying the HUE tights in a 2 or 3. When I was your size, I loved them a lot and wore them to death. I'd give them a try.

It's also possible the E.G. Smith plus tights will work. I'm 5'4" and I found them a bit too short. They're expensive, but if they fit you well they are worth it. I think they fit me when I was closer to your size.

Oh my Lord, you are amazing! Thanks so much for your efforts.

Do you know anyone who has tried the foot traffic tights? I'm curious about them, but I don't really trust the sizing.

Thank you!!! This is going to help me so very mucyh!

What a wonderful thing to do, thank you!!

Thank you from me too!! Anyone my size that describes something as "tights heaven" makes me want to rush out and order some RIGHT AWAY!!!

I am glad someone mentioned that the jessica london are baggy cause they're LONG not too BIG. That makes lots of sense and I will continue thinking about that size.

Just to warn people -- Leg Avenue tends to make "one plus-size fits all plus-size" tights, which they claim are good up to 5'9" and 250 pounds. I'm about 5'8.5", currently 210, and there's NO FUCKING WAY those suckers will even go over my thighs, let alone be possible to wear all day. Most "one plus-size fits all plus-size" are the same; don't trust that you can go anywhere near the top of their printed range, especially if you know you carry extra weight in the thighs.

Are any of these silk tights? I've been looking for long underwear-type stuff for the winter.

Nope. But I did find this through a 44" waist.

Don't know if anyone is still reading this thread, but I'm gonna put this question out just in case:

Does anyone know of tights that specifically have a short-ish rise?

I have large upper thighs and am fairly hourglass-y with a high waistline. Something about this combination means that every single pair of tights, nylons, bike shorts, or anything like that I have ever tried comes up way too high (like bottom of rib cage/inch below bustline too high) and then just rolls down under my belly pouchy bit, very uncomfortable. Plus this tends to make the crotch baggy, and I hate baggy crotches (yes, I do want my thigh chub separated, thank you very much, yes, even at the top!).

I'd love to find some tights that would start off fitting me in a better place (I generally like to wear most things just under belly button length, which for me means 10.5-11 inch rise) and then maybe wouldn't roll down.

Any suggestions?

(for reference, I am 5'7", about 215-220lbs, generally size 16W on the bottom)

It sounds like you want low rise tights. Which do exist, but I haven't seen them in plus sizes.

Target has some cheap low rise tights in M/T which you may want to try. You could also see about going DIY, cutting the waist band and finishing it some how.

I purchased and wrote a review of the Jessica London Cable-Knit tights!

It is here.

i just wanted to say i wouldnt call those old school cable knit tights "old school" at all. they're typical opaque tights wiht a cable knit pattern to them. they're nice as opaque tights, but the ones i've been searching for for a few years now are the sweater-style cable knit tights, that are thick and legging-like, like the kind little girls wear. as far as i can tell, theyre actually acrylic and made with small yarn, rather than nylon or pantyhose-type fiber.

this is a great comprehensive list though! i just wish there was more out there for what i'm looking for... this list kind of solidifies my conclusions over the years. heh. :(

At Sock Dreams we've tested Foot Traffic's Combed Cotton Tights up to 5'9" roughly 230lbs, and on that particular girl they were not quite long enough (they fit, but the crotch wanted to sag) but she thinks since they're cotton they'll improve with wear. Our lady who's 5'6" and around 210 is madly in love with them. FAR better than the E.G. Smith, although not as many bright colors. I'd love it if someone shorter and wider tried them and let us know how they worked out; I think we've hit their limits on height but not width.

I've just joined the community, and I'll try to post as we find more plus-size stuff at Sock Dreams. Our inventory is improving gradually, as more suppliers realize that EVERYBODY likes to dress up pretty. :)

The Jessica London Cable-Knit Tights aren't on the site, any others?.....

When I click the link it says

"Due to high demand, the item you are looking for is no longer available
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Please try searching for a similar item."

I don't think the ones at sock dreams would fit me I have really long legs.

Thanks so much for putting all this great info in one place! VERY HANDY!


Emily

Re: The Jessica London Cable-Knit Tights aren't on the site, any others?.....

Sadly they seem to have discontinued them. I did a new tights round up for 2008 here

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