tights review: Assets, cheaper version of Spanx
Because I have been following everyone's tights reviews very closely, I am de-lurking to share my impressions of the black Assets Terrific Tights that I picked up at Target last weekend. They looked promising at the store, but you can only tell so much when you stretch them against your arm.
The verdict: These are really really good tights. They're not the super-luxury tights-of-my-dreams, but I'll give them an A- in appearance, comfort, and fit.
Appearance: Almost totally opaque, and almost totally matte. No shininess or slipperiness, and no sheerness on the calves or thighs. They also didn't scream "WE'RE MADE OF NYLON!," which is another point in their favor.
Comfort: I wore them all day on Friday and had no significant falling down, bunching, or bite-y waistband problems. They were, however, a real pain to pull up after I went to the bathroom.
Size/Fit: I'm about 5'6", wear a 20-or-so in pants, and weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of 230 lbs. The height/weight measurements told me that I should wear a 4 (the second largest size), but because I hate control-top tights I went with the 5 instead. They still squish things in, but it's a nuisance, not a battle, to put them on. I'm short-waisted and large-busted, so I could comfortably pull them waaaaay up. If you are longer waisted, or if you get your "correct" size, this may not be an option.
They're only available in brown or black, but they do offer several different textures. In my perfect world they'd at least have them in gray, too.