Tights Round Up Post for 2008!
I've put an asterix (*) by tights which come in extended sizes (a size 28+ or more than 350 lbs). I've included links to reviews by fatshionista members when possible. If you have comments on some of these tights, let me know and I'll add them to this post. Reviews are especially appreciated from people a size 28 and above). I've made a separate section at the end of this post for tights which fit people who weigh less than about 200 lbs, as a cut off between "tights in plus sizes" and "the largest size of 'regular' sized tights." These reviews are all for U.S. companies, though most will ship overseas. Suggestions for non-U.S. options are definitely desired.
First, checking the the hoisery/tights tag will get you tons of info and reviews from this community.
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 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 general reviews of some tights she has tried (she is 5'10, 340 pounds, and wears a size 28 on the bottom).
The witty bookslibretti offers a general warning on the sizing of Leg Avenue plus tights (they're too darn small).
General note for shopping in person: Target stores have plus size tights from Merona (review, review) and ASSETS by Sara Blakely (basically a cheaper version of Spanx), ASSETS review. K-Mart carries Queen Latifah branded tights, and Sears has some plus tights. Their online presence does not necessarily reflect what is carried in the stores, and vice versa.
Plus Size Tights
*Opaque tights from Jessica London $16. Tights through a 5x (34W). Cedar, chocolate, vanilla, graphite. review.
*Plus opaque tights from Roamans. $13.99 Tights through a 8x. Grape, wine, black, navy, beige, cream. review
*Just My Size nylon tights 1x-6x (Fits up to 400 lbs). $6.99. Chocolate, linen, navy, black.
*Sternlein Cotton tights (also available here in black only. $32 Fits up to a 4x (about a size 28/30). review.
Super opaque tights from Lane Bryant $14. Black. Tights up to 300lbs. review
Body shaper tights from Lane Bryant $14. Black. Fits up to 300lbs
Classic tights from Lane Bryant $14. Black. Fits up to 300lbs.
Control top tights from Lane Bryant $14. Black, cedar brown, charcoal, eggplant, rosebush. Fits up to 300lbs
Spanx Extra Control 'Tight End' tights $26. Black and chocolate. Tights through a "G" (325lbs) (also available from Torrid here $26)
*Spanx high waisted body shaping tights $38. Black, chocolate. Fits up to 350 lbs.
Just My Size silky tights, 3 pack $13.88/4pr. Fits up to a 4x (300 lbs). Ivory, black, grey, very navy, brown
Just My Size cotton blend tights $7.99 (cotton w/ nylon/spandex). Fits up to a 4x (300lbs). Black, grey, very navy, brown. review
Torrid black tights $12. Black. Fits up to a size 26. review
Leg Avenue Plus Stripey tights. $7. A variety of colors. Fit up to 250 lbs, and less than 5'9".
Nordstrom opaque control top tights $10. black, brown, navy, purple. Fits up to 295 lbs. Selection is limited only to black in the largest plus size.
*Avenue tights $12.00 Fits up to 375 lbs. Black and brown, in various styles. Review, review.
* NEW Plus tights w/ lycra from We Love Colors $15 45 colors. Fits up to 375 pounds. There is a positive review from someone who weighs over 300lbs, and another positive review for these NEW lycra blend tights.
*Old Style tights from We Love Colors $9.00 45 colors. Fits up to 2x-4x (330 lbs), butreviews are mostly negative.
*Old style black/color striped tights from We Love Colors $12. 45 colors 1x-4x (max 330 lbs). Same problems as the old style non striped tights (see above).
HUE opaque control top tights $11. Size 1-5 (fits up to 300 lbs). black, navy, brown, loden, sapphire, grey. Limited colors in size 4-5
HUE opaque tights $11 Size 1-5 (Fits up to 300 lbs) Black, brown, port. review
HUE tights from Bare Necessities $12.50, Black, espresso, gloss (pink), ivory, navy, steel, violet. Size 1-4 (fits through 250 lbs). Limited colors in size 4-5
Hue Opaque control top tights, $12.50, black, cobblestone, espresso, graphite heather, ivory, loden, navy, patina, port, rhubarb, sapphire, tobacco. Size 1-5 (fits up to 300 lbs) Limited colors in size 4-5
One Stop Plus control top tights, $9.99, graphite, cobalt, pink, espresso, wine, olive, navy, charcoal heather, brown heather. Size 1XL-3XL (5'3”-6'0”, 235-300 lbs).
Lands End control top plus tights, $18.50 for a 2 pack. Black, charcoal & dark claret, dark teak brown, true navy. Size 1X-3X (255 lbs).
Lands End women's matte tights $18.50 for a 2 pack. Black, charcoal & dark claret, dark teak brown, true navy. Size 1X-3X (255 lbs).
Eddie Bauer control top heathered tights $12.50. Thru XXL (XXL: height 5'4"-5'9"; weight 225-250 lbs). Charcoal.
Eddie Bauer solid color tights $12.50. Thru XXL (XXL: 5'4"-5'9", 225-250 lbs.). Black, bark taupe, dark navy, merlot.
Eddie Bauer mini cable control top tights $12.50. Thru XXL (XXL: 5'4"-5'9", 225-250 lbs.). Black, bark.
Wolford tights from Bare Necessities $42-$58. Black, brown, grey. Fit through 54" hip. review
Tights for people under 200lbs or so
Opaque tights from Foot Traffic. $10. Variety of colors. Fits up to 200lbs
Sternlein wool tights $36 Fits up to an XL (220 lbs). Black, charcoal, chocolate, ecru, nocturno.
DKNY control top opaque tights $12.50 Tall thru 195. Black, chocolate, ruby.
HUE cable knit tights $18.00 Black cable knit. Fits up to 200 lbs.
HUE flat knit sweater tights $18.00 black and brown. Fits up to 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. Fits up to 200lbs