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As snowflake icons appear on smartphones everywhere, tight-wearing loyalists are getting serious about their hosiery. How to pick them? It depends on whether you're looking for warmth, durability, or personality—but rest assured the internet has all those bases covered with several excellent tight-shopping sources. If you want nylons and want them now, we have 10 suggestions for you after the jump.
ASOS: Best for Badass Prints
Whether you're vamping it up or holding eyes down low, ASOS is here to help. Stirrup, pinstripe, skulls, crosses—you name it, ASOS has it. And it won't break the bank, either.
Modcloth: Best for Adorb Prints
Should you be in the market for a bow tie, candy cane, or an ice cream motif to adorn your calves, or you just appreciate product names like "zipper doo dah tights," here's your hosiery source. Somebody hold Zooey Deschanel back.
Bare Necessities: Best for Plus-Sized
With hosiery from Wolford, DKNY, HUE, Spanx, and more, this e-boutique has a wide range of premium goods, and they are all easily searchable. The plus-sized items are still annoyingly called "Queen" on the site, but once you get past that, you can search control top or no, sheer (for patterned as well) or opaque (for colors).
Wolford: Best for Durability
This is one of those you-get-what-you-pay-for situations. The internationally beloved company built its name on nylons that resist rips and snares and won't stretch or sag. Bad news is they start at $35 and go up from there, but the good news is they're having a pretty large sale right now.
Uniqlo: Best For Ordering a Lifetime Supply
The ol' Heattech fabrication strikes again, bringing warmth to be-skirted legs
near on you. And at $14.50, you can buy five quality pairs for the price of one Wolford pair.
Pique: Best for the Incorrigibly Lazy
If you like fine things but don't so much like searching for said fine things, subscribe to Pique for $25 and get designer weaves from the luxury likes of Gerbe, Ilux, and Commando delivered to your door every month. The service caters to your style, offers a variety of choices, and ensures you will never get caught in a pinch with holy hose.
WeLoveColors: Best Color Options
Believe in the name. They love colors. All of the colors, or at least the 50 or so in their inventory. Live ROY G BIV every day of the week, all winter long for $12.50. (Also a great source for plus-size.)
DKNY: Best for Micro-Massage
DKNY tights have a following, a mass hoard of cold-weather inhabitants that will stand by them as willingly as they stand in them. These are good solid tights that come in standard styles and trends. That said, the company also makes tights pegged as "a day spa for your legs". You win some, you lose some.
Topshop: Best All-Around
Reasonable prices, reasonable quality, reasonably large selection of colors, patterns, and classics. It's a go-to for people who are good at making choices.
- DKNY control tops at Bare Necessities, $14.50
- Splash color tights at WeLoveColors, $16
- Suspender tights at Topshop, $19.99
- Bow tie tights at Modcloth, $19.99
- Cross decal tights at ASOS, $14.07
- Bicycle mantyhose at Emilio Cavallini, $40
- Paris tights at Pique, $52
- Heattech tights at Uniqlo, $14.50
- Back seam at Wolford, $50