Sunday, 2 February 2014

Plus Size Tights Review - Part One

Tights, hosiery, whatever, I know for most plus size chicks the mere mention of those pesky leg coverings, at the very least, brings on a collective groan. Inconsistent sizing, bad quality, bad fit are just some of the annoyances we face, not to mention extortionate prices.

I was recently contacted by Laura at The Big Tights Company, she very kindly asked if she could send me a couple of pairs of tights from their range to try out.  I of course was very excited to do so, as I know it's a huge bug bear for lots of ladies out there.

I was sent the Paris Lady and the All Woman tights.

I forgot to get a full shot of the Paris Ladies but I wore them to uni last Monday and they were comfortable, stayed put all day with no Nora Batty ankles or saggy crotch and most importantly, I actually got them past my thighs!

The All Woman were even easier to get on and they had a huge amount if stretch to them!!


Now I'm aware the sight of me in tights isn't the most appealing thing in the world, but I just wanted to give you a full idea of how they sat and the stretch that's in them. They come up really high in the waist which I love. I'm a fan of the belly warmers, I like full coverage when it comes to tights. 


As you can see I have VERY substantial thighs which is where I usually struggle with tights. I'll get them mid thigh and then feel like they're cutting off my blood supply, have a missive hissy fit and rip them off. This was not the case with these tights. My one tiny little thing is that my personal preference is for a thicker denier, I love a good 80/100 and above if possible, I'm not a fan of tights that are too sheer and if I was wearing something knee length with these I'd be absolutely fine, but anything shorter I do prefer a thicker tight. 

But the Big Tights Company is a small independent brand so hopefully with our support they'll be able to look at developing some thicker deniers? Maybe? Please? ;) 


What I will add too, which is massively important is that they go up to a UK size 42 (a 90" hip) which is amazing, I challenge you to find another company who do that, it's fantastic to think that a small indy company can do that when huge brands refuse to cater for anyone above a size 24. 

I would happily recommend these to anyone, it's so rare to find tights that fit and fit right. Well done Laura and the rest of the team!! Great product!! 

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10 comments:

  1. perfect!! Always on the lookout for tights that don't dig in and come all the way up my leg. Saggy crotch area has to be one of the worst things. Stockings are a nightmare to track down for under £15 in bigger sizes too.

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  2. I love the Big Tights Company. I like good stomach coverage too, so i usually size up in tights at least 2 sizes. The Paris Lady are the only tights I've bought where I don't spend the day hitching them up or have 3 feet of material bagging around my ankles. It's nice to see an independent family firm outperforming the big companies in selling the perfect tights for thighs, bums and tums xx

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  3. You have just saved my life. I HATE buying tights with a passion, and always get stuck with ones from H&M. At least now I can wear colours x

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  4. I hate wearing tights as they always fall down & don't come up high enough. Thanks for sharing these :)

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  5. The best tights ive found are F&F luxury 80 denier in an XL. They are the perfect fit on me at a 20/22 and they are really black with good coverage so I feel confident with shorter hem lines. They come up nice and high too. Well worth £6 for 2 pairs!

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    1. Sadly they just don't work for me Amy, can't get them over my hips. Glad you've found some that work for you though!! x x

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  6. Thanks for the heads-up, this is great to know because I am fat AND tall! Finding tights that fit has been impossible :) might give these a try but like you I like mine opaque.
    Lucy x

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  7. Glad you all like them, lets support the indy brands where possible!! x x

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  8. Hi

    Great review! Which denier are you wearing in the photos? I see they have a new York lady pair in 70 -wonder if they fit as good?

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  9. I've been looking for months for plus size tights. Did not realize I would find them five thousand miles (8545 km) away. Just placed my first order.

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Thank you for your comment, I love reading what everyone has to say! B x