Either you’re spending beaucoup bucks, or you’re stuck with a thick, shiny, dated pair that would be better suited to wearing on your head in order to rob a bank circa 1965.
These by Spanx are the best-fitting, longest-lasting pair I’ve found for the plus-size actors I dress (they come in sizes that will accommodate people up to 6 feet tall and 325 pounds).
Part of the reason “The Nudes” are so great is because they are close to 50 percent spandex — which makes for a slinkier feel and a firmer, tighter fit.
(The general rule is, the more spandex in a pair of pantyhose, the sleeker the fit.) Any time I’m dressing an actor outside of the “light nude,” “medium nude,” or “coffee” skin-tone box, I’m stuck custom dyeing multiple pairs of pantyhose in order to achieve the right match.
(For what it’s worth, Hipstik also makes an incredible pair of opaque black or navy tights.) Donna Karan’s entire collection of “The Nudes” is ultrasheer — and the next best thing to bare legs.
They come in either sheer-to-waist, panty, or control-top options and do a bang-up job of smoothing out minor imperfections and giving an ensemble a “finished” look without ever calling any attention to themselves.But nobody wants it to be obvious that they are wearing pantyhose, so I swear by a handful of brands that deliver perfect-looking legs — without calling any attention to themselves. The best pair of pantyhose — for any amount of money — are these by Hipstik.They don’t pinch, bind, dig in, or crush your guts and thighs mercilessly after a full day of wear.The lack of pantyhose (and every other sort of undergarment you can think of, really) in a proper range of skin tones is a problem that few manufacturers choose to address — but Ade Hassan’s Nubian Skin line makes luxury pantyhose (in addition to bras, panties, and shoes) in shades ranging from Berry (a dark, espresso-hued shade) to Cafe Au Lait (a warm honey tone), and in sizes up to 3X.Made mostly from silky-soft polyamide (a synthetic fabric that is long-wearing and not as scratchy as pure polyester), they are a steal at around per pair.This pair from Hue is the best intersection of style and price I’ve yet to find in a pair of pantyhose.They aren’t scratchy, provide great coverage without making it obvious that you’re wearing them, and don’t slowly shimmy down as the day progresses.I’m five-eight and a triangle (meaning my hip size is greater than my bust), so I am a size B.The site has a sizing chart for those unfamiliar, but having the appropriate fit means I can wear them 15-plus hours with zero waistband squeezing or discomfort.Plus, even though this is technically a control-top pair, the superwide waistband doesn’t dig into your guts like cheapo pantyhose from the drugstore do.The options out there for plus-size pantyhose are (not-so-shockingly) slim.