Disclosure: I bought the SockShop, Fairly Polly and Charnos tights myself. The Falke and Oroblu tights have been gifted to me by Luxury Legs. All opinions are, as always, truthful. This weblog post consists of affiliate hyperlinks.
We’re well and genuinely into winter right here in Bristol now. I walk my son to nursery and then two much more miles to work early in the morning, and lately the ground has always been coated in frost. I think I’ve described at some point prior to that I almost exclusively wear skirts and dresses, not trousers, so hosiery appropriate now is not optional.
In the previous, I’ve just worn regular, opaque black stockings and tights through winter, plus socks on the coldest days. Nevertheless I have Raynaud’s and, possibly as a result, I never ever make it by means of winter without suffering from horrible chilblains on my toes – finding a better hosiery resolution was effectively overdue!
As I’m confident I’ve also mentioned previously, I’m not a huge fan of tights – it is largely an aesthetics point, but I also have sensitive skin on my legs that can get genuinely irritated by having also considerably hosiery clinging to them. However no one appears to have invented thermal stockings however (gap in the market place here guys! You make them, I’ll get them) so tights it was. Before I get onto the evaluations, I wanted to note that I identified all 5 of these tights considerably significantly less itchy and annoying than these issues generally are. It must be all the soft, brushed linings! So, fellow sensitive-skinned folks, thermal hosiery is possibly one thing to appear into even if you don’t want the additional warmth.
The 80 Denier Pair – Falke Warm Deluxe
Buy right here from Luxury Legs for £27
These tights have a plush finish on the inside which they claim creates an air cushion to conserve heat. I was sent these in Marine Navy and if you look at them in the appropriate lighting, and scrunch your eyes up a bit, I suppose they have a blue-ish tinge, but they are for all intents and purposes black tights.
These were the lowest-denier pair that I attempted but also the most expensive, so I genuinely didn’t know what to expect. Sadly, I didn’t locate these any warmer than my standard, non-thermal opaque tights. They do really feel super soft and higher-good quality, and I’m confident I’ll get a lot of wear out them in the early spring, but I’m afraid I do not feel simply obtaining a plush lining is enough to qualify as thermal. Wonderful tights, but not great thermal tights.
3 / 10
The 100 Denier Pair – Oroblu Warm and Soft
Get here from Luxury Legs for £17
These tights have a ‘micro fleece’ lining. It is a thicker, fuzzier lining than on the Falke tights above, and oh my it’s soft! These tights were extremely comfy and, in my opinion, just as warm as the 140- and 200-denier pairs beneath.
You will also see if you read on that there had been issues I didn’t like about the appearance of the final three pairs, whereas these Oroblu ones are just extremely plain, common black tights. For these two motives, the combination of warmth and aesthetics, this was my favourite pair of the lot.
10 / 10
The 140 Denier Pair – SockShop Heat Holders
Get here from Sock Shop for £8.99
The Heat Holders brand is a SockShop exclusive, and following initially focussing on thermal socks they’ve branched out into tights and leggings. The brand claims they are 0.52 tog, even though that’s pretty meaningless to me with nearly no other tog-rated tights on the industry to evaluate them to! This pair has a extremely fuzzy brushed lining which is wonderfully soft (the softest, truly), and I located them lovely and warm as well.
This was the only pair of the 5 where I want I’d sized up – I would have been a lot more comfy with the crotch an inch greater, and I’m not tall – and I could have done with no the logo patch. I get that it is excellent for branding (how else do you bear in mind exactly where that one particular excellent pair of black tights came from when you have ten that appear the same?) but plain black tights currently look just so functional, I don’t require a continual reminder that I’m wearing thermals. When I’m pairing these with a luxe, lacy black bra, possessing Heat Holders stamped on my hip is the final thing I want! Could the branding not have gone on the inside?
Nevertheless, they’re thermal tights and they do that job effectively. They’re also the most budget-friendly pair I attempted.
7 / 10
The 200 Denier Pair – Pretty Polly Fleecy
Acquire here from SockShop for £10.99
As the name suggests, these tights have a brushed, fleecy lining and again, these felt lovely and soft against the skin as nicely as keeping my legs good and toasty.
This is my second-favourite pair from the 5 I tried and the only explanation I preferred the Oroblu pair to these by Pretty Polly, is that the waist on these comes up virtually to my bra! Perhaps that is intentional, to hold your tummy warm as well, but I thought it looked silly and it also meant there was a visible waistband bump around my rib cage if I wore a tight-fitting prime. Possibly a very good selection for men and women with a very lengthy torso?
8 / ten
The 400 Denier Pair – Charnos Velour Lined
Sold out, purchased for £11.99 from UK Tights
Although I only purchased these six weeks ago, they are unfortunately now discontinued and appear to be sold out everywhere. These tights are completely in contrast to any of the other people! In their packaging, they had been twice the size of the next-thickest pair and it becomes clear why when you unravel them and see what’s inside. The fleece lining is so thick it’s practically like fur, and super soft. They are so heavy, with a sleek outer, that I’m reminded of neoprene every single time I deal with them. Unsurprisingly, they were notably warmer than anything else on this list.
The tights have a cotton boot-sock which is in theory a fantastic thought (cosy toes good, sweaty toes poor) but as you can see in my photographs it comes up rather higher. Even with ankle boots, this bulge where the fabric adjustments is nevertheless really significantly visible and as such, I’ll only put on these tights below knee-higher boots. A foot-sock would have been a far more sensible style choice.
5 / 10
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If you are hunting for the ideal, warmest thermal hosiery, I hope you’ve discovered this comparison post valuable! If you already put on thermal tights, which brand tends to make your favourite pair?