Looking for tights that feel more like leggings - essentially I want "footed leggings."
I have always hated, hated, hated pantyhose. I love wearing dresses and skirts, so in the summer I go bare-legged - luckily my office is "business casual" and there are no restrictions on having bare legs.
However, when I want to wear skirts/dresses in winter, I have to wear tights or I will freeze (I'm in Buffalo and have low tolerance for cold). The problem is, I find tights only marginally less uncomfortable than pantyhose.
I have absolutely no problem with leggings. Since leggings have made something of a comeback, I bought a few pairs last year. I got the idea that maybe I could wear them under a skirt, paired with black trouser socks, and if you didn't look too carefully it might look like I was wearing tights. I actually wore this to work a few times, even though I'm sure people could tell what it really was.
So then I got to thinking, what makes leggings different from tights? It's not just the feet - I've seen things advertised as "footless tights" and the material is definitely more like actual tights, just minus the feet.
Looking at the material, it seems that leggings are mostly cotton (with a bit of spandex for stretch) and tights are mostly nylon (with a bit of spandex). So I thought the solution was to look for cotton tights. After Googling I ended up buying these
. But when I tried them on, they didn't feel comfortable at all. They were just like regular tights but with less stretch, making them feel more constricting.
So, hive mind, can anyone offer suggestions on just what it is that makes leggings feel so different, and more comfortable to me? Are there any tights out there that are more "legging-like" in feel?
In case it matters: specifically, my problem with tights is that they feel very, well, "tight" around the thigh. Maybe it's because I'm pear-shaped? I've found that just wearing a larger size of tights tends to get baggy and bunched up around the calves/ankles. Another possible solution for this is that I bought a basic functional garter belt (and I mean, functional, as opposed to lingerie that's just for show) to use with thigh highs - the kind without the elastic bands at the top. But I'm still interested in the possibility of a more legging-like pair of tights.