Truly matte black tights
September 11, 2011 2:10 PM   Subscribe

Can you recommend a brand of truly matte, opaque, black tights?

I hate shiny tights and can't seem to find truly matte, opaque, black tights. What brand have you worn and can recommend to me? I am 5' 4" tall and medium-sized.
posted by kellygreen to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (19 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
posted by crush-onastick at 2:16 PM on September 11, 2011

Spanx makes reversible tights that are very, very dark, matte, and opaque. They're called "Two-Timin' tights" and come in black/blue and black/brown combinations. I've had mine for over four years with no runs, tears, or problems. Highly recommended.
posted by mynameisluka at 2:16 PM on September 11, 2011

I like this brand. You might have more luck looking for "stockings" rather than "tights."
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 2:19 PM on September 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

I've found both Vera Wang (Kohl's) and DKNY jersey (from the outlets) have pretty thick and not sheery-shiny hose/tights in black, brown, and grey. I generally fall between two sizes and going up helps the opacity.
posted by cobaltnine at 2:20 PM on September 11, 2011

You know what? The most opaque, matte tights I have (that aren't knit...knit is a whole 'nother story entirely) are from Target and cost 5-10 bucks. I've got some in red, some in black, some in navy, some in brown, and some in a really awesome drowned-corpse blue color. Looking at them I don't remember if they were Xhiliration or Merona--probably a mix of both--and they suit my needs just fine. My only gripe is that they're not quiiiite long enough for me, but you're several inches shorter than I am so you should come out just fine. And, hey, five bucks.
posted by phunniemee at 2:31 PM on September 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

M&S (you can shop online) or, the gold standard, Wolford.
posted by tel3path at 2:33 PM on September 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Some tights are naturally shiny, but all tights are shiny when they are stretched more than they're supposed to. I solved this problem by sizing up.
posted by telegraph at 3:02 PM on September 11, 2011 [2 favorites]

Hue sweater tights work for me. Kinda pricey. If you remember in the spring, find em cheap at Marshalls and TJ Maxx.
posted by ansate at 3:05 PM on September 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Land's End.
posted by Iris Gambol at 3:05 PM on September 11, 2011

There are several matte black tights options at Sock Dreams. Most of the non-shiny ones are cotton or wool blends.
posted by donnagirl at 3:21 PM on September 11, 2011

email sockdreams. their customer service is fantastic and i'd be surprised if they didn't have what you need.
posted by nadawi at 3:58 PM on September 11, 2011

The shininess is the spandex/Lycra/stretch element. You should definitely size up to reduce this effect, which will be present to some extent in almost every kind of stretchy tights.

I love the Foot Traffic combed cotton tights that were linked by PhoBWanKenobi above. They are a sweater-type tights, so they don't look as sleek, but they are warmer than other tights. They are almost entirely matte and extremely durable. I am a huge fan. Foot Traffic makes normal tights and they are also pretty great.
If you want matte without the thickness, I love the tights at We Love Colors. They are great- amazing color selection, very matte and opaque, and extremely durable.
But for $5 each, the Xhiliration ones at Target are also pretty great. Some color selection, pretty durable, and matte. I have been pleased with these.
posted by aabbbiee at 4:43 PM on September 11, 2011

Mine are a few years old (they don't age at all) from Banana Republic. I have black and gray. Absolutely no shine.

Ah, here they are: $22.
posted by Shusha at 5:34 PM on September 11, 2011

Came in here to recommend the DKNY ones, which are fabulous, but must also nth the recommendation to call Sock Dreams, because they'll have something grand and are ridiculously nice people, too.
posted by dizziest at 6:14 PM on September 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Most of my tights are black and all are matte and quite opaque and I have never had a problem finding them. Maybe the secret is hating artificial fibres? Mine are more cotton or wool (sometimes both) than anything else; no or only very minimal poly, no excess nylon. I like Hue and Marks and Sparks.
posted by kmennie at 8:42 PM on September 11, 2011

I've bought nice "wool" tights at Target as well.
posted by maryr at 9:09 PM on September 11, 2011

I really, really, really like we love colour's microfibre tights. Opaque, non-shiny, indestructable (so far).
posted by Acer_saccharum at 8:06 AM on September 12, 2011

I lovelovelove DKNY's Comfort Luxe Opaque tights. Soft and not shiny, and quite sturdy. Also they have a soft waistband so no pinching.
posted by radioamy at 8:22 AM on September 12, 2011

Dancewear stores will have 100% nylon tights in a matte finish. They come in sizes, I usually get a size up from what the chart says.
posted by yohko at 12:25 PM on September 12, 2011

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