The 16 Best Tights That Won’t Rip

Strong, sturdy tights you can actually live in.

by Taylor Fuller and Carina Finn
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Tights can be the perfect accessory for any fall or winter outfit, but finding the very best tights that won't rip can also feel impossible. Scoring the right pair will keep you free from needing to the fix common tights problems that bother anyone who didn't do their research, but lucky for you, I've done the work on your behalf. I scoured Amazon for top-rated tights that won't rip or run, and there are plenty of stylish (and durable) options out there.

The Best Fabric For Tights

First, you’ll want to check out the fabric blend. Most tights are made from either nylon or polyester with a percentage of spandex for stretch and softness. In general, since nylon and polyester are both durable fabrics, tights made with higher percentages of these (80% is a good place to start) will be less prone to rips and runs.

How Tights Should Fit Matters, Too

Some brands, like tights made for dancers, are known for being more resistant to rips and tears, which is crucial knowledge — but so is knowing if you're shopping for the correct fit to begin with. If your waistband tends to roll up, order a size bigger than usual. If you're way more prone to ripping your tights than most people you know, perhaps it's time to start shopping for thicker tights, which won’t snag as easily.

Once you've figured out the fit, it's time to stock up and start rocking the best skirt and dress trends. With the right pair of long-lasting tights, you'll avoid runs, and you'll be able to use some of that extra money for something better. Say goodbye to ripped tights and hello to stylish and fun outfits for the whole season.

Shop The Best Tights That Won’t Rip

In a hurry? Here are some of the best tights that won’t rip:

1. The Best Tights That Aren’t See-Through: HUE Super Opaque Control-Top Tights

2. The Best Tights To Keep You Warm: Romastory Fleece Lined Tights

3. The Best Patterned Tights: Chirrupy Chief Patterned Fishnet Pantyhose

1. Some Super Opaque Tights That Actually Last

These super opaque tights from HUE are the perfect choice for anyone who wants a pair of thick tights that you can’t see through. One user said, "These are a really dark black tight, very opaque. They last forever." Plus, they come in seven different colors, which means a great tight for whatever outfit you want to wear.

One fan wrote: “I've had these for a month now and wear them to work frequently. Still no holes! I'm in love. And these are truly opaque.”

Sizes: 1 — 5 | Colors: 9

2. A Pair Of Durable Dance Tights

If you get really annoyed by runs in your tights, think about investing in a pair of dance tights, which are designed to be thicker and more long-lasting than tights that are for fashion purposes only. Several buyers on Amazon said that the tights are so much more durable than regular tights and they hold up after repeated washings.

One fan wrote: “Love how these tights do not tear or run. I fell and slid across the floor 20’, with my knee hit and my tights did not rip. Color is perfect. Great compression. Also these tights feel warmer than regular tights. Great buy.”

Sizes: Small — XX-Large-Plus | Colors: 5

3. A Pair Of Thick Rib-Knit Tights

These sweater-knit tights are a knit from a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex, making them the perfect combination of soft, durable, and stretchy. They have a subtle ribbed pattern that looks great with a wide variety of outfits, and come in seven on-trend colors. Amazon reviewers also note that these hold up well in the washing machine.

One fan wrote: “These tights are so cozy and seem like they won’t rip easily. I think I found my new winter favorites!”

Sizes: X-Small-Small — Large-X-Large | Colors: 8

4. These Shimmery Tights That Are Built To Last

Novelty tights don’t have to relegated to “wear them once” status — these metallic tights from Leg Avenue are actually super durable. They come in eight eye-catching color combinations, from black with copper shimmer to all-out sparkly silver options. Thousands of Amazon shoppers have given these tights positive ratings, too.

One fan wrote: “I've bought this brand for over 10 years. I also work in Fashion. Their prices went up but so did their quality. I work with hair accessories that normally would snag hose. After 13 hours working with the hair accessories close to my legs the hose survived with no snags, rips or runs. I would recommend them 100%. They also stayed up on my 5'2", 118lb body.”

Sizes: One size | Colors: 8

5. A Pair Of Plus-Size Tights That Are Almost Totally Opaque

These plus-size tights are designed to be durable and opaque, so they won’t rip easily. Made from a blend of 83% nylon and 17% spandex, they feature a control top with a comfortable waistband, and have the perfect amount of stretch. The brand notes that these should be hand-washed rather than run through the washing machine.

One fan wrote: “I absolutely love these opaque tights. They are warm and very comfortable. I wore mine under dress pants and they were perfect. Plenty of room and I'm not a little girl; plus size to be exact. For as much stretch as these tights have, they actually hold you in, in all the right places. Do they come in colors?”

Sizes: 1X-2X — 3X-4X | Colors: Black

6. Some Patterned Tights That Don’t Snag Easily

Make your next outfit more fun with these patterned tights. Unlike fishnet or open-knit tights that are easy to snag, the pattern is printed directly on these tights, making them a great choice for anyone who loves the three-dimensional look of patterns and prints. These tights are a great quality, safe for machine washing, and are 10 percent spandex for generous stretch that won't run or tear.

One reviewer wrote: “I wore these for a steampunk Mardi Gras parade. They were comfortable and sturdy. They didn’t run so I can use them again. I’m 5’7, 165 pounds and the large fits me comfortably. I was hoping the nylon would be more clear between the stripes so they’d look more like the can-can dancer tights, but I’ve had those before and they always run the first time I wear them. These are much sturdier so I think they’ll be my new go-to tights for Victorian era cosplay.”

Sizes: Small — XX-Large | Colors: 1

7. A Two-Pack Of Tights That Offer Great Quality For A Low Price

When you want to rock a pair of semi-opaque tights that aren't super expensive, but still last a long time, look no further than this pair. Reviewers say these tights are opaque, can be machine washed, and they’re made from 70 denier microfiber, so they’re soft and just the right thickness for comfort and warmth. Even better? You get two pairs for only $16.

One fan wrote: “Excellent quality. Got one black and one chocolate brown. Very strong, good quality material. Very pleased.”

Sizes: Small — X-Large | Colors: 7

8. A Pair Of Designer Tights That Hold Up To Repeated Washings

Woven from a blend of 89% nylon with 11% spandex for added stretch and softness, these matte tights are the perfect choice for anyone who wants thick, completely opaque tights with a matte finish. They feature a waistband with a raw-cut style that will make you forget you’re even wearing tights, and fans say that they hold up to machine washing on the delicate cycle for easy care.

One fan wrote: “The very best and really all I buy now. I can wash and dry them with regular laundry, they're very opaque, last for months, and fit great. Worth it.”

Sizes: Small — X-Large | Colors: Black

9. A Pair Of Fleece-Lined Tights That Are Velvety Soft

If finding tights that keep you warm is your top priority, this is the pair for you. Boasting an impressive 4,000-plus perfect five-star ratings on Amazon, these tights are super thick, completely opaque, and have a plush fleece lining that fans say is incredibly soft and cozy. They come in several colors as well as multi-packs, and the brand notes that they should be hand-washed. They come in footed, stirrup, and footless options.

One fan wrote: “I LOVELOVELOVE these!!! Warm and comfy. Looked small out of the package, but fits perfectly. I don't think that I ever want to take them off!!”

Sizes: One size | Options: 15

10. This Patterned Style That Doesn't Rip

If you like to stay on-trend and rock some patterned tights, it probably has crossed your mind that they must rip more easily than regular ones. These tights, however, are designed with smaller holes, so they’re not as easy to snag as standard fishnet styles. They’re made from a blend of nylon and spandex, and should be hand-washed to keep them looking their best.

One fan wrote: “Cutest pantyhose I've ever owned. The leopard print is my favorite.Everyone loves them. Don't appear to be cheaply made. Have not ripped once.”

Sizes: Small-Large — XX-Large-Plus | Colors: 4

11. These Soft, Thick Microfiber Tights

Another pair of dancer-approved tights, these microfiber footed tights are made from a blend of 86% nylon and 14% spandex, which means they’re super soft and stretchy. They have a reinforced waistband to help them stay securely in place, and come in several neutral colors as well as black, white, and theatrical pink.

One fan wrote: “I purchased two pair of these wonderful tights just a week before my daughter and I had a performance as 70's Go-Go Dancers...These tights are not only well-fitting, but very high quality! I love being a Prime member where Priority shipping is FREE!! I would buy these again in a heartbeat!”

Sizes: A — D | Colors: 6

12. Some Tights That Come In Fun Colors And Patterns

Spice up your wardrobe with these microfiber tights, which come in basic colors like black as well as fun brights and even purple striped options. They’re made from a blend of 85% nylon and 15% spandex, making them both stretchy and resistant to rips. Best of all, they can be run through the washing machine on cold and tumble dried on low for easy care.

One fan wrote: “These are really comfortable, silky, durable, and opaque! I wear them all day, they breathe well, but also are warm enough to wear in the winter.”

Sizes: 00-0 Plus — 7-8 Plus | Colors: 33

13. This Pair Of Low-Maintenance Tights From An Iconic Brand

When you purchase a pair of delicate tights, you have to take extra care with them — but these SPANX tights are thick enough that you don't have to worry at all. These tights are basic enough to wear every day, and you won't spend the whole day concerned you're going to cause a run in them.

One fan wrote: “I love SPANX tights. They're high quality, and they work just about everything. Oh, and they're they make everything smooth...I have 4 or so pairs of these. I am a huge fan of these, and hope they come out with more colors and designs.”

Sizes: A — E | Colors: 3

14. Some Compression Tights That Won’t Sag

These Danskin tights are made from a blend of 90% nylon with 10% spandex for added stretch, so they’re soft, comfortable, and have enough stretch to keep them from sagging. They have a tight knit that makes them less likely to snag or rip, and they can be machine-washed on the cold cycle for easy maintenance.

One fan wrote: “I've always loved Danskin Tights and will order them again and again. I love their durability and smooth fit. This style has a wide elastic waistband to keep them in place, no rollover. I fully recommend this style unless you're looking for something different as in shine or matte. These are semi-shiny”

Sizes: A — D | Colors: 6

15. A Pack Of Ultra-Warm Tights For Cold Weather

Sold in both single packs and packs of two, these popular fleece-lined tights are a wardrobe staple once cold weather hits. They’ve earned thousands of positive ratings on Amazon thanks to their warmth, softness, and durability. The fabric is made from 90% polyester with 10% spandex that helps them stay stretchy and securely in place without bunching or sagging, and they come in a few colors.

One fan wrote: “LoveloveLOVE these! They are comfortable and so WARM. Not too opaque just enough.”

Sizes: Small-Medium — Large-X-Large | Options: 17

16. This Pair Of Extra-Stretchy Semi-Sheer Tights

If you’re tired of tights that are a pain to put on, these extra-stretchy tights from MANZI are a solid pick. They’re made from a blend of polyamide and elastane, and have a semi-sheer finish that looks especially great with on-trend vintage-inspired looks. They come in two colors, and are sold in both single and two-packs.

One fan wrote: “Very thick and very nice material. Stretches quite a bit but they are also very strong. Will buy again and hope they have more colors.”

Sizes: X-Large — 4X-Large | Colors: 2

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