Tights are a major staple in my fall/winter closet. Without them, my over-the-top collection of skirts and dresses would be rendered completely useless from the month of October to March (okay, okay May). Despite my need for a sturdy pair of tights the majority of the year, the market has proved largely disappointing.
Some brands promise larger-than-life abilities. "Even a knife can't poke a hole in these tights." It can. Some aim for a more realistic approach. "They're nylons. They will rip, but these are better than most." Unfortunately, a title of "better than most" isn't much of a title at all.
So, I took inspiration from the most famous woman wearing tights in this moment. You guessed it: Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
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Now that Meghan Markle is royalty, her nylons have become of the upmost importance. How could we forget her debut as a royal? Nude tights have never looked so good.
After a little digging, I discovered the Duchess's first choice in hosiery. Heist Studios, a hosiery brand unimpressed with women's lingerie options (hear, hear!) aims to provide all women, regardless of race or size, comfortable and durable tights that they can move in.
With that mission statement, I was hooked, so I ordered a pair of The Fifty in black ($38; heist-studios.com). After they arrived, I put them to the test the best way I knew how. If these tights could survive a day in the life of a beauty editor–between New York City subways, endless events, and hauling 20+ packages up to our office–they could survive anything.
Surprisingly enough, they did. After I wore them a few times during the week, the tights didn't run, tear, or rip. The high-waisted fit hugged my lower tummy without suffocating me. Plus, the material is oddly comfortable. I didn't realize how much I loved them until I put on a different pair of tights.
The comparison shocked me. All the tights I had were scratchy material, pilling fabric, and never actually fit my body.
It was official. After I tried Heist, I couldn't settle for what I had before. I introduced my old stockings to their new home, the trash, and we parted ways for good.
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