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  1. Ali
    July 2, 2012

    This article is somewhat misldeading: there are multiple kinds of tights, some of which meet the description above, but others of which do not.

    With respect to modern, general-population fashion terminology, tights are essentially just thicker pantyhose (i.e. higher denier pantyhose, as mentioned in the article). There are control-top tights (i.e. non-uniform consistency of the material), and tights, although having a higher denier, are still not heavy enough to be able to be worn as pants substitutes on their own (unless you’re really brave!).

    Tights are not to be confused with leggings, which are very thick, footless garments that can be worn on their own.

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  2. randy
    September 21, 2017

    Difference between depends where you live in England all legwear are called tights in the USA we call tights as a high denier ,pantyhose is of a lesser denier and then there are leggings just a footless type.

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    • Nsbdbndbd
      November 28, 2019

      In the UK (where I’m from) most of this is all wrong from what I see there just the same and most of the stuff in here are lies.

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  3. Pernilla
    February 3, 2018

    I would just like to say that tights most certainly were not used in the middle ages outside of Hollywood productions. Men in the middle ages wore hose, which were at first sewn stockings, and later (for a while) were joined at the hip to form very body-hugging leggings, but they were still sewn from woven fabric and not from elastic knitted materials. Knitted stockings were introduced during the Renaissance, but the garment we call ‘tights’ today (elastic, form-hugging coverings from waist to feet) are a modern invention.
    Also, I would definitely never wear tights, regardless of thickness, as the sole leg covering. They require a skirt or dress, or even shorts, worn over them.

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