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Please be advised that all of the "Editor's Picks" featured in this section are hand-selected by Elegant Plus. Although every effort is made to keep featured products current, retailers can sell out of popular styles before the Editor has had an opportunity to update the page. All selections are available at time of posting and purchases can be made directly from the retailer on the associated shopping link. All of the shopping guides include designer selections which are noted with the designer's name in descriptions.
 


Last Update: August 18, 2017

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Footless Black Out Tights, 1X - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Berkshire, Silky Control Top Pantyhose, Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Footless Black Out Tights
Size 1X - 4X
 

Berkshire
Silky Control Top Pantyhose

Size 1X - 6X
 

Donna Karan
The Nudes Control Top Pantyhose
Sizes S - L, Tall, Petite Plus 

 

Plus-size hosiery has become more important in recent years as trends have moved towards colorful and patterned tights, in addition to classic sheer pantyhose appropriate for work or special occasions.  Some comes with built-in shapewear which is also popular with many who like a body smoothing look under formalwear and figure conscious skirts and dresses.  Along with items such as winter accessories, jewelry, and trendy leggings, socks and tights are also popular stocking stuffers during the Christmas holiday gift giving season.

 

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Berkshire, Graduated Compression Knee Socks, One Size Plus | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Control Top, Opaque Wine Tights, Plus-Size | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick Graduated Compression Trouser Socks, Plus-Size| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Textured Stripe Tights, Size 12 - 32W| ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Berkshire
Graduated Compression
Knee Socks

One Size Plus

Control Top
Opaque Wine Tights

Plus-Size

Graduated Compression
Trouser Socks
Plus-Size
 

Textured Stripe Tights
Size 12 - 32W
 

 

Sheer, neutral hose has resurged in popularity in recent years.  Bare legs have become less acceptable as work places are swinging back to more formal business attire requirements in many industries and parts of the country.  The influence of the Duchess of Cambridge is also driving this trend after it was noted that even in casual, hot Los Angeles she was wearing stockings during her official visit.

 

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Striped Lace Top Thigh Highs, Size 1X - 6X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Striped Lace Top Thigh Highs
Size 1X - 6X

SPANX
Seamless Leggings
Size 1X - 3X

Day Sheer Pantyhose
Plus-Size to 450 lbs 

Berkshire
Firm All the Way
Graduated Compression
Thigh Highs
Size S -
4X

 
 

Sizes larger than a standard Queen Size are hard-to-find off-line, but are reasonably common at most plus-specialty e-commerce stops.  Wide or plus-calf trouser knee highs are another specialty item more easily found on-line.  BoHo and trendy looks will sometimes layer either footless tights or leggings under skirts and dresses.  In the winter months, all style tribes layer tights and socks under stylish boots.  For areas that get more than a dusting of ice and snow heavier winter boots may require thick boot socks or leg warmers.

Meanwhile, more practical specialty hosiery engineered specifically for the needs of diabetics and those with leg and ankle swelling issues is also more readily available on-line at good prices. Light support pantyhose and graduated compression knee highs in fuller calf sizes are becoming increasingly available from plus specialty retailers, while medical grade compression hose is still limited mainly to medical supply companies.  Compression leggings are also becoming more available, and are usually listed under the activewear or shapewear tabs at most retailers, while footless tights from brands such as Spanx also often have light compression properties.
 

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Deep Waist Band Leggings
Size 14 - 24W
 

Cotton Blend
Ribbed Ankle Socks
One Size Plus

Smartwool
Compression Calf Sleeve
Unisex Size S - XL

Sheer Floral Ankle Socks
Plus Size

 

Internet Shopping Resources for Plus-Size Tights, Hosiery, and Socks

For classic basics, available in multi-packs Just My Size is the best resource for plus-size women up to size 7X.  There you will find day sheers in a variety of tones both with and without re-inforced toes, control top styles, support hose, and colored tights. Wide-calf knee highs in both sheers and opaque styles are regularly available here, in addition to other plus specialists such as Catherine's.

 Although inventory is limited, one of the best spots for high quality basics including control top day sheers, knee highs, and compression hosiery for extended and plus-sizes is Nordstrom with labels such as Wolford, Berkshire, and Spanx a staple.

 Spanx is the control top hose favored by many celebrities and models. Higher end hosiery labels such as Wolford, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, and Falke are available from Bare Necessities. Leggings that are sold in the hosiery section are much better described as footless tights, and often include shaping and compression technologies.

 

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Cotton Socks | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Hanes Silk Reflections Control Top Pantyhose, Size 1X- 5X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Raw Edged Striped Thigh Highs, Size 1X - 4X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Zella Live In High Waist Moisture Wicking Compression Leggings, Size 1X - 3X | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick

Cotton Socks
Sock Sizes 9 - 12
 

Hanes
Silk Reflections Control Top
Pantyhose
Size 1X - 5X

Raw Edged Striped
Thigh Highs
Size 1X - 4X

 

Zella Live In High Waist
Compression Moisture Wicking Leggings
Size 1X - 3X
 

 

Those shopping for patterned and colored tights will often have good luck at the plus-specialty retailers, in season, including Lane Bryant, Torrid, and Avenue.  These are also the most likely to carry the latest legwear trends such as boot socks or leg warmers in sizes that will fit heavier legs and calves.

For extra quirky and trendy patterns Asos and ModCloth are the places to shop for sizes up to 3X. 

Fishnet and thigh high stockings are most readily available from internet lingerie shops.  Hips and Curves has one of the classiest collections with sizes frequently available as large as 6X. 

 

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Berkshire, Shimmers Ultra Sheer Sandalfoot Pantyhose | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Floral Lace Tights, Plus-Size to 350 lbs | ElegantPlus.com Editor's Pick
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Berkshire
Shimmer Ultra Sheer
Sandalfoot Pantyhose

Queen Sizes Available

Floral Lace Tights
Plus-Size to 325 lbs

Star Wars Furry Socks
Shoe Size 8 - 13

Zanesh
Argyle Graduated
Compression Socks
Unisex Size S - L
 

 

For athletic socks with moisture wicking fabrics from top names such as Nike, Adidas, and Puma value priced multi packs are regularly available from Kohl's.  The large shoe and footwear shopping sites such as Zappos also carry a large selection of premium quality socks in high performance, moisture wicking fabrics such as wool, alpaca, bamboo and high-tech synthetics.  Some of these styles are also available in light to medium compression for people who are on their feet all day, or need extra stimulation in circulation.

 
 

 

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