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TIGHTS AS WE KNOW THEM. OR DO WE?

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A woman’s magical, bottomless bag contains a lot of things, including an extra pair of tights. Tights are worn by women since hundreds of years now and it is no wonder why. A good pair of patterned tights can raise a simple outfit to a whole new level. In business wear, the perfect shade can make your leg look flawless, and it can prevent footsore too. If you are cold, you can get comfortable with a good pair of tights and if you are hot, you can easily take them off. In winter, you can wear a thick one or you can wear a regular pair under your trousers for extra warmth. It’s a timeless piece with a lot of possibilities. Although there are some facts about them that you probably don’t know about. Check them out now!

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Tights.
Where did that name come from?


Tights were designed to cover the body from the waist to the toe tips with a tight fit, hence the name. In American English, tights are also known as pantyhose. They are differentiated based on their material and tightness. Generally, anything up to forty denier (a unit of linear mass density of fibers) in the leg or overall is known as pantyhose and anything over that can be classified as tights, as for example 'running tights' and 'cycling tights'. In the United Kingdom, the word "tights" is used in all cases when referring to both pantyhose and "leggings", for footed or footless tights of heavier, normally opaque material. Tights can be sheer yet solid in colour, whereas leggings are practically or absolutely opaque, not sheer. Thus, the almost-opaque tights are sometimes labelled as semi-opaque and are not considered suitable as pants due to being too revealing. There are many sub-classifications of tights or pantyhose that describe the precise construction (such as control top, seamless, support and sheer). Although most tights are mainly nylon or cotton, lycra is normally included in modern blends to improve fit. Athletic tights are absolute opaque and often footless, although they may have a "stirrup" that goes under the foot to hold the cuff down near the ankle.

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Men wear them too.

Yes, that’s true. Tights were first worn several centuries ago by European men who needed a close fitting piece of clothes for horseback riding. Noble men chose tights made of silk or fine wool while people from lower classes had to make do with rough fabrics. Fun fact: When men posed for paintings at the time of King Henry VIII of England, they padded their underwear area to make their legs look finer and their men parts bigger in their tights. Actually, emphasizing their groin was a thing even before. In the 15th century, men wore decorative and fitted cover pieces over their tights as a symbol of their masculinity.

In modern times, male ballet dancers generally wear a dance belt beneath their tights both to provide support to the genitalia and to promote a smooth, regular appearance since tights are so thin and skin tight as to be revealing of the detailed contours.

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Tights and sports.

For horseback riding, tights in some equestrian circles can refer to tightly fitting riding pants of light material that extend all the way down to the rider's ankle and worn with a paddock style (ankle height) boot. Such pants are worn in summer or as an undergarment in winter. In warm climates they can be worn all year round. These riding tights are cheaper to buy than jodhpurs or breeches which are a type of riding pant made of heavier material and which extends only to mid calf length and are intended to be worn with tall riding boots. Tights can also describe the leg coverings worn in bicycling in cold weather and in other athletic activities, especially by runners. These tights are usually a thicker spandex-blend, and are usually footless. It has also been advocated by some sport scientists that the wearing of tights can reduce muscle tissue vibration. Tights are popular use of dancers, especially in ballet. and modern dance.

Athletic tights received some publicity during the 2005–2006 basketball season, when players started wearing the ankle-length tights under their uniform shorts. A prominent NBA player, Kobe Bryant, was one of the first to wear tights, and the style was subsequently adopted by several other NBA players, as well as some college and high school players. The style sparked controversy, leading to proposals to prohibit wearing tights with basketball uniforms.

In colder temperatures outdoors, American football players sometimes wear spandex tights next to their skin beneath their normal padded stretchy, tightly fitted pants.

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Tights are the girls’ best friend (and diamonds, of course).

We can now see that tights went through a lot in becoming the part of everyday women’s wear. All its previous functions are now incorporated to support women. You can find a good pair of tights for every problem you have. If you are not content with your skin, a nice shade can make it look better. If you have a few pounds to hide, a good pair of tights is on your side. You can buy them in every colour, with every pattern to turn any outfit looking glamorous. Plus, unlike diamonds, you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to get one. Tights became incorporated in women’s lives and it seems that they will become even more essential in the future. As the fabric used in tights is made of interwoven fabric such as nylon or cotton, there are pores in the fabric where modern manufacturers have been able to place other items which benefit the skin. They can use microencapsulation techniques to place substances such as moisturizers and other skin creams in the tights. Can you imagine that?

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