We tried so hard to find something to top the $45 Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 tights. We considered over 50 pairs, hoping to find something at a more affordable price point that wouldn't rip or sag, with a waistband and torso that wouldn't give us sausage hips. But after testing 16 pairs, with our top four choices worn by three different-shaped women in three different cities, our pick wound up being the Wolford tights beauty editors always mention.

Trust us, they're worth it. They will way outlast those $15 tights. They stood up against Velcro, stretching, and the bitter cold. Smooth and matte, they make you feel like a sleek, pretty otter. They are exactly what black tights should be, but rarely are. Durable and comfortable, they also come in a wide range of sizes and colors, don't sag or have an awkward waistband, and fit all of our testers well.

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If you're not quite ready to bite the bullet on a $45 pair, check out our full guide for two solid $13 budget picks, some extra-warm fleece tights one of our testers never wanted to take off, and more.