Just because it's dipped below 30 degrees doesn't mean I'm living in pants until spring. And, while wearing skirts and dresses with no tights might be considered a status symbol among fashion folks with car services at their beck and call, our bank accounts are far from Wintour-level. That means we've got two choices: tights, or stems that turn into legs-cicles.
But, with so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know which pairs are worth your hard-earned money (read: those that won't snag on the first wear). I have an entire drawer filled with black tights, and this winter they've been put through their paces. Having survived many bitter-cold days and nights in leg-bearing ensembles, I'm pretty confident I know what makes hosiery worthy of your legs — and which brands actually stand up to winter in New York.
Keep reading to see how some of the best-known brands fared when I put them to the test.