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One of the very few SFW tights ads from American Apparel
One of the very few SFW tights ads from American Apparel

Where to Shop for Tights in New York City

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One of the very few SFW tights ads from American Apparel

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It's December, which means you're probably in dire need of some new winter tights—whether you've just put off buying them until now or you've already ripped the ones you have. Since there aren't too many quality stores in Manhattan dedicated solely to the category, keeping your bare legs covered in pairs that don't pill, snag, or get saggy can be a bit of a feat.

Nevertheless, we're here to help. In the map after the jump, we've listed nine places to shop for tights, from the luxe Wolford and Fogal boutiques to your local H&M. Did we miss your go-to spot? Leave it in the comments below if you're willing to share.

Legs still cold? Check out our tights shopping guides from Philly, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and LA, not to mention Racked National's guide to warm legwear online.


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1. Fogal

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(212) 207-3080
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This Zurich-based brand offers a wide array of very elegant and luxurious legwear, in lots of different colors and styles. Pricing is on the steep side, but if you're looking for soft, high quality hosiery, it might be worth the splurge.

2. Uniqlo

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(877) 486-4756
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Among other things, Uniqlo landed a spot on our list for their revolutionary Heattech tights. For $12.90 each, they'll keep your legs from feeling the full effects of the city's bitterest wind chills.
(212) 489-0390
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H&M carries your basic black, gray, and brown opaque tights, but larger stores—like the Fifth Avenue flagship—always have a hefty selection of bolder hues mixed in, too. No, they may not be the made of highest quality materials, but they're perfect for outfit experiments or emergencies—like when you rip a pair of your other, more expensive tights.

4. Anthropologie

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85 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 627-5885
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Peony prints? Check. Cute animals? Check. Anthropologie's tights range from twee to trendy, and include ombre hues, color-blocked patterns, and polka dots. For those in favor of solid opaque pairs, there are plenty of those priced at $15.

5. Wolford

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(212) 343-0808
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Probably one of the most famous and trusted names in hosiery, Wolford boasts a collection of luxurious tights with a "timeless elegance." Prices are up there, but they'll last you a lot longer than those ones you bought from Duane Reade.

6. American Apparel

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(646) 383-2257
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When it comes to tights, American Apparel runs the full gamut. Their stock includes everything from basic opaque pairs in all imaginable shades, thigh highs, stirrups, those that are butt-less, and wacky prints. Just make sure not to leave the house topless while wearing them—those ads are not meant to be mimicked in real life.

7. The Sock Man

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27 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 529-0300
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Since 1983, the Sock Man has been serving up a multitude of tights, socks, arm warmers, and more to the throngs of shoppers on St Marks. Prices are low, selection is high, and the experience is guaranteed to be an interesting one.

8. The Sock Hop

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The Sock Hop's legwear collection goes far beyond nylons. This Nolita shop carries tights from Falke, Henrik Vibskov, Maria La Rosa and more in a multitude of fabrics, including wool, cotton, cashmere, and silk. There's also a wide selection of regular socks, in case you want to layer up.

9. Topshop

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478 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-9555
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Looking for tights covered in roses, peace signs, or panthers? Or how about feathers, Aztec prints, and ying yangs? Head to Topshop if the word "trendy" doesn't make you run for the hills. Or if you need a thick pair of Fair Isle tights for the holidays—they have those too.

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1. Fogal

611 Madison Ave New York, NY 10022
This Zurich-based brand offers a wide array of very elegant and luxurious legwear, in lots of different colors and styles. Pricing is on the steep side, but if you're looking for soft, high quality hosiery, it might be worth the splurge.

2. Uniqlo

666 5th Ave New York, NY 10103
Among other things, Uniqlo landed a spot on our list for their revolutionary Heattech tights. For $12.90 each, they'll keep your legs from feeling the full effects of the city's bitterest wind chills.

3. H&M

640 5th Ave New York, NY 10019
H&M carries your basic black, gray, and brown opaque tights, but larger stores—like the Fifth Avenue flagship—always have a hefty selection of bolder hues mixed in, too. No, they may not be the made of highest quality materials, but they're perfect for outfit experiments or emergencies—like when you rip a pair of your other, more expensive tights.

4. Anthropologie

85 5th Ave., New York, NY 10003
Peony prints? Check. Cute animals? Check. Anthropologie's tights range from twee to trendy, and include ombre hues, color-blocked patterns, and polka dots. For those in favor of solid opaque pairs, there are plenty of those priced at $15.
85 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10003

5. Wolford

122 Greene St New York, NY 10012
Probably one of the most famous and trusted names in hosiery, Wolford boasts a collection of luxurious tights with a "timeless elegance." Prices are up there, but they'll last you a lot longer than those ones you bought from Duane Reade.

6. American Apparel

712 Broadway New York, NY 10003
When it comes to tights, American Apparel runs the full gamut. Their stock includes everything from basic opaque pairs in all imaginable shades, thigh highs, stirrups, those that are butt-less, and wacky prints. Just make sure not to leave the house topless while wearing them—those ads are not meant to be mimicked in real life.

7. The Sock Man

27 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Since 1983, the Sock Man has been serving up a multitude of tights, socks, arm warmers, and more to the throngs of shoppers on St Marks. Prices are low, selection is high, and the experience is guaranteed to be an interesting one.
27 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

8. The Sock Hop

248 Elizabeth St New York, NY 10012
The Sock Hop's legwear collection goes far beyond nylons. This Nolita shop carries tights from Falke, Henrik Vibskov, Maria La Rosa and more in a multitude of fabrics, including wool, cotton, cashmere, and silk. There's also a wide selection of regular socks, in case you want to layer up.

9. Topshop

478 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Looking for tights covered in roses, peace signs, or panthers? Or how about feathers, Aztec prints, and ying yangs? Head to Topshop if the word "trendy" doesn't make you run for the hills. Or if you need a thick pair of Fair Isle tights for the holidays—they have those too.
478 Broadway
New York, NY 10013