Infographic with 5 good reasons why men should wear mens tights
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Top 4 reasons why men all around the world should try tights

Not that you really need a good reason to wear tights, but if you are a man and you are considering if men’s tights are for you, here you have our list of four good reasons to give men’s tights a try.

Men’s tights keep you warm

Many of our male customers work in the building industry and they always praise men’s tights during the colder months of autumn and winter. Of course, you can wear men’s tights even if you don’t work outside. Styles like the Maxiums 100 denier tights will keep you warm this winter, whether you are working outside or chilling out at home.

100 denier mens tights
Maximum Mens 100 Denier Opaque Tights are a best-selling style

Men’s tights are cheaper by the dozen

Maximus men’s tights are much cheaper than thermal clothing, cycling pants and other outdoor weather you can find out there. And, guess what? They are just as effective!

And men’s leggings are great for exercise

Did you know that support tights can make exercise much easier? Cristiano Ronaldo is well known for training in black opaque tights in winter, but football players aren’t the only ones wearing tights for exercising. Runners, cyclists, tennis players… everyone can benefit from wearing tights while exercising.

Not only these offer support, but also provide breathability for the long workouts. Maximus Men’s 20 Denier Medium Support Tights are a very good style for men, we believe.

Men’s tights get the job done

If you have to stand up for long hours, a good pair of tights can help you finish your tasks while feeling comfortable, no matter your job.

To sum up, we can only recommend you try men’s tights for the first time if you haven’t done it yet. You won’t regret it, we promise! If you need help to put them on, you can read our guide for putting tights on and, if you want to read more, maybe check out our Hosiery guide for beginners. And, finally, don’t forget to check out the whole men’s section at UK Tights.

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42 comments

  1. When it comes to tights and leggins I have been wearing for years the support, warmth, feel and the way they look when wearing. I don’t wear men’s tights or leggins I buy women’s. They have more choices of colors and styles no color or style I won’t wear and they are very fashionable.

  2. An excellent idea that deserves to be developed. For my part, before the development of the internet, shops only offered women’s tights. Fortunately, some offer large sizes on certain models. I became aficianado of the Wolford brand, which I particularly appreciate the softness of their tights. In addition, some are produced in size XL, happiness for men. So I wear them every day and the best thing is to be able to walk around in nude tights and shorts during sunny days.
    They are also excellent for sports, but for cycling I prefer their low stay up version; in winter the Fatal80 seamless black model, in fine weather the Satin Touch model in caramel color.

  3. Hi Randall,
    Thanks for your feedback. We always see traditional ‘women’s tights’ as unisex, but it’s true that many men feel that wearing tights specifically design for men helps them. There’s much more choice with the regular tights, so we wouldn’t recommend men to stick to those specifically designed for their body shape.
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  4. Hi Corsair,
    Yes, there are more brands exclusive for men these days, but also there’s more size availability, which is ideal, we believe. There’s no reason why men should wear any types of tights, as long as they fit them. We love it when we see hosiery styles in XL and XXL sizes, because it accommodates taller men, but also the curvier people.
    Thanks for your comment.
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  5. Yep, I’m a guy who wears tights.

    I don’t shout it from the rooftops but if you were to ask me I would tell you that I do and that I do not have an issue with my hosiery wearing.
    I would love to wear tights with shorts but I don’t think society is quite ready yet. I do however wear leggings often, usually just simple utilitarian black cotton leggings from a supermarket and I’ve never noticed any negative reactions so in my book leggings are ok for anyone.

    I think you would find far more guys actually wear tights than you would think and I’m sure Dawn has said before that a significant percentage of her customers are men – In fact I have placed an order yesterday.

    I can’t really see the need for “men’s tights” and think manufacturers are wasting their time in making tights with a fly and other manly accouterments and giving them macho sounding names when lets face it the current offer do just fine (although making a size that’s longer in the leg and deeper in the body wouldn’t go amiss).

    So yeah, I wear tights too.

    Dave

  6. We couldn’t love more your message, Dave.
    Thanks for your feedback and for shopping with us, of course. We always encourage manufacturers to manufacture larger sizes, rather than new whole ranges for men, but it’s good to have more to choose from, we recon.
    Thanks again.
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  7. Hello to all at UK tights and UK lingerie,
    I have never bought any of the men’s tights. The first time I wore a pair of tights was when I was about 10 years old. My sister put them on me for a laugh. At that time there were no men’s tights only women’s/ girls.
    When I decided I wanted to buy my own I went straight for the ladies tights and then evolved into hold ups and stockings with a suspender belt. I have looked at the men’s tights on your website but prefer the ladies.
    I can see that the men’s section may appeal to men who haven’t bought them before but I bet a lot would end up buying some of the sexier ladies tights.
    I think once you wear hosiery you are hooked on them. Well I am anyway.

  8. Hi
    Ive worn tights most of my life. It started when I was a paperboy in the 80’s it was autumn was turning to winter and I was coming home and my legs and were freezing from riding my Bmx bike I complained to my mam and she had a bright idea and gave me a pair of her unworn tights. I was very reluctant being a young red blooded teenager and told my mam that I could never wear those! If my mates found out my life wouldn’t be worth living. So my mam being straight talking said be bloody cold then and stop whinging. My sister heard the conversation and she had a laugh and teased me a bit but said nobody would see anyway as my socks would hide them. So I reluctantly tried them on feeling very embarrassed they weren’t the most flattering of leg wear. They were dark brown and looked more like Nora battys and the waist band nearly went up to my neck but I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were, not only that strangely they made me feel great and I was liberated. They also did a great job keeping out most of the chill wind.
    From that day I was hooked, it was like a drug my little secret garment for winter time. When I was in the Army they were worn on exercise or on guard duty by then thick opaques had come out and I had them on in winter when I was in civvy street working in a drafty factory.
    I did have a bad experience when a relationship ended when she had found my few pairs of tights that I had in my sock drawer, she called me a pervert, I was weird or a tranny etc she finished me and kicked me out so in utter embarrassment I binned them all and never wore any tights for years until I took up training in the gym and cycling. Lycra shorts and tights I realised became more acceptable if you were the sporty type as long as you covered your bits and my ex wife liked me in them as well. To be fair it was her that restarted my tights affair and introduced me to stockings, but for her it was mainly for sexy fun and games ahem! Blushes! Nowadays young male models are seen wearing tights on the cat walks quite a lot they are worn under shorts or with suits with 3 1/4 trousers etc and we now have a range of men specific tights on the market I’m pleased to see. I think society on a whole is becoming more tolerable and open minded. Tights should not be a female specific garment. Why should it be females and trans lady’s be the only ones to wear such comfortable gorgeous attire?
    You will always have the narrow the narrow minded bigots and idiots around but the more men are seen wearing tights openly on a daily basis either at work or on a night etc out the more people become desensitised and see them as a fashion accessory not something pervy or seedy. The day will come when the glossy Magazines, Fashion designers and clothing retailers get their heads together to start a trend that involves tights to make the wearing of tights become mainstream it’ll also help boost the sales of the tights and stocking industry. Thank you if you have taken the time to read my little essay.
    I am pleased the say I have a long term partner she is very understanding and supports encourages my choice in clothing and supports anyones individuality or life choices as long as it doesn’t harm or hurt.
    I would like to thank all of you at UK tights and all of you like minded men and lady’s. Happy Xmas and have a prosperous new year!

  9. I have worn tights (pantyhose in North America) for decades and don’t really understand why they are not marketed to both men and women although some women may not like that I suppose. Tights were of course a male garment originally although since nylon was invented they seem to have become a female only item of clothing. In the early days tights were marketed to men and women but this shifted over the years to women only marketing. I have never understood, with hosiery sales plummeting in recent years, why manufacturers would exclude half the population from their marketing efforts. It is puzzling. As noted by some of the guys above, I don’t see the need for separate men’s tights as I have not found tights marketed to women as being in the least uncomfortable provided the sizing is correct. They are most supportive of the male anatomy so I have not ever purchased male specific tights. I wear tights mostly in the winter for warmth under trousers although on occasion I have worn them with shorts in the cooler summer days and nights and have had mostly complimentary comments ….mainly from women which I find very surprising. I am sure that there are quite a number of women and men that are not agreeable to a man wearing a “womens” garment but that really goes back to the public perception created by the marketing groups in company’s that relentlessly focus on female wearers. The compression stockings industry has woken up to the fact that both men and women need leg support and these items of clothing are now commonly marketed to both men and women. Perhaps they realized that the other half of the population has leg issues too. Companies like UK tights could help to persuade their suppliers that they are missing out on a huge market of tights as men’s wear. Things are changing slowly but in the meantime I shall opt for warmth and comfort above what society tells me is right or wrong.

  10. Thanks for your feedback and for sharing with us your experience. We believe hosiery companies are little by little changing their minds and moving towards more gender-neutral hosiery, with more size-inclusive sizes. Change is on the move! It’s a matter of time that changes (for good!).
    Kind regards,
    Marta

  11. What a story, Ian! Thanks for sharing it with us. Your words are very right. We are glad you have such lovely customers like you!
    Thanks.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family from the UK Tights team

  12. Hi
    Ian again
    When writing my tome I forgot to answer the question “Why should men try tights?” Well why should men wear tights? The reasons I wear them are:-they are comfortable, practicable, feel great on, they keep you warm without overheating and they could have health benefits for those with circulation issues etc they also have a great range of styles colours and thickness for all occasions and preferences. The prices range from £1 or $1.20 (which ever side side of the pond your on)? to £50 plus for top of the range tights such as Wolford.
    To be honest I’ve never spent more than a tenner on my hosiery. I still believe male specific tights are a good thing not just for the comfortable front panel or fly opening but it helps with making tights gender neutral and appealing to those men who are curious to see what these woman have been keeping to themselves for years. Now you can purchase quite masculine patterned tights I have tights with stripes I own a number of argyle pairs I have cotton/woollen tights, 7 denier run resistant tights and I even have a pair of camouflage coloured tights in my collection. I wear tights that match the weather or my outfit I’m not into flowers, bows, lace or glitter but if this your preference then happy days but I would love to make tights wearing as common as cotton socks.
    “So people“ to make our dreams come true we now have to look at the negative answers as well? they range from the following I could think of :- They are woman’s clothes! I’ll look stupid? What would my family think or god forbid my wife and kids? My legs are hairy! These are a few of the main negatives I could think of. Like I said in my previous post it has to start with the fashion industry, glossies, tabloids, media etc and prominent respected celebrities to be seen in public wearing tights. Remember David Beckham’s Sarong or Jonathan Ross in a kilt and his wife’s tights they got laughed at in the press. These institutions have the influence to change peoples attitudes and turn the most negative of folks into the very least accepting neutrals. The Tabloids and chat mags have the power to change fashions and trends on a daily basis. I tip my hat to fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood, John Paul Gaultier and Thom Browne whose creations add tights, skirts with high heel shoes to their male ensemble but they never get passed the cat walk? Why?
    kids these days are taught a lot about diversity and acceptance to others (my daughters are so open minded) so attitudes will change for the better in years to come but I’m the wrong end of 40 and a lot of blokes my age or older where I come from are a Narrow minded bunch, reluctant to change and a bloody hard nut to crack.
    One day we will see M&S male manakins dressed in smart suits or shirts and shorts or kilt with a pair of matching tights or Charlie Stayt sitting next to Naga Munchetti on Breakfast telly wearing a suit with 3 1/4 trousers and a pair black opaques or 7 denier natural tights? That would be great wouldn’t it? It’ll be a start anyway.
    Cheers UK tights
    Ian

  13. Men gave up fancy fashion during the Great Mens Renunciation of Fashion circa 1700s.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Male_Renunciation

    Largely to be taken seriously in matters of science etc plus part of the outcomes from the French revolution. Normal people didnt want to be confused with posh people in France so dressed down. Easier to keep your head. The idea spread. Beau Brummel had a lot to do with the changes in the UK.

    So as women can now be taken seriously in matters of science and wear what they want. The French revolution was a long time ago. Beau Brummel died a long while ago. And im utterly bored to death with mens ‘fashion’ ( there isnt any). Can we not now reverse this terrible mistake and have some decent interesting clothes to wear that let us express ourselves using colour texture cut tailoring and yes even tights?

    We need someone ( the Brummel undoer) like David Beckham to champion this. If you follow marketing adoption lifecycle. Innovators, early adopters, (the chasm) early majority, late majority, laggards. We’re in the innovator to early adopter phase of adoption of tights for men. To cross the cross the chasm and get to mainstream you generally have someone people trust to lead the way. Like beau brummel did with trousers and shirts and ties. He has a lot to answere for!

  14. I’m a man who has been wearing tights for years, for the last few years openly. I wear them as part of my regular male outfit. I do wish the hosiery companies would go for more unisex branding and marketing, it would surely enhance their sales to the male market which is 50% of an untapped population. I wear them because I tried them out of curiosity many years ago, realised I liked them so wore them regularly. It’s never been an issue with my partners or my current wife because I’ve never hidden it or made a big issue out of it.

  15. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Ian. We also hope tights become a gender-neutral garment as well.
    Kind regards.
    UK Tights team

  16. Hi, I don’t see the need for men’s tights. I am six foot tall and wear charnos xl opaque tights in the winter. Starting at 30 denier then 60 and just bought 100 denier. I wear them throughout the winter for warmth. I also wear them [60/100] for gym work. For me, they are just tights and indispensable. Although my wife does think I look like the old milk tray man when I wear a black top as well. I had an old mate who was a roofer who introduced me to the idea and once I got over the feeling of being weird I just fell in love with them. You don’t have to be a transvestite to wear tights. I think if it was more openly discussed more men would wear them. Underneath jeans and with socks, they seem to last forever.

  17. Hi Martin,
    Thanks for sharing with us your opinion and your experience. If you are wearing regular tights already, keep on doing it. Our post aims to reach all those men who still don’t feel like tights are a possibility for them. There’s nothing wrong with wearing tights, as you say. We totally agree.
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  18. Don’t need men’s tights I’m very happy with my collection of women’s tights thanks David

  19. Thanks for your feedback, David. Women’s tights or, as we call them here… ‘tights’ (genderless tights).
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  20. There seems to be quite a bit of response to this blog post and I would take from this that there are a lot of men who wear tights whether that be overtly or covertly. I’m also sure that only a small proportion of the male readers of this blog will have added a reply so the numbers of male tights wearers are sketchy but research shows we are a large minority.
    My advice to anyone who has thought of trying tights would be to do a bit of homework to find your right size and go for it, you’ll either love them and never want to stop wearing or be ambivalent and wont care either way – I tried once and have never looked back.
    Try em guys – I promise you’ll love them – life is too short not too, and if you don’t like tights there are always loads of leggings to try.

    Just go for it!!!

    Dave

  21. Thanks for your words, Dave. Our male customers aren’t a minority but around 40%-45% of our customers. Now, we think we have more male readers on the blog, probably because we never judge anyone and many men feel that they can express themselves what sometimes they cannot discuss in person with their peers. We are glad many of you offer such good advice. As you say, it’s vital to know what’s your size of hosiery. This is important for women as well; many women say they find tights uncomfortable but then, they wear 2 sizes smaller than they should. Thanks again for your nice words.
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  22. Hi
    I was introduced to tights at the age of 7 when I was told to wear a green pair for a school play. I think I was some kind of elf. I was gutted at the end when I had to hand them back to the teacher.

    Throughout my childhood I had moments of rediscovering how much I love tights followed by periods of guilt, denial and pushing it to the back of my mind.

    I am very lucky that I eventually found my wife and she is very accepting of it, she even buys me tights to cheer me up sometimes.

    As for men’s tights I have seen them on the website but they do not appeal to me. There is little choice compared to the massive choice available for women and they just don’t seem as nice. Some of the more high end tights for women are made of such exquisite material. For me it all comes down to the material, colour, smoothness and feel against the skin.

    If some men need the reassurance that they are buying tights made for men then that’s fine but I relish the fact that the ones I wear were marketed for women.

  23. I have been wearing tights since 1970 and enjoy the warmth, comfort and feel. I have never actually worn “men’s” tights as I have found women’s tight perfectly adequate.

    In recent years I have also started to wear hold-ups which are a lot more convenient!

    January 1st 2020 saw a major change. I “crossed the road” and became Allison so wearing tights and hold-ups is no longer done covertly and now enjoy more colours, styles and deniers.

    My favorites? Trasparenze – Extremely well made, stylish and feel wonderful

    Allison

  24. I am a tights lover I wear 100% nylon smooth knit tights as these feel the best and most comfortable.Anyone who likes very sheer tights try and find some 5 denier 100% nylon ones theirs a thew I’ve had the last ones were Christian Dior pretty polly used to make them not anymore definitely the thinnest tights I’ve ever had they are rare

  25. Dear Peter,
    Thanks for sharing your story with us. We are glad you have a supportive family. As we mention in the post, we don’t believe that tights are only suitable for women. We are truly happy to find more and more people open to see tights as a genderless garment. Feel free to share with us what are your favourite hosiery brands or styles!
    Thanks
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  26. Dear Allison,
    Trasparenze are a great brand of hosiery. Not only they have wonderful designs, but also that particular scent and smooth touch you can appreciate when you take your new pair of tights out of its box. It’s difficult to define, but if you are a fan of Trasparenze, we’re sure you know what it’s like.
    Thanks for sharing with us your thoughts and your story. We wish you all the best in your new life, Allison :)
    Thanks
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  27. i started to wear tights at the age of 7 , my mum used to let me and my brother dress up ln them, i could take or leave it then, then mum and dad split up and i lived wit my dad in the marital home, i found some tights in a drawer and because i was missing mum i would wear the tights making me feel closer to mum, i are now 59 years old wear tights every day , i always wear womens tights as they always tend to be cheaper than mens tights, i recently purchased maximus mens tights 2 pair pack 40 denier, for £6.90 to be honest i cant tell the difference between the womens and the Mens tights, In my opinion we need the media to get behind men wearing tghts , and for it to be more aceptable , many thanks to u.k, tights and all your support, keep up the good work.

  28. Dear Kevin,
    Thanks for sharing your memories with us. We hope wearing tights still brings you good memories of your mum. Thanks for your feedback and support. We hope we can keep doing our bit to help break the unwritten rule that men aren’t allowed to wear tights.
    Best,
    UK Tights team

  29. Great to see this blog here and the comments.
    I wear tights most days, they are comfortable, the thicker ones are warm and I like the patterns.
    Thanks

  30. Having got soaked in the rain whilst walking the dog for the 2nd time today, changed out of my jeans into shorts and black 100D tights.
    Had to go into the supermarket for a few things and guess what – no one noticed, nothing bad happened.
    No one commented, no one took any notice.
    On this rainy day, I am more comfortable, drying out quicker and actually wondering what all the fuss is about!
    As you walk around, you see more and more men with some sort of leggings on under shorts, not forgetting the lycra cyclists.
    As I get older, I am becoming more confident about wearing tights openly, you still have to pick your occasions, which is a shame as ultimately, it is only an item of clothing, a bit of fabric!
    Doesn’t matter if they are “men’s tights” or “Women’s tights” – find ones that suit you from both a visual and comfort perspective and go from there at your own pace!

    There is no need to wear tights all the time – wear them when it suits you to do so.

  31. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Steve. We’re glad you have found the confidence to wear what you want when you want. It’s a great story. Your comment made our day :)
    Kind regards,
    UK Tights team

  32. I guess I am lucky – my girlfriend on occasions, as recently as last week has started to borrow MY tights!

  33. Hi,
    I thought I would add a comment on this blog as it seems quite a recent/current discussion, where as most you find are fairly old ones. I do at times type in my search box, normally something like “Can men wear tights” or something similar, in the hope that I see something that “at last” normalises the wearing of tights for men.
    I love wearing tights, I’ve worn them for years, but only recently I’ve started wearing them with shorts out and about. At first it’s scary! You think everyone is looking at you, and if you see someone looking and smiling, you think they’re mocking you. It’s Paranoia, they really aren’t. I started with tan tights last summer under shorts, went to York, Harrogate, Ripon over a week, and nobody took any notice. In Autumn half term I went to Blackpool with my wife and two boys and had 60 denier blue opaque tights under blue dress shorts. Nobody cared. If you can masculinise the look, I was wearing blue trainers to match the look, it definitely works. I say anybody thinking wearing openly, just do it, style it right and you will pull it off.

  34. It is OK for men to wear opaque tights in public. After all they are only items of clothing. Many men have shapely legs and tights can enhance there appearance.

  35. Hi I love the feeling of wearing tights and womens tights will always be the ones for me i also wear stockings and suspenders and hold ups and actually prefer these to tights as it makes it more practical in these to go to the bathroom etc.ive worn Scince I was a teenager was introduced to them when my sister dressed me up as a witch to go out trick or treating with her and I loved the look and feeling of my legs in them and of course the warmth and I was hooked .I’ve never tried male tights but for me I’m happy with womens tights and stockings inc fishnets
    Like the others have said I think all tights should be gender neutral and should be promoted this way by the manufacturers after all they are only clothing at the end if the day
    Thanks.

  36. They’re comfortable and warm during winter, and they’re good for circulation. Everyone has their own opinion, and you should be okay with that. It’s your life, so nut-up and live it the way you want to. Clothes are clothes, nothing more.

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