What is the meaning of semi-opaque tights? Should I wear semi-opaque tights instead of thicker opaque tights? What are the best semi-opaque tights in the market? You have asked a lot about this style of hosiery and we have created this quick guide to semi-opaque tights to answer any the questions you may have, such as the best 30 denier tights for a special event or the best plus size semi-opaque tights out there. Keep reading!
What’s the definition of Semi-Opaque Tights?
Semi-opaque tights are all those tights that, looking quite like opaque tights, are not fully opaque. The definition of semi-opaque tights includes all 20 to 40 denier tights, without distinction between glossy or matt semi-opaque tights. If you remember from our previous post about the meaning of denier, thin hosiery is called sheer, while thicker hosiery is called opaque. Semi-opaque tights are in between sheer and opaque, but we believe they look closer to this second category.
For us, semi-opaque tights are slightly see-through opaques. Thicker enough to wear when it’s getting cold, but thinner than blackout tights. You should be able to see through the skin colour of a person who wears semi-opaque tights. Just like the tights in the picture above, Le Bourget Heritage Luxe Active 30 Denier Tights; are a fine example of the look of semi-opaque tights.
Semi-Opaque Tights Vs Opaque Tights:
Pictures speak louder than words. If you look at these two pairs of tights above you’ll clearly see what’s the difference between semi-opaque tights (on the left) and full opaque tights (on the right). Easy, right? The higher the denier, the more opaque hosiery is. Good quality yarns also make hosiery look more opaque. That’s why a luxury pair of 4o deniers often feels thicker than a budget 60-denier pair.
When to Wear Semi-Opaque Tights:
It’s a personal choice, really. Many people wear semi-opaque tights as an alternative to opaque tights in summer. Other people don’t really like wearing opaque tights, so the thicker they go is up to 40 denier tights, hence, they only wear semi-opaque tights in winter.
We believe semi-opaque tights are the best option in early to mid spring and autumn when the weather is less predictable and you may get colder mornings and warmer afternoons, mixed with some rainy and sunny times. Wearing semi-opaque tights can save your day, if the weather at your place is as unpredictable as ours here, in the United Kingdom.
Glossy or matte? Doesn’t matter, really. Matte semi-opaque tights have always been more popular. We have a wide range of coloured matte semi-opaque tights. However, glossy semi-opaque tights are getting more and more popular, just like glossy opaque tights.
What are the best semi-opaque tights for me?
Here you have a few of our best semi-opaque tights, UK Tights-approved:
Best 30 denier semi-opaque tights
Other two fabulous 30 denier semi-opaque tights are the coloured Fogal Opaque 30 Semi-Opaque Tights, available in 24 colourways, and the inexpensive Charnos 30 Denier Semi-Opaque Tights, available in black and nude.
Best 40 denier semi-opaque tights
Best Plus Size Semi-Opaque Tights
Do you have any questions about semi-opaque tights you need help with? Feel free to comment below and we’ll do our best to help you.