Denier tights guide: what 'denier' means and how each number looks

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Black tights sound like a simple fashion invention, but then you add the term denier and it all gets a bit confusing, right? When temperatures start to drop, bulk buying some handy black tights is always a smart move, but which denier to go for adds a whole new factor into the shopping experience.

We are here to help with the shopping fatigue and indecisions by breaking down the different denier tights and which works best for you, your outfit and how warm and protected you want your legs to be.

What does 'denier' mean?

Basically, the crux of it is, the higher the denier the more opaque your tights will appear, as well as being thicker and warmer too. Not to mention more robust against fingernails, table edges and any pointy tights destroyer. The lower the denier you go for, you will have that sheer and barely there look. Sheer tights look incred but are far more vulnerable to ladders.

Black tights can sometimes be a tricky thing to style, and it can be down to that denier rating which helps determine what you need. Worn beneath a floaty midi or shirt dress, a sheer pair of tights allows for those summer staples to become much more transeasonal, whilst adding a bold or opaque pair of tights to a mini dress or denim skirt gives an effortless 60s look.

To help you decide which you need we raided the rails at M&S for all the different deniers of black tights we could find, to show you EXACTLY what they look like in real life, including:

  • 7 denier

  • 10 denier

  • 15 denier

  • 40 denier

  • 60 denier

  • 100 denier

7 denier

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Jess wears: Medium Autograph Ladder Resist Sheer Tights in Black 7 Denier, Marks and Spencer.

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10 denier

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Jess wears: Medium Secret Slimming Waist Shaper Matt Tights in Black 10 Denier, Marks & Spencer

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15 denier

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Jess wears: Medium Secret Slimming Bum Lift Shine Tights in Black 15 Denier, Marks and Spencer

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40 denier

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Jess wears: Medium Luxury Velvet Touch Opaque Tights in Black 40 Denier, £8, Marks and Spencer

60 denier

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Photo credit: Cosmopolitan

Jess wears: Medium Autograph Velvet Touch Luxe Tights in Black 60 Denier, £8, Marks and Spencer

100 denier

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Jess wears: Medium Autograph Velvet Touch Luxe Tights in Black 100 Denier, £9.50, Marks and Spencer

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