Are you also searching for the perfect pair of pantyhose? Save yourself the trouble and read this ranking from worst to best.
Everyone has the same problem
Every week during the past years, I have bought one or more pairs of pantyhose. This is a waste of both time and money, and it’s not something I enjoy doing.
There has to be a better way than to throw away several pairs a week. And so many women have had this problem before me, so surely, someone must have solved it?
However, that is not the case, and I keep stopping myself from making this into a rant more than a review. Because I didn’t find the perfect match. I really wanted to love some of the pairs I tested, but they just didn’t deliver.
What exactly are we looking for in a pair of pantyhose?
I am not asking for much. Just the perfect pair.
They should be easy to put on, shouldn’t smell or look weird. They shouldn’t make burn marks on the inside of your thighs, and they shouldn’t break when you try to walk in a normal pair of shoes.
If they would also be washable, I would be in heaven.
The loser: H&M and Perre Robert
Convenience led me to start out using these two brands when I first began working. All grocery stores in the Nordics sold Pierre Robert, and there was an H&M right next to my office.
I wasn’t able to fall in love with either of the two brands. The ones from H&M were often uncomfortable, and would never last long.
The pairs from Pierre Robert had a slightly better shape than the H&M ones, but they often gave off a weird scent of petroleum that was anything but comfortable.
Both brands would last me two to three uses for the premium pairs, and sometimes only one. Given their price level, they didn’t deliver on either comfort, looks or usage for money.
The cheap medium: Drugstore brands like PrettyPolly
Price: £6.00 per pair without shaping and £8.00 for a pair from PrettyPolly with shaping
Moving to London to start my second banking job, I worked my way through all the drugstore brands available. I haven’t been able to tell the difference between the other brands from the pharmacies around because none of them really stand out.
I was able to find a pair I really liked from PrettyPolly, but you need to be careful to choose the right model when buying.
Some come without gussets, weird greyish colours and bad seams. If you prefer to not have a lot of support, these are quite comfortable. But they only last a couple of uses and will also get completely ruined if they’re washed.
They are around the same equality as Pierre Robert only without the foul smell. Since they are also cheaper, I rank them slightly higher.
The second best: Pricey pantyhose start-ups
There are quite a few start-ups out there who claim to have broken the code and produced the perfect pair of pantyhose. That sounds like old school Pink Floyd in my ears, and I’ve purchased every pair that flashes onto my screen in a fancy Facebook or Instagram ad.
It doesn’t help to be comfortable if you fail on the basics
Hedoine claims to use a secret 3D printing technology to make sure you never get a hole. Wouldn’t that make anyone intrigued?
Ordering a pair from Amazon was super easy. This is how pantyhose shopping should be. No hassle. They arrived in the mail the next day, and they felt different than most cheaper brands. But also, at that price, they really should.
They were silky and smooth, and the colour matched my skin, as there were a lot of options to choose from. When putting them on, it took me several tries to understand what was the front and what was the back as the label was on the side.
When you actually get them on the right side, they are quite comfortable, and I like the belt in the waist. They did not feel as comfortable on my thighs though, but it might have been a size issue.
To make matters worse, they got a large hole over the toe the first day I wore them. That just isn’t good enough.
When you pay a premium price to someone who claims to have solved the problem with pantyhose ripping, you expect more than that. Someone should get their money back for that 3D printing miracle they’re boasting.
Slightly better, but still the same issues
Another startup that has been dominating my Facebook feed for a while is Heist. They claim to be the perfect fit, and I long to believe them.
The first hurdle is to actually order them though. They don’t sell through Amazon, so you have to buy them directly from their site.
The site clearly doesn’t work on a cellphone, and when I had entered my shipping info for the third time without being able to check out, I gave up and used my computer instead. Big minus. I do most of my shopping from my phone as I mostly do it on the bus or in a car on my way to something else.
They did arrive around a week later (which is super slow for London) in pretty pink packaging.
They had the same luxurious feeling as the pair from Hedoine. The waistband felt nice, and the material was soft.
Overall I would say these are super comfortable to put on and move around in. That doesn’t last long though. They got a hole on the toes the second time I used them though.
Which of the start-ups to chose:
With the price and the hassle of ordering them, I don’t expect to buy them again unless they upgrade their formula.
If I were to choose between the two, the pair from Heist was slightly more comfortable, cheaper and lasted twice as long as the pair from Hedoine, so there isn’t a lot of competition.
I’m actually surprised I ranked them as high as this, but the fact that they have potential makes me want to try them again and see if they improve.
The winner: The classic high-end options from Wolford
Price: £27.00 per pair for Fatal 15
Another high-end option I tend to go for is Wolford. They can be found in a lot of malls as well as the airport, so they are easy to pick up. They do have online sales as well which I have never tried because the page looks wonky in a cellphone format.
The number of models is almost infinite, but one that has caught my eye (and my legs) is the Fatal 15.
They come with a band in the waist with tiny holes, so they look a bit weird, but they are super comfortable. Both putting them on and wearing them is easy, and I usually have no problem wearing them around 5 times each before they break.
So even if they are my absolute favourite of the bunch, they are pretty expensive, and you will have to replace them quite often. If you’re on a budget, you might still get more use from something else.
If you do order them, remember that you’re often not the same size as in regular clothing. I’m a UK 8, but I still need to get these in a medium since I’m tall.
Why are all pairs so expensive?
Since pantyhose break so frequently, they are a cost issue for a lot of women who are required to wear them for work.
I really shouldn’t complain. I make enough to buy as many pairs as I want. But it’s still annoying. Wouldn’t you rather buy a really good wine or go to dinner instead of giving your cash to pharmacies or weird facebook ads?
I don’t know why the high-quality ones are so expensive, and I really hope for all of us that this changes.
Skip them all together or wait for a miracle?
So do you really need pantyhose? I’d say for a job that’s so conservative that you need to wear a skirt suit or dress, absolutely yes. But this differs between countries as well.
In Europe, this is something most women wear, and I only see people without them if it’s very warm during the summer.
For me, it’s also a question about comfort. I don’t want to show off my pale legs at work, and I don’t want to walk with bare feet in my heels. It hurts, and pantyhose helps.
Until I am able to find a perfect fit, I will have to keep on looking and giving my money to brands I secretly loathe.
If anyone knows of a pair that has solved all of these issues, please comment below, or throw a pair at me if you see me.