Women Leggings sells leggings, not tights. But what is the difference between tights and leggings? While there are some similarities, there are a few important distinguishing characteristics between tights and leggings. Here’s a quick list that will help you separate tights from leggings.
- The main difference between tights and leggings is that tights cover your feet. Tights extend from your toes up to your waist. Leggings, on the other hand, usually stop either at your ankles or at the bulge of your calf. It is possible to blur the lines on this rule with tights that stop at the ankle and leggings with stirrups that help hold the foot.
- Tights may be semi-transparent, whereas leggings are mostly opaque – meaning you can’t see through them. There are obviously exceptions to this rule, such as tights being opaque and leggings having lace that is transparent, but this is usually an easy way to tell the difference between tights and leggings.
- Tights are generally fairly thin. They are usually this way because they are more often used by dancers, allowing for less restricted movement. Leggings are thicker than tights. As with the other differences, there are exceptions. Tights and leggings may meet in the middle in terms of thickness, but thickness is typically another way to quickly tell tights apart from leggings.
It’s not always easy to tell the difference between tights and leggings. Sometimes you may just have to take the manufacturer’s word for it in the case of a tights-leggings hybrid. What’s in a name anyways?