Stockings, Tights, and Pantyhose for Curvy Gals

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Are you voluptuous? Thick? Full-figured? Plus-sized? Then today’s post is all about you. For too long, I’ve neglected my ladies with vintage, hourglass figures. This time, we’re talking stockings (and other kinds of hosiery) for “real” women.

In this article, I’ll discuss the best places to buy the big three: stockings, thigh highs, and tights. As always, if I leave out your favorite brand, don’t think twice about adding it in the comments!

It’s no secret that stockings have the power to make any woman, no matter her size, feel like a sex goddess. A peek of a garter strap, a slight breeze under your skirt, and suddenly you’re part of a tradition of seduction stretching back for generations.

Secrets in Lace has a dedicated Curvy Leg Salon where they stock both lace topped and plain topped stockings. Both are made of a nylon/spandex blend, but the plain welts are a deal at only $19.99/pair.

Stockings Direct, a UK company, also carries Cervin and Levee stockings in sizes for curvy gals. The most inexpensive pair, the Cervin Paris Capri 15, is an incredible $10.94/pair…a great price for any budget.


Last, but not least, Stockingirl carries two varieties of queen sized stockings for big and/or tall girls–the Patricias, which come in packs of 3 for $21.99 and the Divine Divas which go all the way up to a shoe size 13 and a weight of 220 lbs.

Thigh Highs
Don’t feel like dealing with garter straps everyday, but having trouble finding a thigh high stocking that won’t dig, bind, or cut off your circulation? Fortunately, manufacturers and retailers alike are recognizing that women exist in more than “one size fits all.”

Once again, Secrets in Lace offers a selection of two stay-up stockings, both with lace tops. The British retailer MyTights also sells hold-ups from the European brand for voluptuous ladies, Levee. UK Tights also stocks plus-sized hold-ups from Cervin. You can purchase either look shown here for less than $20/pair.

Frederick’s of Hollywood also carries thigh high stockings for plus-sized figures as well.


Last, but certainly not least, we’ll talk about tights. If you’re a curvy girl who loves tights, then you’re in luck because there’s lots to choose from here.

My very first stop for tights would be We Love Colors. Not only do they stock opaque, striped, and fishnet tights in plus sizes, all of their products are available in over 51 colors and nothing costs more than $20 (some tights are even less than $10!).

MyTights and StockingsHQ would be my next stop for tights as they carry the quality budget labels Pretty Polly and Levante. StockingsHQ also carries the Gipsy line, which I haven’t tried, and MyTights stocks shapewear tights from British fashion gurus Trinny and Susannah if you need a little extra holding power. Finally, UKTights and Frederick’s of Hollywood also stock fashionable tights for the fuller figured ladies.

Now that the weather’s getting cooler, and tights are becoming a necessity in some regions of the globe, I hope this article helps with your search. If you’re a curvy gal, where do you shop for hosiery? Why don’t you tell me in the comments?


  1. maiddiane
    31/10/09 at 10:10

    Hello Treacle,

    i just luv Secrets in Lace. i shop there often. As always, You have great taste in shopping sites!


  2. Mr Lovely Ladybug
    31/10/09 at 13:42

    My GF has been a huge fan of We Love Colors. But stick to the Nylon/Lycra tights – they cost more ($15 vs. $9), but the cheap ones get loose and baggy quickly and you'll end up with elephant knees.

  3. Treacle
    01/11/09 at 17:51


    Thanks for stopping by! I've missed you. :-)

    @Mr. Lovely Ladybug

    I really appreciate the tip on which stockings to buy from We Love Colors. Very helpful. Thank you! :-)

  4. PrincessSteph
    02/11/09 at 22:28

    just purchased a bunch of stockings, a lovely bra and a garter belt, from Secrets in Lace in anticipation of a meeting with a boy who loves stockings…. so glad that they got your stamp of approval. so excited for my package to arrive. i'll report when it gets here!

  5. Janus
    04/11/09 at 17:50

    I've seen a couple of lingerie stores here in Louisville for plus-size women, but they were locally owned, not part of a chain. Wouldn't Seattle have something similar?

  6. Anonymous
    01/02/10 at 5:07

    Hi. im maragdhu from crossdresser chat city from the age 11 i started wearing stockings and tights its a fetish i have Today at 42 my girlfriend sexywren49 also on the same site she dresses me up in sexy underwear and loves it i just sit back and let her do it

  7. Anonymous
    01/03/10 at 8:20

    Hi again Im maragdhu from crossdresser chat city My girlfriend sexywren49 has bought me a pair of levante extra tights and they feel so sexy and look good on me when i wear my dress i look so seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeexy

  8. Brooklynshoebabe
    24/06/12 at 0:07

    Thank you for this. 10-12 years ago, I was all about stockings, Cuban heel stockings and fashion tights. I used to care about having sexy legs and being plus sized didn’t matter. Why did I even stop? I know what I am racking up on in the fall.

  9. littlespoon
    27/08/12 at 13:32

    Just a note, stockingshq also stocks Gio’s XL range of fully fashioned stockings which are not only beautiful but very well fitting on a curvier thigh. Hope this helps any curvy nylon stocking lovers out there! Xxx

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