Seven Trendy Plus Size Stockings For Autumn!

Image via Les Queues des Sardines

Image via Les Queues des Sardines

It’s been a long hot summer here, but I finally stepped outside a few nights ago and got a wonderful shock: for the first time this season, my backyard was full of cool autumn air. While the days are still hot, the gorgeous evenings that we’ve been experiencing have me thinking of stockings and sweaters to wear with my dresses during the fall and winter seasons.

There are lots of basic black stockings out there if you’re plus size (or in that weird size gap when you’re at the top of regular sizes but not technically plus size) but it’s harder to find interesting and fashion forward stockings that work for you. Finding flattering stockings is about more than thigh circumference and color – it’s about finding a style that works with your wardrobe, or finding waistbands that don’t cut in and look awkward underneath your dresses or skirts. Each pair of stockings on this list will fit and flatter your body nicely while showing off your sense of style.

“Ally” Hold Ups by Kixies:

Image via Kixies

Image via Kixies

There are lots of plus size thigh highs out there, but finding hold ups that work for larger thighs can be extra tough. I love hold ups for the days where I don’t want to wear stockings but also don’t feel like dealing with a garter belt all day. Luckily, Kixies is here to save the day. Their hold ups work for the whole spectrum of plus sizes and don’t cut into your thighs in an awkward way. Even better, they have lots of cute and fashionable colors and patterns. I love these vintage inspired hold ups, but I also love their take on argyle and pinstripes as well.

Heart Stay Up Thigh Highs With Bows:

Image via Hips and Curves

Image via Hips and Curves

If you’re looking for some fun and seriously sexy hold ups, look no further than these heart stockings by Hips and Curves. I love the red bows and the girly feel of these. They would be perfect in the bedroom or as a fun secret under a skirt for a night out.

Heart and Bow Suspender Tights by ASOS Curve:

Image via ASOS

Image via ASOS

ASOS always has cute and affordable options for stockings and tights, so I’m glad to see them expanding their line into plus sizes. I really like these tights as an option for people who like the suspender look but don’t want to deal with a real garter belt. It’s a nice practical nod to vintage style that would be great for work and play.

“Animal” Stockings by Pretty Polly:

Image via Nordstrom

Image via Nordstrom

Speaking of work friendly options, these animal print tights are a great way to inject some extra personality into your work outfits. They aren’t too out there but also present a strong fashion statement. I haven’t tried Pretty Polly yet, but I’ve heard great things about their longevity and comfort.

Cherbourg Stockings by Les Queues des Sardines:

Image via Les Queues des Sardines

Image via Les Queues des Sardines

I’ve been a fan of Les Queues des Sardines ever since I bought a pair of their cheetah inspired stockings and I’ve fallen head over heels with this pair. Each pair of their stockings is silk screened by hand and their designs are some of the most innovative on the market. While they don’t specifically have plus sizes, their sizing is generous and will work for women in the 12 to 16 range easily. These stockings are pricier, but hold up extremely well.

Plus Sized Nylon/Lycra Tights by We Love Colors:

Image via We Love Colors

Image via We Love Colors

When you need a pop of color to complete a great outfit, head over to We Love Colors. These tights are offered in more than 50 colors and are incredibly affordable. These tights make great accent pieces throughout the autumn and winter when you’re craving some extra color.

Genevieve Tights by EricaM Legwear: 

Image via EricaM Legwear

Image via EricaM Legwear

EricaM Legwear specializes in red hot trompe l’oeil stockings and thigh highs that really spice up a little black dress for a night out. They’re also incredibly comfortable and stand up to lots of wear. They don’t technically make plus sizes, but sizing is generous and their largest size will easily fit up to a size 14/16. These are definitely a worthwhile splurge.

Which of these stockings and tights are your favorite? Are you thinking about fall fashion yet?

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16 Comments

  1. I am so excited for tights season again. We just added the plus size Pretty Polly leopard print tights to our store. I have loved Pretty Polly for decades. The raindrops from Les Queues des Sardines are fabulous! I always find tights are an easy way to make an outfit more bold. xx

    • 16/09/13 at 19:20

      Ooh, I’m so glad to know that you guys are carrying tights now! I love them for colder weather as well. In a warm climate, summer dresses can be worn throughout the year with tights and sweaters as extra layers.

  2. Robin Mitchell
    16/09/13 at 13:32

    It is interesting to note that if you go to the size guide at ASOS, they don’t list plus size figures, just regular sizes. Disappointing if you’re trying to buy their tights!

    • 16/09/13 at 19:21

      That’s a bummer, especially as I’ve found their Curve line to run large. A size chart seems like a no-brainer – I’m shocked that they don’t have one.

  3. 16/09/13 at 14:31

    Modcloth has some great ones in their plus selection, too! From galaxy and flora print, to lace and fishnet. I’ve got a nice list growing there.

    • 16/09/13 at 19:22

      Thanks for reminding me about Modcloth! They do have great tights for really reasonable prices. I’m so glad they’re expanding their plus size offerings.

  4. kayce.
    16/09/13 at 18:58

    it’s so funny — i just bought some we love colors nylon/lycra tights earlier today lol. i have fall on the brain and also got some sweaters, cardis, dresses, and a new pair of docs. but i only ordered black tights b/c i’ve never ordered WLC before and wanted to check the fit / comfort level out first. but if they pass muster, i will probably go back for the navy and hunter green ones first.

  5. Gary Frisch
    17/09/13 at 0:05

    Absolutely love the Genevieve tights…those would stop me in my tracks. The heart & bow suspender tights are very sexy too. Don’t care much for the stay up thigh highs with bows, save them for Halloween, but I like the model.

  6. Delilah
    17/09/13 at 4:10

    Maybe it’s me but you can’t have a posting about plus size stockings without mentioning Nylonica or Glamory brands. I have tried the brands that you mentioned above in the stockings nd hold ups and they are not true plus size. Unless you call them “knee highs” or “just above the knee highs.”

    • 23/09/13 at 4:56

      I actually haven’t tried either of those, so thanks for the recommendation! I’ve seen them lots of places so I’ll make sure to check them out when I go on my next stockings spree.

  7. 17/09/13 at 8:03

    I got super excited about the EricaM tights.. right up to the point I see they don’t actually come in plus sizes. Why tease us like that? Why are they on this list?

    I can’t tell you how sad I feel now.

    • 23/09/13 at 4:55

      The Erica M tights definitely cross the gap from plus size to regular! Their sizing is really generous – I promise they’re worth a try if you’re in the 12 through 16 range.

  8. Loris
    18/09/13 at 22:16

    So if my height puts me in the D column and weight puts me in the C column for the Kixies, should I go with a C since they’re thigh-highs and height shouldn’t matter as much without a waistband? I’m not plus size (12/14), but those stockings are exactly what I’ve been looking for!

    • 23/09/13 at 4:57

      Yeah, my experience says go with the C in that case. Let us know if you like them!

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