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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?