We Ranked The Best Everyday Black Tights That Sculpt, Shape & Support

They're the LBD of activewear.

Black Tights
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I’d be lying if I said I owned just one pair of black tights.

Ok, I’d be lying if I said I owned just five, too.

Much to my husband’s dismay (“but they’re all the same”), I own multiple because to me, every pair offers something different. Some are more functional while others more flattering. Some are long, others short. They have mesh detailing and performance fabrics—no two pairs are the same. And since I’m a firm believer that one can never have too many black tights, here are some of my favourites that sculpt, shape and support.

If you’re looking to fill a black tight-shaped whole in your wardrobe, look no further.

An on-trend high waistline on Alo’s classic legging, and it’s the perfect update. Spotted on Gigi Hadid, the High-Waist Airbrush Legging has a 4.5-inch rise and all the best assets of the classic version, like no side seams and a yogi-tested fit that lifts and sculpts.

Bianca’s review: Although hard to slide these on and off (I almost fall over trying to get my foot through), these tights are quite possibly the most flattering legging I have ever worn. Literally, I’m yet to take them off!

Sculpt: 5/5
Shape: 5/5
Support: 4/5

Buy the Alo Yoga High Waist Legging here

Express yourself with a striking sweep of stylized ventilation. Lululemon designed these tights with open-hole detailing to keep you cool, covered, and confident during your studio workouts. The Naked Sensation feel means you might forget that you’re wearing tights at all.

Bianca’s review: I’ve always been a long time fan of lululemon and have been waiting for them to replace my favorite tights that they discontinued. So although not the same, these are pretty much the same fit and I couldn’t recommend these more for sculpt, shape, comfort and style.

Sculpt: 4/5
Shape: 4/5
Support: 5/5

Buy the lululemon Reveal 7/8 tight here

The Arabesque Legging is made from a nylon, poly and Spandex blend fabric in a performance fit with the Skechers GOFLEX ULTRA™ fabric and reflective logo detailing for low light settings.

Bianca’s review: Since spending a lot more time in the States, Skechers (a household name over here) has now become a good part of my wardrobe. I love the thickness of these tights and how they crop at the ankles. They do sit a bit low on my hip, which I kept having to pull up, but overall extremely comfortable and supportive.

Sculpt: 3/5
Shape: 4/5
Support: 5/5

Buy the Skechers Arabesque Legging here

The Nike Power Legend Women’s 28″ High Rise Training Tights provide comfortable support and an excellent range of motion during your workout. They feature Nike Power fabric, which provides a range of stretch and support to help you power through whatever your sport or workout demands.

Bianca’s review: Five out of five. Need I say more? 

Sculpt: 5/5
Shape: 5/5
Support: 5/5

Buy the Nike Power Legend Tight here

5Carbon 38 Takara Legging

Carbon38’s best-selling legging, the Takara Legging is the ultimate luxury performance piece. A glossy liquid finish adds style and versatility for a sleek look that transitions from the studio to the street. The high rise and wide waistband keeps things in place in any activity while technical, supportive fabric creates a flattering shape.

Bianca’s review: I love the shine of Carbon38’s Takara Legging. They’re like leather pants only comfy and sweat-proof. Plus, they’re super flattering and offer great support.

Sculpt: 4/5
Shape: 5/5
Support: 4/5

Buy the Carbon 38 Takara Legging here