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Tights are a part of fashion history as much as any other clothing item. They’ve been around, in different shapes and forms, for a long time. Their role was, as it is now, to keep you warm and add an extra layer of beauty to an outfit.
But what is the purpose of wearing tights? Other than for fashion or to keep warm?
They reduce friction on your legs and prevent chafing for those who experience such things on bare legs. Another great purpose is to protect the feet, especially for the footed tights, and prevent sweating.
Do you know what is their history? Are there different types of tights and how does a little girl wear them? These are just a few questions we can give answers to.
In the meantime, take a look at our collection of girls’ thighs and choose whatever pleases your heart.
History of thighs
Hosiery, in any form you might think of, has been around since Ancient Egypt. The archeologists found in one of the tombs a pair of well-made socks dated from 500 A.D. That means that legwear is 2000 years older.
But hosiery resembling modern tights began its life along with the first knitted products. In 1598, William Lee invented the first knitted machinery and made the whole process of knitting clothes simpler. In those days, all these new inventions were presented first to the royal family. So, Lee went to Queen Elizabeth I of England with a pair of stockings made of pure silk, but she refused the patent, according to Britannica. But members of the aristocracy paid attention and they liked this new piece of garment so this is how hosiery became famous among the nobility.
If you take a look at some portraits back from those days, you can see men and women wearing stockings and tights with their clothing.
Time passed and stockings became more affordable, still, they were controversial so not many people wore them.
In 1803 they were made as a replacement for petticoats, providing the same amount of coverage but in less time. Still, the dresses were less stifling and allowed women to move freely. That was unacceptable at the time, therefore tights were not mass produced.
They became popular in 1940 when nylon was discovered and made them durable and cheaper than silk ones. But it took another 30 years to become a truly important item in a women’s wardrobe.
Types of tights
Tights come in many shapes and forms depending on the purpose of using them. Little girls use them to look cute with dresses and skirts, but in winter time tights are a means to an end creating that much-needed warmth.
From colored opaque tights that provide warmth and coverage to sheer light tights, these pieces of clothing can be whatever you need them to be.
Whenever you are looking for tights for girls ask yourself what is their purpose.
If you need them for your little girl’s ballet class, then seamless, nylon spandex tights can be what you need.
If you are choosing baby girl tights, then make sure to be sturdy and made of great fabric since the little ones tend to crawl and move around a lot.
There are also footless tights great for dance classes and also for when your daughter doesn’t like to wear leggings and needs something fancier.
Whatever your choice might be, check out our selection of girls' tights for a great variety.
For the little ballerinas, there are certain rules that clothing must abide by. These types of tights are meant to be thicker than the usual tights and durable. They can be footed, footless, or convertible. The most important thing about ballet tights is that they need to reduce muscle vibration.
Most of them are made from nylon, spandex, or cotton in beautiful colors. Many of the ballet tights are pink or white because they can add a certain charm to the dancers and shape their legs beautifully.
The ballet tights need to be fitted along the waist and legs and made of opaque fabrics. They should not sag or be too sheer.
We are aware of all these conditions ballet tights must have so we prepared for you a great selection of girls' ballet tights to choose from.
As opposed to ballet tights, girls’ dancewear tights are similar in shape but somehow different.
Made from microfiber, spandex with cotton gusset and seamless, these tights aim for comfort and durability.
Stretchy and colorful, these dance tights allow the little girl movement while remaining comfortable.
They come footless or footed, and also with stirrups for a great look. The compression made is great for the muscles, therefore always use special tights for the dance lessons your little one takes.
They need to be elastic, but offer compression, seamless if possible for comfort.
Special occasions tights
Special occasions come even when the weather is not what you would like. A great party in the winter time, a family reunion during Christmas, or an anniversary when fall arrives can hinder your options for elegant attire.
But, if your little one is determined to put on that cute dress, make sure she’s also comfortable and warm by giving her a pair of cute tights underneath.
Whenever you need a pair of girls’ Christmas tights to go with the holiday, we are here for you.
And if black is your color, then we also have several cute pairs of girls’ black tights that match any chic dress she’ll choose.
The little girls can wear casual tights at school under the school uniform, on playdates when they want to look fashionable, and even when she’s taking a stroll in the park.
Casual tights are usually colorful and made from nylon, lycra, or spandex. They are meant to look cute, but also to keep the legs warm. So, if it’s winter better choose a pair of tights with a higher density. For springtime or the beginning of fall, sheer tights are all right.
Make sure to ask for her opinion on the matter and let her pick her clothing if possible. Children love the sense of autonomy and independence even from an early age.
See here our collection of casual tights in every color and even black tights for girls.
Tights for babies
When putting together an appropriate wardrobe for a baby girl, tights are not something that comes up often. But are they good for babies? Are they useful? In what way?
Having a wardrobe full of rompers, jumpsuits, bodysuits, and overalls is great, but sometimes even your baby daughter needs elegant attire. So when the occasion calls, dressing her up in something fancy like a skirt and blouse or a dress is great. Complete the whole outfit with tights when the weather calls for it.
The great news is that tights come in so many different shapes and forms and sizes you can find them even for newborns.
A great pair is with dresses and tunics, but they look extra adorable if worn beneath a bubble romper.
See here what are your options regarding tights for babies and toddlers.
Tights for older girls
Little ladies will want to choose their clothes, mix and match skirts and blouses, cute shoes, and accessories. So, let them also pick their tights.
Tights are more practical than socks when she wears them with tunics, long t-shirts, and skirts. And even more practical if they wear tights under another pair of pants when it’s cold outside. Rather than wearing an overall, tights offer more flexibility.
In schools where the uniform is mandatory, tights are a great way of staying warm on cold days while still wearing the skirt. From the end of September to the beginning of April she can wear tights to school if she likes.
Make sure to check out the latest trends in tights and discover our collection of great hosiery.
Ever since they were invented, tights have become so popular due to the fact they are versatile. They can be used with a skirt, a dress, during ballet lessons and recitals, during dance classes, and even under a pair of pants for warm keeping. A girl can wear them to playdates or school, when it’s cold outside and when she needs to wear a dress but the weather is not her ally.
Tights can come in many colors and shapes but there are several categories of tights: casual tights, special occasion tights, dance tights, and ballet tights. Casual tights are made of nylon, lycra, or spandex and can be thicker, appropriate for wintertime, or thinner. Special occasion tights are thinner and more delicate, sometimes they have cute prints or threads of glittery materials. Dance and ballet tights are special types of tights. Some of them are seamless and footless, offer compression, and are durable. The athletic type of thighs oftentimes have stirrups on the foot.
Most of them are made of cotton and nylon. In recent days lycra has been added into the composition to make them more flexible and improve fit. Some of them are opaque and thicker and some are sheer and thinner. Some have polyester blends in the composition.
If you feel like wearing them, the fashion experts say it’s ok to do so, even during summer. Some colors and patterns can make a cute statement with a summer dress or shorts. They help in case your thighs rub together and also when the shoes you wear are prone to leave blisters. So, yes, wear tights in summer if that is your wish. Check out our collection of girls' thighs for more inspiration.