There are few things that terrify me quite as much as the thought of wearing nude tights. I've avoided them for as long as I can remember because they ladder, never match skin tones, and make your pins look plastic and shiny. Tan tights should be kept for dancers and Kate Middleton, right? Not strictly so—at least not anymore. Hosiery label Heist has recognised the demand that many girls have for nude tights (and the brand is working on expanding its range of skin tones—see how you can get involved at The Nude Project). There's no denying that a host of offices have strict regulatory codes about these things, but they're also the kind of item that can uplift a formal outfit when required. Maybe your legs aren't in tip-top condition for a party? A pair of the best nude tights would be a handy thing to have in your armoury.
Heist is a London-based label that set out to basically reinvent tights: It worked with 67 women over 12 months and created 196 samples to develop three signature innovations that allowed for a radically better pair of tights, updating everything from the yarns used to the structure of the waistline. Yes, that super-tight and restrictive waistband is a thing of the past. We trialled the Invisible Tights to put them to the test, and miraculously this nude hosiery–phobe may well be a convert.
They're comfortable (I went for the high-waist option because I like keeping it all in!), effortless and actually don't make me look like I've got acetate legs. And the brand is all about celebrating women, enlisting super-cool artists and photographers to find new and exciting ways to depict the female form. This Valentine's Heist even partnered with the Lady Garden campaign to donate 15% of each sale of tights to the Gynaecological Cancer Fund. Success all around. Scroll down to shop the brand's clever tights now.