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By Kristin Granero

I may be in the minority, but I love dresses.

While some may view them as too much effort, I see them as quite the opposite: effortless and thoughtless. After all, dresses don’t require all the time and energy that can go into putting together an outfit. They are the outfit in and of themselves. One and done, in other words, and comfy.

That ease changes, of course, when the weather starts to get cooler and the stress of having to piece together separates is replaced with constantly having to do "the tights dance." You know the one: Where you spend 20 minutes of your morning trying on pair after pair from your drawer in hopes of finding the one pair that survived the oh-so-frustrating and all-too-often runs and holes. Or you toss those and purchase new ones only to then go through the same process in a few wears. (If you’re lucky, they won’t give out in the middle of an important meeting.)

I bought cheap ones because I was sick of spending money, and then expensive designer ones because I thought they were worth the splurge. After all, who would dare charge $30-$40 for pantyhose that won’t last? Seemingly everyone. One by one, they’ve all let me down (if not within a few wears, at least by the season’s end. That is, except a certain precious pair from Express.

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Super Opaque Full Tights, $14 (Originally $19), Express


I received them from my mom for Christmas (I believe it was three holidays ago; it might even be four). She still fills my stocking each year and, considering my struggle, she usually adds tights so I can prepare for the new season.

The tights didn’t seem much different than many of the others I’d owned. They were very opaque, a little thicker but not as thick as many wool-lined styles I’d tried. The only thing that really set them apart was that they kept going.

No holes. No runs. Just glorious opaque coverage time and time again. To this day, they are my longest-running pair, outlasting every other one that I have purchased.

You have to try the Super Opaque Full Tights (now on sale for $14 at Express, which also happens to be having a 40 percent off everything sale at the moment) for yourself. If you aren't quite convinced, below are a few more top-rated tights for your consideration.

And, who knows, maybe you'll find yourself loving dresses, too.

Manzi Women’s Run-Resistant Control-Top Opaque Tights, $13 for 2-Pack, Amazon


Wolford Satin Opaque 50 Tights, $37, Amazon


Heat Holders Women’s Genuine Thermal-Brushed Tights, $15, Amazon


JIAJIAYI Women's Sheer To Waist Sexy Silk Pantyhose Tights, $12, Amazon


Honenna Women’s Semi-Sheer Pantyhose Tights, $14 for 3-Pack, Amazon