Back seam tights were popularized by pin-up models in the mid 20th century. Complete with exposed stitching up the back of the leg, these styles can still be rocked today for a sultry, retro-inspired look. To make your shopping a cinch, we rounded up some of our favorite back seam tights to shop now. From brands like Spanx and Capezio, these options are ideal for all sorts of settings, from the office to Halloween. Whether you’re in the market for a fishnet style or tummy-controlling tights, our list includes a style for every need.
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1. Leg Avenue Back Seam Pantyhose
Leg Avenue’s stockings are made from a mix of 80% nylon and 20% spandex for a mix of durability and stretch.
Pros: These sheer tights have a thin back seam for a subtle effect.
Cons: As these are sheer, the fabric can be more prone to rips and snags.
2. Spanx Scallop Backseam Pantyhose
From Spanx’s Assets by Sara Blakely line, these stockings are semi-sheer and have a scalloped back seam.
Pros: These tights have the brand’s signature tummy-control panels and compression panels on the thighs for a smooth, shapely finish.
Cons: These run small.
3. Capezio Fishnet Tights
Capezio uses 80% nylon and 20% spandex to make these fishnet tights, a style that dates back to the 20s.
Pros: These also feature a subtle back seam.
Cons: The brand recommends hand washing these on cold and hanging them to dry.