After years of searching, we finally found the only pair you'll need. 

By Southern Living Editors
October 16, 2019
Credit: Commando

Like a Dutch oven or a set of bed sheets, there are some basics that you use so much, they're worth upgrading. But making that sell on a pair of black tights isn't quite as easy. At least that's what I first thought when we saw Commando's Ultimate Opaque Matte Tights and their corresponding $36 price tag.

For as long as I've been wearing black tights on this planet, I've been complacent to purchase whatever pair is leftover in my size at Target. I thought that the heinous, bike short-style control tops or the even more horrific gusset in the front were nonnegotiables. Sure we can put a man on the moon and ask a robot named Alexa to order delivery sushi tacos, but after expending all that knowledge, who has time to revolutionize such a dull piece of hosiery.

Apparently, the undergarment wizards of Commando did because now I actually relish putting on my tights and find myself planning the day's outfits around them. There are two reasons why. First, there is control top around the thighs, which means you can sit comfortably without feeling like the area where your hips and legs connect is slowly being squeezed in a fashion tourniquet. As a taller lady (5'10"), I also appreciate that I don't have to worry about sagging tights showing a solid black control top portion under the hemline of my dresses.

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Secondly, and most importantly, the waistband somehow creates a nuclear fusion of comfort and functionality in a way never seen before. With a raw-cut, microfiber band, it's impossible for it to dig into your abdomen or belly button and create an unflattering crevasse. Whether you're sitting at a desk for a prolonged period of time, running between three grocery stores, or indulging in too many tacos on a date night, I can't think of anything else I'd rather be wearing.