619 Madison Ave., nr. 58th St. 212-688-4850 (go to wolford.com for other locations)
The matte-black leg, as it’s called in fashion-land, shows no signs of going away. This means that opaque tights are, for the foreseeable future, a fashion staple akin to dark denim and ballet flats. So while it might seem absurd to spend $50 on one item that can be ruined by an errant boot buckle, Wolford’s tights are more akin to leggings than to fragile hose. The Velvet de Luxe ($42) has a subtle sheen; the Mat Opaque 80 ($52) is completely solid. Cashmere silk tights ($235) keep legs toasty even in the shortest skirt. And no matter how many times you wear them, they simply do not rip or run, making it possible to get through a year on just a few pairs.
Best Opaque Tights
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).