My Favorite Black Tights Cost $6… And They’re From Walgreens

As a dress addict living in a state with seasons, black tights are my lifeline in the winter months, allowing me to wear my beloved limb-bearing pieces year-round. I was never precious about where I got my tights. (To me, they were a boring means to an end—not so much a part of my look, more like a necessary layer that didn’t command any attention.) Plus, finding the best black tights in the market didn’t feel like a totally urgent task. I just needed any ones that, ideally, didn’t rip on the first wear.

In fact, I had the one pair that I’d owned for an indefinite amount of time, from a brand I’d definitely forgotten, that I always reached for—until, one faithful morning, I noticed a thigh-length run on one leg. For some reason, that got to me: I was running late, I was already half dressed, and I couldn’t bear the thought of wearing… pants. So I did what anyone on a time crunch in need of a quick fix to a problem would: I went to the nearest pharmacy chain.

Anyone who’s been to a local drugstore has noticed the miscellaneous undergarments section, where you can pick up stockings and undershirts before grabbing some hair ties and shampoo. I’d walked past it a million times at my neighborhood Walgreens—and this time, the $5.99 opaque tights on the display called my name.

I bought the first and only pair I saw in my size: West Loop Sheer-to-Waist Opaque Tights. I thought of it as a band-aid solution to my timely problem—little did I know, the actual best black tights I’d ever own had been sitting next to the half-off scrunchies this entire time.

PHOTO: Walgreens

West Loop Sheer-to-Waist Opaque Tights, $5.99, Walgreens

There weren’t any fireworks or foot pops. It was only when I’d worn them for a week straight that I realized what an incredible discovery I’d made. No joke, these tights stood up against back-to-back wears without tearing, losing shape, or fading. (Laundry is expensive, okay?) The waistband doesn’t pinch my stomach like the so-called control top pairs I’d tried before, and they sit at my natural waist so I don’t have to pull them up over my stomach to my ribcage for a smooth line. Also, they’re $5.99—at my usual go-to stores, tights start at $19.50 (J.Crew) and can go all the way up to $285 (Wolford.)

Though, the best part of this whole saga was realizing that a solution to my fashion #problems was right around the corner. Rip my tights on a sharp desk corner at work? I can hop over to the nearest drugstore. Scratched by the dog I couldn’t resist petting? There’s a replacement pair one block away, all for less than a breakfast sandwich. When I leave New York City to visit family in other states over the holidays, I don’t have to worry about what happens if I forget to pack tights—there are Walgreens’, CVS’, Rite Aid’s everywhere.

When I reach the point in my life when I want to spend money on name-brand tights, I’ll consider setting change aside for an extra-special pair with a silk tag. For that easy, basic pair I’ll wear every winter until then, these will do the trick.

West Loop Sheer-to-Waist Opaque Tights, $5.99, Walgreens

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My Favorite Black Tights Cost $6…and They’re From Walgreens

As a dress addict living in a state with seasons, black tights are my lifeline in the winter months, allowing me to wear my beloved limb-bearing pieces year-round. I was never precious about where I got my tights. (To me, they were a boring means to an end—not so much a part of my look, more like a necessary layer that didn’t command any attention.) Plus, finding the best black tights in the market didn’t feel like a totally urgent task. I just needed any ones that, ideally, didn’t rip on the first wear.

In fact, I had the one pair that I’d owned for an indefinite amount of time, from a brand I’d definitely forgotten, that I always reached for—until, one faithful morning, I noticed a thigh-length run on one leg. For some reason, that got to me: I was running late, I was already half dressed, and I couldn’t bear the thought of wearing… pants. So I did what anyone on a time crunch in need of a quick fix to a problem would: I went to the nearest pharmacy chain.

Anyone who’s been to a local drugstore has noticed the miscellaneous undergarments section, where you can pick up stockings and undershirts before grabbing some hair ties and shampoo. I’d walked past it a million times at my neighborhood Walgreens—and this time, the $5.99 opaque tights on the display called my name.

I bought the first and only pair I saw in my size: West Loop Sheer-to-Waist Opaque Tights. I thought of it as a band-aid solution to my timely problem—little did I know, the actual best black tights I’d ever own had been sitting next to the half-off scrunchies this entire time.

PHOTO: Walgreens

West Loop Sheer-to-Waist Opaque Tights, $5.99, Walgreens

There weren’t any fireworks or foot pops. It was only when I’d worn them for a week straight that I realized what an incredible discovery I’d made. No joke, these tights stood up against back-to-back wears without tearing, losing shape, or fading. (Laundry is expensive, okay?) The waistband doesn’t pinch my stomach like the so-called control top pairs I’d tried before, and they sit at my natural waist so I don’t have to pull them up over my stomach to my ribcage for a smooth line. Also, they’re $5.99—at my usual go-to stores, tights start at $19.50 (J.Crew) and can go all the way up to $285 (Wolford.)

Though, the best part of this whole saga was realizing that a solution to my fashion #problems was right around the corner. Rip my tights on a sharp desk corner at work? I can hop over to the nearest drugstore. Scratched by the dog I couldn’t resist petting? There’s a replacement pair one block away, all for less than a breakfast sandwich. When I leave New York City to visit family in other states over the holidays, I don’t have to worry about what happens if I forget to pack tights—there are Walgreens’, CVS’, Rite Aid’s everywhere.

When I reach the point in my life when I want to spend money on name-brand tights, I’ll consider setting change aside for an extra-special pair with a silk tag. For that easy, basic pair I’ll wear every winter until then, these will do the trick.

West Loop Sheer-to-Waist Opaque Tights, $5.99, Walgreens

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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The Best Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

There are six days until Christmas which may send you in a full blown panic if you still haven’t bought all of your gifts. Turns out you don’t have to run straight to Amazon (but if you wish, we have suggestions) as there are actually so many other good places to score a great gift with free or discounted express shipping and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve.

There are leather bags and wallets on sale up to 50% off from Coach, fluffy Staud bags and Jonathan Adler trays from Shopbop, necessary fleeces and cardigans from Nordstrom and jade rollers and chic beanies from Saks, just to name a few of our favorite things.

See below for all of the best last minute gift ideas that will make it right in time and feel your procrasti-gifting panic subside.

The 12 Best Winter Hats to Get You Through the Coldest Days

I’ll admit it: I’m still trying to figure out how to be a “hat person.” (Yes, that’s a thing you can be.) If you’re anything like me, it was always a challenge to balance personal style with personal needs, like retaining heat during the winter—and the beanies, baseball caps, fedoras meant to fulfill the latter purpose didn’t really feel like they had a place in my wardrobe. But as the most high-fashion designers in the game—Versace, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Saint Laurent—started embracing berets, fishermen’s caps, and other eye-catching headgear and presenting them on the runway as legitimately covetable accessories, I started rethinking this whole hat thing. And now that the cold is really starting to settle in, I’m seriously shopping for one.

Check out 12 super-chic winter hats under $100 that’ll keep you well-accessorized and warm this season.

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton, Normal Sisters-in-Law, Both Attended the Queen’s Christmas Lunch

Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton both attended Queen Elizabeth II’s pre-Christmas lunch on Wednesday, December 19 looking as chic as ever. Unfortunately, the holiday merriment was no-doubt clouded by the incessant rumors the two sisters-in-law are feuding. These reports are unfounded, of course, and Kensington Palace even shut down them down with a rare statement in early December.

A new report from People claims Markle and Middleton’s relationship is “complex” but not outrageously terrible. “They are very different characters,” a family friend tells the magazine. But what in-laws relationship isn’t complicated? Are you best friends with your sister-in-law? Probably not! You most likely have a calm, congenial relationship with her—and the same goes for Markle and Middleton, in my opinion. Just because they’re not skipping down the street together doesn’t mean they’re enemies.

Queen's Christmas Lunch - Arrivals

PHOTO: Getty Images

In fact, I’m willing to wager the two women had a lovely chat while sipping tea and eating those small sandwiches that never fill you up with the queen. Below, a non-exhaustive list of topics I hope they talked about:

  1. Why everyone is so obsessed with them driving and shutting car doors.

  2. This Instagram account of Prince George throwing imaginary shade at the other royals.

  3. The most recent season of Suits

  4. Why Prince Harry is obsessed with turning all the lights off in the house.

5.What type of pizza Prince William eats on the sofa.

Queen's Christmas Lunch - Arrivals

PHOTO: Getty Images

  1. Whether Princess Charlotte is a Laurel or a Yanny.

  2. What Markle would’ve talked to Kendall Jenner about at the British Fashion Awards.

  3. If the Spice Girls reunion tour will be good without Victoria.

  4. Their favorite season of Love Island. (You know they watch.)

  5. Annnnd their favorite songs from the A Star Is Born soundtrack. (Meghan loves “Hair Body Face.” I can feel it.)

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The Best Button-Down Shirt for Big Boobs

Until recently, my lack of options for button-down tops was an accepted reality, established sometime in middle school, when I filled out a DD bra. As I became a bit more familiar with dressing for my shape—and my cup size went a few letters further into the alphabet—the only way to wear a shirt with a button front was to utilize a set of unspoken hacks: concealing safety pins behind and between the buttons to avoid gaping, styling it with camis so as to make a popped button seem intentional, buying it a couple sizes larger so I could have it professionally tailored to fit… Honestly, option three always seemed like too much work, but they’re all a lot of work for something many describe as a “wardrobe staple.” (Isn’t that supposed to be synonymous with “easy, effortless”?) So, when given the opportunity to test a new made-to-measure fashion brand that would, theoretically, solve this long-standing gripe, I couldn’t pass up the chance.

This past fall, Careste—a direct-to-consumer brand helmed by Celeste Markey, Elizabeth Rickard Shah, and Hilary Peterson—launched a line of shirts with the intention to provide an answer to ineffective sizing in the market. “When you look at Elizabeth, Hilary, and me, we all have such different bodies,” Markey, Careste’s CEO, says about the inspiration for creating the company. “How on earth could we ever think that a size 6 on one body is equivalent to a size 6 on another? When we tested our product and algorithm, we discovered that none of the women we measured had a body that fit within any one size on the typical size chart.”

PHOTO: Courtesy of Careste.

Careste’s Adela top, $325, available at Careste.

The algorithm Markey refers to is essentially what provides the fit for Careste products, one that’s more personalized than your typical 4, 12, or 20. In order to determine your size, the brand gathers eight measurements: shoulders, bust, bust point, sleeve length, waist, waist length, body length, and hips.

“The bust is actually the number one concern above any other measurement points,” says Shah, the brand’s creative director. “The majority of brands follow mass-produced standard sizing which does not take into consideration variations in body shapes and sizes and proportion differences from shoulders to bust to waist.”

My own experience determining fit was a bit different than the norm. I initially met with Markey and Shah to check out the debut collection, and Shah offered to measure me in person. However, it’s a task that’s easily completed solo with a measuring tape—one you own or one provided by Careste in a free-of-charge Fit Folio sent to your home. Still not confident? The brand can also schedule a fit consultation over Google Hangouts to make sure you’re getting the most accurate numbers.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Careste.

Careste’s Stingray, $395, and Adela, $325, tops.

It may seem a bit more arduous than your typical shopping experience, but it’s only done once (pending any significant weight loss or gain.) As Shah explains, it’s so Careste can make an individual pattern for every customer, allowing for its factory to produce a shirt that’s couture-quality without a single in-person fitting. And the mild inconvenience early in the process can be worth it for a proper fit—at least, that’s what I concluded.

After collecting my measurements, I simply selected a style, which currently includes a small range of blouses, mostly button-down and solid colors. (There are some limited edition prints, too.) I went for the Adela, a black button blouse with a subtle scalloped detail on the collar and cuffs—it’s classic, simple, and, frankly, a piece I’ve never owned in the proper size.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Careste.

Careste’s Adela top, $325, available at Careste.

By the time I received my made-to-measure shirt (it typically takes about two weeks from placing an order to receiving a delivery), I slipped it on right away to check for the most telltale sign of improper fit for someone with big boobs: gaping. There was none. In order to truly test it, I wore the top for an entire day to see what kind of adjusting it might need as hours passed, how comfortable it felt, how securely all the buttons stayed fastened, and if I liked the way it looked. The results were positive across the board.

With a shirt made to my specific measurements, I found the fit of the Adela to be a bit relaxed but still tailored. It had just the smallest bit of extra slack in the bust to make me feel secure. The waist fell at the perfect length to tuck the top into a pair of mid-rise jeans. Plus, the crepe de chine was a nice balance of light and soft but still opaque, and it didn’t wrinkle as quickly as other (admittedly, fast-fashion) silk tops I own. In all, it wasn’t a piece that required any fussing or extra thought on my part, which is ideal.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Gina Marinelli/@ginaalilbit.

Careste does offer one complimentary adjustment on any made-to-measure garment, which means I could have sent it back to nip in the waist or shorten the sleeves. I didn’t need that, but I still appreciate the option because, as one might expect with a practically couture piece of clothing, a Careste shirt does sell for a bit more than your average off-the-rack top: Prices range between $255 to $395 (mine was $325), placing it slightly higher than other popular button-down brands, like Equipment and Theory. Which ultimately raises the question: Is it worth it?

The answer, much like the fit of the pieces themselves, is very individual. For myself, this button-down is the best fitting one I’ve owned to date—and if we’re talking price-per-wear, for a timeless article of clothing, the small investment (in money and in time) seems worthwhile. If button-down tops aren’t your thing, Careste plans to eventually expand its business and algorithm to dresses, trousers, and more in the future.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Careste.

Careste’s Holloway top, $345, available at Careste.

As Markey describes it, the made-to-measure fashion business—which also includes brands like Fame and Partners for occasion wear and Margaux for shoes—is a new take on luxury: “We believe we are on the very leading edge of a massive shift in fashion.”

For myself, someone who’s accepted a reality of mediocre-fitting tops for way too long, it’s a change in perception, as well.

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Best Hair Dryers of 2018: 14 Ones Worth Your Money

There’s no hairstyle quite as transformative or difficult to re-create at home as a real good blowout. Blow-drying your own hair is hard, despite stylists’ swearing on their lives, graves, and favorite hairspray that, with the right hair-dryer, even the most round-brush-inept can pull off a perfect blowout.

No shade to the experts, but dropping half your rent money on a hair dryer that might leave you fried or frizzy is reason enough to keep booking Drybar appointments. Heck, it’s borderline fiscally responsible. But as much as we’d like to live in a world where we can budget both time and money on a pro job, we’d rather a good hair day be in our own hands. So our editors tested the best hair dryers to see whether a faux-professional blowout at home is the stuff of myth or actually attainable. Spoiler: These dryers work like magic—and live up to their price tags. Scroll on for the best hair dryers for every hair type and budget.

Rachel McAdams Wore Versace and a Breast Pump for Her Latest Magazine Photo Shoot

Rachel McAdams has been keeping a low profile lately—in fact, she kept her recent pregnancy seriously under wraps, and has only just started to speak publicly about her 7-month-old son with boyfriend Jamie Linden. But in her latest fashion editorial, the actress is sending a message to new moms like her.

McAdams appears on the cover of Girls. Girls. Girls., photographed by Claire Rothstein, the magazine’s founder and editor. In the shoot, she’s wearing designers like Adam Selman, Cushnie, Bulgari… and, in one picture, Versace and a breast pump. The photographer shared the story behind that last look on her personal Instagram.

“Obviously #rachelmcadams looks incredible and was quite literally the dream to work with but also this shoot was about 6 months post her giving birth to her son, so between shots she was expressing/pumping as still breastfeeding,” Rothstein wrote in the caption. “We had a mutual appreciation disagreement about who’s idea it was to take this picture but I’m still sure it was hers which makes me love her even more.”

“Breastfeeding is the most normal thing in the world and I can’t for the life of me imagine why or how it is ever frowned upon or scared of,” Rothstein continued. “I don’t even think it needs explaining but just wanted to put this out there, as if it even changes one person’s perception of something so natural, so normal, so amazing then that’s great. Besides she’s wearing Versace and Bulgari diamonds and is just fucking major. Big shout out to all the girls.”

McAdams certainly does look amazing—and anything that helps make breastfeeding something everyone feels comfortable speaking about is a good thing. Since Rothstein shared the image and the story behind it, social media users have been praising the actress. “HELLO WORLD. THIS IS RACHEL MCADAMS BREAST PUMPING IN VERSACI AND BULGARI. I HAVE NEVER SCREAMED SO HARD IN MY LIFE,” one tweeted. Another called McAdams a “true queen” for pumping during her shoot.

McAdams told People that motherhood “the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me, hands down.” She hasn’t shared much on the topic, but in this case, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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Penny Marshall Has Passed Away at 75 Years Old: A Look Back at Her Legacy

Penny Marshall, the legendary actress and director, has died at the age of 75.

Marshall first became a household name playing Laverne DeFazio on Laverne & Shirley, a show created by her older brother Garry Marshall, and appeared in various television shows and films over the years. But it’s her career as a director that will likely have the longest-lasting impact on not only Hollywood, but all of us who have loved her films.

“Our family is heartbroken over the passing of Penny Marshall,” a statement from her family read. “Penny was a tomboy who loved sports, doing puzzles of any kind, drinking milk and Pepsi together and being with her family. As an actress, her work on Laverne & Shirley broke ground featuring blue-collar women entertaining America in prime time. She was a comedic natural with a photographic memory and an instinct for slapstick. When Penny directed Tom Hanks in the movie Big she became a pioneer as the first woman in history to helm a film that grossed more than $100 million. She did it again with A League of Their Own. She directed many stars including Geena Davis, Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Robin Williams, Madonna, Denzel Washington, Rosie O’Donnell and Whitney Houston. She even gave Mark Wahlberg his first acting job. Penny was a girl from the Bronx, who came out West, put a cursive ‘L’on her sweater and transformed herself into a Hollywood success story. We hope her life continues to inspire others to spend time with family, work hard and make all of their dreams come true.”

Below, we’ve rounded up some of the biggest moments in Marshall’s groundbreaking career.

Best Amazon Holiday Gift Ideas: Under $50

There is exactly one week left until Christmas which means if you’re like the rest of us, you’ve probably procrastinated getting a gift until the very last minute. Procrastination doesn’t have to be a bad thing though–if anything you’ve probably thought more about your gifts than people who bought theirs impulsively on Black Friday.

And this is 2018 after all and realistically we can order plenty of great presents online with two-day shipping, easy. An obvious place to start shopping for last minute gifts is Amazon. Even though they have everything, it isn’t exactly the sexiest place to shop for the holidays and the last thing you really want is for someone to assume you had to scramble for a gift and just bought it on Amazon because it came with prime shipping.

Thankfully there are plenty of great gifts on Amazon they’ll actually want–from one of the best Vitamin C serums on the market to an amazing beaded bag that’s very on trend to a travel book that’ll help anybody plan their next trip to Europe. See all the best gift ideas under $50 that you can find on Amazon below and trust us, there’s nothing last minute about them.