Anonymous said: Holy shit dude how do you know this much about tights?! I thought there was only one kind??
i was a dancer for 10 years doing point/ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and advanced tap so i know a thing or two and stuff and things. also just simple research will inform you plenty.
oh there is a big difference just in brand alone :0 the kind of tights you get in like a target or walmart are more like pantyhose theyre super fragile and god help you if you have a hangnail. they are more for looking pretty and complementing your figure with a control top. dance tights are a bit more like legging material. they are much more durable because when you are dancing your legs are all over the place. on the floor in a costume, in a prop, in someones hands etc. they still get runs if you catch them on something sharp but they last a lot longer and are much more flexible.
ALSO NO FUCKING CONTROL TOP THANK CHRIST I HATE THOSEas far as the feet go you’ll notice in target/walmart brands they are completely closed like a sock or they are cut off like leggings. dance tights have a bunch of different types
closed toe (traditional)
the convertible. you can keep closed or roll up half way or all the way. most commonly used in Point
the transitional bottoms. most commonly used in lyrical or dance with gymnastic tricks. (also feel great on the arch of your foot and compress it helping prevent foot cramps)
the pro cut. has the open heel of the transition, the convertible option and wraps around the joints of your toes like a flipflop
the padded bottom. this is great for textured tights like fishnets. you can also find the padded bottom on dance socks and closed tights. they help with comfortability and help with slipping
there are a couple different more options out there but these are the ones that ive personally experienced.