Type of tights or as they are also called in some places, pantyhose, that help to slim the wearer's bottom, thighs and stomach area.
Control tights are a style of nylons that were invented during the mid 1960s. They were developed to give support and a slimming look to the buttocks and stomach so that women didn't have to wear a girdle or other forms of shape wear. They however, don't hold you in as tight as a real girdle, so some women may need both.
Control tights usually have a cotton crotch for health reasons and you don't have to wear them with panties. The panty part of control tights features panels of extra elasticised, Lycra material that holds in the stomach and bottom and thigh areas of the wearer. They are great for when women don't want to show the outline of panties under their clothing.
Control tights will help the wearer hide the bumps, lumps or other figure flaws because they hold you in and smooth out the outline of your body, especially in the mid-section. Some of the well-known brands are Spanx, Pretty Polly, Aristoc Bodytoners, No-Nonsense and others.
Control tights are very popular for women to wear under dresses and skirts, especial for those who are slightly self conscious about their waistline or hips. They also can sometimes actually act as a body energiser due to the pressure they put on that area through the Lycra and nylon materials.
While some control tights make it nearly impossible to hide the panel, some actually conceal it with a lace design. The control tights top is made with a special weave that combines the nylon, Lycra or spandex material that allows it to hold in the body to give a slimming appearance.
Control tights can be found in many different sizes, styles and colours to match your outfit or in sheer versions so no one can tell if you are even wearing tights or not. Over the years some have even been decorated with fancy patterns or embroidery, but today the most common types of control tights are nude, sandalwood, black, or white colours. While most control tights are in nylon, they can also be found in heavier fabrics that can be worn to keep your legs warm in the wintertime.
While women are mostly the ones to wear control tights, there have been some men that have worn them under their clothing for warmth and support.