One of the first things that was recommend to us by our doctor when we were initially diagnosed with an autonomic condition called POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) was to wear compression tights ( or leggings). Due to POTS, our blood vessels do not contract in our legs the way they should so blood tends to pool there. Not uncommon, this can make a lot of people dizzy, have high heart rates, low blood pressure, and in a many cases, faint when standing upright. Wearing compression pants (or as we call them compression tights/leggings) helps push the blood back up to those vital places (aka your head and your heart)! It also makes it harder for the blood to pool in the lower half of the body.
Compression tights and the benefits…
Even if you don’t have POTS, wearing compressions has so many benefits. Are you ever on your feet all day, then when you get home, you find your legs are a little achy and slightly more swollen? Compression helps tremendously for that. They give your legs and veins the support and keep any swelling at bay. They are great for travel and for those who are pregnant.
If you follow us on Instagram, you probably already know that we tend to wear compression leggings/tights/socks a lot of the time. Even though at present we are hardly leaving the house, we still wear them day to day because they actively help us to feel better .
Our current favorite compression tight brand?
A brand we’ve been loving recently has been Rejuva – they have a ton of styles that don’t necessarily read as compression. They just look like regular tights/socks that we’d want to incorporate into our wardrobe for ascetic purposes, but they’re still medical grade compression. They’ve been so fun to style now that it’s a bit colder weather (although the extent of leaving our house has been to go to the grocery story or pharmacy).
I love wearing my sheer compression tights under chunky sock/boots matched with a short dress or skirt. The sheer tights basically just register as skin and we are still getting those compression benefits.
Another reason the sheer tights are arguably my favorite: you can wear them under ripped jeans and they are basically indistinguishable from skin. Obviously you can wear any color under jeans that aren’t ripped, but I just love matching sheer with my ripped black jeans.
These are my newest pair of compression tights and they’re not quite as versatile as the sheer but I’m obsessed. When my mom saw me wearing them she said how much she loved my new tights and was floored to find out they’re medical grade compression. Praying I don’t accidentally ruin this pair!