I have varicose veins from the knee down. They are very ugly. I can't wear sheer hosiery, and need support for the veins. I tried buying the regular compression hosiery made for vein problems, but could NEVER get them on. About 5 years ago, I checked to see if Danskin had plus size hosiery, and was delighted that they did. I bought 3 pairs, in black, navy and light toast. I wore them often, year round, and washed them in the washing machine in a lingerie bag. They washed beautifully, and did not even start losing their elasticity until early this year. They are still wearable, but I thought 5 years of wear was long enough, and I owed myself some new hose. I HIGHLY recommend this type of panty hose / opaque tight hosiery. They cover my ugly veins, look great, and they make my legs feel good. Anyone who has varicose veins knows the heaviness you feel in your legs when you don't wear support hosiery. This hosiery makes my legs feel better. I've never had one pair tear or run. They are well worth the money, and I will continue to buy them as needed -probably in another 5 years.