Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Reviewed: Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy 200 Denier Tights

British hosiery brand Pretty Polly recently sent us a pair of their Fleecy 200 Denier Opaque Tights to trial and review.



These tights are part of Pretty Polly's extensive Curves range. The range was previously known as Xxtra, and is a plus size range for the fuller figure.

This is the first time we have tried any products from the Curves collection and are impressed at the breadth of styles, including sheer tights, opaques, gloss tights and knee highs.



This review will focus on the Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy 200 Denier Tights.



Packaging
The Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy 200 Denier Tights are packaged quite simply in a card clasp that enables the tights to be displayed in a retail setting.







Material and features


Pretty Polly describe this style as follows:

"Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy Opaque Tights will be your best friend this Autumn/Winter. Snuggle into the extremely soft and cosy black 200 denier fleecy opaque tights with thermal properties.

"These tights are smooth on the outside and fleecy on the inside to keep you nice and warm."


The Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy 200 Denier Tights are made in China. The material is 92% Polyester and 8% Elastane.

The tights feel quite a substantial product as you take them out of the packaging. You can tell immediately that these are seriously thick and warm tights.

At 200 denier the yarn is dense and the opacity is complete, providing a complete "blackout:" effect on the leg. Appearance is matt.

From a male perspective the brief is top notch. The depth is 35cm from the top of the waist to the crotch. It has a back panel for fit and additional comfort. The waistband is a generous 4.5cm and constructed to provide cushioned support. The brief also has additional reinforcement but this is scarcely visible.





A reinforced toe provides additional durability.

The internal fleecy lining is what provides insulation. It is soft and warm to the touch.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy 200 Denier Tights are available in one size: XL.


I found that the Curves Fleecy Tights provided a really excellent fit. You need to take care to put them on and move them into position on the leg, but once on they stay in place, molded to your leg shape with minimal bunching. The fit is quiet tight on the leg. I found it cosy but if you have very large calves and thighs you might find it less comfortable.

The brief was ultra comfortable. There was no need to stretch it as the depth provided a superb fit over the waist and hips, with no constriction or discomfort in the male anatomical zone.

I wore these tights on a very cold February day and they kept my legs lovely and warm.

Colour range


The Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy 200 Denier Tights are available in Black only.

Price and availability


The Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy 200 Denier Tights are priced at just £10.00 directly from Pretty Polly's online store.

They are also available at UK Tights.



Conclusion


Well, after our really positive assessment of the Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Tights, we are definitely impressed with the first product we have tried from the Pretty Polly Curves collection.

The Pretty Polly Curves Fleecy 200 Denier Tights are really a bargain for just £10.00. For this modest outlay you get durable opaque tights, with flat seams, warm fleece insulation and total opaque coverage.

The deep, comfortable brief is for me the best feature. I wish all hosiery brands designed their brief to a depth of 30 to 35cm. That would, I believe, be welcomed by many male customers, and no doubt many female ones also.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Reviewed: Kunert Cotton Sole 20 Tights

Hosiery For Men reader George has contributed several guest reviews to the blog. We always welcome his informative reviews and are pleased to print the latest one he has submitted for the Kunert Cotton Sole 20 Tights.





Recently released and available from Hosieria these innovative 20 denier tights are a welcome addition to Kunert's extensive range of products.



I purchased one pair initially to try in the colour Teint in the XL/V size which comes with a rear comfort panel (it is worthy of note that this is actually a very narrow panel). To anyone unfamiliar with the Kunert products the ‘Teint’ colour is very close to that of Cosmetic by Wolford, so a nice subtle fair skin shade and very unobtrusive. The material is a blend of 83% Polyamide, 9% Cotton, and 8% Elastane

Packaging

The tights are nicely presented, as you would expect from one of the leading brands of hosiery, wrapped around a card insert placed within the outer envelope, the rear of which details product features and a very accurate size chart, which is then placed inside a cellophane bag.





Features

On removing from the packaging you are immediately aware of the nice soft tactile feel of the material despite the percentage of Elastane being reduced to accommodate the inclusion of the cotton which is used in the sole of the tights (and also the gusset where that applies) these are fully boarded and featured a very well-constructed reciprocated heel to aid in positioning, I have a shoe size of 11 and the foot section fits me perfectly in the XL size with no suggestion of over-stretching.



The tights also feature a deep and comfortable comfort waistband that prevents the tights from digging in or rolling, I find that they require no adjustment during wear and in so doing provide an altogether very comfortable wearing experience. Seams are flat throughout, and there is a noticeably narrow comfort panel in this size rather than a traditional gusset.



These tights are sheer-to-waist with a very small area of reinforcement around the seams and the waistband and in the gusset.

Appearance


Being 20 denier these tights are quite sheer and provide an even degree of coverage, although generally matt in appearance and with a relatively low Elastane content they can have the very slightest soft satin sheen in direct light.

Wearing experience


Being 5’11” and of large build I find that the XL/V size is true to the description on the Kunert size chart with very good leg length that continues sheer through a very soft and comfortable brief that has enough stretch to fit comfortably at or above my waistline. The cotton-rich sole is such a welcome addition to a nylon product and results in a very nice wearing experience.



Summary

Another wonderful functional product from Kunert. I purchased my pair from Hosieria for €14.00. They are priced very well for the quality of the product and I highly recommend these tights. They are available in a range of good colours including Navy, Candy, Black, Cashmere, and the Teint which I tried.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Reviewed: 70 Denier Black Opaque Tights from I SEE YOUR LEGS

The gender-neutral hosiery brand from Denmark I SEE YOUR LEGS, recently sent us a sample of their new 70 Denier Black Opaque Tights to trial and review.



You can still read our original review of the I SEE YOUR LEGS Classic 20 Denier Tights, along with an updated review of this style in Size 5 (Maxi).

We now focus on the I SEE YOUR LEGS 70 Denier Opaque Tights.



Packaging

The I SEE YOUR LEGS 70 Denier Opaque Tights are packaged in the so-called GOLDEN BAG, one of the innovations from I SEE YOUR LEGS.

The minimalistic GOLDEN BAG is described as "intelligent packaging". It is small, light, waterproof and easy to carry and store.

It is easy to open due to the laser cut opening that tears easily.



Material and features


The tights slip out the GOLDEN bag packaging with ease. The first impression is of the pleasant smell that the tights have.

The yarn feels ultra smooth and velvety.

According to the GOLDEN BAG packaging these are 70 denier tights made in Italy from 88% Polyamide and 12% Elastane. However the website states that they are 90% Polyamide and 10% Elastane. I suspect the latter is correct.

Opacity is even from toe to waist, but not total so you won't get a complete "blackout" effect on the leg.

Legs and toes are shaped too provide an optimum fit anatomically. Toes are reinforced and this is so subtle it is hard to detect it.



The brief has very well engineered flat seams and a cotton gusset. In the Size 5 (MAXI) that I tested, there is a rear comfort panel. There is some barely visible reinforcement either side of the central seam in the brief.





The waistband is 3cm wide, and is stretchy and comfortable. An I SEE YOUR LEGS tag is sewn into the inside. This is a great feature for identifying the brand of tights if you have, like I do, an extensive collection of black opaques.



Surprisingly for the largest size (Size 5) the brief is somewhat shallow, measuring 22cm from the gusset to the waistband. This is discussed further below.

Fit, sizing and wearing experience


The I SEE YOUR LEGS 70 Denier Opaque Tights are available in five sizes:

1 - XS/S
2 - S/M
3 - M/L
4 - L/XL
5 - MAXI



I trialled them in Size 5.

These 70 denier tights have a wonderful stretchy elasticity. On the leg the high Elastane content of the yarn provides a lovely close fit without any bunching.

Appearance on the leg is mainly matt with bit of shine when caught in the light. The feeling on the leg is really good - smooth, comfortable and with a light compression effect. For opaques they really do achieve a second skin effect.

As mentioned above, the brief is not particularly deep, and doesn't stretch too much above the waist. It does its job and the waistband is comfortable, but I would describe the overall fit as low rise.

It's slightly puzzling that for a Size 5 (MAXI) size there brief isn't deeper. It's not just my personal preference - I do feel that a deeper brief provides more comfort for men and also suits their needs better.

I also checked the depth of the brief in the Size 5 (MAXI) for the I SEE YOUR LEGS Classic 20 Denier Tights and it measured 30cm from waistband to gusset. For the 70 denier opaques the brief depth is shorter at around 22cm. See photos below.





Colour range


The I SEE YOUR LEGS 70 Denier Opaque Tights are available in Black only.



Price and availability


The I SEE YOUR LEGS 70 Denier Opaque Tights are priced at €20.00.

Shipping is FREE worldwide for any order, regardless of the order quantity.

Conclusion

We were really pleased that I SEE YOUR LEGS launched opaque tights. With this 70 denier style they definitely have kept up their reputation for quality.

They have also continued their gender neutral marketing. It has been great to see a growing number of images of guys wearing I SEE YOUR LEGS tights, and this demonstrates the impact of their inclusive marketing.

The I SEE YOUR LEGS 70 Denier Opaque Tights have so many positive features:

  • High quality yarn with a high Elastane content
  • Wonderful soft and comfortable fit on the leg
  • Flat seams and gusset
On the leg for me the fit was really first class. The only issue that prevents me providing a full recommendation is that I found the brief too shallow. If the brief had the same depth as that in the Size 5 in the Classic 20 tights, the 70 denier opaques would be perfect.

I am aware that I SEE OUR LEGS are developing a Size 6 in their tights to further support male and female customers who need larger sizes. Let's hope that I SEE YOUR LEGS will take this feedback on board and perhaps address this issue.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Sheerly Genius: The world’s first pair of indestructible tights?

We have just been reading about Sheerly Genius, a Kickstarter project to create a pair of indestructible tights/pantyhose that are “rip-proof, snag-proof and life proof”.



This is what they claim:

"We searched high and low to find a sheer fiber strong enough to produce a truly lifeproof pair of pantyhose. Unsatisfied with all of the options available in traditional apparel, we set out to produce the world's first pair of pantyhose made using the same type of fiber used in bulletproof vests. Aka: some of the strongest fibers in the world."


The new tights have reportedly been tested to hold up through at least 50 wears. Designed using a “complex system of knitting techniques” the indestructible fibres aim to ensure no runs, while maintaining a soft to the touch feel. That's marketing claim, anyway.





You can pre-order a pair of the life-changing tights now for $79, which are expected to ship in Autumn. They are available in sizes from S to XXL.



You can follow Sheerly Genius on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Reviewed: Wolford Satin Touch 20 Tights

The Tight Spot is a leading online hosiery retailer with an extensive range of brands.

On their site you can find a carefully curated selection of tights for men that are chosen for the suitability for men to wear,



The Tight Spot recently sent us a pair of the Wolford Satin Touch 20 Tights to trial and review for Hosiery For Men readers. These tights are included in the men's tights selection at The Tight Spot.



Wolford describe these tights as follows:

"Beautiful shimmer: These sheer tights feel as soft as satin and give the skin a pure and elegant shimmer. The soft waistband features the Wolford logo and the toes are almost invisibly reinforced."


This is what The Tight Spot say:

"Wolford Satin Touch 20 denier tights have a smooth, silky feel and a gorgeous shimmer finish. These transparent tights with their soft shine add a touch of glamour to everyday occasions; the perfect way to make everyday special. With a soft comfortable waistband, a barley visible reinforced toe, cotton gusset and reinforced panty part for optimum comfort in XXL, these are well worth the investment! Gloss tights are also bang on trend this season."



Packaging

Packaging is the conventional Wolford style. The tights are folded around a card rectangle that has photos of several Wolford products. The main product information card is then folded over this before everything is enclosed in a cellophane envelope.

Material and features


The first impression I had when taking these tights from the packaging was one word: "wow!". They are light in weight, silky, soft and luxurious. I really couldn't wait to try them.

The tights are made from 88% Polyamide (Nylon), 12% Elastane.

As can be seen in the photos these tights have a noticeably shiny appearance on the leg. Coverage is even and the 20 denier yarn cleverly hides any blemishes on the skin providing a nice cosmetic effect.

They completely sheer from waist to toe. The waistband is 2.5cm wide and has also has a semi-sheer 5.5cm finger band extending beneath it. Seams are flat.

Legs are fully boarded and anatomically shaped to provide a superior fit.

The brief is, as in all Wolford styles, deep and roomy and will stretch easily over the waist and hips. It measures just over 30cm in depth from the waistband to the cotton gusset. The signature Wolford tag is sewn into the inside of the waistband.





The XL size I tried has no rear comfort panel.

Toes have light reinforcement.


Fit, sizing and wearing experience


The Wolford Satin Touch 20 Tights are available in six sizes at The Tight Spot:

  • XSmall 
  • Small
  • Medium 
  • Large 
  • XL 
  • XXLarge
I tested a pair in the XL size.



Note that in some colours an XXLarge size is available. This will be welcomed by larger women and men.

You need to take care when putting these tights on. The material is really quite delicate and catches easily. Hosiery gloves are strongly recommended.

The feeling on the skin is light, smooth and quite luxurious. They definitely provide a sensual wearing experience!

The tights have impressive stretch and elasticity and once on the fit is superb. They mould themselves to the leg but feel light and airy, with good breathability.

The brief is really comfortable. That 30cm depth is becoming a benchmark for me as the sizing that really suits men.

Although the waistband is narrower than some more recent Wolford styles it doesn't roll or dig in.

The smooth, shiny feel of these tights allows them to work well under trousers as the glide is excellent.



Colour range

The Wolford Satin Touch 20 Tights are available from The Tight Spot in a wide range of colours:

  • Black
  • Caramel
  • Cosmetic
  • Gobi
  • Steel
  • Admiral
  • Marmor
  • Sand
  • Coca
  • Nearly Black






I trialled them in the Caramel shade.

Price and availability

The Wolford Satin Touch 20 Tights are priced at £16.95.

However you can also buy them in a 3 for 2 promotion pack at The Tight Spot for £33.95.



You can also buy the Satin Touch 20s as knee highs for £12.95, or in a 3 for 2 pack for £25.95.



Shipping worldwide is free at The Tight Spot for orders over $25.00

Conclusion

The Wolford Satin Touch 20 Tights are certainly an eye-catching wear with the high shine appearance.

As far as sheer tights go, these are without doubt one of the best styles you can buy for the following reasons:

  • Superb quality yarn and design
  • Great range of colours
  • Perfect fit
  • Deep, comfortable brief
  • Overall sensual wearing experience and great feeling when worn
If you buy them as part of the 3 for 2 pack then the price is extremely reasonable at just over £11.00 a pair.

We confidently give them a recommendation.

Thanks to The Tight Spot for the sample and for their support for the Hosiery For Men blog.