Sunday, 16 December 2018

Just arrived: New Falke Seidenglatt 80 Tights

We recently brought you the news that FALKE had relaunched their range of Seidenglatt tights, with a series of significant improvements.


The FALKE Seidenglatt 70 Tights have now been upgraded to the FALKE Seidenglatt 80 Tights "Elegant, opaque fine tights in a slightly shiny look."

UK Tights have sent Hosiery For Men a sample to trial and review.





A pair of the new and upgraded FALKE Seidenglatt 40 Tights are also on their way to us.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

MEN BUYING TIGHTS SURVEY: WHY DO YOU WEAR TIGHTS?

Here are further findings from our MEN BUYING TIGHTS survey.

The first question we asked was:

Why do you wear tights?


In this question we wanted to get a deeper understanding of the varied reasons why men buy and wear tights.

Here is a summary of your responses:




It's well known by now that many guys wear tights for warmth in colder months, but the standout finding is that the main reason we wear them is that we like them.

We like how they feel and we find finding tights a pleasurable feeling.

Many of you contributed further comments on this issue. Here is a selection:

They compliment outfits so good and on warmer days it's a lot nicer to wear hosiery than thicker socks.

I like how tights make my legs look (wife agrees), though I don't wear openly in public. In the winter especially, they add a little extra warmth without weight. Mostly, they make me feel subtly sexy.

I like how they make my legs look.

I wear tights/pantyhose because I think woman does not have exclusive right to wear them. Todays standards are not what it was 50 years ago so I think it is a mans right to wear tights if he wants to wear them.

I wear tights for lounging at home.

To keep a smooth line under skin-tight trousers, leggings and jeggings.

They are just comfortable some times to lay around the house.

The comfort and feel of these garment is truly amazing. It’s not just a fetish for me as a man to want to wear these. This is more for the warmth, the fit, the feel, love the way they wear under my pants. More practical and comfortable to me as a consumer.

I love the euphoric feeling it gives. It’s an aphrodisiac.

Tights feel comfortable and keep me warm. Compression/support tights are also a plus when one is walking around a lot in the day or standing.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Just arrived: Bahner Striped Ribbed Support Tights

As fans of ribbed opaque tights we were delighted that UK Tights offered to send us a pair of the Bahner Striped Ribbed Support Tights.



UK Tights told us that these provide a perfect fit, along with support and relief for the legs.

The German brand Bahner is new to us, and we are eager to see how they wear.



MEN BUYING TIGHTS SURVEY: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE TIGHTS?

Now that the MEN BUYING TIGHTS survey has closed, we are beginning to analyse the responses and data. Over the next few weeks we will publish the findings section by section.

One of the first sections we have looked at in detail is the one where we asked you the question:

Can you name one pair of tights that is your favourite? Name the brand and precise product.


There were more than 400 responses to this.



This is what you told us.

The favourite style of tights was the Wolford Neon 40 Tights.



This was chosen by more respondents than any other. It's a classic style by Wolford and even quite iconic now. It comes in a very wide range of colours and sizing up to XL.




The second most popular style you chose was another by Wolford: the Satin Touch 20 Tights.

Another classic by Wolford and these are available in an even wide range of colours as well as sizing up to XXL.



Indeed Wolford get plenty of mentions when it comes to your favourite tights. The following all have a number of fans:

Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights

Wolford Fatal 15 Tights

Wolford Fatal 50 Tights

However, looking through all the responses carefully, in third place was a style that many of you really like: L'eggs Sheer Energy Tights.



Other brands and specific tights that get a number of mentions are:

Cecilia De Rafael, including various styles in the CdR Eterno range are mentioned.

Kunert, including the Kunert Velvet 80 Tights.

Charnos, particularly the Charnos 24/7 range.

Heist. The Nude tights by Heist get a few mentions as do The Thirty, The Fifty and The Eighty tights.

Marks and Spencer, especially tights from the Autograph range. The M&S Body Sensor Tights are also mentioned a few times.

Oroblu, several mentions including the Magie 20 and the All Colors 50 tights.

Falke, especially the Seidenglatt 40 tights.

Fogal, including the Opaque 30 tights.

Pretty Polly, including the Legs On The Go Support Tights and 60 Denier Opaque Tights.

Adrian's range of men's tights gets a few mentions including the Grating style.

Finally the genderless hosiery brand I SEE YOUR LEGS has admirers, particularly for their Classic 20 Denier Tights. This brand have responded to the needs of male customers by making this style available in L/XL, MAXI and MAXI+ sizes.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

And the winner is.....

The MEN BUYING TIGHTS survey closed last night.

Thank you to everyone who participated. The participation was fantastic with 474 responses.

The survey has provided a wealth of interesting, useful and surprising data. We will share this with Hosiery For Men readers shortly.

We also know that hosiery brands and retailers will also be very interested in the findings. Get in touch with us if you would like to see the data.



In the meantime, we have chosen a winner of the £30 UK Tights gift voucher.



All the entry emails have been placed in a hat, and one winner has been chosen at random.

Check your email inbox to see if you are the winner.

Just arrived from Wolford: Merino Fine Rib Pullover

Wolford are famous, of course, for their legwear. But did you know that they also offer a wide range of clothing including tops, shirts, pullovers, bodysuits and more?



Wolford have sent us a sample of their Merino Fine Rib Pullover to trial and review.



This is described as: "Knitted minimalism: Roll-neck pullover made from fine, soft Merino wool. The ribbed look and slim-fit make this item a timeless classic."


It is available in two colours: Black and Ecrue.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Reviewed: Almost Opaque Tights by Carra Hosiery

Last year we brought Hosiery For men readers news about CARRA Hosiery, a new hosiery brand with a unique feature: a built-in panty.



You can still read our feature and interview with CARRA Hosiery CEO Christi Hairston.




CARRA Hosiery sent us the Almost Opaque Tights to review.



Packaging

The CARRA Hosiery Almost Opaque Tights are very nicely packaged. The tights are folded around a rectangular white card, which is then enclosed inside a polystyrene bag. The wrapped tights are then housed in a study card box.

The box provides detailed more detailed information on the tights as well as sizing information.





Material and features


The CARRA Hosiery Almost Opaque Tights are 16 denier tights. You could describe them as verging on semi-opaque in appearance, or as the product information says, "not quite opaque".

The yarn is 90% Nylon and 10% Spandex. The fabric is described as 'run-resistant" and has an antimicrobial wash applied to keep skin dry, fresh and keep bacteria under control.

A key feature is the built-in "French lace bikini with moisture wicking gusset".





The yarn is noticeably soft to the touch and very stretchy.


The brief is quite deep: 29cm from gusset to waistband. The waistband itself is 3cm wide.



The "built in French lace panty" is (as can be seen above) darker than the leg and the pattern can only really be seen in full when worn. The "French lace panty" is really the design on the panty/brief part of the tights. You can choose to wear the tights with or without underwear.

Toes are very lightly reinforced.

Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The CARRA Hosiery Almost Opaque Tights are available in four sizes: Small, medium, Large and X Large.

We trialled them in the X Large size.



When I removed the tights from the packaging I was slightly worried as they looked very small for X Large. But my word, these tights really have amazing stretch.

Once I got them on, my first thought was: "this is a perfect fit!" My second thought was: "Oh wow, they feel so good!".

As described above, the tights are incredibly soft. The Spandex content in the yarn enables a close, second skin fit on the leg.

The brief/panty was also equally stretchy, and sat comfortable above the waist.

These tights stay in place well and need little adjusting throughout the day.

Colour range


The CARRA Hosiery Almost Opaque Tights look black in publicity images and also when you take them out of the packaging.

However when worn they look to me more like a dark charcoal colour, or what European hosiery brands often call Almost Black or Anthracite.





Price and availability


The CARRA Hosiery Almost Opaque Tights are made in the USA and CARRA is a USA brand. They are therefore priced in US dollars. They are currently priced at $15.99.

Conclusion


As a guy I wasn't completely sure about wearing tights with a built-in "French lace panty" but I will assess them essentially on two key factors: Fit and the feel/wearing experience.

On both counts the CARRA Hosiery Almost Opaque Tights score highly. Fit was really excellent and the tights do feel quite amazing to wear. They have this amazing softness and second skin feel that is a bit addictive. You want to put them on again to get that sensation you first experienced the first time you tried them.

Most guys will wear these under trousers or shorts, so the French lace panty won't be seen. With or without underwear you will enjoy these.

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