Monday, 5 August 2019

Reviewed: Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights

We are gradually reviewing styles from the new range of Ultimate tights from hosiery brand Aristoc



So far we have reviewed the Aristoc Ultimate Smoothing 15 Denier Tights and the Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights.

We now focus on the Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights.



Packaging

The Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights come in the new packaging that has been created for the whole of the Aristoc Ultimate collection. There is a uniform design aesthetic to the whole range.

The tights are folded around a card rectangle that provides information on the whole of the Ultimate range. 



This is then sealed in a plastic sleeve. Everything is then housed in an interestingly designed and unique card enclosure. Four triangular flaps open outwards to reveal the tights inside. 







Material and features

You may have noticed (if you check the Ultimate page on the Aristoc website) that there are several styles of 10 denier tights in the Ultimate range. In our last review we evaluated the Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights. At the end of this section we will try and summarise the key features and differences for compared to the style currently under review.

Here is Aristoc's description of the Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights:

"Exceptional softness and a beautifully smooth, matt appearance thanks to the special nanofibre yarns used to knot these tights and hold ups."

Unlike the Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights, which are made in Turkey, the Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights are made in Italy.

The yarn used is 64% Polyamide and 36% Elastane. The gusset is made from Cotton.

Once again, as with the 10 Denier Ladder Resist style, the tights looked very small once removed from the packaging. But any worries about this are soon dispelled as the stretch is very impressive indeed.

These tights feel exceptionally soft. One of the notable improvements that Artistic have achieved with the Ultimate range is definitely the feel of the tights. That's good that attention has been paid to this, as no-one wants to wear rough-feeling tights these days.

Here's another difference to the Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights: they are not sheer to waist, but have a slightly darker panty/body that is quite clearly demarcated from the leg.



Another of the significant improvements Aristoc have made with the Ultimate range is the upgrading made in waistband design. This style has what is described as a deep, comfort waistband. It is 7cm deep and very stretchy.



The body is quite deep, measuring 25cm from the top of the waistband to the gusset.



Seams are flat and very well executed. There is no finger band beneath the waistband, or any reinforcement either side of the central seam. The XL size has no rear comfort panel. There is a cotton gusset which has been designed to be breathable.

A welcome touch, which again reflects the quality and attention to detail of the Ultimate range, is an Aristoc tag sewn into the rear of the body.



Toes have very light reinforcement. which is barely visible.



Comparison with Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights

Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights:
  • Made in Italy
  • Not sheer to waist; reinforced panty/brief
  • 7cm waistband
  • Price: £13.00
Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist Matt Tights
  • Made in Turkey
  • Sheer to waist
  • 4.5cm waistband
  • Price: £8.00
Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights come are available in four sizes:
  • Small 
  • Medium 
  • Large 
  • Extra Large 


I wore the Extra Large size. 

Like the Ultimate 10 Denier Ladder Resist, the tights looked quite small when removed from the packaging. But they have impressive stretch.

The 36% Elastane certainly provided a very close, tight fit on the leg and body. Like the 10 Denier Ladder Resist style they provide a "second skin" fit and feel. There is no wrinkling anywhere. Comfort level is excellent.

What I particularly liked about this style is that they are completely matt when worn, and also more or less invisible. You could wear the Nude colour with shorts and it would not be easy at all to tell that you had tights on.



Colour range

The Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights are available in just two colours: Nude and Black.

I wore them in the Nude shade.



Price and availability

The Aristoc Ultimate 10 Denier Matt Tights are priced at £13.00.

They can be purchased directly from the Aristoc website.

Conclusion

This is our third review from the Aristoc Ultimate range and so far the quality of the tights in the collection is excellent. 

The 10 Denier Matt Tights have lots of positive features:
  • Flat seams
  • Superior fit with a very high Elastane content in the yarn
  • A very comfortable, deep waistband
  • Breathable cotton gusset
I wasn't quite sure why this style costs £5.00 more than the 10 Denier Ladder Resist version. I checked this with Aristoc and they replied that it is made with a higher spec yarn for a more luxurious feel on the leg. I wore both styles again to check this, and yes, the 10 Denier Matt does indeed feel softer and smoother than the Ladder Resist style. 

More Aristoc Ultimate reviews are on the way. Next up will be the Aristoc Ultimate 15 Denier Shine Tights

Friday, 2 August 2019

Reviewed: Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights.

One of our favourite online hosiery and legwear retailers, The Tight Spot, recently sent us some hosiery from the Platino brand.



Platino are a Spanish hosiery brand founded in 1927.



We recently reviewed the Platino Cleancut 15 Denier Knee High Shiny Socks.

We now focus on the Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights, which are part of the range of shiny tights at The Tight Spot.

You can also find other styles of Platino tights at The Tight Spot.



Packaging

Packaging is quite simple snd standard. The tights are folded around a white card rectangle, then enclosed in a cellophane bag. Everything is then housed in a card envelope.







Materials and features


These tights are part of Platino's Total Confort range. The range includes:

  • 20 Denier Knee Highs
  • 50 Denier Knee Highs
  • 10 Denier Tights
  • 15 Denier Tights
  • 20 Denier Tights
  • 40 Denier Tights
  • 80 Denier Tights
The central concept in the Platino Total Confort range is the design of the waistband and the cuff on the knee highs. Both have been made to provide a high level of comfort without digging in, being too tighs or leaving pressure marks.

The waistband on Total Confort Tights is adjustable, and can be positioned either on your hips or higher up around the waist. Therefore you have high and low waist versions in one garment.

The Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights are made from 88% Polyamide and 12% Elastane.

These tights feel extraordinarily soft and silky to the touch.

They are boarded with the legs anatomically shaped to the natural curve of the leg. They are sheer to waist.

The brief/panty is quite deep, measuring 28 cm from the top of the waistband to the crotch.
Seams are flat. The central seam has a 1cm reinforcement band on either side.

The size I trialled has a rear comfort panel.

A key feature of these tights is the waistband. It is much deeper than on most tights, measuring 12cm in depth.



Toes have very light, invisible reinforcement.

Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights are available in four sizes at The Tight Spot:
  • Medium II
  • Large III
  • XLarge VI
  • XXLarge IV


I wore an XLarge size.

Fit was good and just about right for my height. If you are taller than 5'10" my advice would be to move up to the XXLarge size.

Fot on the leg was excellent with no wrinkling anywhere! These tights provide a real second skin feel.

Opacity is even throughout, but not total given that they are 40 denier.

The silky sheen is very soft to the touch, and glide under trousers is excellent.

The brief/panty has good depth and the adjustable waistband stretched comfortably above the waist and hips. I had the waistband positioned higher above the hips and up to and over the navel. It was very comfortable and stayed in place.



Colour range

The Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights are available in two shades: Negro (Black) and Caresse.

I wore them in the Black shade.



Price and availability

The Platino 40 Denier Total Confort Tights are priced at £11.95.

Conclusion

These are the first tights from Platino that we have reviewed at Hosiery For Men. The 40 Denier Total Confort Tights didn't disappoint. They are well made, fit well, feel good when worn and look good too.

The adjustable waistband will be welcome by welcomed by guys for its flexibility.

For under £12.00 they are well-priced also. Perhaps a cheaper option to the Wolford Neon 40s.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Reviewed: Chaffree Ankle Socks

Chaffree, the underwear and hosiery brand that offers a range of seamless, sweat absorbing and chafe reducing garments for men and women, sent me several new items to trial and review.




I am really going to enjoy doing these reviews as Chaffree products are great quality, and I already own several of them. For underwear, they are my go-to brand.

We have already reviewed the Chaffree Men's Briefs and the Chaffree Men's Boxer Shorts.

We now focus on the Chaffree Ankle Socks. I decided to review these first as the weather is hot and this is the time of year most people, including me, wear ankle socks.



Packaging


The Chaffree Ankle Socks are packaged simply. The socks are held in place with a nicely-designed card clasp. A thin polythene sleeve encloses everything.

The packaging does provide very clear product information: product description, key features, sizing information and care instructions.





Materials and features


The Chaffree Ankle Socks are described as "a premium garment designed for comfort without any compromise."

"These friction-free comfort socks are an everyday essential. They have been designed for maximum comfort and sweat control. Made on seamless technology with 76% Coolmax® breathable fibre to wick away sweat, keeping your feet feeling fresh, dry and comfortable all day. The ankle lip will also help keep the socks in place so you don’t keep losing the sock down your foot/shoe when wearing."


Readers may not be familiar with COOLMAX®. It is a specialist performance wicking fabric which aims to keep the skin cool and dry. The use of COOLMAX® fabric is one of the key features that makes Chaffree products unique.

CoolMax fabric is breathable with an inbuilt moisture management system that keeps users dry and cool when they start to perspire. The COOLMAX® fabric moves and transports perspiration outside of the body where it quickly evaporates thus reducing the skin to irritation and other attributes that cause the skin to chafe, leaving you to get on with your life in comfort and confidence. COOLMAX® fabric also has anti-bacterial qualities.



The Chaffree Ankle Socks are made from 76% Polyester (COOLMAX®), 22% Polyamide and 2% Elastane.

Let's take a closer look at the impressive features of these ankle socks. You are probably already realising that they are not the pack of 5 for £5 that you can pick up on market stalls and lower end department stores!

This graphic from Chaffree summarises what you are getting.



I will comment particularly on the following aspects:
  • The ankle lip and soft grip cuff are particularly notable, and probably quite unique ankle sock features. The ankle lip is very useful for keeping the sock in place. 
  • The cushioning, as you can see in the graphic, extends across the whole foot to include the heel, toe and insole. 
  • They are anatomically shaped for the feet. 
There is a real attention to detail here. You can see that the whole concept of the ankle sock has been thought through, with design features created to provide maximum comfort.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience 

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are available in five sizes:

  • S: UK shoe size 4-5
  • M: UK shoe size 6-7
  • L: UK shoe size 8-9
  • XL: UK shoe size 10-11
  • 2XL: UK shoe size 12-13


I wore the ankle socks in the XL size. My actual shoe size is 10.5 (European 45).

The Chaffree ankle socks feel soft but they also really quite robust. They definitely don't feel like those cheap and thin cotton ankle socks that you can buy everywhere.

They are very easy to put on. I didn't find that they had a huge amount of stretch. But I realised that they didn't need to as Chaffree have got the sizing spot on.

I have quite wide feet and a high instep, but the fit was really perfect. It was almost like a pair of socks had been bespoke crafted just for my feet.



Because the fit was so good, the wearing experience was excellent.

Firstly these ankle socks definitely do stay in place. There is no need to take your shoes or trainers off during the day, and pull the sock up and back into position.

Secondly the cushioned fit is really noticeable and extraordinarily comfortable.

Lastly they are really effective at managing moisture. I wore them with trainers on a day with almost 40 degree heat, and my feet stayed cool. The breathability is very effective.



Colour range

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are available are available in five colours: 

  • Jet (Black) 
  • Arctic (White) 
  • Blue 
  • Dark Grey 
  • Light Grey 


I wore a pair in the Jet (Black) shade.

A mix of colours is available if a pack of three or pack of five is ordered: 

  • The three-pack dark colours pack is made up of one of each of the following colours: Black, Dark Grey and Blue. 
  • The three-pack light colours pack is made up of one of each of the following colours: White, Light Grey and Blue. 
  • The five-pack colours pack is made up of one of each colour: Black, Dark Grey, Blue, Light Grey and White. 

Price and availability

The Chaffree Ankle Socks are priced depending on what kind of order you make.

An individual pair of socks (pack of 1) is priced as follows:

  • UK size 4-5: £6.59 
  • UK size 6-7: £6.59 
  • UK size 8-9: £6.59 
  • UK size 10-11: £6.99 
  • UK size 12-13: £6.99 
A pack of three socks is priced as follows:
  • UK size 4-5: £17.79 
  • UK size 6-7: £17.79 
  • UK size 8-9: £17.79 
  • UK size 10-11: £18.87 
  • UK size 12-13: £18.87 
A pack of five socks is priced as follows:
  • UK size 4-5: £28.01 
  • UK size 6-7: £28.01 
  • UK size 8-9: £28.01 
  • UK size 10-11: £29.71 
  • UK size 12-13: £29.71 
Postage is FREE OF CHARGE for all UK orders over £60.00.

For international customers shipping costs are calculated and displayed in your shopping cart during the order process.

Conclusion

Firstly, thanks to Chaffree for sending the sample of the Ankle Socks.

There are several things I would like to say about the Chaffree brand, having been connected with them for some time now. 
  • New products are released slowly, once they are ready and meet what seem to be exacting quality standards. 
  • Customer service is second to none. You really feel they are paying personal attention to you. Feedback is always valued and if you are a regular customer you get discounts and special offers. 
  • The garments are exceptional value for money given the quality. 
This last point applies to the Chaffree Ankle Socks that we have reviewed here. If you buy the larger packs of three or five, they are tremendous value. For example, with a pack of five the cost works out at less than £6.00 per pair.

Each time I have tried a Chaffree product I have ended up ordering more later. I will be getting more of these so take that as a recommendation from me.

To get more information and news on Chaffree products, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also contact Chaffree via their website. The owner of the brand, Amanda Whaley, will happily answer any questions you might have.

More Chaffree reviews are on the way.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Guest review: Snag 50 Denier Tights

We are always pleased to publish guest reviews at Hosiery For Men. They just need to be thorough, sufficiently detailed and more or less aligned with our review format.

Hosiery For Men reader George has just contributed a review of tights from the range at Snag Tights. Snag tights are branded as "tights that fit". You can read our introduction to Snag Tights here.



Last year we reviewed the 80 Denier Opaque Black Tights by Snag.

Hosiery For Men contributor George now focuses on the Snag 50 Denier Tights.


Introduction

Produced by hosiery newcomer Snag, the Snag 50 Denier Tights is but one of a number of variants in their range. I also purchased their 30 Denier Sheer Tights and 80 Denier Tights too – reviews to follow.

Having seen the initial review on Hosiery For Men for the 80 Denier Tights (goes to show manufacturers that the reach of Hosiery For Men is indeed influential in the purchasing decision of men) I was especially pleased to see a range of denier and an even greater range of colour. Hands up everyone fed up with a choice of Black or Black? So, what differentiates these tights from others readily available?

Let’s begin with the shopping experience. While many men who wear full length hosiery still find shopping in a store an uncomfortable experience, shopping on-line is a convenient alternative but the drawback is one of not being entirely sure what you’re purchasing until you receive the item unless it’s a product that you’re already familiar with.

Snag come to the rescue with an intuitive and very informative site that really helps the decision making process in terms of denier, colour and especially important - size! Snag are an innovative company in many respects but at last we have a manufacturer that recognises that people can be any combination of height and size around the waist/thighs, as such the sizing permutations are considerable so there is going to be a size for everyone; being 5’ 11” and with cycling thighs I opted for size ‘G’.



The website is easy to navigate, and it is also here that you will find information on the construction of the tights, materials and care instructions as none of this information will accompany your purchase (I found this to be a slight negative).

I ordered 10 pairs, confident that I would not regret it having read the Hosiery For Men review, and my purchase entitled me to a considerable discount. This is conveniently calculated and automatically applied in your shopping cart. The order was acknowledged, offering text/SMS updates for the order status, and shipped quickly. My package arrived just a few days later in a heavy brown bag made from recycled material – this approach to packaging is carried throughout the product offering and is to be welcomed.



Packaging

The tights are presented in a tissue paper wrapping with an adhesive tab securing it that also denotes colour, denier and size. The tights are neatly folded within the tissue paper with no additional card insert or cellophane bag and no washing/care instructions (refer to the Snag website for this information.



The minimal packaging, all of which is recyclable, is a sound environmental move, although I do like the cellophane bag provided with other brand tights so that they can be protected from snags etc while being stored after washing.





Features

On unwrapping the tights you are immediately aware of the nice soft feel of the material, as is the case in many of the higher priced tights, and it is apparent that these are very well constructed.

The tights feature a nice deep and comfortable waistband of 6cm 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 cotton gusset, a nice feature given that the majority of extra-large tights today have the much dreaded back panel.



Worthy of particular note is the depth of the brief section. It is considerably greater than 30cm and has a phenomenal amount of stretch.






There is a slight reinforcement of the brief which is barely noticeable and the toes are lightly reinforced. These tights are not fully boarded and as such there is no definitive front or back. Toes are rounded and very well stitched. Furthermore the size of the toe ensures complete width coverage which adds to the comfort experience.



Appearance

Being semi-opaque (they are 50 denier), these tights provide an even degree of coverage, although generally matt in appearance they can have the very slightest soft satin sheen in direct light due to the Elastane content. I noted no sag or wrinkling at ankles or knees.



Wearing experience

Being 5’11” and of large build, I find that the G size is true to the description on the Snag size chart with very good leg length, with a very soft and comfortable brief that has enough stretch to fit very comfortably at any point from just above the hips to up as far as the chest. The waistband is inspired – at first thinking it may be too soft to keep the tights in position throughout the day, the wearing experience is fantastic with absolutely no roll and no digging in whilst holding position.

The material is that ideal blend of being very robust and at the same time velvety soft to the touch with no itchiness.

Summary

An outstanding product from Snag. I purchased these for €6.37 (£5.70) after my discount which is unbelievable value for a product with such quality features and superb material which is considerably less expensive than my go-to opaque tights form Wolford and Fogal. These tights are priced to compare with your average pair from M&S and I have to say that I love them. 

I’m now really looking forward to trying my 80 Denier and 30 Denier pairs in the vibrant colours that Snag offer.

Go on, be brave and make a statement!

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Introducing Taylor Dewosky: Male Hosiery Model

At Hosiery For Men we recently profiled the Garni hosiery brand.



You can still read our introduction to the Garni tights brand, as well as our interview with Elina Tunyan, the founder of Garni tights.

The responses we had to both pieces have been pretty amazing, with such high numbers of page views that they are amongst the most-read posts since the Hosiery For Men blog started in 2011!

When we conducted our "men buying tights survey" several months ago, one of the things that respondents said they wished to see was hosiery brands showing a commitment to gender inclusion and connection with male customers by using male models.

Well, as you may have read, Garni recently included a male model, styled in Garni tights, in a recent photoshoot.

Garni tights founder Elina Tunyan was clear that this was a conscious move to "redefine beauty as freedom: freedom that is meant for everyone!"

That hosiery model is Taylor Dewosky, and we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to interview him recently.



Hi Taylor! Can you tell Hosiery For Men readers a bit about yourself?


I was born in Arkansas, raised in Georgia/North Carolina, but now living in NYC to be closer to my twin brother. Former college cheerleader turned yogi.

The most important thing about me, I would say, is that I recently became a 2019 Athlete for Equality for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. I’m aiming to raise $5,000 for them and will be running in the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon on their behalf. I’m raising money until November, feel free to donate or share!

How did you get to be a hosiery model for the Garni hosiery brand? 


The brand wanted to emphasize the fact that their tights are for anyone! During the scouting process, the photographer asked my friend if he knew any models that were both flexible and fluid. I sent my measurements and the rest is history!

How was the experience on the photo shoot as the only guy on the modelling team?


The founder of Garni, her husband, the design team, MUA, hair team - EVERYONE WAS AMAZING! I felt honored to help fulfil the owner’s vision- freedom to be whoever and do whatever you want in these tights! To me, it meant I needed to maintain an equipoise between put together and free/unrestricted. The whole crew made sure I was comfortable and couldn’t have created a more open, accepting, liberating, and empowering environment on set.

The founder was telling me how extensive it was finding the perfect hosiery yarns and how many tours she had to do, and she also has a really inspiring family background that I think goes into detail on her site.


Image by Garni


Garni are pretty much out in front of most hosiery brands in having a guy model their tights. Do you think this is a step forward in helping hosiery brands improve their marketing to male customers? Does this contribute positively to more gender neutrality in fashion?


That is exactly what they were going for! They created a whole shoot brief/presentation that I read before the shoot; it really put the marketing mission into perspective, which was completely geared towards this motif of freedom. Gender bias in fashion is absolutely toxic and the implications it has had on past and present generations is innumerable. I myself am fluid with my gender and saw this shoot as an attempt to deconstruct the policing of gender norms through fashion and how one presents themselves.


Image by Garni


So, how were the Garni ‘Ganache’ opaque tights that you modelled on the shoot? What are your opinions on the quality and fit?


Very, very good quality and fit! It molded to my body perfectly and was very soft. I talked to the founder about it actually. She put a lot of effort into every detail of these tights, from the materials to the production. I actually kept a pair of the Ganache tights from the shoot because they’re so comfy!


Image by Garni



Image by Garni


There is always quite a lot of media interest in the subject of tights for men. What are your thoughts about the greater acceptability and visibility of men wearing tights?


I did this shoot because I want to make sure people know where my voice stands with gender inclusivity and diversity. I think that’s the whole reason I was selected to be one of the models.

All men, including cishetero men, should not have to think twice about wearing tights. We should not be attaching gender to fashion apparel. Men deserve agency in this regard in the same capacity that women deserve to wear whatever clothes they want as well!



Image by Garni


What are you planning next Taylor? Are you open to doing more hosiery modelling?


I love any opportunity to be flexible and free, especially if it’s spearheading a movement that I have compassion for! In the meantime, I am going to focus all my efforts on raising money for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation because the future I want includes gender diversity, both in identity and presentation. I will always consider work when offered. We will see where the wind blows me to next!

Thanks so much for speaking to Hosiery For Men Taylor. I am sure this post is going to get loads of interest. What you have achieved is really important. Respect to Garni too for making this happen.


Readers: do consider making a donation to Taylor's fundraiser and show your support against hate and for equality.


Remember also to check out Garni. We should be supporting inclusive brands like this.