Saturday, 14 December 2019

Reviewed:: Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Shorts

Pretty Polly sent us several items from their new Eco-Wear range of tights, leggings and underwear.



For more background on the range, read our interview with Pretty Polly Product Manager Caroline Wright.

For our first full review from the Eco-Wear range we will focus on the Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Shorts.



Packaging

First of all let's give some credit to Pretty Polly for housing the Eco-Wear range in recyclable and biodegradable packaging. There is no plastic used at all.

The shorts are housed in a 24cm x 16cm thin card box, that also has a eco appearance.





Material and features


This is what Pretty Polly say about this Eco-Wear product:

"Pretty Polly introduces Eco-Wear, a sustainable range of hosiery, seamfree underwear and leggings made from the first biodegradable polyamide in the world. The yarn is also recyclable. Garments made with this innovative technology will decompose in approximately 3-5 years when properly disposed of in landfill, reducing their environmental impact."

"The new yarn has a beautiful softness and handle which gives the underwear a sense of luxury with balance and comfort combined. The garments are all individually designed for optimum comfort and fit, made to work with the body rather than against it, reinventing the way we think about underwear and movement."


"The Seamfree Eco-Wear Shorts provide extreme soft comfort and superior fit."


You can feel the quality of these Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Shorts as soon as you take them out of the packaging. They feel very soft and smooth, and are also stretchy.

The design is the classic rectangular women's short. They are made in Italy from 93% Polyamide and 7% Elastane.

The body is completely seamfree (apart from the waist, leg opening and gusset) for maximum comfort.



The shorts have a 3cm wide waistband.



The shots have a gusset.

Each of the leg openings is finished with a soft 2cm wide cuff.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Shorts are available in three sizes: SM, ML and XL.



I wore them in an XL size.

I haven't reviewed much underwear at Hosiery For Men, except the exceptional range from Chaffree. I did wonder how shorts designed for women might work on a guy, and whether they might have sufficient depth and room.

Well, there were no concerns at all. The XL size was a perfect fit. The waist stretched comfortably above the waist and hips. The material is really stretchy and moulds to whatever shape you are. Pretty Polly say that the shorts are actually designed to "work with the body".

There was no constriction in the male anatomy area.

Overall the wearing experience was very comfortable and these worked very well for me.

Colour range


The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Shorts are available in three colours:

Black

Nude

White

I wore them in the Black colour.



Price and availability


The Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Shorts are priced at £10.00.

You can purchase them directly from the Pretty Polly website.

Conclusion

A top quality garment that really delivers in terms of comfort and a great wearing experience. Because they are designed to "work with the body", these are shorts that will work as a unisex product.

I would definitely buy these and recommend them to Hosiery For Men readers, who are confident enough to try something different when choosing underwear.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Reviewed: Pretty Polly Curves Smooth Leggings

Thanks to Pretty Polly for sending us a further product from the plus size Curves range to trial and review.



Pretty Polly’s Curves range is a specialist collection designed to comfortably fit the curvier figure up to UK dress size 32 (60 EU, 28 US).

We have already reviewed the Pretty Polly Curves 200 Denier Fleecy Tights.

We now focus on the Pretty Polly Curves Smooth Leggings.





Packaging

The Pretty Polly Curves Smooth Leggings are wrapped inside a single piece of rectangle card. This is then housed in a polythene bag.





Material and features


The Pretty Polly Curves Smooth Leggings are made in Ukraine. The yarn is 93% Nylon and 7% Elastane.

They are quite a substantial garment, and you can feel that as soon as you remove them from the packaging.

The material is quite thick, but they are not over heavy or bulky. They feel smooth and soft against the skin.

Leg coverage is totally opaque. In appearance they are matte with no shine

The brief section has no central seam. There is a seam that runs on the inside leg, and a seams around the gusset that has been added for fit and comfort.

The brief has a depth of 34cm from the top of the waistband to the gusset.

There is a superbly designed 7cm waistband, designed for maximum comfort. There are no labels sewn into the inside of the waistband, so this also cuts down on irritation and improves comfort.



Legs are shaped anatomically to taper downwards from the thigh to the ankle. The leggings are finished at the ankle with a 3cm wide cuff.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Pretty Polly Curves Smooth Leggings are available in two sizes XL and XXL.



I wore the XL size.

The fit was excellent in every respect. There was plenty of leg room and no need to overstretch the fabric. Indeed, the XL would comfortably fit someone taller than my 5'10".

These leggings give complete opaque coverage on the leg, and are really cosy. If worn with shorts, they insulate well from cold wind and low temperatures. Trust me - I wore them out on a very cold day and my legs stayed warm.

The brief is really impressive. It has loads of depth and the waistband sill stretch comfortable above the waist and hips. The waistband itself is very comfortable and didn't roll down.



Colour range


The Pretty Polly Curves Smooth Leggings are available in Black only.



Price and availability


The Pretty Polly Curves Smooth Leggings are priced at £15.00.

You can also purchase them from UK Tights (a retailer we highly recommend) for £14.99.



Conclusion

Okay, let's sum up what's great about these leggings.

  • Top quality design and manufacture
  • Complete leg coverage
  • Deep brief and comfort waistband
  • Great fit
At a price of just £15.00 these really are a bargain not to be missed.

Recommended.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Reviewed: Pretty Polly Legs On The Go Compression Socks

Hosiery brand Pretty Polly sent us a pair of their Legs On The Go Compression Socks to review for Hosiery For Men readers.





They are part of Pretty Polly's Legs On The Go range of support tights and compression socks.

We have already reviewed the Pretty Polly 60 Denier Legs On The Go Light Support Opaque Tights.

Pretty Polly state that the all "Legs On The Go" range contain compression which can help your legs feel less tired and achy when you are on the go.

Packaging


The Pretty Polly Legs On The Go Compression Socks are packaged very simply in a card clasp, with an eyelet for retail display.







Material and features


Here's what Pretty Polly say about these compression socks:

"Light compression hosiery helps reduce swelling in the ankles, making these socks ideal for long periods of standing or sitting. They help stimulate blood flow, which help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Varicose veins.

"Enjoy a vibrant compression sock in a wearable black. Perfect for wearing whilst travelling or during work! The Pretty Polly Compression Sock will energise the leg, as well as being tough wearing!"


The Pretty Polly Legs On The Go Compression Socks are 40 denier. The yarn composition is 89% Nylon and 11% Elastane.



They feel very soft to the touch, but also seem to be quite robust. Pretty Polly say that they are "ladder resist".

In appearance they are almost completely matter, with only a slight shine.

Although described by Pretty Polly as 40 denier, they provide almost complete opaque coverage. On the leg they look more like 60 denier.

These compression socks are anatomically shaped, with the top of the calf being wider than the ankle. The foot is also shaped with a reinforced heel and reinforced toe.




In a further touch of quality, the sole is reinforced with the Pretty Polly logo.




At the top of the socks there is 2cm wide cuff. Incorporated in this is a soft ribbing that provides additional support to the rear of the calf.



When worn you can also make out how the Pretty Polly "PP" logo has also been woven into the yarn just below the cuff.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Pretty Polly Legs On The Go Compression Socks are available in One Size only.



I usually avoid One Size products as, to put it simply, they are often too small. My shoe size is UK 10.5, so there was understandably a bit of concern about the sizing.

I actually needn't have worried as the fit was great. The socks have good stretch and fitted snugly on the foot. There was also sufficient length on the leg, with the sock comfortably fitting right up to the knee.

These compression socks are easy to put on. The compression and support is light but you can still feel it.

When we reviewed the Pretty Polly 60 Denier Legs On The Go Light Support Opaque Tights, we described the feeling as being highly energised, warm comfortable and relaxing. This applies to this product also.



Colour range


The Pretty Polly Legs On The Go Compression Socks are available in two colours: Black and Natural.

We wore the Black colour.



Price and availability


The Pretty Polly Legs On The Go Compression Socks are are priced at £10.00. You can buy them directly from Pretty Polly.

You can also purchase them from UK Tights (a retailer we highly recommend) for £9.99.



Conclusion

If you are looking for a support/compression sock for everyday wear, the Pretty Polly Legs On The Go Compression Socks are definitely worth your consideration.

They are warm and comfortable, and would be welcome if your legs get tired.

Fit excellent and the price reasonable for the quality on offer.

Recommended.

Monday, 2 December 2019

Just arrived: Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Leggings

Here is the final sample Pretty Polly have sent us from their new Eco-Wear range.




These are the Pretty Polly Eco-Wear Biodegradable Seamfree Leggings.

UK Tights Announce Cyber Monday Sale With 15% Off Everything

UK Tights have just announced their Cyber Monday sale.



As with Black Friday, there is 15% of everything. Just use the code CYBER at checkout.

You can also save up to 80% in the UK Tights sale section.

Hurry up as the Cyber Monday offer is only available for 24 hours.

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Reviewed: Levante Ultimate 80 Opaque Tights

UK Tights recently sent us a pair of the Levante Ultimate 80 Opaque Tights to trial and review.




You can find an extensive range of Levante tights and hosiery at UK Tights.




Packaging

The Levante Ultimate 80 Opaque Tights come in quite basic packaging: a standard card clasp with a hook for retail display.

The information on the packaging does however provide basic information: a size chart, fibre content and washing instructions.



Material and features


Here's what UK Tights say about these tights:

"Customers frequently ask for recommendations regarding hosiery for the winter months and when it comes to matte opaque, Levante is at the top of my list every time; and the Ultimate 80 is no exception. Luxuriously soft and comfortable, Levante have used a double layer knitting technique to ensure that these tights will keep you warm from the harsh conditions that the season brings."

The Levante Ultimate 80 Opaque Tights are made in Italy. The yarn is 87% Polyamide, 10% LYCRA Elastane and 3% Cotton.

They are velvety soft and smooth to the touch. For the X-Tall size they didn't look particularly large when removed from the packaging.

The brief/panty measures 23cm from the waist to the crotch. Seams are flat throughout and there is no rear comfort panel. The tights are sheer to waist with no demarcation between the panty and the leg.



The waistband is 3.5cm wide. There is a cotton gusset.



Toes are rounded but there is no reinforcement.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Levante Ultimate 80 Opaque Tights are available in three sizes: Medium, Tall and X-Tall.


I wore the X-Tall size.

These tights are really so soft when worn and provide a lovely feeling. They are matte with hardly any shine. Opacity, at 80 denier, is good but not quite total in areas where the yarn is stretched.

Although they looked quite small for an X-Tall size, they have good stretch properties.

However, for my 5'10" height they didn't quite provide a perfect fit. If you weigh up to around 160 pounds (11 and a half stone) you are likely to get a good for for height (up to 6'1" according to Levante's own size chart). If you are bigger than this (and I am slightly), or have thicker calves and thighs (like many guys) then the yarn will stretch more outwards than upwards. The fit for me was reasonable, but pretty much at full stretch on the leg, which means they are likely to move downwards over a period of wear.

The brief was quite roomy and comfortable, although I found the waistband to be slightly tight.


Colour range

The Levante Ultimate 80 Opaque Tights are available in Black only.



Price and availability


The Levante Ultimate 80 Opaque Tights are available at UK Tights for £12.99.

Conclusion

I have never been able to find much fault with Levante hosiery for quality. They always have such nice yarns and are invariably well made.

The Levante Ultimate 80 Opaque Tights are really nice tights, and so they should be for just under £13.00.

However, I do find the sizing on the small size and slightly misleading. This isn't to say that Levante's sizing information (or that provided by UK Tights) is misleading. X-Tall is accurate if you are quite slender. If you are a bit larger and over 5'10", this style probably won't work for you in terms of fit.

If Levante created an XX-Tall size that might address these reservations.

If you are tall and are looking for something similar, I recommend the following styles (all available at UK Tights):

Falke Seidenglatt 80 Tights

Falke Sensual Cotton 80 Tights

Wolford Cotton Velvet Tights

Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights