Monday, 27 February 2017

More styles of Adrian men's tights now available at Activskin

Activskin, the US based men's hosiery brand and retailer, have just added to their range of men's tights from the Polish brand Adrian.






The three new styles are all opaque footed tights.The styles are:

Adrian Moro Camouflage Men's Tights





Adrian City Soft Opaque Men's Tights





Adrian Stripes Men's Tights





The complete range of Adrian men's tights can be viewed on the Activskin site.

Do also check out Actvskin's new Facebook page.

Monday, 20 February 2017

New photos of the Emilio Cavallini men's tights (pantyhose) collection

Leading European hosiery brand Emilio Cavallini recently published a new photo shoot, showcasing their socks, underwear and tights (mantyhose) for men.



This is another great step forward in marketing tights for men as a fashionable and practical choice.

This is what Emilio Cavallini say about their men's tights:

Mantyhose: Tights for Men


Who said tights are only for women?

With his outstanding mantyhose collection, Emilio Cavallini has finally given men their right to make their legs stand out!

But what does the word “mantyhose” exactly mean? A neologism born from the combination of “man” and “pantyhose” - also known as “broisery” or “guylons” - the term“mantyhose” simply means “tights for men”, and they are as versatile and fashionable as their women’s alternative. Mantyhose are a fun and trendy fashion item to complete and enhance your look – a must-have for the cosmopolitan and modern man.

So for all of those who thought men in tights were a prerogative of Robin Hood’s times, it’s time to update your views on fashion!

Make an entrance by wearing them with shorts, or simply keep your legs warm in the cold winter days, by wearing our ultra-comfortable men’s tights underneath your trousers. You can also wear them for skiing as a more fashionable alternative to long johns. Choose among our stunning variety of prints and patterns and make a bold fashion statement: from skulls to checks, from stars to vertical stripes, all patterns are available in both a white-on-black and in a black-on-grey version.








The full range of Emilio Cavallini tights for men can be viewed here.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Reviewed: 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights by Bianca Miller London

Hosiery brand Bianca Miller London recently just launched their new 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights.





Bianca Miller London - the brand

The concept behind the launch of Bianca Miller London was to redefine ‘nude’ by catering to people of all complexions, with tights and hold-ups in a range skin tones. The initial collection includes tights and lace hold-ups.

Bianca Miller, created the brand after her own personal frustration of not being able to purchase the right colour of tights for her skin tone. She entered BBC Business competition ‘The Apprentice’ in 2014 and beat 80,000 applicants and 18 candidates to make it to the final where she proposed her concept for ‘True Skin’. 

The show culminated in a hotly contested final but in AW 2015 ‘Bianca Miller London’ was born, with the brand intending to build on the direct enquiries from viewers of ‘The Apprentice’, where the brand proposition was viewed by over 120 million people worldwide.



You can find out more about the brand on the Bianca Miller London website. You can also follow Bianca Miller London on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

You can also still read our review of the Bianca Miller London 15 Denier Nude Tights which we published last year.

Packaging

The Bianca Miller London 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights are packaged nicely. The tights are folded around a card rectangle and then wrapped in a clear cellophane sleeve. Everything is then enclosed in a sturdy card envelope.





Material and features

The Bianca Miller London 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights are are made from 90% Nylon and 10% Elastane (Lycra).

As you take them out of the packaging, you immediately notice how soft and smooth these tights feel.

They are sheer to waist apart from a reinforcement band running around the top of each thigh. When worn this is, however, barely noticeable.

Seams are conventional, although the central seam in the brief/panty sits quite flat. There is no gusset.

The waistband is 3.5cm wide.

Toes are reinforced.

Opaque coverage is dense and even. Appearance is mainly matt with just a little shine.



Fit and sizing

The Bianca Miller London 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights are available in three sizes:
  • S/M
  • M/L
  • L/XL
I tried a pair in the L/XL size.



These tights have excellent stretch and I was immediately impressed with the quality of the fit.

The Elastane/Lycra content ensure they cling and mould to the skin. 

The brief/panty is deep and stretches nicely over the waist. 

Comfort level and feel on the skin is excellent. The tights, which I wore under trousers on two very cold days, needed hardly any adjustment or pulling up.

As a wearing experience, I found the Bianca Miller 80 denier opaques to be a big improvement on the Nude tights. They are better sized, fit better and feel great on the skin.

Thermal quality was very good, providing warmth without overheating.

Colour range

The Bianca Miller London 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights are available in Black only.



Price and availability

The Bianca Miller London 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights are priced at £12.00.

They can be purchased directly from the Bianca Miller London website.

Conclusion

I was impressed with the Bianca Miller London 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights. Okay, they don't have some of the features you would expect with tights priced at a similar level, such as flat seams, gusset and a wider, comfort waistband.

However, they score very highly in the following areas:
  • Soft yarn that feels great on the skin
  • Excellent stretch
  • Great fit
I think they are definitely worth a try as a mid-priced pair of tights. Plus they are made in Britain so you will also be supporting a British brand and local manufacturers.

Recommended.



Monday, 23 January 2017

New men's tights from Polish brand Adrian

Polish hosiery brand Adrian has just launched a series of new men's tights designs.



Here are a selection of images from Adrian's expanded men's collection.
















Saturday, 21 January 2017

Just arrived: New 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights launched by Bianca Miller London

Hosiery brand Bianca Miller London recently just launched their new 80 Denier Black Opaque Tights.



We have just received a pair of these from Bianca Miller London and will punish a review soon.



They are available in three sizes (S/M, M/L, and L/XL) and priced at £12.00.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Reviewed: Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights

Leading British hosiery brand Legwear International recently gave some more samples to trial and review.



We focus on the Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights.



About Silky


Established in 1997, the Silky brand offers a wide range of hosiery from everyday sheers through to fast moving fashion. Silky aims to offer the highest quality hosiery at affordable prices.

Packaging

The Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are packaged very simply. The tights are folded and held in place in a card clasp. The packaging is designed for retail display.



Material and features


Silky describe the Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights as follows:

Our New and Improved 200 Denier Fleece Hosiery products are made with a soft brushed fleece lining designed to give maximum warmth when the weather gets cold without feeling stuffy. Our fleeced products offer a fabric that allows the skin to breath and are soft and cosy to wear. All of our fleece is highly rated by all our consumers and has become a wardrobe staple for many of our followers. The Fleece tight can be easily matched with any dress or skirt for a modern, sophisticated outfit.
These tights have a 200 denier appearance and are made from 93% Polyester and 5% Spandex.

They look quite large when taken from the packaging, especially in the leg (a good sign for male wearers).

The material is soft on the outside but has an even softer fleece lining.

They are sheer to waist with no demarcation for the panty/brief area. Seams are flat throughout and well made.

There is a 3cm wide waistband. Both the Large and X Large sizes I tried have a rear comfort panel.

Appearance is matt with no shine, and opaque coverage is even and dense.







Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are available in four sizes: 

  • Small 
  • Medium 
  • Large 
  • X Large 


I tested them in both the Large and X Large sizes.

The Large size, which according to the sizing information will fit up to 5'10", fitted well. The tights have considerable stretch.

The brief is quite deep and stretches over the waist. They fit as medium rise style.

The fit is quite snug but slightly looser than tights that have a higher Lycra/Elastane content.

They feel very soft on the leg and the internal fleece provides good insulation, without overhearing or producing sweating and discomfort.

Overall they were a comfortable wear and on the two very cold days I wore them, the thermal effect was excellent. You notice that with warm legs more heat is retained in the body overall.

They were also comfortable under trousers and jeans.

I did find however that the tights did need some adjustment and pulling up during the day. They also attracted other fibres which meant some brushing to maintain a smooth appearance.

I noticed little difference in sizing, when worn, between the Large and X Large sizes.

Colour range

The Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are available in five colours: 

  • Black 
  • Grey 
  • Navy
  • Brown
  • Wine 
Both pairs I tried a pair were Black.



Price and availability

The Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are available from several retailers, but we recommend UK Tights where they are priced at £4.99.

Conclusion

The Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Tights are, at just £4.99, a real bargain if you need some warm, thermal tights in the current cold weather.

The overall positives are:

  • Excellent warming, thermal quality.
  • Breathability: warmth without overheating or sweating.
  • Good stretchiness and elasticity.
  • Durable material.
Check the many very positive reviews that satisfied customers have written about this style on the UK Tights website.

Note that UK Tights also stocks these related Silky styles:

Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Knee Highs and Silky 200 Denier Thermal Fleece Leggings.



Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Reviewed: ITEM m6 men's fine ribbed socks

UK Tights are now stocking a range of hosiery from the German ITEM m6 brand.




UK Tights sent us a pair of the ITEM m6 men's fine ribbed socks to trial and review.



About ITEM m6


ITEM m6 is the fashion brand of medi, a high-tech manufacturer in Germany with over 60 years experience in product development, utilising the highest production standards to integrate "medi compression" technology into state-of the-art legwear.

Packaging


The packaging is really impressive and I wasn't surprised to hear that ITEM m6 was the winner of a reddot award 2015 for packaging design.

The socks arrived in a very cool rectangular black card box. The box has a clear plastic window cut into the front, which reveals an inner card that is wrapped around the socks.





Material and features


ITEM m6 describe the socks as follows: 


Perfect for frosty winter days. For the sensation of walking on cotton wool. Innovative compression technology made in Germany.

The new Socks Fine Ribbed from ITEM m6 are the warmest way to look cool. Master every challenge as if you were walking on clouds thanks to the soft plush high-tech fabric in their soles. Toasty warm and powerfully effective – full compression power and improved circulation provide a boost of energy on and off the clock.

Got a long wait at a frosty train station? The Socks Fine Ribbed are ready to keep you company and have brought a hot water bottle along. Worn under a suit and lace-up shoes, they show themselves from their smart side as they work to create a lasting feeling of well-being – even when the train arrives later than usual.

Pressure-free cuffs, skin-friendly and breathable fabric, and unique compression technology all merge in the ITEM m6 socks to create a novel wearing experience. Innovation, design and technology for exacting quality standards made by medi, Germany.


These socks are made in Germany. The yarn, described as a high-tech form fit thread, is 87% Polyamide and 13% Elastane.

The key features are:

  • 50 denier appearance
  • Ribbed texture
  • Reinforced sole, heel and toe
  • A 3cm wide pressure-free cuff.
The sole is particularly interesting as it is woven from a thicker yarn and has a pattern with wider ribs. This provides a thicker sole and cushions the foot.

The material is soft and comfortable again the skin. It also looks extremely durable and hard wearing.

The overall impression is that these socks have been designed with immense care to provide to provide the benefits of compression, alongside optimum comfort,







Fit and sizing


The ITEM m6 men's fine ribbed socks are available in four sizes:

  • Small
  • Medium 
  • Large
  • Extra Large (L+)


I tested them in the L+ size.

You can find your own perfect fit by using the ITEM m6 size finder tool on their men's socks page.

Unlike some compression legwear, the ITEM m6 fine ribbed socks were really easy to put on the feet.

I worse these socks for a whole working day and the overarching impression is that they are just incredibly comfortable. The reinforced sole provided a real cushion and you feel that your shoes have suddenly become more comfortable!

The L+ provided a really good fit for my feet (show size 44; UK 10.5). The yarn is quite stretchy and the high Elastane content allows them mould to the shape of the foot.

Other key aspects of fit and wearing experience are:

  • The socks stayed in place perfectly all day, supported by the pressure-free cuff that does not dig in or constrict in any way.
  • They feel great against the skin.
  • They provided warmth and insulation on a very cold day, but the material also breathed well.
  • Moderate level of compression.
  • The ribbed pattern looks smart and elegant so these socks work well with formal ear but will also function well in more casual situations.
Colour range

The ITEM m6 men's fine ribbed socks are available in three colours:
  • Black
  • Vert Noire
  • Anthra Purple
I tried a pair in Black.







Price and availability

The ITEM m6 men's fine ribbed socks are priced at £17.50 at UK Tights.

Conclusion

For socks, the ITEM m6 men's fine ribbed socks would be a relatively pricy purchase but the quality is so good that I feel this is justified.

Firstly, the yarn used is extremely durable. I am certain that these socks will provide an extended period of wear.

The fine ribbed style looks really good when worn. The overall wearing experience was exceptional.

It would be great if this style was also available as men's fine ribbed tights. Hopefully that might be something that ITEM m6 looks at.

Recommended.