Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Just Arrived: Aristoc Ultimate Smoothing 15 Denier Tights

We recently brought Hosiery For Men readers news of the new range of Ultimate tights from hosiery brand Aristoc.



Aristoc have now sent us some samples to review. We have received a pair of the Aristoc Ultimate Smoothing 15 Denier Tights.



Key features of these tights are:

  • Sleek smooth body for a smooth silhouette.
  • Waistband free for improved comfort.
  • 3D knitting gives exceptional fit and comfort and a smooth even appearance.
  • Hand finished flat seams and cotton gusset.
  • Available in Nude and Black.

Monday, 22 April 2019

Just Arrived: Aristoc Ultimate Seamless 15 Denier Tights

We recently showcased the new range of Ultimate tights from hosiery brand Aristoc.



Aristoc have now sent us some samples to review. The first is the Aristoc Ultimate Seamless 15 Denier Tights.



Key features are:
  • No central body seam
  • Available in Nude and Black
  • Soft comfortable deep waistband
  • 15 denier natural matt appearance
  • Hand finished flat seams

Friday, 19 April 2019

Platino Clearcut 40 Tights Marketed To Men At Taobao

As we reported yesterday, the Chinese online shopping website Taobao is selling tights for men.




Not only are they being marketed at men, they are being styled with male models.

Here are some more images. Today, we showcase the Platino Clearcut 40 Tights.








Thursday, 18 April 2019

Veneziana Dimension 50 Opaque Tights Marketed To Men At Taobao

Taobao, the Chinese online shopping website, is selling tights for men. Not only are they being marketed at men, they have even styled them with a male model.



Another step forward.


Here are some images of the Veneziana Dimension 50 opaque tights.

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Friday, 12 April 2019

Updated review: 20 Denier 'The Nudes' Tights By Hedoine

Back in January we reviewed the 20 Denier 'The Nude' Tights by the luxury hosiery brand Hedoine.



You can still read our initial review here, which was based on the now discontinued M size.

Since that review was published Hedoine have continued to develop their tights collection. There have been some significant changes:

  • Updated packaging. 
  • New sizing categories including a new M - L size and a new XL - XXL size.
'The Nude' tights are now rebranded as 'The Nudes', with a wider range of skin tones available. 

Hedoine tights are also now available with a new subscription service, which delivers tights to you as and when you like.

Hedoine have sent us the new M - L size to try. We can now compare the fit of these with the older M size.

Hedoine - the brand


Hedoine is a relatively new brand with a clear ethos and philosophy.

"By combining the highest quality yarns with innovative 3D knitting techniques, we have reinvented tights. Produced in Italy, ladder-free and run-resistant, soft and seamless with elegant detailing - a true quality and fashion statement."


Currently three styles of Hedoine tights are available:

The Bold



The Edgy



The Nudes



Packaging

The Hedoine 20 Denier 'The Nudes' Tights have updated packaging. They are still despatched in the sturdy blue outer shell envelope with bubble padding.



The tights themselves are folded around a plain white card rectangle before being enclosed in an ingeniously designed card pouch, made from recycled paper. This is sealed with a Hedoine sticker. Once opened this folds out into a kind of star shape. The tights are held inside.







The card pouch is housed in a a further package: a soft, silky blue pouch, that is opened and closed with a ribbon drawstring.



Everything is chic, classy and beautifully designed.

Material and features

As we outlined in our original review, the key features of the Hedoine 20 Denier 'The Nudes' Tights are: 
  • 20 denier 
  • Seamless - no central seam through the body/brief. 
  • Ladder-free and run-resistant 
  • Extremely soft and durable 
  • Choice of high and low slimming waistband 
  • 40 denier reinforcement under the toes with signature Hedoine pattern 
  • Highest quality yarns 
  • Innovative 3D knitting technology 
  • Machine-washable 
  • Made in Italy
  • 100% vegan, cruelty-free, no animal testing
'The Nudes' tights are made in Italy from 70% Nylon and 30% Elastane.

As with our original review, the first impressions are very positive: very, soft and silky tights with a luxurious feel.

In appearance they are matte with only the subtlest of sheen visible.

Both Low and High waistband versions come with what is described as a "slimming waistband". This is a much denser and fully opaque tube that is sewn on to the tights. In the High waistband version this is 15cm in depth.



A tag with the Hedoine brand symbol is sewn onto the front the the waistband. There is no gusset.



The legs and feet are boarded (shaped). Both toe and sole are reinforced with a 40 denier yarn.



Compared with the now discontinued M size, the new M - L has some changes and updates:

  • The stitching that attaches the "slimming waistband" to the tights has been improved. This is less bulky and lies flatter. 
  • Leg length is more generous and about 10cm longer.
Fit, sizing and wearing experience

The Hedoine 20 Denier 'The Nude' Tights are currently available in two sizes: 
  • XS - S 
  • M - L


In our original review we highlighted these features:

  • Soft and stretchy.
  • Care needs to be taken to make sure that the reinforced toe and sole is in place, and the latter is positioned under the foot.
  • Excellent fit on leg, with good elasticity and second skin feeling.
  • High sliming waistband sits above whips, waist and navel.
  • Comfortable and accommodating for male anatomy with no central seam.
For this updated review I wore the M - L size with a High waistband. In the previous review we found this was more comfortable from a male perspective compared to the Low Waistband.

The new M - L size is a much better fit. The size chart indicates that they will fit up to 6'2" in height. I am 5'10" and the leg length was perfect. Once again, there was that wonderful second skin feeling - this is where the 30% Elastane does its job. On the leg these tights feel even smoother. If you wear them under jeans or trousers the glide is amazing.



The most notable improvement with this larger size was with the High "slimming waistband". In the M size we reviewed previously this was slightly tight and constrictive. In the M - L size, it is considerably more comfortable; more stretchy and it stays in place nicely without any tightness.



After trialling The Nudes for two days, I also found that there was little rollover with the waistband. Furthermore these tights do not need constant pulling up and adjusting.

You do need to take care when handling Hedoine tights and putting them on. Although they are claimed to be ladder-free and run-resistant, they are not indestructible. I managed to snag them, even though I was taking great care. It made a tiny hole, but the tights did not run or ladder. The tiny hole remained a tiny hole.

Colour range

The Hedoine 20 Denier 'The Nudes' Tights are available in four shades:

01 - Invincible Pearl

02 - Vivid Champagne

03 - Smoky Whisky

04 - Spicy Praline



I wore a pair in the 02 Vivid Champagne shade.

Price and availability

The Hedoine 20 Denier 'The Nudes' Tights are available for purchase directly from the Hedoine website.

The Low waistband version of 'The Nudes' is priced at £28.00. The High waistband version costs £30.00.

If you sign up to the Hedoine newsletter you will get a 15% discount.

Hedoine ship worldwide with normal standard shipping for £3.95. Currently, for a limited time, shipping worldwide is free.

Conclusion

Firstly, thank you to Anna and Alex at Hedoine for being inclusive gender-wise towards guys interested in wearing Hedoine tights, and also for providing the Hosiery For Men blog with samples.

We were really keen to try 'The Nudes' once again, but in the new sizing.

The M - L was a perfect fit. 'The Nudes' are wonderfully soft, luxurious and achieve that sensual, second skin feeling when worn.

In our previous review we suggested that Hedoine might consider modifying their size chart, so that it includes height/weight information in addition to UK/EU/US dress sizes. They have now done this and that is a big support to guys who are purchasing as they will likely refer to  height and weight.

With XL - XXL size options either now available or available for pre-order this is a hosiery collection that guys should check out.

Stay tuned for out forthcoming review of 'The Bold'.

Just arrived: The Thirty Tights By Heist

Innovative hosiery brand Heist have just sent us another pair of their The Thirty tights.



The Thirty come in Heist's completely redesigned packaging.







This pair of The Thirty is in one of the new larger sizes that Heist recently launched.

We have a pair in this size: Waist 33"-37" / UK size 16-18, High waistband.

The Thirty is now available in six sizes with a choice of Low or High waistband:

Waist: 22"-23" / UK size 4

Waist 23"-25" / UK size 6-8

Waist 26"-28" / UK size 10

Waist 29"-32" / UK size 12-14

Waist 33"-37" / UK size 16-18

Waist 38"-42" / UK size 20-22

We recently published an updated review for The Thirty tights. We will update this again, once we have tried The Thirty in this larger size.

If you check our recently published complete guide for men buying Heist tights, you will see that the way Heist tights are designed means that waist measurements are the most important aspect for men to get right, rather than height measurements. That way you get a great fit.

Make sure you also check Heist's own guidance and frequently asked questions for men.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Reviewed: Pretty Polly 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaque Tights

British hosiery brand Pretty Polly sent us a pair of their 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaque Tights to trial and review.



These tights are a new edition to the excellent "premium opaques" collection.



We have already reviewed the following Pretty Polly "premium opaque" styles:

Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Opaque Tights


Pretty Polly 120 Denier Shine Opaque Tights

Pretty Polly 80 Denier 3D Opaque Tights



Packaging


The Pretty Polly 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaque Tights are packaged quite simply in a card clasp that enables the the tights to be displayed in a retail setting.





Material and features


The Pretty Polly 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaque Tights are described as a "chevron 250 denier tight, knitted in a way that gives you a classic design with additional warmth - perfect for everyday wear then the temperatures start to drop."

They are made from 95% Polyamide and 5% Elastane.

These are thick, cosy opaques from Pretty Polly. They are soft and warm to the touch.

Their standout feature is the geometric chevron design on the leg. This extends from the toe to the top of the thigh. The brief/panty is made with a plain opaque yarn.



The brief is deep: 28cm from the top of the waistband to the gusset. Seams are flat throughout, and t
here is a gusset.

A particularly welcome feature is the deep waistband. It is 5cm wide and constructed out of a stretchy, comfortable fabric.

Toes are reinforced.

Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Pretty Polly 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaque Tights are available in two sizes:

  • Small/Medium (S/M)
  • Medium/Large (M/L)

I wore the Medium/Large for this review.

The size chart indicates that these tights will extend to a height of 5'10" in the M/L size. This is accurate sizing information: I am 5'10" and I can't see the M/L size working well for anyone much taller. 

However, the fit for me was excellent and the tights did not need to be over-stretched.

These tights feel really soft and warm, and they are a really a very comfortable wear.

As with the rest of the "premium opaques" collection (apart from the 120 Denier 3D Shine opaques), the brief is deep and stretches comfortably over the waist and hips.



Colour range


The Pretty Polly 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaque Tights are available in Black only.

Price and availability


The Pretty Polly 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaque Tights are priced at £12.00. You can buy them directly from Pretty Polly.

You can also purchase them them from other retailers, including UK Tights and Tights Tights Tights (both of which we recommend).





Conclusion

Pretty Polly continue to extend their "premium opaques" collection. This range is proving to be a real success in terms of choice and quality.

In addition to the 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaques, the collection includes 40, 50, 60, 80, 120, 150 and 200 denier tights, as well as 60 denier knee highs.

The emphasis throughout has been improving fit and comfort, as well as making sure that all the premium opaque tights have a gusset as well as flat seams.

Furthermore all the tights in the collection are reasonably priced, making them something of a bargain given the quality.

For me, with this collection growing, Pretty Polly are now probably the most improved British hosiery brand.

If you want some soft, warm and really cosy tights with a great pattern, the 250 Denier Soft Chevron Opaques are recommended.