Monday, 6 February 2012

Reviewed: Cette Dublin 60 Denier Opaque Tights

Cette are a leading Belgian hosiery manufacturer. The factory was founded in 1958 in a small village in Flanders, 30 km from Brussels. Cette is a high quality, premium hosiery brand and is available across Europe, as well as in Russia and Japan.



The Cette Dublin 60 Denier Opaque Tights are part of the Cette 'Classic' range of tights.

I was sent a pair of these tights for review by thelegstore.co.uk. You can read still the recent Hosiery for Men feature on this retailer.



Materials and features

The Cette Dublin 60 Denier Opaque Tights have a very satin, soft texture which one notices as soon as they are removed from the packaging. The microfibre fabric is made from 93% polyamide, 6% elastane and 1% cotton.

These tights are sheer to waist, have flat seams and a cotton gusset.


The waistband is a wide 4.5cm and is supported with a slightly larger reinforcement band below. This makes the tights very comfortable to wear and holds them up well.

The brief section is quite deep and generous and there were no difficulties in stretching it over my waist.

In appearance the Cette Dublin tights are almost completely matt. There is a good density of colour, although they are not completely opaque in areas where the fabric might be slightly more stretched, such as the knees and thighs.



Fit and sizing

These tights are available in small, medium and large.



I tested the large size. The sizing information states that these would suite a height of up to 5'11". This appears more or less accurate; I found that for my height (5'10") the fit was good but I am not sure if they would have stretched a great deal further for a taller person.

Colour range

At thelegstore.co.uk the Cette Dublin tights are available in:
  • Black
  • Cocoa
  • Blue-Black
  • Purple-Black
I tested a pair in black.

A wider range of colours may be available from other retailers.The Cette website indicates that they are manufactured in 12 shades.

Price and availability

At most retailers these tights are available at around the £9.00 - £11.00 mark.

At thelegstore.co.uk they are currently available at £7.50.

thelegstore.co.uk have offered Hosiery For Men readers a 10% discount on any orders. Simply enter the code HFM109112 when prompted at the online checkout. This code will be valid for the whole of 2012.

Conclusion

The Cette Dublin tights are very well made. The attention to detail, such as the very comfortable waistband, is impressive. They are not thick, heavy opaque tights, and are probably better for wear on cool days. The glide under trousers and jeans is very good, and they will provide a nice extra layer of insulation. I can see why these tights have been a best seller with male customers at many online retailers. However, if you are taller than 5'10" they are probably not the best option.

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