Monday, 2 July 2012

Reviewed: Gipsy Diamond Opaque Tights

I have previously reviewed two styles of diamond opaque tights at Hosiery For Men:

The Silky Diamond Pattern Opaque Tights and the Pamela Mann Diamond Opaque Tights.

Stockings Direct very kindly sent me sample of the Gipsy Diamond Opaque Tights to test and review.



Materials and features

The Gipsy Diamond Opaque Tights come in a simple card folder enclosing the tights. A very positive sign was the words 'MADE IN ITALY': tights made in that country always have something extra in terms of their design, construction and overall quality.



The Gipsy Diamond Opaque Tights are made of 90% nylon and 10% Elastane. The packaging doesn't indicate the denier, but in appearance they look to be 60 - 70.

The fabric is quite thick and robust, and has a very soft feel to it. The diamond pattern extends all the way to the waist.

Seams are flat and there is no rear panel in the L size. There is a well-constructed cotton gusset.

The waistband is a generous 3.5cm and is very comfortable.

A further plus point, for me and probably other male wearers, is the brief, which has plenty of room and stretches comfortably above the waist.



Fit and sizing

The Gipsy Diamond Opaque Tights are available in three sizes: S, M and L. The Gipsy website indicates that a 'petite' style is also available.



I tested the size L. I would say that although I was probably pushing towards the top end of the sizing, these tights have an impressive amount of stretch. Once on, the fit was very good, with even a slight compression effect. These tights tights stayed in place and didn't need any adjusting or pulling up

Overall they were a really comfortable wear, and the glide factor under trousers was good.

Colour range

These tights are available from Stockings Direct in Black only. That is the shade I tested.

The Gipsy website indicates that they are also available in Grey.

Price and availability

Stockings Direct sell the Gipsy Diamond Opaque Tights for a very reasonable £6.99.

Conclusion

Of the three styles of opaque diamond tights I have now reviewed, the Gipsy style definitely comes out on top. The flat seams, cotton gusset and robust construction are all plus factors.

These tights look and feel as if they will wear well and last for a good length of time.

Worn under under trousers, these tights would be a great alternative to socks in colder weather. I am putting these away now for the autumn, when I am looking forward to wearing them again.

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