Friday, 28 September 2012

Reviewed: Aristoc Luxury 40 Denier Opaque Tights

Hosiery retailer The Tights House kindly sent me a pair of the Aristoc 40 Denier Microfibre Luxury Opaque Tights to test and review.


I have previously reviewed the Aristoc 80 Denier Luxury Opaque Tights from the Aristoc Ultimate Leg Luxury range.

Materials and features

The Aristoc 40 Denier Microfibre Luxury Opaque Tights are attractively packaged in a card box.



The card box encloses a plastic sleeve containing the tights.



Curiously, the front of the packaging has the word 'ENGLAND', although these tights are made in Italy. That is fine by me as Italian-made tights are, in my experience, invariably good quality.

      

The Aristoc 40 Denier Microfibre Luxury Opaque Tights are made from 87% Nylon, 12% Elastane and 1% Cotton.

These tights are very smooth and silky to the touch. They don't look very long, but have masses of stretch. The 3D construction means that they stretch in all directions for a superior fit

Legs are straight and with a superbly constructed reinforced toe. They are sheer to waist and have flat seams. There is a cotton gusset. The brief is deep and roomy and has a deep 4cm waistband, that provides support without any digging in.

As 40 denier tights, they are not completely opaque. However they are darker than many 40 denier opaque tights I have tested. The appearance is uniform and matt throughout.

Fit and sizing

The Aristoc 40 Denier Microfibre Luxury Opaque Tights are available in three sizes: S/M, M/L and XL.



I tested the XL size. The fit was superb. The generous amount of stretch meant that they fitted my 32" inseam with ease and the brief stretched comfortably above my hips and waist.

These tights fit very close to the skin and sees to mould themselves to the body's shape and movement.

Colour range

These tights are available from The Tights House in six shades:
  • Bitter Chocolate
  • Black
  • Burgundy
  • Deep Purple
  • Midnight (Navy)
  • Pewter
      

The XL size is available in Black only.

Price and availability

The Aristoc 40 Denier Microfibre Luxury Opaque Tights are available at The Tights House for £15.00.

As with the Aristoc 80 Denier Luxury Opaque Tights, this might seem expensive. It's true that at this price level we are are in Falke and Wolford pricing territory. But this is a quality product and it's clear that Aristoc are aiming to raise the bar with the Ultimate Leg Luxury range.

Conclusion

As most Aristoc tights usually come in just two sizes S/M and M/L, it is a very positive development to see them now making products in the XL size. The extra length will certainly be a bonus for many men buying these tights.

In summary, the Aristoc 40 Denier Microfibre Luxury Opaque Tights are great quality. They have a wonderful amount of stretch and the high Elastane content and three dimensional construction provides for a close fit with no bunching or sagging. They are very comfortable under trousers and the overall matt appearance looks smart in place of socks.

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