Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Reviewed: Philippe Matignon Oro 40 tights

Philippe Matignon tights are made in Italy and have a deserved reputation for quality.

I have reviewed several Philippe Matignon styles at Hosiery For Men:

Dorella semi-opaque tights

Revitalise 70 support tights

Jade 20 denier sheer tights

You can also read the Hosiery For Men feature on Philippe Matignon and an interview with Maytal Sharifi, Brand Consultant at Revival Brands who are the distributors of Philippe Matignon in the US.

I recently tested the Oro 40 denier semi-opaque tights and can now publish the following review.

Materials and features
The Oro 40 denier semi-opaque tights are semi-opaque tights with a matt appearance. The fabric is 86% polyamide, 12% elastane (Lycra) and 2% cotton. The tights feel quite soft to the touch but not as much as the Dorella and Jade styles I have previously tested. The yarn does, however, feel very durable indeed and I am sure these tights will wear well.

The Oro 40 tights are completely sheer to waist and have flat seams. Toes are sheer without any reinforcement.

The waistband is 4cm wide and provides a very good level of support without being uncomfortable.

The sizes from 1-XS to 4-L have a cotton gusset. The 5-XL size that I tested has a rear comfort panel.

Fit and sizing

The Oro 40 denier semi-opaque tights are available in 2-S, 3-M, 4- L and 5-XL sizes. I tested the 5-XL size.

The 5-XL size was a good fit for my height (5'10"). The tights have plenty of stretch but I am not sure if the fit would be as good for a person who was much taller.

A feature that I like very much in all the Philippe Matignon tights I have tested is the generous depth of brief in the 5-XL size. This is usually important for men buying for themselves, as usually they have more to cover in that area.

However I did find that the Oro 40 tights had a slightly lower-rise waist than the other styles I have worn and reviewed. I would have liked a little more depth here and it's a bit odd that the sizing is slightly less consistent in this respect.

The fit overall was snug and comfortable, and they stayed up well with little adjustment needed.

Colour range
The Oro 40 denier semi-opaque tights are available in six shades according to the Philippe Matignon website.

  • Cognac 
  • The 
  • Cappuccio
  • Platino
  • Blu
  • Nero

At the Philippe Matignon US store only the Nero (Black) shade is currently available.

I tested a pair in the Nero shade.

Price and availability

The Oro 40 denier semi-opaque tights are priced at US$26.00 at the Philippe Matignon US store. Items can be shipped to international destinations.


These are well-made, durable semi-opaque tights. They are a great choice for autumn and cooler days more generally. The waist and depth of brief is slightly lower than other styles I have reviewed but this may well suit other guys. The provide a comfortable fit and glide well under trousers.

For semi-opaque tights in the Philippe Matignon range, my first choice would be the Dorella 40 tights. They have more stretch, a deep and extremely comfortable brief and are available in cool shades such as Cognac and Playa Nature.

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