Friday, 15 March 2013

Reviewed: Levante Matisse 150 Ultra Velvet Opaque Tights

Materials and features
The Levante Matisse 150 Ultra Velvet Opaque Tights are described as:

'With flat seams and a cotton gusset these tights are the perfect opaque tight for those cold Autumn/Winter days when going outside would be a no go. Brave the weather with these feeling cosy and stylish at all times.'




These tights are nicely packaged in a robust card package. The tights are folded around a card rectangle which is housed in a clear plastic sleeve.



The packaging also provides detailed information on materials and sizing.



The Levante Matisse 150 Ultra Velvet Opaque Tights are made from 87% Polyamide, 10% Elastane and 3% Cotton.

The fabric is extremely soft to the touch, slightly luxurious even. According to the packaging information they are made with a unique double layered knitting technique for warmth and freshness.

Seams are flat and extremely well-constructed. There is a slightly darker reinforced banding running each side of the central seam in the brief.

The tights have a straight leg and are sheer to waist. Toes are lightly reinforced. There is a cotton gusset. The waistband is 3.5cm wide.

Fit and sizing
The Levante Matisse 150 Ultra Velvet Opaque Tights are available in three sizes: Medium, Tall and X-Tall.

I tested them in the X-Tall size.



These tights looked a bit on the small side when they came out of the packaging, but they do have plenty of stretch.

I am 5'10" and I found that while still comfortable they were getting stretched almost to their limit.

The material is dense and provides a smooth even coverage throughout. Although quite thick and warm, I didn't find the tights too heavy. Nor did they overheat my legs.

Appearance is matt throughout with just a very slight shine when caught in the light.

The brief is quite deep.

Overall the fit was very snug and comfortable.

Colour range
The Levante Matisse 150 Ultra Velvet Opaque Tights are available in four colours: 


  • Blumarine 
  • Londra 
  • Mocca 
  • Nero 
I tested a pair in the Nero (Black) shade.

Price and availability
The Levante Matisse 150 Ultra Velvet Opaque Tights cost £15.00 from Tights Please. They are currently on offer with a 20% discount.

Tights Please also offer free delivery to UK addresses.

Conclusion
The Levante Matisse 150 Ultra Velvet Opaque Tights are a quality product, that is definitely pushing toward the level of Falke or Wolford.

Like most Italian-made tights, the manufacture is excellent with attention to detail and finish.

The material is really soft and luxurious and the tights provide a good warmth and insulation.

The packaging does indicate that the tights would fit up to 6'1", but this only applies up to a weight of 154lb. For guys who are slightly shorter than me, these tights would be ideal and recommended.

I would have liked to have a little more length in the X-Tall size. Perhaps Levante might consider making this style in an XX-Tall size.

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