Monday, 13 January 2014

Reviewed: Couture Ultra Sheer Tights

Legwear International provided Hosiery For Men with a large selection of samples to trial and review for Hosiery For Men readers.

We have already published reviews of the following styles:

Couture Future 10 Denier Tights

Cindy 30 Denier Semi-Sheer Tights

Silky Dance Shimmer Full Foot Tights

Silky Medium Support Tights

Couture Ultra Gloss Tights

We also published a feature on Legwear International and an interview with Kirsten Taylor, their Product Development and Marketing Manager.

We now focus on the Couture Ultra Sheer Tights.

Materials and features

The Couture Ultra Sheer Tights are quite simply packaged. The tights are folded around a card rectangle, which is then housed in a cellophane bag. This is all then enclosed in a thin rectangular card sleeve.

Legwear International describe these tights as:

"Everyday and versatile, this tight can be worn through the day and into the evening.

"It is a 15 denier product which offers high durability and superb comfort together with a vast range of colour options."

These are 15 denier sheer tights made from 100% Nylon. There is no Lycra, Elastane or Spandex in the knit.

Despite the bargain pricing, these tights have some positive features. They are sheer to waist and are made with flat seams. Toes are reinforced.

The brief/panty in the X-Large size has a rear comfort panel made from the same fabric as the rest of the tights. The waistband is quite wide at 3cm and additionally has a 1cm reinforcement running underneath it.

The One Size size has a diamond gusset instead of the rear panel in the brief.

Appearance is matt with little or no shine. The fabric is quite soft.

Fit and sizing

The Couture Ultra Sheer Tights are available in two sizes: One Size and and X-Large.

I tested the X-Large size.

These tights fit heights up to 5'10" in the X-Large size. Sizing information is accurate as I had no difficulty getting a good fit. They would even fit someone slightly taller than 5'10" I feel.

There is a good amount of stretch and the brief was really deep and comfortable.

There is very little leg compression, and with no Lycra/Elastane in the knit these tights may wrinkle slightly in places like the knee and ankle.

Colour range

The Couture Ultra Sheer Tights are available in an impressive range of 18 shades: Baltic, Beech, Black, Bronze, Chantilly, Cosmetique, Dark Navy, Forest Green, Fouine, French Grey, Lyon, Mink, Natural, Nearly Black, Noblesse, Nuage, Pampas, White.

I tested a pair in the Mink shade.

With so many shades available, it would be useful if Legwear International published a colour guide/palette on the product page.

Price and availability
Couture Ultra Sheer Tights are priced at a very reasonable £3.99. The X-Large size is priced at £4.49.

In the Legwear International January Sale there is a 30% discount off all products if you use the voucher code JANUARYSALE.

These are basic sheer tights for everyday wear. Legwear International groups them in their 'Nylon Classic' range - they are very much like the tights that everyone worse in the 1970s and early 1980s before Lycra began to be used in hosiery.

I found them to be a perfectly comfortable pair of basic sheers. Some of the lighter, neutral shades would I am sure be excellent to wear if you want the tights to be less visable, as there is there is no sheen or shine.

However at a similar price, you can buy the 'virtually indestructible' Couture Future 10 Denier Tights, which we reviewed positively last year. To me these provide a much superior fit and overall wearing experience.

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