Thursday, 5 November 2015

Reviewed: Wolford Pure 50 Tights

The top European hosiery brand Wolford recently sent us a wonderful selection of tights to review for Hosiery For Men readers.



We have previously reviewed the following Wolford products:

Wolford Long Distance Knee-Highs For Men


Wolford Velvet De Luxe 66 Tights


Wolford Velvet De Luxe 50 Tights


Wolford Cotton Velvet Tights

Wolford Satin Opaque 50 Tights

We now focus on one of the newest and most innovative products Wolford have ever developed: the Wolford Pure 50 Tights.

Wolford are famous for their history of developing iconic new styles and products innovations. In the past these have included the Satin Touch and Velvet De Luxe tights, and of course the tights for men (or 'waist socks') that were created in the 1990s.

Wolford believe that the Pure 50 tights will take their place in this history of innovation and technological advances in hosiery manufacture.



Material and features

Wolford describe the Pure 50 Tights as 'a masterpiece of material and effect.'

Packaging is similar to other Wolford tights. The tights are folded around a card rectangle, with images of Wolford products, which is then housed in a folded card envelope. Everything is then wrapped in a cellophane envelope.



The Wolford Pure 50 Tights are made from 90% Polyamide (Nylon) and 10% Elastane.

As soon as you take the tights from the packaging you can feel the beautifully smooth and soft fabric. The appearance is matt.



There has recently been some rather silly media coverage of black opaque tights. However as soon as you touch this new Wolford style, you will forget any of the controversies and just want to try them on!

The major innovation in these tights is the use of new technology that enables the seams of the panty/brief to be smoothly glued together rather than sewn. This ensure that this part of the panty is completely flat and invisible under close fitting clothing.



The panty/brief has a cotton gusset. The flat glued seam runs around this also. The finish is absolutely expertly executed.

The Pure 50 tights also have a special 5.5cm wide waistband. This is an extra wide and new design from Wolford. As with all Wolford tights, there is a label attached to the inside of the waistband. I love this cool touch that is an additional mark of quality.

The tights are sheer to waist with no demarcation between the leg and the brief.







Fit and sizing

The Wolford Pure 50 Tights are available in five sizes: XS, S, M, L and XL.

I tested a pair in the XL size.





The XL size provided a perfect fit for me as it always does. The fit was absolutely exceptional in every aspect.

The tights fitted perfectly on the leg and the brief was very comfortable too with plenty of room and stretch. There is quite a high level of elasticity in the yarn and this ensures a perfect close and comfortable fit.


I really liked the wide, soft waistband. This is one quite different to conventional waistband on Wolford tights and is another welcome innovation.

The opaque coverage is even throughout and quite dense, despite them being 50 denier.

Colour range

The Wolford Pure 50 Tights are available in a range of colours:

  • Mocca
  • Java
  • Madeira
  • Admiral
  • Navy
  • Black
  • Anthracite
  • Raven
I tested a pair in the Black shade.

Price and availability

The Wolford Pure 50 Tights are priced at £34.00 in the UK. They are available from the Official Online Wolford Shop as well as other leading hosiery retailers.

Conclusion
Okay. I can imagine what some of you readers are thinking. £34 for a pair of tights.


But allow me to put forward some thoughts to justify this pricing. Firstly, Wolford have obviously invested a huge amount of time and finance in developing the Pure 50s. They have done this to ensure that you can buy and wear a pair of tights that is at the cutting edge of technology, and which provide a pretty wonderful wearing experience.

Apart from the new yarn that is used, there is also the new soft comfort waistband and the genuinely innovative glued seam.

What I love about Wolford is that the commitment to quality and innovation is constant. They are always looking to develop something new and they want customers to be able to enjoy the best tights available.

The media and fashion world reaction to the Pure 50 tights has been extremely positive. There are some wonderful fashion shoots and images that Wolford share on Twitter and Instagram that show how great the Pure 50 tights look.

We have often commented here, as a result of reviewing so many different tights, that the quality of tights available now is probably the best ever. Well, in the Wolford Pure 50 Tights you have currently one of the best examples available. The decision is yours. Treat yourself or get these as a Christmas present for someone in your life who loves hosiery. They will thank you for it.

Thanks again to Wolford for the sample and for their support for the Hosiery For Men blog.



3 comments:

  1. The review sounds impressive.
    I guess I need to treat myself with buying one.

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  2. These are really great fit and feel. Well worth the price.

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  3. I bought a pair last week.
    They fit and feel perfect, and as noted above, really worth the price.
    But I noticed a different packaging. My one has an extra sheet in front of card envelope showing the tights like on the card envelope of the Pure 10 tights, from waist downwards. On the card envelope is the same picture as on the packaging you have received. Maybe the first indication of Wolford to show/say that tights are an unisex product.

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