Following the launch last year of the Pure 10 and Pure 50 tights, Wolford have once again developed another revolutionary tights innovation.
Thanks to special technology, the waist size of these tights is decided by the wearer – by simply making up to four cuts on the inside of the waistband, the wearer can find the perfect fit.
Comfort Cut 40 Tights
Wolford provide more information about this revolutionary innovation:
"The Wolford innovation of the season: these opaque tights are a real masterpiece in terms of their material and functionality. Thanks to special technology, the waist size of these tights is decided by the wearer herself – by simply making up to four cuts on the inside of the waistband, the wearer can find the perfect fit. The extraordinarily soft yarn and the semi-sheer design create a luxurious, minimalist look. The most essential basic.
"Wolford has reached a new milestone with its Comfort Cut 40 tights – tights that are designed to fit each individual figure perfectly. Up to four cuts can be made in specifically marked spots to personalize the width of the waistband – it can be done in just a single cut without losing any of the stitching. Every cut is discreetly hidden and each small extension expands the waistband by around a half size, creating an unprecedented feel."
The packaging for the Wolford Comfort Cut 40 Tights is pretty much standard for Wolford.
The tights are folded around a card rectangle that provides information about the new Comfort Cut style and instructions on how to get the perfect fit. This is then enclosed in a light card sleeve. Everything is then enclosed in a cellophane envelope.
Material and features
Wolford have developed a new material for the Comfort Cut 40 Tights to ensure that the concept of a perfect fit is fully realised. The tights are made with a new Velvet Light fabric that combines an ultra-soft texture, uniform matt look and improved stretchiness of the material in just one yarn.
The Wolford Comfort Cut 40 Tights are made from 87% Polyamide and 13% Elastane.
First impressions of the material are very positive. The tights feel amazingly soft and light. They are also super stretchy.
Appearance is matt with little shine.
Opacity is what would be expected for 40 denier tights - these are genuinely semi-opaque.
Seams are flat throughout and beautifully finished.
A double-layered waistband is the centrepiece of this new Comfort Cut style. The main part is 6cm wide. On the reverse are the four points where incisions can be made to adjust the waistband size. A Wolford tag is also sewn in.
A further 5cm wide reinforcement band runs below the main waistband and provides further support for the waist.
There is also reinforcement either side of the central seam.
As with all Wolford styles the brief/panty is generously sized and easily stretched over the waist and hips. There is a cotton gusset.
Toes have light reinforcement, and this is barely visible.
Fit and sizing
The Wolford Comfort Cut 40 Tights are available in five sizes:
It was quite exciting to have the opportunity to create one's own perfect fit. Luckily Wolford provide a detailed and helpful instruction card in the packaging.
As explained above, the the double-layered waistband can be expanded simply by making cuts in four areas that are clearly indicated.
At each point, the area to cut is marked by a pair of scissors as well as a line with two sewn holes. By cutting with scissors (and it's best to use rounded ones), the waistband can be widened in this area. As you do so the outside of the double-layered waistband remains undamaged.
Each cut that is made permanently increases the waistband by half a size.
On an initial wearing I did find the waistband rather tight, so I made a single cut in one of the areas marked. One needs to take care with the scissors to make sure that the outer part of the waistband isn't damaged. Once the cut is made, the waistband immediately relaxes. This time the fit was more comfortable but still retaining good grip and support in the waistband.
For now that is how I will leave them, but I am considering making one further cut if I feel a further size adjustment is necessary.
Overall the fit was superb. The tights have amazing stretch and the Extra-Large size is generous in leg length and in the brief.
The material feels super soft and comfortable on the leg, providing a superior wearing experience.
The Wolford Comfort Cut 40 Tights are available in three colours at Luxury Legs:
The Wolford Comfort Cut 40 Tights are available for £35.00 at Luxury Legs.
The Wolford Comfort Cut 40 Tights are a genuine innovation. There has never been, until now, the opportunity to customise the waist of a pair of tights. Wolford are once again far ahead of the competition.
Apart from the innovative, customisable waistband, the Comfort Cut 40 are also a superb pair of tights to wear. The Velvet Light fabric is quite luxurious and provides a wonderful sensation on the leg and feel of wellbeing. Can tights make you feel good? These one certainly do.
It will be interesting to see if the Comfort Cut technology will be extended further. I wonder if we will see Comfort Cut fully opaque tights, for example.
Finally, the Comfort Cut 40 Tights could be something that male buyers consider if they are worried about fitting in the waist area. This technology provides options and a level of personal autonomy that could bring in more male interest in hosiery wearing.
Thanks to Luxury Legs for the sample and for supporting the Hosiery For Men blog.