Sunday, 6 November 2016

Reviewed: Wade & Belle Not Too Tights Black Opaque Tights

Wade & Belle is hosiery brand created by two sisters who were tired of wearing tights that were, simply put, too tight.

They have developed a patent-pending waist-band that was thicker and looser than most, so that their rights lie flawlessly flat underneath whatever you are wearing.

You can still read our recent interview and feature on Wade & Belle.


Wade & Belle kindly sent us a sample of the Wade & Belle Not Too Tights Black Opaque Tights to trial and review.



Packaging


The Wade & Belle Not Too Tights Black Opaque Tights are folded around a card rectangle, which is then wrapped in a cellophane bag. Everything is then house in a sturdy card envelope.







Material and features

Wade & Belle describe the Not Too Tights Black Opaque Tights as follows:

"These amazing tights were developed with revolutionary technology and a lifelong hatred of too-tight elastic bands, which cause that pesky roll at your waist no matter how thin and fit you are. These life-changing, no dig tights have a patented waist band that will lay perfectly flat against your mid-section, leading to smooth lines underneath all your clothes. Not Too Tights will make you look and feel great!"


These tights are made from 82% Polyamide and 12% Spandex.

On removal from the packaging they feel smooth, soft and quite silky. They are also very stretchy, which is helpful as they are 'one size' only.

They are sheer to waist apart from a largely invisible reinforcement band at the top of the leg.

The brief/panty is finished with flat central seams and a gusset.

The waistband is 6.5cm wide and is well constructed.

Toes are reinforced.

Opaque coverage is consistent, but does not provide a complete opaque density. They look most like 50-60 denier in appearance.





Fit and sizing


The Wade & Belle Not Too Tights Black Opaque Tights are available in 'one size' only. There is no sizing information provided on the packaging.

Wade & Belle say have tested their tights on many different body shapes and sizes, and feel confident that they will fit people from 5’ to 6’ and 100lbs. to 185lbs.

The tights provided a good, close fit on the leg - the material clings and moulds beautifully for a second skin feeling. The stretchiness of these tights ensures that as far as leg length went there was no problem fitting my 5'10" (32" inside leg).

The wide waistband was really comfortable and did not dig in. However I found the brief was too shallow for me. It reached onto the hips but not over the waist. It is definitely a low rise style.

The smooth, silky material provided very good glide under trousers.

Colour range


The Wade & Belle Not Too Tights Black Opaque Tights are available in Black only.

 

Price and availability


The Wade & Belle Not Too Tights Black Opaque Tights are priced at $19.99.

Wade & Belle ship worldwide. In the United States, all shipping is free. For international sales, shipping is free if you order 2 or more pairs of tights. If you are only ordering one pair shipping is $5 to Canada and $7 everywhere else worldwide.

Conclusion

The Wade & Belle Not Too Tights Black Opaque Tights are a good quality product that provide a comfortable wearing experience. I particular liked the soft yarn and the great fit on the leg.

However, while the wide waistband was sort and comfortable, the brief lacked depth for me.

It must be a challenge to cater for so many different heights and body shapes when creating a design in 'one size' only. An XL size with a deeper brief would be a good addition to the Wade & Belle range, for taller and larger women and men.

Thanks to Wade & Belle for the sample.

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