Thursday, 25 January 2018

Reviewed: Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Tights

Iconic British hosiery brand Pretty Polly recently launched their brand new "premium opaque" tights collection. We previewed them here.




One of our recommended (and favourite) retailers, UK Tights, sent us a pair of the Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Tights from the range to trial and review.





Pretty Polly state that their new Premium Opaque collection is ‘top notch’ and here, in their own words, is their arguments and evidence for benefits of the new range:

Denier – usually the first thing people look for when buying tights, we’ve made sure we’ve covered all bases to provide you with a wealth of choice to suit the changing weather, featuring 40, 60, 80, 120, 150 and 200, including a knee-high option.

Finish – in the new collection we’ve provided you with 3 different finishes including a standard opaque, shine and a 150% denier matt opaque that gives you a total ‘black-out’ effect.

Increased handle and loft – also known as that cushioning feeling you get when you hold or step into a pair of our opaques. For this new collection, we’ve intensified this feeling by increasing the filament counts of previous yarns, making them more comfortable than ever before.

Improved fit – we’ve chosen an elastane with a slightly heavier count to improve the fit and stretchability of our opaques.

Gusset – we’ve added cotton gussets to all of our new Premium opaques including flat seams, providing you with a more substantial product for your money.

Packaging

The Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Tights are packaged quite simply in a card clasp that enables the the tights to be displayed in a retail setting.







Material and features


The information on the packaging emphasises again the innovations and improvements that Pretty Polly is aiming to bring to their premium range of opaque tights:

"Knitting extra elastane in these tights gives them a smooth, even appearance. They feel soft and will last longer. The high denier means a good matt coverage on your legs. PS - they've got flat seats and a cotton gusset."
The Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Tights are made from 94% Nylon, 5% Elastane and 1% Cotton.

First impressions are really positive especially the leg length as the tights are unfolded. The legs are about 80cm from the toe to the gusset.

The yarn is extremely soft and warm. Opacity is really excellent - its is even throughout the leg and provides a total "blackout" effect. When worn there is a very fine, but not unattractive, micro rib appearance.


Appearance is matt as expected with almost no sheen or shine on the leg.

There is no demarcation between the leg and the brief. The brief, which has flat seams, is commendably deep and stretches comfortably above the waist and hips.

There is a cotton gusset.

The waistband is 3cm wide.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience


The Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Tights are available in three sizes:

  • Small/Medium
  • Medium/Large
  • Extra Large


I trialled the Extra Large size.

The really generous leg length means that these tights will fit tall guys easily. The sizing information is therefore accurate.

It felt great putting them on and not needing to over-stretch them to get a good fit.

The medium level of Elastane content ensures that they fit snugly. There is no wrinkling or bunching.

I wore these tights on an extremely cold day and the insulation was excellent. They felt wonderful on the skin. I can see why Prett Polly say these tights have "i
ncreased handle and loft"; that is the cushioning feeling and it is quite noticeable.

Overall fit was perfect. So refreshing to get some Extra Large size tights that genuinely fit that description.





Colour range


The Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Tights are available in Black only.


Price and availability

The Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Tights are priced at £7.99 at UK Tights, and £8.00 directly from Pretty Polly.

Conclusion

These are the first tights I have trialled from the new Pretty Polly premium opaque range and I am impressed. Pretty Polly have clearly upped their game here and these tights are definitely a step up from some of their previous opaque tights.

Key positive features are:

  • Good sizing options for men
  • Deep brief
  • Flat seams
  • Long leg length
  • Warm, soft yarn that provides a comfortable, cushioning feeling.
Overall they are a really comfortable, easy wear. The additional features that Pretty Polly have added in this range make this style a good choice and at £8.00 they are very good value indeed.

3 comments:

  1. I’m 5’10” and 165lbs, should I choose the size of M/L?

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  2. If I were you I would go for the Extra Large. I am sure that will be a better fit for you.

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    1. Thanks for your reply! Personally, I enjoy more in the snug feel of wearing tights. I'm sure you have tried Wolford's velvet 66 leg support tights, it's kinda like that, a little compression, hard to spot any crease while wearing. So I still chose M/L on their official site. I haven't received them, but I'll let you know if they are good on me.

      By the way, you might already know that Wolford's web page for unisex legwear (http://www.wolfordshop.com/hosiery/unisex) has updated their photos, adding some drawings of a man wearing leggings and tights with sporty outfits (hoodie, jacket, and shorts). Happy to see this and I'm sure the look of a man wearing hosiery is very flattering to male customers instead of sexy women wearing them. Now I just hope they can add more options to their unisex page!



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