Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Reviewed: Pretty Polly 80 Denier 3D Opaque Tights

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

We have so far published our reviews of:

Pretty Polly 150 Denier Matt 3D Opaque Tights

Pretty Polly 120 Denier Shine Opaque Tights

We now focus on another style from the "premium opaques" collection - the Pretty Polly 80 Denier 3D Opaque Tights.

Pretty Polly state that their new "premium opaque" collection is ‘top notch’ and here, in their own words, is their evidence for improvements they have made in 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.


The Pretty Polly 80 Denier 3D Opaque 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 80 Denier 3D Opaque Tights are made in Ukraine. The yarn is 93% Nylon, 6% Elastane and 1% Cotton.

They feel very smooth and velvety to the touch. Indeed, the quality of the material is really similar to what you would get in a much more expensive product.

Opacity is dense and even throughout. Appearance is mainly matt with a very slight shine.

Leg length is excellent and the tights have a deep brief with a 3.5cm wide waistband. There is a cotton gusset.

Toes are reinforced.

Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Pretty Polly 80 Denier 3D Opaque Tights are available in three sizes: 

  • Small/Medium 
  • Medium/Large 
  • Extra Large 

I tested the Extra Large size.

Pretty Polly have really got the brief right in this 80 denier style. The depth is 28cm from waist to crotch and this provides a perfect and comfortable fit.

I loved the stretchiness of these tights. The sizing is accurate and I feel they would, as the chart states, fit a 6'0" person comfortably.

There was no sagging or bunching, just a perfect fit on the leg.

Colour range

The Pretty Polly 80 Denier 3D Opaque Tights are available in Black only.

Price and availability

The Pretty Polly 80 Denier 3D Opaque Tights are priced at £6.00 and you can buy them directly from Pretty Polly.

You can also get them from other retailers, including UK Tights (a retailer we highly recommend), and Tights Tights Tights.


I rate these 80 denier opaques from Pretty Polly very highly. Along with the 150 Denier Matt 3D opaques they are the best style we have tried from the "premium opaques" range. The only slight disappointments far has been the shallow brief in the 120 Denier Shine Opaques.

The Pretty Polly 80 Denier 3D Opaque Tights have features such as flat seams, gusset and 3D yarn.

Best of all is the deep brief, the spot on sizing and the wonderful wearing experience. These tights just feel great to wear.

And all of this for just £6.00 is really impressive and an absolute bargain not to be missed.

We give them a very strong and confident recommendation.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting article will have to get a pair hope they will start making other colors also.