Thursday, 13 May 2021

Reviewed: The Charmer Leggings From Hēdoïne

Hosiery brand Hēdoïne recently sent us their latest product - The Charmer Leggings.



Hēdoïne provides this description of The Charmer Leggings on their website:

"This is stay-at-home comfort meets saucy nights out (and in!) A design developed to upgrade your leggings addiction with a new versatile fashion essential.

"Sustainable warp knitting technology leads to leggings that support your movement, and feel barely there."


Packaging

The Charmer Leggings are packaged in an elegant box, that Hēdoïne have specifically designed for this product.



The box measures 28cm x 18cm x 4cm, and has a really sturdy design. The Hēdoïne logo is stamped onto the top. There is no other information provided on or inside the box, for either sizing of product information.

According to Hēdoïne the packaging is 100% recyclable.

The Charmer Leggings inside the box are wrapped in tissue paper.





Materials and features

The Charmer Leggings are made from 81% Nylon and 19% Lycra.

Removing the leggings from their packaging, I was struck by how light they felt. The material is really soft and warm.

The leggings are knitted with an intricate lace pattern. It's not a traditional fishnet; the images show the detail that has been created.



The material is very stretchy and breathable.

The leggings have built-in completely opaque shaping shorts, that are integrated with the waistband. The waistband is 5cm wide and is embossed with the Hēdoïne logo.



The shaping shorts and waistband are very elastic and stretchy. This brief is completely seamless. It measures 19cm from the top of the waistband to the crotch.

A Hēdoïne tag is sewn onto the inside of the waistband.



The cuff at the ankle is 2cm wide, and has the same elastic stretchiness as the waistband.



Sizing, fit and wearing experience

The Charmer Leggings are available in five sizes:
  • XS
  • S
  • M
  • L
  • XL
Currently only the S, M and L sizes are available for purchase. Hēdoïne will notify customers when the S and XL sizes are available if you sign up to a waiting list.

I wore them in the M size.



With my waist size I would normally go for the L size. With my regular Wolford, Aristoc and Pretty Polly leggings I just pull them on in a flash. It took some time and care to get The Charmer Leggings on, as I didn't want to damage that delicate pattern and also wanted to align everything correctly. Yet, despite trying the M size I found them to be really stretchy. The fit was very good overall, especially on the leg.



The shaping short was slightly tighter, but not uncomfortable. In fact its elasticity held everything in place. The tension provided is moderate and this will be good if you need some shaping support in the stomach area.

The cuffs similarly provided a close fit but were not too tight at all.



Price and availability

The Charmer Leggings are priced at £78, €90 and $110.

Worldwide shipping is free for orders over £55.

Conclusion

I really enjoyed wearing The Charmer Leggings. They are soft, comfortable and the fit on the leg is really good. Despite the open-knit design they are actually quite warm, as well as obviously being breathable.

You could wear these out with shorts (some of you are brave enough), but I liked wearing them lounging around the house and outside on my terrace.

Hēdoïne are certainly setting the pace with this leggings design. Who know what they will come up with next?

PS You can read a further detailed review of The Charmer Leggings on the i love hosiery blog.


Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Just Arrived: Jayne Nicole 'I Am Elegant' Opaque Tights

We have recently been getting to know more about the Jayne Nicole hosiery brand.



Jayne Nicole was founded by Jayne Nicole Jeary in Toronto, Canada, to provide 'luxury nude shade hosiery for people of colour'.



Jayne Nicole have sent us a pair of their 'I Am Elegant' Opaque Tights to trial and review.



Stay tuned for our forthcoming feature on Jayne Nicole.

Threads Tights Share More Reviews From Male Customers

We recently shared a video from Threads Tights where they shared feedback and reviews from male customers.



Threads have now shared another YouTube video with more feedback from male customers.


As we said before, this is a great idea for hosiery brands to show how they are engaging with guys buying their tights and legwear.

If you watch this one right to the end, you will see just how much Threads values all kinds of feedback, including comments on design, fit and wearing experience.

Make sure you read Part One and Part Two of our latest conversation with the founder of Threads, Xenia Chen.

And stay tuned for our forthcoming reviews of Threads sheer tights and opaque tights.


Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Men Can Wear Tights Too!

"Men Can Wear Tights Too!"

This is the message from hosiery brand Brown Skin Essentials this week.



It's simple gestures like this that mean a lot.

Until recently men buying tights for themselves were pretty much ignored by hosiery brands and retailers. Change has been slow and incremental but things have shifted. Not least because men are customers and we bring business.

On Instagram this week, Brown Skin Essentials posted this graphic. It does show that change can happen, and inclusivity and diversity in hosiery retailing can move forward.



"Women don’t have to be the only one to wear tights! No matter what gender, body shape or skin tone you are, we have the perfect pair for you."

There's always more to do, and Brown Skin Essentials also acknowledge this. In their next product shoot they plan to include male models.

Don't miss our recently published interview with the founder of Brown Skin Essentials Kumutha Ramanathan.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Introducing Brown Skin Essentials

We love introducing brands to Hosiery For Men readers, especially when they have been created with passion and commitment.

Today we showcase Brown Skin Essentials, who aim to provide "the perfect nude for every skin tone".





We recently spoke to the founder of Brown Skin Essentials Kumutha Ramanathan.

What can you tell Hosiery For Men readers about Brown Skin Essentials? What does the brand stand for and why did you create it?

Brown Skin Essentials is a lifestyle brand for people of colour. I am a Sri Lankan woman who was raised in Toronto, Canada. Two clear experiences would culminate in the creation of Brown Skin Essentials (BSE). First, I moved to the UK nine years ago and love the life I’ve built here. As I was preparing for job interviews early on, I tried to find tights in my skin tone at high street shops, but wasn’t able to. I didn’t feel properly represented in the stores that I was spending so much money in, and it dawned on me that I probably wasn’t alone. It took a few years before I had the courage to launch the brand, but I’m so glad that I did.

A further seminal moment came while I was briefly living in Manhattan, New York during my graduate studies. I explored the city with one of my friends from Canada who was a closeted gay man back home. He felt unshackled by family and societal pressure in NYC. We went to gay clubs together and I came across beautiful people of different gender identities who wore tights, make up, etc. I realised the definition of beauty really needed to be expanded to include them as well.

These experiences would inspire the creation of BSE. I don’t just subscribe to the belief that you should be yourself, but take it a step forward by celebrating individuality. We all have different identities and roles in life, and my brand aims to celebrate you in all your glory. By day you may be a corporate type, but want to kick up your heels in the evening with a sexy outfit. We want to help you achieve your best at every stage.


Light Brown Sand tights

In a quite crowded hosiery market, what’s unique about Brown Skin Essentials?

The unprecedented colour and size range plus the quality at a competitive price point has made us stand out very quickly.


Light Brown Almond tights

Can you tell us more about Brown Skin Essentials tights? What styles are currently available?

We have launched a traditional boxer brief range from sizes small to 4XL to offer a more durable product. We are also expanding into T band and hold ups in the near future.


Brown Sugar tights

It was great to hear that you have male customers. Are men are growing part of your customer base? What kind of service can guys expect when buying tights from you?

I’m so proud that many of my most passionate customers are men and other people of varied gender identities who haven’t been able to find quality products for themselves at a reasonable price. It is a privilege to count them as loyal fans who are always reaching out with suggestions on new products to offer.

My team and I regularly have customers who are reaching out with photos of themselves and asking me for advice on which shade would match their skin tone. We love helping them find the perfect style that suits their lifestyle.


Honey Brown tights

There is always quite a lot of media interest in the subject of tights for men. What are your thoughts about the greater acceptability of men wearing tights?

Many of my male customers are more conservative by day, wearing tights under their office clothes. They keep their BSE tights on in the evenings, pairing them with a racy outfit. This is why we celebrate individuality – we want you to feel your best in each walk of life.


Cafe Brown tights

To men thinking about trying tights, what would you say are the main benefits of wearing them?

Most importantly, they offer a light gloss over minor leg imperfections, distracting from the look of scars or indentation, for instance. We all have our issues, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy rocking a leggy look!

Beyond being highly durable, our tights also offer added comfort under trousers so your skin isn’t rubbing against your clothes, plus a thin layer of warmth as the seasons change.

Dark Chocolate Brown tights

What are you planning next at Brown Skin Essentials?

Quality is at the core of everything we do, so I want to grow the brand at a pace that allows me to maintain high standards. We will diversify into different beauty areas over the next few months and years to come. Beyond shopping on our main site www.brownskinessentials.com, our customers have also been able to connect with us on e-retailer sites. We will keep expanding our foothold both online and in shops.

Great to speak to you Kumutha I hope Hosiery For Men readers will check out Brown Skin Essentials.

You can follow Brown Skin Essentials on Facebook and Instagram.