Thursday, 26 June 2014

Reviewed: Marks and Spencer Autograph 40 Denier Luxury Fine Cotton Tights

We have reviewed a number of styles of tights sold by the iconic British retailer Marks and Spencer, including:

Marks and Spencer Autograph 100 Luxury Satin Touch Tights

Marks and Spencer Bodysensor 60 Denier Opaque Tights

Marks and Spencer Autograph 60 Denier Velvet Touch Opaque Tights

I recently purchased the Autograph 40 Denier Luxury Fine Cotton Tights and here is a review for Hosiery For Men readers.

Materials and features
The Autograph 40 Denier Luxury Fine Cotton Tights are made in Italy and are part of Mark and Spencer's premium Autograph range. Tights in the Autograph range tend to be more expensive, but have a reputation for much higher quality.

Like most of the opaque tights in the Autograph range, this style is packaged in a simple card enclosure. It's a bit basic compared with other more upmarket brands, but it does mean you can touch the fabric if shopping in a Marks and Spencer store.

The fabric is 55% Cotton, 34% Polyamide and 11% Elastane Lycra.

Seams are flat. The Large size, that I tested, has a cotton gusset, with no rear comfort panel.

Toes are reinforced.

The waistband is described by Marks and Spencer as a 'comfort waistband.' It is 3.5 cm wide and provides good support.

The brief is deep and comfortable, with the waistband easily stretching above the waist and hips.

Fit and sizing
The Autograph 40 Denier Luxury Fine Cotton Tights are available in four sizes: Small, Medium, Large and X Large.

I tested the Large size. I always choose the Large size in Marks and Spencer tights as they are designed to fit taller people. In this case you can see that the height range is 5'10" to 6'0".

These tights provided a good fit for my 5'10" height. They have a decent amount of stretch and the Elastane/Lycra ensures that they mould themselves snugly around your legs.

They have a nice, smooth feel and an even matt appearance with no wrinkling..

The brief is quite deep and come comfortable over the waist.

I would have liked just a little more length in the leg. Although the size char indicate the Large size extends to 6'0", I am note sure that this style would suit very tall men and women.

Leg length is excellent, and the fit overall was really superb. The Elastane content in the knit provides for a lovely close fit on the leg, with no wrinkling at all.

Colour range
The Autograph 40 Denier Luxury Fine Cotton Tight are available in just two colours: Black and Charcoal.

I tested a pair in Black.

Price and availability
The Autograph 40 Denier Luxury Fine Cotton Tights are priced at £6.00.

The Autograph 40 Denier Luxury Fine Cotton Tights are good quality and reasonably priced cotton tights.

They are a good choice if you need a lighter cotton tight to wear on cooler days or under trousers as an additional layer. They would be perfect in place of cotton socks with their matt appearance.

I also found that the fabric breathed very well giving these tights good climate control qualities.

However my first choice for cotton tights would still be the Falke Cotton Touch Tights or the Aristoc Luxury 120 Cotton Sheen Tights.

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