Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Reviewed: Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights

Gipsy Tights recently sent us a selection of opaque tights to trial and review.

You can still read our recently published interview with Gipsy Tights.

Our first review is of the Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights.

Materials and features
The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are quite simply packaged. The tights are folded into a card enclosure that is designed for shop display. The advantage of this is that you can see and feel the fabric before purchasing.

Gipsy describe this style as:

"Velvet soft opaque tights with microfibre and high Lycra content for a lovely feel and perfect fit."
The fabric is 88% Nylon and 12% Elastane. The Gipsy website says 22% Elastane, but that logically must be a mistake.

These tights feel really soft to the touch and are, despite the price, extremely good quality. Well, the information that they are 'Made in Italy' is a very good pointer in that respect.

They are sheer to waist, and have quality flat seams. Toes are not reinforced.

The brief may not look that large but it has an impressive amount of stretch. There is a wide 4cm comfort waistband. Instead of a gusset there is rear panel.

Opaque coverage is even, but this style is not totally opaque, like the Gipsy 100 Denier Opaque Tights and 300 Denier Tights. They also have a slight shine.

Fit and sizing

The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are available in just one XL size. The non-XL version of the Gipsy 60 Denier Opaque Tights are available in Small, Medium and Large.

As you put these tights on, you really become aware of just how much stretch they have. The high Lycra (Elastane) really does a good job in making sure that they fit every part of your legs well.

The brief, as mentioned, looks low waist but in fact it stretched comfortably above my waist and hips.

These tights were a very comfortable wear indeed. They also feel wonderful: The fabric is so soft you will want to keep touching and stroking it!

Colour range
The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are available in two shades: Chocolate and Black.

I tested a pair in the Chocolate shade - a rich, dark brown colour.

Price and availability

The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are priced at: £6.25.

They can be purchased directly from Gipsy and also from many other retailers.

The Gipsy 60 Denier XL Opaque Tights are really a bargain at the price. You get tights made with quality yarn and a high Lycra content, flat seams and a great design for taller and larger people. For the features you get and the quite excellent fit I can't see what else Gipsy could have done to improve this style.

I really liked the impressive stretchy quality. Above all they feel quite wonderful on the leg. The shiny, silky appearance will also provide an excellent glide under trousers.

These are perfect, lighter opaque tights for additional warmth, but also with a great feel and wearing experience.

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