Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Reviewed: Pamela Mann 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights

Pamela Mann, one of the best known British hosiery brands, recently sent us a pair of their 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights to trial and review.

We have previously reviewed the following styles of Pamela Mann tights:

Pamela Mann 80 Denier Plus Size Black Opaque Tights

Pamela Mann 120 Denier 3D Plus Size Opaque Tights

Pamela Mann 90 Denier Curvy Super-Stretch Tights


The tights arrived in a simple plastic envelope. This is probably because they were sent as a sample. I would imagine that when available in a retail outlet, the tights will have their own dedicated packaging.

Materials and features

Pamela Mann are working to make changes in how their most popular and bestselling products are made by using recycled materials.

These tights are made with a specialist Nilit Ecocare recycled yarn, made by using fabric that is ground down and then rewoven into new nylon. The result is a reduction in the amount of nylon in landfill sites. These tights use 88% recycled yarns.

The Pamela Mann 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights are made from 92% Nylon and 8% Elastane.

They feel soft and smooth. They don't look very long at all when I took them from the packaging, but it turned out that they are very stretchy.

These tights are not quite sheer to waist. There is a narrow reinforcement band at the top of the thigh where the leg meets the brief.

On the leg the feel is even softer and smoother. They do have a noticeable shine.

The brief looked really small and measures just 19 cm from the waistband to the crotch.

Seams are conventional. The 16-18 (XL) size that I wore has a rear comfort panel.

The waistband is 3cm wide.

Toes are reinforced.

Fit, sizing and wearing experience

The Pamela Mann 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights are available in three sizes: 

  • One size 
  • 16-18 UK dress size, equivalent to XL 
  • 20-24 UK dress size, equivalent to XXL 
I don't have a size chart to share from the packaging, although the Pamela Mann website does provide size charts.

The size chart provided by The Tight Spot may also be useful.

I wore them in the 16-18 (XL) size. This suits heights up to 5'8". However I am 5'10" tall.

Despite this, the fit was good as the tights are so stretchy.

On the leg, the Elastane content in the yarn ensured that they moulded to the leg shape, with no sagging or bunching.

The brief, as described above, is quite shallow but stretched comfortably above the waist.

Comfort level was high and the tights felt good.

Colour range

The Pamela Mann 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights are available in Black only.

Price and availability

The Pamela Mann 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights are priced at £8.99.

You can purchase them directly through the Pamela Mann website.

They are also available at The Tight Spot, a retailer we recommend, at the reduced price of £6.95.


After trialling the 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights, I went back to my review of the Pamela Mann 90 Denier Curvy Super-Stretch Tights to compare fit and sizing. I have worn both styles in the XL (equivalent to 16-18), but the sizing is not very consistent.

The 90 Denier sale in the Curvy Super-Stretch range has a longer leg and a deeper brief. These are a "curvy"/plus size tight and in my opinion, likely to be a better choice for men to buy.

The Pamela Mann 50 Denier Recycled Yarn Tights are a decent enough product, at a reasonable price. And the environmentally-friendly credentials are also a positive.

However, for 50 denier tights, I would be tempted to give the Pamela Mann 50 denier Curvy Super-Stretch Tights a try. There is a wider range of size options from XL to 5XL. They are priced slightly higher at £10.99 but I feel the extra expense would be worth it. As with the 90 Denier Curvy Super-Stretch Tights you get a deeper body, flat seams and a wider thigh fir.

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