The supplier told us that these tights are like Wolford Miss W Tights.... A bold claim on a par with a car dealer telling you the little known brand he is selling is like Bentley.
At £21 the price is certainly Wolfordesque and as it turns out so is the detailing.
These are support tights and they are made with a reinforced toe and fully shaped knitted heel to give optimum fit. The panty is a boxer style control top that has flat seams and in smaller sizes a lined gusset. Out test pair in size 5 had a comfort gusset. Aside from the motif on the waistband the waistband is straight out of the Fogal or Gerbe catalogue, sewn on with a flat double seam and scallop topped.., excellent.
If there was no label we would have guessed Wolford or Fogal as the maker
One tiny criticism on sizing, the label had a V on it, Roman for size 5 but there is no size 5 on the chart. This rather suggests that manufacture was contracted out to a company more used to standard sizing rather than to HYDs 1,2,3,3XL,4,4XL scheme. We assume 5 is really 4XL but that does leave us wondering how 3XL is labelled.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating of course, and with tights that translates to the wearing. As graduated support tights we thought they may be a challenge to put on but they are not to difficult at all just put them on like normal tights only remember to set the heel correctly before working up the leg.
If you have larger than average feet, and if you are buying the largest/longest size then you might then you will be pleased to know that the foot length is generous so the heel will sit correctly.. incidentally size 4XL/5 in intended to fit up to 5’10 (180cm) and 200lbs (95kg) and it does that with ease.
So generously sized and it turns out a good fit too, the shaping and high Lycra content ensures a skin tight fit and the graduated compression is just enough to let you know they are there caressing you.
The heavy opaque boxer style brief does a great job of holding the tights in place, it is heavy and opaque but it is not really a shaping or control top, what it does is provide a smooth silhouette while removing the need for other underwear.
Of course we wear tights not just to keep warm and aid circulation, we want to look good too and here HYD Cosmetic 70 tights really deliver. The look is semi-opaque more 30-40 denier than 70, the colour is perfectly even and there is a soft sheen to the finish... and they feel soft too.
Very classy, great looking top quality tights.
As good as Wolford Miss W Tights? No. Better than Wolford Miss W Tights? Yes
18 October 2013