Over the years there have been very few changes to these tights, over the past 5 years the only change has been from “15 denier appearance” to “20 denier” and even that may have just been a correction of terminology. But the packet keeps changing and that is all the excuse we need to update the review of these long time favourites.
20 denier is a very practical weight for tights, sheer yet durable fine enough for evening but concealing enough for daytime. Levante sizing is great too, medium, tall and extra tall rather than small medium and large is an accurate description of how they have fit over the years.
Levante provide a sensible range of colours too, two natural shades, grey barely black and black. The grey looks particularly good with the gloss finish.
Our latest test pair came in size “tall” and colour Londra, which is Levante speak for barely black.
The label on the inner packet said the style name was “Velux 20”. At first we thought that this was a case of incorrect packaging, something we have seen before from Levante, them we remembered we had seen Levante Velux before... and you guessed it, different names for different markets. It seems as though the 15 denier Levante Brillante was replaced by Velux 20 renamed as Brillante.
The tights are as good as ever. Sheer to waist, reinforced toes and a lightly shaped heel. Flat seams in the panty and a lined gusset.
There seemed less shine than we remembered so we pulled out some of the original Levante Brillante Tights (see bottom of page) for direct comparison. The older style is lighter and more sheer but in terms of shine there is nothing in it.
Levante have always been the tall girl’s friend. Even the tall size will stretch to cover what the extra tall should although comfort levels are compromised a little at extreme stretch. As all sizes share the same detailing there is no reason not to buy the largest if you need it.
Still among our top choices for everyday good quality tights but it has to be said that having looked again at the earlier version we preferred them in a less practical lighter denier.
9 February 2012