Some design ideas come around time and again and tights with spots is one of the oldest and most recurrent; a pair in blue from the early 1980s springs to mind for some reason. There are certainly times when the spot pattern works very well and we are not going to linger on the design, just the quality, as with any classic it is how it is delivered that counts.
Full marks to Levante for continuing with their 3 size system of medium, tall and extra tall... but we do wonder why it is that medium and tall are both intended to fit up to 5’9”. Not that the name really matters, and 5’9” (175cm) is tall. We tested the extra tall size to fit up to 6’2” or 185 cm
Levante’s packet notes tell about the values of the collection but nothing about the tights, perfect for us as it gives us lots to say. We were expecting sheer tights but these are in fact a kind of micronet style made with plain reinforced toes and unshaped legs. The net with spot pattern runs all the way to the narrow finger band below the waistband. The panty is finished with a cotton lined gusset and flat seams flanked by narrow plain strips for strength.
As well as height and weight Levante suggest a range of hip sizes for each size, in our experience a more reliable metric than weight when sizing tights. The sizing is accurate but we would suggest that if you are borderline on the hip measurement you go up one size for optimum comfort. The hip sizing is as below:
- Medium 38”-40” or 77-102 cm
- Tall 38”-44” or 97-112 cm
- X-Tall 42”-48” or 107-122 cm
The spots do look effective on the micronet background and Levante have managed the trick of keeping the spots circular pretty well everywhere. If you like spots then you will struggle to find better made and more sophisticated example.
10 May 2012