When we first saw the name of these tights we were a little perplexed, how could tights be both sheer and opaque? then we realised that Pretty Polly had made tights that look one way from the front and another from the back.
When you first open the packet there is no clue that these tights are anything unusual, they are soft, matt finish tights with straight legs that look and feel around 40 denier. Only when you stretch a leg over your hand do you notice that one side is more sheer than the other, there is no label to let you know which is the front and which is the back but both the picture and description suggest sheer to the front.
Pretty Polly have used a two size system with just your hip size determining whether you wear the S/M size or the M/L size. The sizing is accurate and is if anything just a little generous. The fit on the leg is very good with perfectly even colour both on the matt opaque back and the more shiny sheer front.
The detailing is perhaps just a little disappointing, the 40 denier material covers the whole sole of your foot and extends over the toes to give the look of a very heavily reinforced toe from the front, you would want to be sure your shoes cover this. The panty is not the same weight and finish as the back part of the legs is is a very ordinary opaque boxer style brief with a good quality seam and gusset.
The idea really works and the design on the leg is well executed, stylish and eye catching... it just goes a bit flat at the top of the thigh; maybe they were working a to a price point.
The best made of the Absolute Legs range that we have seen but perhaps just a £1 from greatness.
Red or Dead show just how this design can be executed when a little more money is spent.
13 October 2009