When we first saw that these 8 denier summer sheer tights were “secret slimmer” we thought it was a terrible idea, we want summer rights to be light and sheer to waist. On reflection we realised that it was really a very sensible idea as the need to shape and firm does not disappear with warmer weather and lighter summer fashions are far more limiting in terms of what you can wear under them. So great theory, how about the tights?
Only two sizes to choose from small/medium and medium/large both detailed the same way; straight sheer legs finished with a sandal toe detail and a brief style control panty with a cotton lined gusset. The seam in the panty is not flat and that is a shame as it will possibly compromise comfort and may be visible through some clothes.
Thankfully the seams full quite flat once you have the tights on. The control top is quite gentle, a smoother rather than a shaper, and entirely plain aside from a panels on the hips that give a transition to the sheer legs.
There are two shades, “barely there” and “slightly sunkissed”. Our test pair came in the slightly darker shade, the lighter shade will be best if you have yet to get your summer tan. Yes, lighter shade on untanned legs, the idea is to enhance what you have naturally and to flatter your skin not to add a false tan look. Get the right shade and you should have people guessing whether you are wearing tights at all.
Size is more generous lengthways than the size chart suggests, the larger size will easily cope with 34” long legs which is long if you are 5’10”. The medium control top is snug if you are at the top end of the size range but that is rather the idea.
Excellent tights at a sensible price. A second skin fit on your legs and a comfortable control top that has the added benefit of doing away with the need for any other underwear.
5 August 2011