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Charnos 60 Denier Opaque Tights

Charnos 60 Denier Opaque Tights are perfect for the summer!

These tights are supplied in the open style packet, so if you are buying them in a shop, you can feel at once how smooth and soft they are. Once you have them out of the packet, you can see that they are made with straight legs and that the brief, although of similar weight is a different finish. The brief is finished with flat seams and a cotton lined gusset.

Sizing did not look overly generous, but even with just 5% Lycra, there is a tremendous stretch. The fit is excellent and the colour perfectly even. They would be slightly better for an even finish from hip to toe, but even with the shortest of skirts or shorts, it is unlikely that anyone will see.

Made in a range of greens and browns as well as the more common black these are very much the tights for wearing with Autumn/Winter fashions. At just under £5 they are excellent value for money.

60 denier opaques are the mainstay of the Charnos range and indeed the ranges if many other hosiery manufacturers. For many women and girls, ‘tights’ means 60 denier opaque.


When we last looked at tights carrying this name the details were:

60 Denier, 94 % Nylon, 5 % Lycra, 1 % Cotton.

The latest version is:

90% Nylon, 9% Lycra and 1% cotton.

So what do we get now?

Well, entirely straight legs finished with a somewhat square looking toe, the toe is reinforced but not much heavier than the leg, and there is a run stop detail to prevent holes in the toes becoming ladders/runs in the legs.

The panty is made in the boxer style, similar weight to the legs but a very different finish. The panty has flat seams, and a cotton lined gusset for optimum fit and comfort.

Colour density on the leg is excellent, and even, the finish is Matt, but in some lights, there is a slight sparkle from the Lycra. There is a distinct demarcation between leg and panty so please, please make sure that any shorts or skirt you plan to wear with these tights is long enough so that only leg shows. Few things look worse than an inch or two of reinforced tights panty showing below the bottom of your shorts…other than perhaps the same but allied to a pair of Ugg boots.

Charnos provide four sizes, Small to Extra Large. Sizes are defined by a combination of height and hips with a suggestion of weight range than in each box. So for example, if you are 5’10 to 6’0 tall and have hips 34″ to 38″ Charnos suggest size large and estimate a weight range of 119lb to 139lb.

As you know, we like to test the boundaries of sizing, so we tried size Large on our webmaster, 6’4 tall 42″ hips and 220 lb. Resulting in a perfect fit. So sizing is generous and very flexible thanks to the strength and stretch.

So, in summary, these are perfectly acceptable everyday opaque tights, and arguably everyone should have a pair or two in their drawer. And that goes for the guys as well as the girls because they are an excellent base layer under a suit in cold weather.

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Charnos 30 Denier Semi Opaque Tights

Charnos 30 Denier Semi Opaque Tights are perfect for everyday tights!

Some time ago, we reviewed some Charnos tights called Charnos Semi Opaques, which were also 30 denier but differ from these in the composition of the fibre and the fact that these are supplied in the open packet Charnos use for opaques, rather than the closed flat packet used for sheers. These differences are enough for us to treat this as a new style.

Well done to Charnos for making these tights in 4 sizes, Small to Extra Large, opaques at under £5 rarely come with such a choice of sizes these days. There is a range of colours including a skin tone is another major plus. We are not overly keen on the open style packet, but it does at least mean we can feel the softness and weight very easily.

The legs are straight and finished with a simple unreinforced toe; the panty features a cotton lined gusset, flat seams and, perhaps unusually for what look and feel like, lightweight opaque tights, there is reinforcement either side of the seams and a finger band. All in all exquisite detailing for the price. With 30 denier tights you can never be 100% sure what you will get, some most certainly look and feel like heavy duty sheers, but these are most definitely light opaques, both in look and feel.

The sizing is spot on, and with gentle stretching, you can take a few liberties with length, there are strength and stretch in abundance. Take care to stretch these tights carefully, and you will be rewarded with a perfect close fit.

The colour on the leg was even, but we struggled to get rid of banding in the panty, a small quibble that will only be an issue if you plan to wear them with very short skirts or shorts.

For everyday wear, these tights are ideal either as a durable alternative to sheers or as a more refreshing alternative if you wear opaque. Well made they should last weeks and prove to be good value for money.

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