We did a bit of a double-take when we started to read the description of these tights. Oroblu is synonymous with class, quality, sophistication, and up to the minute design. Lurex, on the other hand, well, it just isn’t. That said, Lurex (metallic fibre) is making a comeback in hosiery. Is far more subtle ways than it was used in the past.
Indeed, when you take these tights from the packet, you can feel the roughness that the metallic fibres add, but it is not unpleasant, just noticeable. Visually the effect is quite subtle too, almost lost in the pattern out of direct light. Only above the patterned legs in the plain panty is the large proportion of Lurex thread evident.
Construction is simple with straight legs, flat seams and a gusset in the boxer style panty. The gusset is unlined and contains metallic fibre, so these are perhaps not tights to wear next to the skin in your most intimate areas. There is just one colour available and three sizes, small, medium and a combined large/extra large.
Despite the 11% Lycra, there isn’t much lateral stretch in the legs; metallic fibre is unknown for its stretch properties! This means you may have to adapt your usual method for putting on tights to suit. Lengthways the stretch is more than adequate, an L/XL comfortably coping with a slim to athletic 34″ leg. The sizing is accurate, but the design appears optimised for the taller, thinner woman.
Fit is excellent except in the toe where we found there we could not quite seem to get the seam and material sat perfectly comfortably. The floral design is less dramatic than the picture above suggests. The Lurex, on the other hand, is more apparent, although not in a bad way. Lit from the side and particularly if you are moving, the copper coloured threads shimmer into view, sparkle briefly and merge back into the underlying brown material. Only in stronger light does the Lurex become too much. But as these are very much tights for the evening and night, that is not a problem.
Oroblu has managed to use Lurex and still stay on the right side of the line between good and bad taste. These well made eye-catching tights will undoubtedly get you noticed.